Five O'Clock World (The Vogues)

16 JANUARY 1966


Pennsylvanian vocal band The Vogues’ very splendid single ‘Five O’Clock World’ was at its peak position of #4 on the US Billboard charts during this week.

As far as I know, this was not a hit in the UK. If true, this shows how songs that are considered great now could sometimes fly under the radar on the international market.

The popularity of ‘Five O’Clock World’ has gained much-deserved longevity after being featured in movies such as ‘Good Morning Vietnam’, and on TV as the theme for the ‘Drew Carey Show’.

B-side: 'Nothing to Offer You'
Released: October 1965
Highest chart position: #4 (US)
Length: 2:19
Label: Co & Ce
Writer: Allen Reynolds
Producers: Nick Cenci / Tony Moon

Five O’Clock World (The Vogues)

'Up every mornin' just to keep a job
I gotta fight my way through the husslin' mob
Sounds of the city poundin' in my brain
While another day goes down the drain

But it's a five o'clock world when the whistle blows
No one owns a piece of my time
And there's a five o'clock me inside my clothes
Thinkin' that the world looks fine, yeah
Holiday, yeah...

Tradin' my time for the pay I get
Livin' on money that I ain't made yet
Gotta keep goin', gotta make my way
While I live for the end of the day

'Cause it's a five o'clock world when the whistle blows
No one owns a piece of my time
And there's a long-haired girl who waits, I know
To ease my troubled mind, yeah
Holiday, yeah...

In the shelter of her arms everything's okay
She talks and the world goes slippin' away
And I know the reason I can still go on
When every other reason is gone

In my five o'clock world she waits for me
Nothin' else matters at all
'Cause everytime my baby smiles at me
I know that it's all worthwhile, yeah
Holiday, yeah...(X3)'