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I Want to be Bad was a song that was written by DeSylva Brown Henderson and recorded by Helen Kane in 1929.

I Wanna Be BadEdit

Transcribed by Helen Kane Wikia 100%

Lyrics:

To be or not to be

That is not the question

I decided a long ago to be

With me it's what to be

Now make me some suggestion

Good or bad which is the best for me

When your after fun and laughter

This aggravates you

Some reformer say a warmer climate awaits you

If it's naughty to rouge your lips

Shake your shoulders and shake your hips

Let a lady confess I wanna be bad

If it's naughty to vamp the men

Sleep each morning till after ten

Then the answer is yes I wanna be bad

This thing of being a good little goody is well

What can ya do is your loaded with plenty of hell and vigour

When your learning what ripps are for

And it's naughty to ask for more

Let a lady confess I wanna be bad

* Instrumental

Oh, if it's naughty to rouge your lip

Shake your shoulders

Shake your hips

Let a lady confess I wanna be bad

Boop-Boop-a-Doop!

And if it's naughty to vamp the men

Sleep each morning till after ten

Then the answer is yes I wanna be bad

Nobody cares just how blue and how lonesome I am

If i have troubles and laugh

Why they don't give a damn

Still credit...

If it's wrong to let someone take

Just a little kiss by mistake

Let a lady confess I wanna be

Bad-a-Da-Da-Da

Da-Da-Da-Da

Bad!

VideoEdit

Helen Kane - I wanna be bad03:07

Helen Kane - I wanna be bad

TriviaEdit

  • Annette Hanshaw, also recorded this song as one of her Helen Kane impersonation.
  • Bernadette Peter's lip-syncs to this tune, in the 1980s film Pennies from Heaven.

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