I've posed for pictures with Iv'ry Soap
I've petted stray dogs, and shied clear of dope
My smile is brilliant, my glance is tender
But I'm noted most for my unspoiled gender
I've been made Miss Reingold, though I never touch beer
And I'm the person to whom they say, "You're sweet, my dear"
The only etchings I've seen have been behind glass
And the closest I've been to a bar was at ballet class
Prim and proper, the girl who's never been kissed
I'm tired of being pure and not chased

Like something that seeks it's level
I wanna go to the devil

I wanna be evil, I wanna spit tacks
I wanna be evil and cheat at jacks
I wanna be wicked, I wanna tell lies
I wanna be mean and throw mud pies

I want to wake up in the morning
With that dark brown taste
I wanna see some dissipation in my face
I wanna be evil, I wanna be mad
But more than that, I wanna be bad

I wanna be evil and trump an ace
Just to see my partner's face
I wanna be nasty, I wanna be cruel
I wanna be daring, I wanna shoot pool

And in the theatre, I want to change my seat
Just so I can step on everybody's feet

I wanna be evil, I wanna hurt flies
I wanna sing songs like the guy who cries
I wanna be horrid, I wanna drink booze
And whatever I've got, I am eager to lose

I wanna be evil, little evil me
Just as mean and evil as I can be


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"I Want To Be Evil" as written by Lester Judson Raymond Taylor

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    My OpinionIt's interesting what passed for evil in the 1950s when this song came out. Like cheating at jacks, playing pool, trumping an ace, so on. It's hard to tell if Eartha is being facetious here. Regardless, the rhymes are great.
    scienceon January 13, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningAnyone know what this line is talking about?
    "I want to sing songs like the guy who cries"

    Sounds like a topical reference, but it would be something from the early 50s at the latest. I don't think it's about John Boehner!
    bulgieon August 23, 2014   Link
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    Song Meaning@qzl Thanks I bet you're right.

    "Cry" by Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads (1951)
    Sample lyric:
    "So let your hair down and go on baby and cry (cry, and cry)"

    "I Want to Be Evil" was released in '53, so that Johnnie Ray hit would have been familiar to the people hearing Eartha's song. Though there's nothing evil about "Cry", so I think that line might be there mostly because it rhymes... Or am I still missing something? (It's been known to happen.)
    bulgieon July 20, 2019   Link

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