"Better Do It Right" as written by and Gregory D. Camp....
Mama told me "boy you best behave"
Cause Santa keeps a list of all his faves
And if you don't shape up
You ain't getting squat
But the devil on my shoulders getting hot
Hotter than ever
Cool out of sight
If I'm gonna do wrong
I'm gonna do it right

So he took me for a ride in his Cadillac
Stolen from a kleptomaniac
At a horse race track
I said "Sir, its Christmas Eve I should be home in bed
Instead he said
"You merry gentlemen always bet on red"
The duke of deception
Malice and spite
If I'm gonna do wrong
I'm gonna do it right

When you're done
You're really done
Will you look back and say; "hey that was fun?"
When all he ever wanted was a b.b. gun
Santa Claus heaven become

When you're done
You're really done
Will you look back and say; "hey that was fun?"

So he took me for a ride in his big ol' sleigh
We flew around the world in just one day
And Johnny Mathis sang
I said "so what you got for me in that sled"
Instead he said "Boy you've been bettin' on a darker shade of red"

Hotter than ever
Cool out of sight
Duke of deception
Malice and spite
Johnny is singin'
In heaven tonight
If you gotta do wrong
You better do it right


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"Better Do It Right" as written by Gregory D. Camp Greg Camp

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    General Commentman this song is hilarious i luv smash mouth! its the music that gets me up when im down!
    slammed234on March 15, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst of all, there is a mistake in the lyric. "When all he ever wanted . . . Santa Claus heaven become"
    Should be "Santa Claus never did come" Half of the sites are useing the formar one, but it doesn't really make any sense.

    The song was a little bit confusing at the begining: who exactly was the guy driving the boy around? The Devil? Or the Santa Claus?
    Once I got it that it was most likely the devil appeared to be like the Santa I would make the interpretation that the song is about making

    choices. That athough at one glance the tour the devil's taking the boy into is a gay and surreal, the undercurrent is ink-dark of settling

    the debt and consequences of trading with the devil.

    At one hand, the following can be interpreted as the suggestion to treasure and enjoy the moment "now". At the other hand, if someday one

    must face the justice and the outcomes of his own deeds will it still be fun?
    When you're done
    You're really done
    Will you look back and say; "hey that was fun?"

    That's what I think the song is about. I do notice that the song seems to leave the judgement open, that it's not very sure according the

    devil's answer "you are betting on a darker shade of red," whether the boy got what he wanted - the thing "in the sled." That either betting

    on the black or red make no difference on a roulette table. But I believe that the suspension is made deliberately and the actual message is

    shown in the conotation of the word "Instead" and "Darker tone" and ultimately it is obvious that the song is actually making a warning.

    Probably, the boy never did go back . . .
    By the way, citing the lyric from (stlyrics.com), a more accurate one, in the very last sentense "you better do it right," the

    word "right" is all capitalised as "RIGHT" making the suggestion of making the right choice at the start or at least, do not make a deal with the devil.
    Weslaion July 04, 2012   Link

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