Song of the Day #5,173: ‘Good Girls Don’t’ – The Knack

I’m closing Week One of my “second hits by one-hit wonders” theme with the first American band on the list. Los Angeles pop band The Knack debuted in 1979 with Get the Knack, an album that went double platinum in the U.S. on the strength of lead single ‘My Sharona.’

That song spent six weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it’s the first and likely only song most people associate with The Knack. But they did place four other songs on the Hot 100 over the next two years.

The most successful of those was ‘Good Girls Don’t,’ which also appeared on that debut album and made it all the way to #11.

This adolescent ditty is like a smutty, punky lost track by the early Beatles. It’s a total blast, channeling the mind of a teenage boy in three minutes of pure power pop ecstasy. This is a song that has me wanting to check out the rest of The Knack’s debut.

[Verse 1]
She’s your adolescent dream
Schoolboy stuff, a sticky sweet romance
And she makes you want to scream
Wishing you could get inside her pants
So you fantasize away
While you’re squeezing her, you thought you heard her saying

[Chorus]
“Good girls don’t
Good girls don’t”
But she’ll be telling you
“Good girls don’t, but I do”

[Verse 2]
So you call her on the phone
To talk about the teachers that you hate
And she says she’s all alone
And her parents won’t be coming home ’til late
There’s a ringing in your brain
’cause you could’ve swore you thought you heard her saying

[Chorus]
“Good girls don’t
Good girls don’t”
But she’ll be telling you
“Good girls don’t, but I do”

[Bridge]
And it’s a teenage sadness
Everyone has got to taste
An in-between age madness
That you know you can’t erase
’til she’s sitting on your face

[Verse 3]
You’re alone with her at last
And you’re waiting till you think the time is right
Cause you’ve heard she’s pretty fast
And you’re hoping that she’ll give you some tonight
So you start to make your play
’cause you could’ve swore you thought you heard her saying

[Chorus]
“Good girls don’t
Good girls don’t”
But she’ll be telling you
“Good girls don’t, but I do”

[Bridge]
And it’s a teenage sadness
Everyone has got to taste
An in-between age madness
That you know you can’t erase
’til she’s sitting on your face
It hurts

[Chorus]
“Good girls don’t
Good girls don’t”
But she’ll be telling you
“Good girls don’t, but I do”

“Good girls don’t
Good girls don’t”
But she’ll be telling you
“Good girls don’t, but I do”

[Outro]
“But I do
But I do
But I do”

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,173: ‘Good Girls Don’t’ – The Knack

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I remember this song well.

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