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"I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter" - Dwayne Hickman starred as Dobie Gillis, a typical American teenager who was always looking for a "girl that's dreamy" on the sitcom THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS/CBS/1959-63.

1960 Dobie! Album - Capitol Records - Featuring the song 'I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter'

During the opening episode of the 1960 season, (episode "Who Needs Elvis" 09/27/1960) Dobie Dobie joins the school band to be near his latest love, a six-foot doll named Esme Lauterbach and performs the song "I'm a Lover, Not a Fighter."

The folk-song parody appeared on his Capital Record LP album called "Dobie" (1960). Ironically, Dobie Gillis got drafted into the Army in March of 1961. 


I'm A Lover, Not a Fighter
Sung by Dwayne Hickman
 (Capitol Records)


Well I met a pretty girl, as pretty as can be
I thought she was my baby till she introduced to me
A great big tall fella, about six foot tall
I shivered and I shook, couldn't do any more

'Cause I'm a lover not a fighter
Yes, I'm a lover not a fighter
Yes, I'm a lover not a fighter
And I'm really built for speed
Built for speed

Well, some people think I'm lazy but there's one thing they don't know
'Cause when I'm in the mood I can go caddy[?] go

'Cause I'm a lover not a fighter
Yes, I'm a lover not a fighter
Yes, I'm a lover not a fighter
And I'm really built for speed
Built for speed
Built for speed
Whoa yeah

Well I can roar like a lion, I can sting like a bee
But some times I think, baby, I've got rabbit blood in me

'Cause I'm a lover not a fighter
Yes, I'm a lover not a fighter
Yes, I'm a lover not a fighter
And I'm really built for speed
Built for speed
Built for speed
Whoa yeah

(Song also performed by The Kinks and Bobby Hatfield)


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