CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
(Words and music by Rick Springfield)


Jean-Jean-Jeanie
Catch Me If You Can
Jean-Jean-Jeanie
Catch Me If You Can
Do ya, do ya really wanna try
Oh my, my, my

Jean-Jean-Jeanie
Catch Me If You Can
Jean-Jean-Jeanie
Catch Me If You Can
Do ya, do ya really wanna try
My, my, my

Sweet magician's daughter
Weaving spells my way
You know I want to be with you
But magic words are all you say

Jean-Jean-Jeanie
Catch Me If You Can
Jean-Jean-Jeanie
Catch Me If You Can
Do ya, do ya really wanna try
My, my, my

Merlin's magic daughter
I know that's what you are
I'm playing magic games with you
It's easier to guide a star

Jean-Jean-Jeanie
Catch Me If You Can
Jean-Jean-Jeanie
Catch Me If You Can
Do ya, do ya really wanna try
M
y, my, my

Magic lady waiting
Your palace walls are tall
I can wait forever
But I'm climbing up the palace wall

Jean-Jean-Jeanie
Catch Me If You Can
Jean-Jean-Jeanie
Catch Me If You Can
Do ya, do ya really wanna try
O
h, my, my, my

Jean-Jean-Jeanie,
Catch Me If You Can
Jean-Jean-Jeanie,
Catch Me If You Can
Do ya, do ya really wanna try,
My, my, my


(total playing time 2:18)

Song Facts: This appears on Mission Magic, Speak to the Sky, and Backtracks.

 According to US

This song ties right into the episode, Rick is trying to distract the Genie and literally wants the Genie to chase him. But it looks like a couple of verses are added to give double meaning to the song, and the spelling of "Genie" with Jeanie gives the song a totally different meaning if you don't watch the episode. I have a feeling I'll be saying this a lot, but I think the song goes well with the episode and in this case, it even stretches beyond to where it could almost stand by itself. Still very, very simple little song. - rlh


This is a cute and catchy song. I keep using the word "catchy" to describe the songs from Mission Magic, but I can't help it…the word totally fit's the pop sound of this record. In fact, there doesn't seem to be a lot of depth or memorable lines to many of these songs except for the hook or the chorus. The verses in the Mission Magic songs are pretty simple and the same is true with this song, on the surface. I do like some of the verses though. And it's in my weird nature to analyze the lyrics to anything Rick writes and see if I can read between the lines. LOL Sometimes there is more there, and other times there is not. 

My favorite part is when he says, "Merlin's magic daughter, I know that's what you are. I'm playing magic games with you. It's easier to ride a star." Wow, she must have been difficult! Before I saw the episode for this song in the cartoon, I had other ideas about what this song might mean. In fact, I still wonder if some of it is drawn from someone Rick once knew. The song really doesn't seem to correspond to the section of the episode it's in, except that there is a big blue Genie. But in the song, the name "Genie" is spelled as "Jeanie." I figure Rick probably KNEW before he wrote the song what scene of the episode the song would appear in and that there would be a Genie in a lamp. I am guessing that he did the name thing on purpose. (he does change the names of girls in his songs…we know that!) So I can't help but think it might be about a girl he knew who maybe played a bit of `hard-to-get.' (cat and mouse games) He also says in the first verse that she is talking in circles and not taking him up on his feelings for her---"Sweet magician's daughter, weaving spells my way. You know I want to be with you, but magic words are all you say." She's toying with him, talking all around the subject of a relationship with him. And then he kind of gives it back to her, like a dare or something when he says, "Catch me if you can. Do ya, do ya really want to try?" (or else he's hoping she wants to `catch' him!)

Another thing that sort of completes that thought in my head (because clearly in the show they are not showing a girl named Jeanie), is the next verse that says, "Magic lady waiting. Your palace walls are tall. I can't wait forever, I'm climbing up the palace wall." It sounds as if he wanted to date someone and she wasn't making any first moves, (maybe she had up some walls/defenses?) so he decided he would approach her first. I think it's very possible that some of these songs were drawn from experience but also written in a way that they kind of tied into the story. 

One of the sound parts I like best in this song are the parts with the background vocals that are singing in the low bass during the lines, "Jean-Jean-Jeanie catch me if you can." This is actually one of the songs I like best, in a group of several, from the Mission Magic collection. - Kelley Pearson