Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

I always liked the rhythm of this song and the stuttering vocal.

Bachman wasn’t planning to release the song with the stuttering vocal. He sang it with the stutter to poke fun at his brother Gary, who had a speech impediment. During microphone checks, he would sing it with the stutter and recorded a version that was intended just for Gary. His record company liked it a lot better than the non-stuttering version, so that’s the one they released. Eventually, Gary stopped stuttering.

The song peaked at #1 in the Billboard 100, #1 in Canada, #1 in New Zealand, and #2 in the UK in 1974.

Randy Bachman:  “I was rehearsing and producing BTO’s third album. We needed an FM Top 40 hit, something light with a heavy bit in it. At that time, I was inspired by Traffic’s Dave Mason and his song Only You Know And I Know, which had a dang-a-lang rhythm, and the Doobie Brothers’ Listen To The Music. So I copped those jangling rhythms, changed the chords and then added some power chords of my own. I had a work in progress, in two parts: a great rhythm and a heavy riff.”

“I thought it was embarrassing, but it went to No.1 in the States and 2. other countries. I was dumbfounded. Particularly because as soon it became a hit my brother stopped stammering.”

 

From Songfacts

This is one of the most famous songs with prominent stutter, as Randy Bachman sings, “B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet.”

The lyrics, especially “She took me to her doctor and he told me of a cure,” led to rumors that the song was about herpes or some other social disease. According to Bachman, the lyrics are just words he improvised, as he didn’t thing the song was going to be released and was just using it to test levels in the studio.

Randy Bachman produced the Not Fragile album and used this song to test dynamics in the studio, since the guitars would go from quiet to loud.

When the band recorded it, they didn’t think it would be released, so they didn’t bother perfecting it – or even tuning their instruments. Bachman’s vocal was considered a scratch track. This became Bachman’s “work song” for testing.

The band only played it for their label after the boss at Mercury, Charlie Fach, heard the eight songs they completed and didn’t hear a hit. The engineer suggested playing him the “work song,” and Bachman reluctantly agreed.

When Fach heard the song, he loved it, warts and all. In a Songfacts interview with Bachman, he explained: “Charlie said, ‘I want to put this on the album.’ And I said, ‘I need to remix it.’ And he said, ‘Don’t touch it. Put it on the way it is. When you play this with the other songs, it just jumps off the turntable.'”

The title is grammatically incorrect. It is a double-negative, although “You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet” wouldn’t have the same ring to it.

This song came about when the band was playing a jam session in the key of “A.” “Takin’ Care Of Business” also came out of a jam session, but that one was in the key of “C.”

Randy Bachman wrote this song and sang lead. He and his bandmate Fred Turner split vocal duties in the band.

Bachman’s inspiration for the intro/verse melody was Dave Mason’s “Only You Know and I Know.”

Stephen King referenced “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” in the short story “Big Driver” from his 2010 collection, Full Dark, No Stars, when the protagonist hears the tune blasting from a car. King has another connection to the band. Early in his career, his publisher only allowed him to release one book a year, so he bypassed the rule by coming up with a pen name: Richard Bachman, inspired by the Richard Stark novel on his desk and the Bachman-Turner Overdrive album in his record player.

This was used in these TV shows:

My Name Is Earl (“Darnell Outed: Part 1” – 2009)
Supernatural (“The Magnificent Seven” – 2007)
Cold Case (“Yo, Adrian” – 2005)
The Sopranos (“Watching Too Much Television” – 2002)
The Simpsons (“Saddlesore Galactica” – 2000)

And in these movies:

The Watch (2012)
It’s A Boy Girl Thing (2006)
The Ex (2006)
Joe Dirt (2001)
Pushing Tin (1999)

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

I met a devil woman
She took my heart away
She said, I’ve had it comin’ to me
But I wanted it that way
I think that any love is good lovin’
So I took what I could get, mmh
Oooh, oooh she looked at me with big brown eyes

And said,
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet
Here’s something that you never gonna forget
B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet

Nothin’ yet, you ain’t been around
That’s what they told me

And now I’m feelin’ better
‘Cause I found out for sure
She took me to her doctor
And he told me of a cure
He said that any love is good love
So I took what I could get
Yes, I took what I could get
And then she looked at me with them big brown eyes

And said,
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
B-b-b-baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet
Here’s something, here’s something your never gonna forget, baby
You know, you know, you know you just ain’t seen nothin’ yet

You need educatin’
You got to got to school

Any love is good lovin’
So I took what I could get
Yes, I took what I could get
And then, and then, and then
She looked at me with them big brown eyes

And said,
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
Baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet
Here’s something, here’s something
Here’s something that your never gonna forget, baby
Baby, baby, baby you ain’t seen n-n-nothin’ yet
You ain’t been around
You ain’t seen nothin’ yet
That’s what she told me
She said, I needed educatin’, go to school
I know I ain’t seen nothin’ yet
I know I ain’t seen nothin’ yet
Got something for you right now
Feels good, alright, how do you do that?
But I ain’t seen nothin’ yet
I deserve it one of these days
Woohoo, but I ain’t seen nothin’ yet
Yeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeah
I ain’t seen nothin’ yet
I’ll wait, I’ll wait, I’ll wait
If you want to show me what I ain’t seen, where I ain’t been
Lalalalalala

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

22 thoughts on “Bachman Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”

  1. good song- me and my brother both loved them back then. They were sort of the epitome of what was termed “hard rock” up north back then. Along with Kiss, about the loudest rockers you’d hear on regular hit radio. Listening to BTO, and Burton’s solo work of the 70s, seems like it’s obvious why Guess Who split up… two leads with very different sound ideas in their minds.

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    1. I’ve always liked them a lot. I agree they were hard back then. The only song that is hard for me to listen to is TCB because I’ve heard that one a little too much but this one…I still turn this one up when it comes on. Heck, we played it some last year in the garage.

      When you mentioned the Guess Who the other day that got me on this one.

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      1. lol…I neeed that!

        You know I don’t know what it’s called…I had more of a problem of saying something…you problaby had kids in your class that way. When roll was being called…”Max” I couldn’t say “here”…it just wouldn’t come out…so I would have to say something I could…like…”could I go to the bathroom?”…why that would come out but not “here” puzzles me.

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      2. I went to school with a guy who had a terrible stutter – but in fact I don’t remember teaching a single student in 40+ years who had a stutter. Possibly the experts are better at dealing with it these days.

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