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I Want to Be Bad

    (B.G. DeSylva - L. Brown - R. Henderson; from Follow Through)

Transcribed from vocals by Helen Kane, recorded 1/30/1929, from the musical "Follow Through,"
From Helen Kane, the Original 'Boop-Boop a-Doop' Girl: Great Original Performances 1928 - 1930; Robert Parker's Classic Years in Digital Stereo, Louisiana Red Hot Records, RPCD-323,
Photograph of Helen Kane CD.

To be or not to be -
That is not the question!
I decided long ago to be!
With me, it's what to be,
Now, make me some suggestions,
Good or bad,
Which is the best for me?
When you're after fun and laughter, this aggravates you,
Some reformers say a warmer climate awaits you!

If it's naughty to rouge your lips,
Shake your shoulders and shake your hips,
Let a lady confess, I want to be bad!

If it's naughty to vamp the men,
Sleep each morning till after ten,
Then the answer is yes, I want to be bad!

This thing of being a good little goodie is all very well,
What can you do when you're loaded with plenty of health
And vigor.

When you're learning what lips are for,
And it's naughty to ask for more,
Let a lady confess, I want to be bad!

Oh, if it's naughty to rouge your lips,
Shake your shoulders and shake your hips,
Then, let a lady confess, I want to be bad!
Boop-boop-a-doop!

And, if it's naughty to vamp the men,
Sleep each morning till after ten,
Then the answer is yes, I want to be bad!

Nobody cares just how blue and how lonesome I am!
If I have troubles and laugh, why they don't give a dam-
Sel credit.

If it's wrong to let someone take,
Just a little kiss by mistake,
Let a lady confess, I want to be ba-da-da-da-da-da
Bad!
 



Transcribed from Ray Ventura & His Collegians; vocals by Edoard S. Foy; recorded 5/16/1929.
From: Can't Help Lovin' That Man; Art Deco Columbia Legacy CK 52855.

If it's naughty
To rouge your lips,
Shake your shoulders,
And twist your hips,
Let the lady confess, "I want to bad!"

If it's naughty
To vamp the  men,
Sleep each morning
'Til after ten,
And then the answer is, "Yes, I want to be bad!

This thing of being a good little goodie is all very well!
What can you do if you're loaded with plenty of hell?

And figure,
When you're learning
What lips are for,
If it's naughty
To ask for more;
Let a lady confess, "I want to be bad!"


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Published 3/23/99.
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