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Poison

Nothin’ But A Good Time

Album: Open Up and Say…Aah!

Year: 1988

                        Bret Michaels takes the last of his paycheck to the bar in the charming         “Nothin’ But A Good Time.”

                     An energetic guitar opens the single, setting a carefree tone. He looks at his bank statement. He’s got several overdraft fees on his checking account. He’s going to have to borrow from his parents. There isn’t enough for gas. He would like to take his girlfriend out over the weekend. However, she’s going to have to settle for a VHS movie. (“Now listen/Not a dime, I can't pay my rent/I can barely make it through the week/Saturday night I'd like to make my girl/But right now I can't make ends meet.”)

                 In the pre-chorus, he works his 9 to 5 during the week. Then, on some weekends he picks up shifts at a restraurant. He can’t afford to go anywhere. (“I'm always workin', slavin' every day/Gotta get a break from that same-old same-old/I need a chance just to get away/If you could hear me think, this is what I'd say.”)

                   In the chorus, he says he wants to go out to the bar and enjoy himself with his friends. (“Don't need nothin' but a good time/How can I resist?/Ain't lookin' for nothin' but a good time/And it don't get better than this.”)

                     His family tells to stop taking women out all the time and drinking his paycheck. He apologizes for his hangover. However, it’s his only chance to really let loose. (“They say I spend my money on women and wine/But I couldn't tell you where I spent last night/I'm really sorry 'bout the shape I'm in/I just like my fun every now and then.”)

                     The pre-chorus and chorus are sung again.

                       In the bridge, he buys a round of shots for his friends. He says they all work hard and deserve a time out from the stress. He’s still going to live his life. (“You see I/I raise a toast to all of us/Who are breakin' our backs every day/If wantin' the good life is such a crime/Lord, then put me away, yeah/Here's to ya!”)

                 An extended chorus ends the single.  (“Don't need nothin' but a good time/How can I resist?/Ain't lookin' for nothin' but a good time/And it don't get better than this/Don't need nothin' but a good time/How can I resist?/Ain't lookin' for nothin' but a good time/And it don't get better than this/Don't get better, baby.”)

                     Michaels just wants to relax. Whatever little he is, he’s going to make the most of it. Might as well. He has the finesse to shake off any criticism and do his own thing.

                     The sociable “Nothin’ But A Good Time” deserves another round.

 


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