The Knack – Good Girls Don’t

Good Girls Don’t was released by the Knack in 1979 off the album “Get the Knack.” it was written by Knack singer  Doug Fieger and peaked at 11 on the Billboard Charts. Everyone knows their other big single off that album “My Sharona.”

I was 12 about to be 13 when I heard this song for the first time. For a new teenage boy, it was a great song.

Fieger wrote this song in 1972 and didn’t want to record it for the album until the producer talked him into it. It is a strong power pop song with some edgy lyrics for 1979 and a “clean” single was released also.

 

“Good Girls Don’t”

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 Good girls don’t
Good girls don’t 
But she’ll be telling you
Good girls don’t, but I doSo 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 till late
There’s a ringing in your brain
‘Cause you could’ve swore you thought you heard her saying

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

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

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

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

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

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
But I do
But I do
But I do

 

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

14 thoughts on “The Knack – Good Girls Don’t”

  1. Likewise. It doesn’t hold up too well to me, but at that time it was the coolest and most envelope-pushing song I’d heard on radio . Off the top of my head, I seem to recall it made it to #1 in my neck of the woods (Canada), much higher than in the USA

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    1. The lyrics are tame by today’s standards but for a teenage boy at that time it was exciting. I do remember “The New Beatles” tag the Knack was hung with…you can’t win with that.

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  2. I bought the album not long after it came out and liked the album a lot. My Sharona was a great radio song. A lot of money put behind this album. The next album wasn’t so good and the decline was fast. I remember seeing the second album in discount bins 6 months after it was released. Get The Knack- Kurt Cobain listed it as one of his 50 favorite albums. The back lash was big against them but it was a pretty good album. They also covered Buddy Holly’s Heartbeat! Sharona was on the cover of the second album. Good Girls Don’t -topped the chart in Canada.

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    1. They had that sixties look down. I do remember they had the “New Beatles” label on them which can only end bad. They were really refreshing at the time to listen to.

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      1. I don’t know what there downfall was? Maybe the old you have your whole life to make the first album- and 8 months later they released the second album– maybe it was lack of being able to keep up with the writing ofkiller songs. You mentioned how Good Girls Don’t had been written years earlier..

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      2. I am sure they didn’t have much down time to write songs in that short period of time either- and the record label probably was pressuring them for a follow up while they were hot. Plus during the period from the release of Get The Knack- they had to deal with going from obscurity to being somewhat famous. How do you find the time to craft songs?

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      3. When you are cut off from the real world in a hotel-car-stage… and having to write a song on order… is hard. You usually end up with a mediocre song when you have to manufacture being inspired.

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  3. I liked this song a lot better than My Sharona. I always thought The Knack was a victim of over-the-top hype. They were billed from the start as the next band to rule the airwaves, which is always suspect. Even teenagers see through that ruse. Maybe the band had management and promoters who were capable of creating the hype, but not capable of carrying them through it.

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    1. Yes the “New Beatles” tag is what I heard the most. I liked this song better also…even before I heard the other one too many times.
      They had that mod sixties image going on and I liked them at the time but their career didn’t last long.

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