Daily Archives: November 20, 2012

Radio XI, side B, track 2: “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” by Cinderella

Oh, Cinderella, this song was tailor-made for high school dances in my neck of the woods.  If there’s one thing me as well as every teenage girl in the world at the time were a sucker for, it was a heavy metal band playing a slow song.  A delicate  piano solo in a Cinderella song?  Wha. . .??!?!  That’s right, Cinderella, you boys knew what you were doing.  Show the girls that you could rock and pull off really long hair, and THEN show them how sensitive you were.  Brilliant!  And in my estimable opinion, Cinderella, there’s an argument to be had that a heavy metal ballad is way more impactful than if it’s coming from any other artist.  Pop stars and crooners and country-western singers, a sad song is expected as part of their oeuvre, but you don’t really expect a band like yours to suddenly put the lights down low and take a bubble bath and lament love’s passing.  And when you sing about being in pain, it SOUNDS like you’re in pain.  When you’re screaming “Tearin’ through my soul”, that’s exactly what it sounds like is happening.  I watched a lot of couples making out to this song on the dance floor in my youth, Cinderella (sadly, I was never part of such a couple), so I can only imagine what effect it had on your groupies.  Well played, my friends.

“Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)”

I can’t tell ya baby
What went wrong
I can’t make ya feel
What you felt so long ago
I’ll let it show

I can’t give ya back
What’s been hurt
Heartaches come and go
And all that’s left
Are the words
I can’t let go
If we take some time
Think it over, baby
Take some time, let me know
If ya really wanna go

Don’t know what ya got
‘Til it’s gone
Don’t know what it is
I did so wro-o-ong

Now I know what I’ve got
It’s just this song

And it ain’t easy to get back, takes so lo-o-ong

I can’t feel the things that cause ya pain
I can’t clear my heart
Of your love
It falls like rain

Ain’t the same

I hear ya callin’
Far away

Tearin’ through my soul
I just can’t take
Another day

Who’s ta blame
If we take some time
Think it over, baby
Take some time, let me know
If ya really wanna go

Don’t know what ya got
‘Til it’s gone
Don’t know what it is
I did so wro-o-ong

Now I know what I’ve got
It’s just this song

And it ain’t easy to get back, takes so lo-o-ong

Do ya wanna see me beggin’, baby
Can’t ya give me just one more day
Can’t ya see my heart’s been draggin’ lately
I’ve been lookin’ for the words to say
Mmmmmmm!

<awesome Cinderella jam>

Don’t know what ya got
‘Til it’s gone
Don’t know what it is
I did so wro-o-ong

Now I know what I’ve got
It’s just this song

And it ain’t easy to get back, takes so lo-o-ong

Ow!
Don’t know what ya got
‘Til it’s gone, no!

Don’t know what it is
I did so wro-o-ong

Now I know what I’ve got
It’s just this so-o-ong

And it ain’t easy to get back, takes so lo-o-ong

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