Culture: Bad to the Bone

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Today’s lesson will help teach you some cultural aspect of American music and learn new vocabulary the way Americans sometimes speak.

We are using a very popular song from 1982. It continues to be used in many movies, TV shows and advertisements on TV. Have you heard this song before?

The song is called “Bad to the Bone”

Listen to the song:

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The singer is George Thorogood and the rest of the group is called “The Destroyers”, so they’re known as “George Thorogood & The Destroyers”

We call this kind of music “Classic Rock” because it’s from many years ago and is considered Rock and Roll style.

Before we get to the song lyrics, here’s the words/phrases you may need help with…

Bad to the bone” = Extremly bad

I broke a thousand hearts” (Or “heartbreak” / 心碎 ) = to cause someone great emotional pain

gazed in wide wonder” = stared in awe and amazement

gazed” = Stare for a long time(凝视)

Head nurse” = The nurse boss (护士长)

Beg” (“I’ll make a rich woman beg”) = 恳求;乞讨

I wanna tell ya…” = “I want to tell you…”
Ya” = Very informal way of saying “You”.
Wanna” = Very informal way of saying “want to”

George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Song: Bad to the Bone
Album: Bad to the Bone
Written by: George Thorogood
Date: 1982

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

Bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
B-B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-B-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 yours pretty baby
Yours and yours alone
I’m here to tell ya honey
That I’m bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-Bad
B-B-B-Bad
Bad to the bone

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