Private Dancer/ Tina Turner

Live From Earth/ Pat Benatar

BETTER BE GOOD TO ME

Writers: Holly Knight/ Mike Chapman

 

A prisoner of your love

entangled in your web

hot whispers in the night

I’m captured by your spell

Oh yes I’m touched by this show of emotion

Should I be fractured by your lack of devotion

Should I should I

 

Oh you better be good to me

That’s how it’s gotta be now

Cause I don’t have no use

for what you losely call the truth

You better be good to me

 

And I think it’s oh so right

That we don’t need to fight

When we stand face to face

and you present your case

and I know you keep telling me that you love me

and I really do wanna believe

but did you think I’d just accept you in blind faith

Oh sure babe, anything to please you

 

But you better be good to me

That’s how it’s gotta be now

Cause I don’t have the time

For your over loaded lines

and I don’t have no use

for what you loosely call the truth

You better be good to me

 

And I really don’t see why it’s so hard to be

Good to me

And I don’t understand what’s your plan

that you can’t be good to me

What I can’t feel I surely cannot see why can’t you be

Good to me

If it is not real I do not wish to see why can’t you be

Good to me

Oh you better be good to me

That’s how it’s gotta be now

Cause I don’t have no use

for what you losely call the truth

You better be good to me

 

 

 
Lyrics

1. BETTER BE GOOD TO ME
 

‘This is the first song I ever wrote with Mike Chapman and it was a life changing moment for me, the whole experience. (The writing credits also include Mike’s longtime partner, Nicky Chinn, but the truth is Nicky wasn’t in the country when we wrote ‘Better be Good To Me’. Because of his contractual agreements with Mike, I had to agree to let his name go on as a writer.  I was never happy about that) .

My band Spider was in the finishing stages of the second record, and I wanted Mike to produce a track this time. (I had always wanted Mike to produce us from the beginning, but he had other commitments so he designated Peter Coleman, his longtime engineer as our producer). I thought that if I wrote the song with Mike, I could convince him to produce the track as well, which he did.  It was soon after its release, when I left Spider that it was played to Tina Turner in an A & R meeting at Capitol Records. Legend has it that she jumped out of her seat and said, ‘this is it, this is what I want to sing, and the message I’ve been wanting to say’. Nine songs later, it has been my experience that Tina does not like to sing songs where she is perceived as a victim. She only wants to sing positive, empowering songs. I love that about her’.  -HK

  • Worldwide, Private Dancer has been estimated to have sold over 20 million copies
  • Has been on every Tina Turner Greatest Hits package and been performed on every Tina Turner tour to this day
  • Featured on the platinum selling Miami Vice Soundtrack

 

 

 
 
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