Leaving Here (Edward Holland Jr./Lamont Dozier/Brian Holland) Stone Agate Music, BMI

From the My Generation liner notes by Brian Cady:

Produced by Shel Talmy at IBC Studios, London April 12-14, 1965.

The Who recorded several different versions of "Leaving Here" in April 1965 intending one to be on the follow-up single to "I Can't Explain." None were released commercially until this track came out on the U.S. LP Who's Misssing in 1985. After all this effort, it was fellow Mod band The Birds who had the hit with their cover of this song originally recorded by Eddie Holland. The track also appears on the 30 Years Of Maximum R&B boxset, a different stereo mix with a different vocal is on My Generation: Deluxe Edition and a mono mix is on the 2008 My Generation Box released in Japan.

From the "Odds & Sods" liner notes by Brian Cady.

Track 2 on the 1998 Odds & Sods CD. 
The original version by Eddie Holland hit the U.S. charts February 8, 1964. A year later, it became a U.K. hit for the Mod band The Birds.


Hey, fellas, have you heard the news,
Yeah, the women in this town have been misused,
Yeah, I seen it all in my dreams last night,
Girls leaving this town 'cause you don't treat 'em right.
Oh, take a train (take a train), fly by plane (fly by plane),
Yeah, gettin' tired (gettin' tired), sick and tired (sick and tired).

All you fellas better change your ways,
Yeah, leaving this town in a matter of days,
Girls are good, you better treat 'em true,
I seen fellas running around with someone new.

Gettin' tired (gettin' tired), sick and tired (sick and tired),
Yeah, leavin' here (leavin' here), leavin' here (leavin' here),
I said leavin' here, yeah yeah yeah, don't want to leave all here,
Be a while, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah.

The love of a women is a wonderful thing (oh yeah),
Yeah, the way you treat 'em is a crying shame (oh yeah),
I tell you, fella, yeah, it won't be long (oh yeah),
Yeah, before these women they all have gone (oh yeah).

Yeah, gettin' tired (gettin' tired), sick and tired (sick and tired),
Yeah, take a train (take a train), fly by plane (fly by plane),
Yeah, gonna leavin' here, yeah leavin' here,
Yeah, leavin' here, ya gonna leave all here now,
Baby baby baby, please don't leave here.

This song appears on:

Source Length notes
Odds & Sods 2:13
Who's Missing 2:50
Thirty Years Of Maximum R & B 2:47
The BBC Sessions 2:35
My Generation - Deluxe Edition 2:50 (Alternate Take)
Go back