"It’s Different for Girls" is a song by Joe Jackson. Versions have been recorded and released by several different artists.

Typically for Joe Jackson, the lyrics contain a twist in that, while originally sounding as if the song would suggest that the male protagonist was looking for sex and his female partner was looking for love, the opposite is eventually revealed to be the case.


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Joe Jackson original version[edit]Edit

"It’s Different for Girls"
Single by Joe Jackson
from the album I'm the Man
A-side "It's Different for Girls"
B-side "Come On"
Released 1979
Format 7" 45-RPM single
Recorded March 1979

TW Studios, Fulham, London

Genre New Wavesoft rock
Length 3:42
Label A&M Records
Writer(s) Joe Jackson
Producer(s) David Kershenbaum
Joe Jackson singles chronology
"I'm the Man" "It's Different for Girls" "Kinda Kute"

Taken from the 1979 album I'm the Man, "It's Different for Girls" was Joe Jackson's biggest UK chart single, peaking at number five in the UK Singles Chart.[1] The song was backed with a live cover of the Chuck Berry song "Come On".

The song opens with a simple repeated two-note pattern on guitar which is quickly joined by a pulse on bass and drums. The verses remain quiet, with these instruments and the singer's voice being the main components. A bridge leading from the verse to the chorus changes the dynamic with its strident two beats on the lyrics "she said", before returning to a quieter (though not as quiet as the verse) chorus, which is driven by a guitar motif and slow arpeggiated guitar pattern, over which the voice floats in a more complex melody before returning to the original two-note guitar and bass pulse of the introduction. Unlike many of Jackson's later songs, he plays no instruments, keyboards being absent from the track.

Apart from appearing as a single and on the album I'm the Man, "It's Different for Girls" has also appeared on other Joe Jackson albums. A live version appeared onLive 1980/86 in 1987, having been recorded on Jackson's Big World tour in 1986. A different live version appeared on the 2000 album Summer in the City: Live in New York. During the Laughter and Lust tour, it was performed as a duet with Joy Askew. The original version of the song was also included on Jackson's 1990 compilationStepping Out: The Very Best of Joe Jackson and again on the 1997 compilation This Is It! (The A&M Years 1979–1989). "Come On" was released as a bonus track on the 2001 reissue of I'm the Man - prior to this it had only been available on Propaganda, a 1979 A&M records sampler notable for live tracks from Joe Jackson and The Police.


  • Joe Jackson – vocals
  • Gary Sanford – guitar
  • Graham Maby – bass, vocals
  • David Houghton – drums, vocals

Cover Versions[edit]Edit

The song was recorded by Farrah, and released as a track on their 2004 album Me Too.

"It's Different for Girls"
Single by Siskin
from the album Siskin
Released December 2008
Format CD and Digital Download
Genre PopAdult Contemporary
Length 3:07
Label Siskin Music (SMLCS001)
Writer(s) Joe Jackson
Producer(s) Stephen Lironi
Siskin singles chronology
"It's Different for Girls"


"Find A Better Life"


"It's Different for Girls" was the first Siskin single, and was released in 2008. It is the group's only cover version to date.

Track listing[edit]Edit

  1. "It's Different for Girls" (Joe Jackson)


In 2012 Joe Pernice recorded a version of the song for a fund raising cd titled "Super Hits of the Seventies" for radio station WFMU.

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