Daily Archives: December 8, 2012

Radio XII, side B, track 1: “Hide Your Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

Oh, Bonnie Tyler, there’s always something magical when you hear a song for the first time and you just know it’s not only going to be a hit but it’s going to stand the test of time.  From the first moment that I heard you sing “Johnny better run, better run!” and that awesome chorus of “Ah-ha ha, a-hey hey hey, do do do doooo do do do do do” I just knew that you were on to something.  This one’s been remade a number of times since you first gifted it to us, but of course your version is still the best.  And I guarantee you something, Bonnie Tyler.  If Shakespeare had been alive in 1988 and decided to write a play about two star-crossed lovers, it would have been called “Johnny and Rosa” and this would have been the song they played before the curtain came up.

“Hide Your Heart”

Ohhh yeah!

Johnny saw her ridin’ on a streetcar named Desire

His fate was sealed

She could see him comin’ like a hundred other liars

It was no big deal

Rosa had a lover on the shady side’a town

Tito
He was king of the streets

She was his possession like a jewel on his crown
Johnny better run
Better run

Better hide your heart
Better hold on tight
Better say your prayers, ’cause there’s trouble tonight
When pride and love battle with desire
Better hide your heart
‘Cause you’re playin’ with fire
Ah-ha ha ha
A-hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do
Ah-ha ha ha
A-hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do

The ride was over but the story doesn’t end

He took her heart

She looked him in the eye and said they couldn’t meet again

You could see the trouble start

The word went out that Rosa’s messin’ with someone

It was on the street

Tito looked for Johnny with a vengeance and a gun
Johnny better run
Better run

Better hide your heart
Better hold on tight
Better say your prayers, ’cause there’s trouble tonight
When pride and love battle with desire
Better hide your heart
‘Cause you’re playin’ with fire
Ah-ha ha ha
A-hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do
Ah-ha ha ha
A-hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do

Oh yeah!

Oh!

<awesome Bonnie Tyler jam>

Johnny’s holdin’ Rosa on a rooftop in the night

As time stood still

They couldn’t hear him comin”til he had them both in sight

You could feel the chill

A shot rang out like thunder and the blood was on her hands
With nothing won

When someone lies there dyin’ lovers finally understand

Oh woah!

Better hide your heart
Better hold on tight
Better say your prayers, ’cause there’s trouble tonight
When pride and love battle with desire
Better hide your heart
‘Cause you’re playin’ with fire
Ah-ha ha ha
A-hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do
Oh yeah yeah!
When pride and love battle with desire
Better hide your heart
‘Cause you’re playin’ with fire
Ah-ha ha ha
A-hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do
Ah-ha ha ha
A-hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do
Ah-ha ha ha
Ohhh yeah!
A-hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do
Ah-ha ha ha
When pride and love battle with desire
Better hide your heart
‘Cause you’re playin’ with fire
A-hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do

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