"Bad Girl" as written by Lillian Hardin Armstrong and Avon Long....
I've been a bad girl
I ain't playin' fair
I want you to be free
But I don't wanna share
No I don't wanna let ya go
But it's about time I do
I can't blame ya anymore
And I still love you

Wah wah wah-wah wah wah wah-wah wah
Wah wah wah-wah wah wah wah-wah wah

I know it ain't easy
Being left on your own
Why did you leave me
Well I don't really know
And why wait another day
When a day won't change a thing
Please don't ever let me say
That again

Wah wah wah-wah wah wah wah-wah wah
Wah wah wah-wah wah wah wah-wah wah

Mama I ain't waiting
I ain't waiting
But I'm still holding on

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"Bad Girl" as written by Lillian Hardin Armstrong Avon Long

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  • +3
    General Commentahhh absolutly amazing. it breaks my heart when he says "and why wait another day
    when a day won't change a thing
    please don't ever let me say
    that again"
    MountWroclaion August 30, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song might also be about being in love with someone you can't have and letting them go.
    "no I don't wanna let ya go. but it's about time I do. I can't blame you anymore, still I love you"
    OhAustinon March 04, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"Mama I ain't waiting
    I ain't waiting
    but I'm still holding on"

    Perfect irony of lost/unrequited love.
    littleheadon February 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentis this song about bianca cassidy?
    it's beautiful, and it has some of the most passionate singing i've heard from devendra!
    amyelizzzabethon September 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song. sort of like, if you love someone, you have to let them go. this song makes me cry.
    _sunshine88on September 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs it just me or does the 'wah wah' section sound almost mocking? Kinda like 'yeah blah blah blah'. I picture accompanying talking-hand gestures. My feeling, when listening, is of sympathy for the couple but also of having to step back and say 'yeah but get over it, everyone goes through this'. I dunno, those sections always grate with me, and I can't quite figure out what he means by having them there. The change in the music style also feels like a snap-out-of-it kind of thing.

    Favourite line: 'Why did you leave me?' What he does with his voice there is so perfect, so full of pathos.

    Powerful ending.
    meudwenon June 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so captivating in every aspect. acknowledging how pathetic one is when one loves another. an apparent vulnerability with the whispering tone one will confess in.
    prettybabyon December 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti really love this song and i feel like i can relate to it a lot lately...

    here's my interpretation

    Verse one: she knows its time to let him go becuase its just that time in their lives, each needs to move on but she is having a hard time letting go, there is no reason to blame him but she still feels hurt because she loves him and how could she not feel hurt its the most natural reaction

    Verse two: its a mutual breakup - shes saying both were left, its not easy for him or her, sometimes she doesnt know why its over because of romantic love, but practically she knows why, - now is when she gets into waiting for him - she waited for him to come around and for their to a fairytale ending (like he wouldnt need to move on and could be with her even tho it was not probable or even possible), when she says please don't ever let me say that again i dont think it is out of shame, but because she knows she needs to move on and not wait another day - one needs to make an action, either she moves on or he doesnt (in her eyes)

    Verse three: she continues to comment on waiting, she isnt waiting for him because she knows nothing will come of it, but she really really hopes something will

    im probably reading too much into it, prob so that it relates to me
    devendraloveron February 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song was modeled around "Dont Let Me Down" by the Beatles.
    shmortisborgon November 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is nothing short of beautiful.
    fernandoboton December 08, 2007   Link

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