"You Better You Bet" as written by and Peter Townshend....
You better you better you bet.
I call you on the telephone my voice too rough with cigarettes.
I sometimes thing I should just go home but I'm dealing with a memory
That never forgets
I love to hear you say my name especially when you say yes
I got your body right now on my mind and I drunk myself blind to the
Sound of old T-Rex
To the sound of old T-Rex - who's next?

[Chorus:]
When I say I love you you say you better
You better you better you bet
When I say I need you you say you better
You better you better you bet
You better bet your life

Or love will cut you like a knife
I want those feeble minded axes overthrown
I'm not into your passport picture I just like your nose
You welcome me with open arms and open legs
I know only fools have needs but this one never begs
I don't really mind how much you love me
A little is really alright
When you say come over and spend the night
Tonight

[Chorus:]

I lay on the bed with you
We could make some book of records
Your dog keeps licking my nose
And chewing up all those letters
Saying "you better"
You better bet your life
You better love me, all the time now
You better shove me back into line now
You better love me, all the time now
You better shove me back into line now.
I showed up late one night with a neon light for a visa
But knowing I'm so eager to fight can't make letting me in any easier
I know tha~t I been wearing crazy clothes and I look pretty crappy
Sometime
But my body feels so good and I still sing a razor line every time.
And when it comes to all night living
I know what I'm giving
I've got it all down to a tee
And it's free.

[Chorus:]


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"You Better You Bet" as written by Pete Townshend

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  • +2
    General Comment"...old T-Rex - who's next?"

    Maybe... but it might (also?) be:

    "...old T. Rex, and _Who's Next_."

    That is: a reference to the band's earlier album _Who's Next_.
    bouncingleafon May 18, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe couple in the song are nicely dysfunctional, in that there's this power struggle but neither really minds. And hey, they listen to T. Rex, how bad can it be. I sing this one in public and ignore the stares.
    Anadineon April 19, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment" I know that I been wearing crazy clothes and I look pretty crappy sometime
    But my body feels so good and I still sing a razor line everytime."

    Favourite line.
    Great song.
    em_con July 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's pretty clearly about a long distance relationship, or one in which they both travel a lot and don't see a lot of each other.
    "your passport picture"
    "all those letters"
    "a neon light for a visa"
    Regos the Saneon August 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt looks like the lyrics are slightly wrong here.
    The line actually says "To the sound of old T-Rex, and who's next".
    Who's next, being The Who's 1971 album.
    Which is pretty great reference that they are listening to their own album. Great song.
    matsientston September 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"matsientst" so far is the most insightful. The song is pretty much about the "rock star" life: music (T-Rex/The Who), sex ("You welcome me with open arms and open legs"), drugs ("But my body feels so good and I still sing a razor line every time....
    And when it comes to all night living)
    papaconson December 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI always thought this song was about a long distance relationship between a rockstar and someone else and all about the rockstar's life.
    emptyglasson November 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat does you better you bet mean? the line not the song
    pianton September 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is presumably about a rock 'n roll relationship (either between two rockstars or one rockstar and someone who waits at home). He describes the rock n roll lifestyle and how it affects his relationship - e.g 'my voice too rough with cigarettes' and 'I sometimes think I should just go home'.
    It's obviously a very sexual relationship - You welcome me with open arms and open legs' - and when they see each other its for such a short time that most of it is spent passionately. Therefore when he says 'I love you' she says 'you'd better!' because otherwise their relationship would be JUST sexual, instead of a romantic relationship that simply isn't granted much of a chance due to long distance.
    dalamanzaon November 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believe no one has commented on this song! it's so awesome!
    weezerific:cutleryon April 07, 2003   Link

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