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Pop Music

The inspiration for the song, the writers Mike Anthony and Paul Kaufman claimed, came from  a procession of young ladies from a nearby school who would pass by each afternoon on the sidewalk outside where they worked.  “Poetry in Motion” was released in 1960 and rose to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in the U.K. It also charted when reissued in 1979. The recording features Boots Randolph on saxophone and Floyd Cramer on piano. Bobby Vee also  recorded the song in 1961.

Tillotson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and is a singer and songwriter. In 2011, he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

Here are the lyrics to “Poetry in Motion” by Johnny Tillotson:

“When I see my baby, what do I see?
Poetry, poetry in motion.

Poetry in motion, walking by my side
Her lovely locomotion keeps my eyes open wide
Poetry in motion, see her gentle sway
All waves out in the ocean could never move that way

I love every movement, there’s nothing I would change
She doesn’t need improvement, she’s much too nice to rearrange
Poetry in motion, dancing close to me
A flower of devotion, a swaying gracefully

Poetry in motion, see her gentle sway
All waves out in the ocean could never move that way

I love every movement, there’s nothing I would change
She doesn’t need improvement, she’s much too nice to rearrange
Poetry in motion, all that I adore
No number nine love potion could make me love her more”

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