"Once Bitten Twice Shy" as written by and Ian Hunter....
Well the times are gettin' hard for you little girl
I'm a hummin' and a strummin' all over God's world
You can't remember when you had your last meal
And you don't know just how a woman feels

You didn't know what rock and roll was
Until you met my drummer on the Grey tour bus
I got there in the nick of time
Before he got his hands across your state line, yeah

Now it's the middle of the night on the open road
The heater don't work and it's oh so cold
You're lookin' tired, you're lookin' kinda beat
The rhythm of the street sure knocks you off your feet

You didn't know how rock and roll looked
Until you caught your sister with the guys from the group
Halfway home in the parking lot
By the look in her eye she was givin' what she got

I said my, my, my, I'm once bitten twice, shy babe
My, my, my, I'm once bitten twice shy baby
My, my, my, I'm once bitten twice shy baby

Oh, woman you're a mess, gonna die in your sleep
There's blood on my amp and my Les Paul's beat
Can't keep you home, you're messin' around
My best friend told me you're the best lick in town

You didn't know that rock and roll burned
So you bought a candle and you lived and you learned
You got the rhythm, you got the speed
Mama's little baby likes it short and sweet

I said my, my, my, I'm once bitten twice, shy babe
My, my, my, I'm once bitten twice shy baby
My, my, my, I'm once bitten twice shy baby

Alright! I didn't know you had a rock and roll record
Until I saw your picture on another guy's jacket
You told me I was the only one
But look at you now, it's as dark as it's gone

I said my, my, my, I'm once bitten twice, shy babe
My, my, my, I'm once bitten twice shy baby
My, my, my, I'm once bitten twice shy baby
I said my, my, my, I'm once bitten twice, shy babe
My, my, my, I'm once bitten twice shy baby


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"Once Bitten Twice Shy" as written by Ian Hunter

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    General CommentR.I.P. Boys, if your careers weren't over, they are now.
    NerdyTheWellon March 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsad, sad sad....... i'm still in awe about the incident at the rhode island concert, i'm pointin fingers at the owners.. because other bands stood forth and claimed they too were allowed to use the pyros... all my prayers go out towards them because they now have ALOT riding on there shoulders... more than anyone should
    CoNjOutsidersLsSmon March 06, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyep,its definetely the owners.
    The music still rocks though!
    Boonechic_21on March 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMore details of Rhode Island incident in case you miss it..
    cnn.com/2003/US/Northeast/02/21/deadly.nightclub.fire/

    cnn.com/2003/US/Northeast/02/21/nightclub.pyro/…
    letitrockon October 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is definitely there most commericial song. It's just a shame that one of their better songs didn't make it to the top like this one.
    mmcambellson August 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentokay...but what does the song mean?
    ultra-violenton February 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, this song is not an original. It was first written and recorded by Ian Hunter(formally of Mott the Hoople) back in the the mid-70's. You are right, mmcambells, the song was commercialized in the Great White version. They sped up the tempo and changed the lyrics slightly. I have to say that I do like both versions of the song although I prefer Hunter's version a little bit more. As far as the meaning of the song, ultra-violet, it is basically an ode to groupies. That's it, plain and simple.
    OzzWozon August 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great, this song is to groupies practically what Ozzwoz said lol.
    Highrise101on August 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song rocks
    A.MARNUSon December 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentvery rock n rollish song
    GuitarHeroManon May 15, 2009   Link

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