Be good is her name
And I sing my lion's song and brush my mane
She would and she could
So she pulled my lion's tail and caused me pain

She said lion's are made for cages
Just to look at in delight
You dare not let 'em walk around
'cause they might just bite

Does she know what she does when she dances 'round my cage and says her name?
Be good.. Be good

Be good is her name
I trim my lion's claw and I, I cut my mane
And I would, if I could
But that woman treats me the same

She said lion's are made for cages
Just too look at in delight
You dare not let em walk around
'cause they might just bite

Does she know what she does when she dances around my cage?

Be good is her name
I sing my lion's sing, brush my mane
And she would if she could
so she pulled my lion's tail and caused me pain

She said lion's are made for cages
Just to look at in delight
You dare not let 'em walk around
'cause they might just bite

Does she know what she does when she dances around my cage?

Be good is her name
I trim my lions' claws, and I... and I cut my mane
And I would if I could
But be good, treats me the same

She said lion's are made for cages
Just to look at in delight
You dare not let 'em walk around
'cause they might just bite

Does she know what she does when she dances around my cage?
She dances round my cage
Does she know?
Does she know?

Be good, be good, be good, be good


Lyrics submitted by Pryncess33

Be Good (Lion's Song) song meanings
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  • +1
    My InterpretationI'm not sure of some of it, but I think the song is about an unrequited love, where the person tries to change himself to get another's attention, (by trimming his claws and mane), but she doesn't notice, and treats him the same, disregarding changes he's made.
    xxagoraphobicon August 28, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningListening ONLY to the lyrics & NOT the video - it does seem that Be Good likes to flirt with the Lion, but doesnt want to get hurt so dares not try to take the relationship to seriously. Be Good is scared to get hurt, but gives the Lion just enough attention to frustrate and entice him without fully committing.

    However, when you analyze the VIDEO meaning, put very simply, he was being encouraged (by a young lesser experinced cupid?) to be something he was not - advising him to act in a certain way that wasn't authentic. But Be Good noticed him when he was being real and himself.

    This is what the director said he was doing:

    Shot entirely on location in Baltimore, Maryland, director Pierre Bennu visually compliments Porter’s intense lyrics and smooth, soulful vocals with vibrant colors and whimsical storytelling, and sets it all against Charm City’s unique backdrop. As two lovers traverse their everyday lives amidst the mundane, Bennu draws on the power of everyday magic, the fear of loss, and the yearning for love in what he calls a “lullaby for your inner child.”

    “The dance of love is something that can be done alone but it is also fun with somebody else,” says Bennu. “I wanted to show two characters; one who was so busy dancing alone, never looking to have a partner… and another so desperate for love that he would do whatever it took to get it. What that character finally realizes is that all he needed to offer forth was himself.”
    kontakkon October 25, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI agree with what's been offered so far. I'd like to add my interpretation from the point of view of the caged lion whom she plays with, flirts with, teases, and ultimately breaks his heart. The lion nicknames her "Be Good" because that's what she says to him when she takes the relationship to the point where he wants to get physically intimate with her. "Don't be fresh." "Let's take things slow."

    But she's been hurt before by other lions (or unfaithful liars) and that's why lions need to be kept in check for she fears that if she allows intimacy, she will be hurt again by the uncared beast.

    So when she pulls his tail (gets him passionately worked up) but won't left him out of that "friendship" cage its hurtful to him. Lions are handsome and fun to be with until sex is introduced into the equation.

    In the same way Sophia purrs at her estranged husband Harpo to "be nice" in the juke joint in "The Color Purple," Be Good tells the lion to not be bad and try to rush her into something she's not ready for - and may never be ready for with this particular lion.
    Rapsodyon March 22, 2017   Link

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