The creativity within "Goofus" goes back to 1931. It has been released by various artists over the years. Have you used this site before, it is useful: http://secondhandsongs.com/performance/324559/versions#nav-entity I agree that it reflects their own experiences in the way you explain, but it was not a likely hit single for them. "Mr Guder" was self-penned (Carpenter.Bettis) and it DOES document their own experience when they were a duo at Disneyland. I admire the mood changes, contrasting rhythms, their vocal and instrumental arrangements, Richard's keyboards (but then I come from a classical background as he did) I was getting into popular music just before the "British Invasion" of America. Herman's Hermits were well known at the time for their great northern music hall type songs like "Mrs Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter", "No Milk Today" and "Leaning on the Lamp post". "There's a Kind of Hush" was in the same vein.