The Swiss Maid
Del Shannon Lyrics

One time a long time ago,
On a mountain in Switzerland,
Yo lo lo lo,
There lived a fair young maiden,
Lovely but lonely,
Oh oh oh oh.

Day after day,
She'd pine her heart away,
Yo lo lo lady ya,
But no love came her way.

Some day papa said,
Some day we'll go,
Down to the village in the valley,
Then you'll meet a nice young man,
Ask for your hand,
Then you'll be happy

Every day she grew unhappier,
On a mountain in Switzerland,
Yo lo lo lo,
Every day a little bit lonelier,
Which way to turn and which way to go

Day after day,
She'd pine her heart away,
Yo lo lo lady ya,
But no love came her way.

Some say the maidens dream,
Never came true,
She never got to go to the valley,
If she did or not,
I really don't know, Oh oh oh oh.
Did she die unhappy?

I'd rather think she found her love,
Wouldn't she be better if she did find love?
Some way.

Yo lo lo lady ya
Yo lo lo lady ya

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Written by: ROGER MILLER

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:


On this day in 1962 {November 25th} "The Swiss Maid"* by Del Shannon peaked at #2 {for 1 week} on United Kingdom's Official Top 50 Singles chart, for the week it was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "Lovesick Blues" by Frank Ifield...
And the month before "The Swiss Maid" peaked at #1 {for 3 weeks} on October 20th, 2020 on the Australian Kent Music Report chart...
Between 1961 and 1965 the Grand Rapids, Michigan native had fourteen records on the UK Singles chart, eight made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Runaway", for three weeks in June of 1961....
Del Shannon, born Charles Weedon Westover, passed away at the young age of 55 on February 8th, 1990...
May he R.I.P.
* "The Swiss maid" was Del Shannon's second of two of his records to reached #2 on the UK singles chart, his other #2 record was "Hey! Little Girl" earlier in 1962...
And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of the UK Singles' Top 10 on November 25th, 1962:
At #3. "Bobby's Girl" by Susan Maughan
#4. "Let's Dance" by Chris Montez
#5. "Devil Woman" by Marty Robbins
#6. "(Dance With The) Guitar Man" by Duane Eddy & The Rebelettes
#7. "Venus In Blue Jeans" by Mark Wynter
#8. "Sun Arise" by Rolf Harris
#9. "Telstar" by the Tornados
#10. "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva

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Robert Deathridge

Takes me back to when a few of us used to go to a cafe at the top of the street and listen to this on the juke box. Happy days

Robyn Goss


Met Delat grain store taken Vic great bloke

Roger Hunter

So simple,so good.Tells a story with no hype or profanity.You can hear every word. How I wish songs were sung like this now.Thank you for posting.


@69Peopleshit .......YEAH....YEAH...!....AND BOY....DO YOU SURE GET IT!..YOU HAVE THE RIGHT NAME ABOUT YOURSELF MATE!! HEH HEH!....i know...your just am I....

Janet Ball

Hi yes I agree with you if the young ones could sing like this to day


Nothing wrong with liking both, art is subjective.


Haha this sucks. Rap is the new great thing. I hate songs like this where the singer actually knows how to sing and tell a story. I just want drug addicts singing 5 words of english like "nigga" "hoes" "weed" etc


@TheJanka51 65 years ago lol

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Bill Moss

I always loved this. Del was so versatile.

David Birchall

Del Shannon... What an underrated singer and song writer... What a loss

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