"The Bad Thing" as written by and Alex Turner....
Do the bad thing
Take off your wedding ring
But it won't make it that much easier
It might make it worse

Oh, the night's like a whirlwind
Somebody's girlfriend's talkin' to me, but it's alright
She's sayin' that he's not gonna slap me or try to attack me
He's not the jealous type
And I only need to get half an excuse and I'm away
But when there's no excuses, that's much easier to say
I've been before
And all these capers make her too forward to ignore
Well, she's talkin', but I'm not entirely sure, oh

Do the bad thing
Take off your wedding ring
But it won't make it that much easier
It might make it worse

Oh, I'm standing at the bar and somebody's partner's talkin' to me
But I don't know that is what she isn't
She murmurs things to confirm that the tragedy is true
And I knew how she could have anyone she wants
And I'm strugglin' to think of an immediate response

Like, I don't mind
Be a big mistake
For you to wait
And let me waste your time
Really, love, it's fine
Really, love, it's fine

And then the first time it occurred that there was something to destroy

I knew before the invitation that there was this ploy
Oh, but she carried on suggestin' a struggle to refuse
She said, 'it's the red wine this time, but that is no excuse.'

Lyrics submitted by dark kirby

"The Bad Thing" as written by Alex Turner

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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  • +2
    General CommentGuess it's about a girl cheating on her boyfriend and telling it to him.
    CAMeyeon April 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI've never come across a lyric that throws me so much as being able to go either way.

    For years I've always heard the last two lines as:
    "She said it's the right wildest time
    But that is no excuse"

    Now I listen to it I can hear "red wine", but I can still hear "right wildest" as well. :/
    Jebooon January 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI really love this song.
    I think it's abvously about a married girl/woman who's hitting on him and trying to convince him to sleep
    with her and he's been in that kind of situation a lot, so he's talking about one time that a married girl
    tried to get in his pants and she was drunk or pretending to be drunk, and he tries to make her see how
    she doesnt have to do it, like in this part when he says:

    Like I don't mind
    Be a big mistake for you to wait and help me waste your time
    Really love it's fine
    Said really love it's fine

    He wouldnt mind to have sex with her, but he's actually telling her that her life is fine and love is fine
    and she doesnt have to carry that kind of guilt.
    paolabramletton February 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about how when girls cheat they usually convince the guy to do it with them whether they have a boyfriend or not and he finally gives in at the end.
    Silon April 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaha, this song is fucking brilliant.
    CocaColaon April 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthes getting pressured into getting with a girl who has a boyfriend.

    now that hes famous he probably gets that alot, and hes just saying basically hes sick of it, cos they think he doesnt know about their boyfriends but he does
    Something3kon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe meaning is pretty simple... doesn't mean the song doesn't rock though. It rules!
    supernukeon May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song,
    The_$t!Gon June 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttrue story - its about a famous bird who alex turner did the bold thing with.
    turleyjoeon June 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell when he says 'do the bad thing, take off your wedding ring' he's being sarcastic. he's tempted, but his concious is kicking in...
    hacelepueson July 17, 2007   Link

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