Daily Archives: December 18, 2012

Radio XII, side B, track 11: “Don’t Be Cruel” by Bobby Brown

Oh, Bobby Brown, I’m not gonna even pretend that I like you.  Your music’s great, sure, but you’re always going to be the guy who ruined Whitney Houston.  Is it unfair?  Maybe.  Who knows who’s all to blame when it comes to the death of one of the best singers of all time.  All I know is before you she was great and then she met you and suddenly she’s on crack and you guys are making complete asses of yourselves on a reality TV show.  You’re like that guy that your friend or cousin or niece or someone close and important to you is dating, and he’s clearly nowhere near good enough for her, and clearly pretty trashy and just all-around bad news, but if you say anything she’s just going to date him that much longer.  Or marry him and ruin her life.  Damn you, Bobby Brown.

“Don’t Be Cruel”

Girl

(Girl)

The only thing that matters in my life

Is that I’m down for you and treat you right

You’ve got no cause to treat me cold as ice

Oh oh oh, girl

As long as I’ve been givin’ my love to you

You should be givin’ me your love, too, oh-oh

But you just keep on actin’ just like a fool

Ya know it ain’t cool

A’don’t be cruel

‘Cause I would never be that cruel ta you

A no, oh a nooo

A’don’t be cruel

A’girl, ya need ta change your attitude

A no, oh

A’don’t be cruel

Hey, yo, cutie what’s up with this attitude?
I thought I was bein’ real
Good ta you
I treat ya sweet, take ya out at night
But ya never say thanks, girl, that ain’t right

I bought ya diamonds, even gave ya pearls
I took you for a cruise all around the world
I treat ya high post, but ya play me close
And if I put a drink up you won’t even toast

Girl

I work so hard for you from 9 to 5

So you could have the finer things in life

Since you’re the kind that’s never satisfied

Oh oh oh, girl

As long as I’ve been givin’ my heart ta you

You should be givin’ me your heart, too, oh-oh

But you just keep on actin’ just like a fool

Ya know it ain’t cool

A’don’t be cruel

‘Cause I would never be that cruel ta you

A no, oh a nooo

A’don’t be cruel

A’girl, ya need ta change your attitude

A no, oh

A’don’t be cruel

From fancy cars to diamond rings
I’ve just about given you everything
There’s really not much I won’t
Do for you
I bought ya 12 yellow roses
And candy, too
I like ta be up front
And never play the back
But the way ya treat me, girl, it’s like a heart attack
I’m a real troop-trooper aimin’ for the top
And with ya by my side, big dollars I will clock

Oh oh oh, girl

As long as I’ve been givin’ my love ta you

You should be givin’ me your love, too, oh-oh

But you just keep on actin’ just like a fool

Ya know it ain’t cool

It just ain’t cool
Ow!
A’don’t be cruel

A, A, A no, oh

We used ta hang out tough
Just kickin’ around
We discovered a love
That had never been found
You gave me your heart
I gave you my mind, but a true love affair we could never find

Although I want you bad, I can let you go
‘Cause there’s a lotta girls out there that won’t say no
Roll to the fact that I wancha, Jackie
I want you more than human eyes can see
But ya had ta start illin’
Tryin’ ta make a killin’
Thought about the dollars I make
And you were willin’
To be with me, Bobby B.

But with a bad attitude, I can’t compete

Now ya know my name
Now I know your game
You wanna be with me,
You gotta be the same way that another girl would be
And if you wanna be with me

A’don’t be cruel
(Don’t be, don’t be)
‘Cause I would never be that cruel to you

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