Mickey Gilley performs "Don't The Girls All Look Prettier at Closing Time"

Today we feature the one and only Mickey Gilley, singing his 1976 hit  "Don't The Girls All Look Prettier at Closing Time"

"Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time" is a song written by Baker Knight, and recorded by American country music artist Mickey Gilley. It was released in January 1976 as the first single from the album Gilley's Smokin. The song was Gilley's fifth No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The song's one week atop the chart was part of a 12-week stay in the country chart's top 40.

 

The song is a lament about loneliness and late-night desperation in finding a desirable significant other in a barroom. As the night progresses, and the singer consumes more drinks, he continuously lowers his standards. Eventually he finds a willing and (what he thinks to be) suitable partner—only to find that when he wakes up, he has taken home one of the ugliest women in the bar and vows never to "do that anymore."

 

It caught the attention of social psychologists who used scientific testing to investigate whether individuals begin to perceive the opposite gender as being more attractive as it gets later into the night. The phenomenon became known as the "closing time effect".

 

The alt-country supergroup The Pleasure Barons included a cover of the song on their Live in Las Vegas CD, with vocals by Dave Alvin.

 

Lyrics

 

One, two, one, two, three go

 

All the girls all get prettier at closing time

Oh, they all begin to look like movie stars

All the girls all get prettier at closing time

When the change starts taking place it puts a glow on every face

Of the fallen angels of the back street bars

 

If I could rate them on a scale from one to ten

I'm looking for a nine but eight could work right in

Few more drinks and I might slip to five or even four

But when tomorrow morning comes and I wake up with a number one

I swear I'll never do it anymore

 

All the girls all get prettier at closing time

Oh, they all begin to look like movie stars

All the girls all get prettier at closing time

When the change starts taking place it puts a glow on every face

Of the fallen angels of the back street bars

 

I don't mean to criticize the girls at all

'Cause I'm no Robert Redford even overhauled

But we all picture in our minds a girl that looks just right

Now ain't it funny, ain't it strange the way a man's opinions change

When he starts to face that lonely night

 

All the girls all get prettier at closing time

Oh, they all begin to look like movie stars

All the girls all get prettier at closing time

When the change starts taking place it puts a glow on every face

Of the fallen angels of the back street bars

The fallen angels of the back street bars

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