Meaning of Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood

It will not be easy to find a more suitable song for a spectacular appearance in the frame or on stage of a bad guy than the famous composition Bad to the Bone (“Bad to the marrow of the bones”).

I think you yourself can easily remember a couple of famous scenes from popular films in which it sounds (everyone watched the second Terminator!).

History and meaning of the song Bad to the Bone

The author and first performer of the song is American blues-rock guitarist George Thorogood, who recorded it with The Destroyers.

There is no need to explain what the song Bad to the Bone is about, because it is more than clear. Let’s just say that in life Thorogood never looked like the hero of the song, so he can rather be called a good guy.

Musically, Bad to the Bone is reminiscent of Bo Diddley’s I’m a Man. However, it is also similar to many other blues standards (eg Johnny Watson’s Gangster of Love or Muddy Waters’ She Moves Me and Mannish Boy). The guitar riff from Bad to the Bone was clearly borrowed from Chuck Berry’s No Money Down (remember also Elvis Presley’s Trouble).

Release and achievements

The song became the title track of the album Bad to the Bone, which the musicians released in 1982.

At first, she was not particularly popular with the public. But then the still very young MTV channel began active rotation of the video clip for Bad to the Bone, and soon the composition, like the album, rose to the top positions in the charts of different countries.

Subsequently, filmmakers loved the song very much. She sounds in the feature films “Terminator 2”, “Christina”, “Major Payne”, “Problem Child” and many others. The history of the Bad to the Bone song is replete with inclusions in television shows, commercials, series and computer games. Of course, Bad to the Bone is constantly heard at all sorts of sports competitions.

Videoclip Bad to the Bone

By the way, Bo Diddley starred in the clip Bad to the Bone. In this video, Thorogood plays pool with him (and wins). Let’s watch the music video online.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A-rOy_Igbg

Interesting Facts

  • The famous American billiards player Willy Mosconi also appears in the video for the song.

Bad To The Bone Lyrics George Thorogood

On the day I was born
The nurses all gathered ’round
And they gazed in wide wonder
At the joy they had found
The head nurse spoke up
Said, “Leave this one alone”
She could tell right away
That I was bad to the bone

chorus:
Bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
BBBB Bad
BBBB Bad
BBBB Bad
Bad to the bone

I broke a thousand hearts
Before I met you
I’ll break a thousand more, baby
Before I am through
I wanna be your pretty baby
Yours and yours alone
I’m here to tell ya honey
That I’m bad to the bone

I make a rich woman run
I’ll make a good woman steal
I’ll make an old woman blush
And make a young girl squeal
I wanna be your pretty baby
Yours and yours alone
I’m here to tell ya honey
That I’m bad to the bone

And when I walk the streets
kings and queens step aside
Every woman I meet
They all stay satisfied
I wanna tell ya pretty baby
Well ya see I make my own
I’m here to tell ya honey
That I’m bad to the bone

Bad to the Bone Lyrics George Thorogood

The day I was born
All the nurses gathered around
And they stared in incredible amazement
How I had fun
The head nurse said loudly:
“Leave him alone”
She immediately realized
That I was bad to the core

Chorus:
Bad to the core
Bad to the core
P-p-p-p-bad
P-p-p-p-bad
P-p-p-p-bad
Bad to the core

I broke a thousand hearts
Before I met you
I’ll break another thousand, baby
Before I finish
I want to be yours honey
Yours and only yours
I came to tell you baby
That I’m bad to the core

I make the rich woman beg
A decent woman is to steal,
Old woman – blush,
And the girl – to moan loudly
I want to be your baby
Yours and only yours
I came to tell you baby
That I’m bad to the core

When I walk down the street
Kings and queens make way for me
The women that I meet
Always remain satisfied
I want to tell you honey
Well you see, I’m on my own
I came to tell you honey
That I’m bad to the core

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