Who is Josephine?!

I just had a weird experience and was wondering if anyone has an answer.

This afternoon I’ve been listening to Rick and the Newsflash radio and all of a sudden this song plays that I’ve never heard before – “Hey Josephine” off of a limited edition of “The Day After Yesterday,” one of RS’s albums that I haven’t listened to.

OK, so what’s weird about that, you might ask. Well, the weird thing is that it made me think of a song I wrote back in 1988 called “Hey, hey Josephine.” No, I don’t think somehow RS found his way into my little spiral notebook and got the lyrics (I wasn’t writing music at that time, but I remember the melody –  I was attempting a ska sound as I was a big fan of The Specials at the time), but I was just wondering who Josephine is? Was it a character or something that I don’t remember? My song topics are inspired by so many different things, I have no recollection of where the name Josephine came from.  Was the song “Hey Josephine” ever released earlier than the 2005 limited edition version of “The Day After Yesterday” that I might have somehow heard?

My lyrics are nowhere close to RS’s song (his lyrics here, mine are below, from my 18-year-old self ), but it’s just still so strange how “Hey, hey Josephine” was used in both, nearly three decades apart.  If anyone has any clue, please share. Thanks! (Oh, and thanks Rick and the NewsFlash for the great Thanksgiving weekend radio show!)

 

 

Update on Nov. 26:

I did a little more research on the song and found this explanation on the RS song on the wonderful Rick Springfield fan site, rickspringfield.us.

It was an unreleased demo from “Shock, Denial, Anger, Acceptance.” On the back cover of the limited edition: “Musically it didn’t fit on the album so we ditched it. I kind of wished we’d at least attempted to record it properly. Again a rough demo recorded at my house in Vegas during EFX.”

(SDAA was released in February 2004.)

AND I learned about another Josephine song called “Hello Josephine” that Fats Domino (may he rest in peace – he died last month) recorded in 1960. It was covered by many different artists, some of who changed the name to “My Girl Josephine,” “Josephine” and “Hey Hey Josephine,” the last one by the U.S. Army Airborne in 2006.

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