''When I was 16, I had a girlfriend, Jeanette, who also was 16. I felt guilty about my thoughts about her. That’s how I was conditioned. But the song’s lyrics weren’t entirely about Jeanette. They were about all the girls I had dated growing up.'' - Kevin Rowland
''I always want what I haven’t got – or I used to. I was hankering after pop success at that point. At the beginning of the year I promised myself that if ‘Come On Eileen’ and the new album didn’t do well I’d find another way of making money. I don’t want to be in a loser group, touring round everywhere, suffering for my art… it doesn’t mean a thing. If music doesn’t relate to people and win success, it’s a waste of time.'' - Kevin Rowland
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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