AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU

Official studio version


Well you don't like, don't like the way I walk
And you don't like, don't like the way I talk
You criticize about me endlessly
Logic defies how you get stuck with me
And you complain about the clothes I wear
And you explain there's other boys out there
You complain my car makes too much noise
And you cry I'm always out with the boys

Whoa whoa (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
I give up little darling (whoa whoa little darling)
Yeah no matter what I do, girl you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you

You complain the way I love you at night
You explain I'm really not your type
If we go out, you say I'm such a bore
If we stay in, you say what are we living for
I don't understand, there's nothing I can do
There ain't no way I can satisfy you
End of the night I lean in for a kiss
Here comes the pitch, a swing and a miss

Whoa whoa whoa whoa (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
I quit little darling (whoa whoa little darling)
Yeah no matter what I do, well you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you, hey!
Hey!
(Come on boys!)

Whoa whoa whoa whoa (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Hey hey little darling (whoa whoa little darling)
No matter what I do, girl you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you

I tried to change, I got a job in sales
I bought a shirt uptown in Bloomindales
And babe I tried to make the latest scene
Hitting cool just like Jimmy Iovine
I bought a record with all the latest grooves
A book of love with all the latest moves
I bought some flowers and I waited at your door
And you came out, didn't want to see me no more

Whoa whoa whoa (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
I quit little darling (whoa whoa little darling)
Yeah no matter what I do, girl you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you
Hey! Hey! Hey!
No matter what I do, girl you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you
Aww no matter what I do, girl you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you
Whoaaa!
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Info


AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2010 compilation album The Promise. The above lyrics are for that officially released studio version of AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU as released on The Promise.

Jimmy Iovine, name-checked in the song, was a recording engineer from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town sessions. He later became chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M.

Single

AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU is the album's third single, but was not individually released in commercial form. In the UK, the track was added straight to the A list at Radio 2 and the B list at Absolute Radio on 27 Nov 2010.

Music Video

A music video for AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU was released on 03 Dec 2010. Produced and edited by Thom Zimny, the video incorporates studio footage from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town era, 1976-1978.


The Promise

The Promise is a Bruce Springsteen album that was released on 16 Nov 2010 as part of The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, and separately as a 2-CD set. The album was also issued on a limited edition 3-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise

The Promise is a collection of 22 previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions. Depending on their level of completion back in 1977-1978, some were only remastered, some were overdubbed with 2010 vocals or music, and some were completely re-recorded in 2010. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

Disc 1 (2-CD format):

  1. RACING IN THE STREET ('78)
  2. GOTTA GET THAT FEELING
  3. OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
  4. SOMEDAY (WE'LL BE TOGETHER)
  5. ONE WAY STREET
  6. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  7. WRONG SIDE OF THE STREET
  8. THE BROKENHEARTED
  9. RENDEZVOUS
  10. CANDY'S BOY

Disc 2 (2-CD format):

  1. SAVE MY LOVE
  2. AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU
  3. FIRE
  4. SPANISH EYES
  5. IT'S A SHAME
  6. COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT)
  7. TALK TO ME
  8. THE LITTLE THINGS (MY BABY DOES)
  9. BREAKAWAY
  10. THE PROMISE
  11. CITY OF NIGHT - THE WAY

Notes:

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on The Promise, the official studio version of AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU was also included on a promotional various artists compilation.

Various artists -- DMC Essential Hits 70 (album cover art)
Various artists -- DMC Essential Hits 70

CD - DMC (HITS70) - UK, 2010

Promotional DJ-only compilation, issued in a clear plastic sleeve with picture inlay. DMC (Disco Mix Club) is a DJ remix service from the UK which began as a radio show in 1981. DMC started operating as a remix service producing remix cassettes in 1983, remix vinyl albums in 1984, and remix CD albums in 1989.

Other versions of AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU were also officially released:

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Thrill Hill Vault 1976-1978 (DVD cover art)
The official studio rehearsal version of AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU was released on the Thrill Hill Vault 1976-1978 home video in 2010.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town (2011 release, DVD cover art)
The live 07 Dec 2010 version of AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU was released on The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town home video in 2011.

Circulating Studio Versions

Prior to the release of The Promise in 2010, one studio take of AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU had been circulating on bootlegs. It was recorded in the Oct-Dec 1977 period at The Record Plant in New York City, NY. The lyrics vary from this officially released one. See the unofficial studio version for more details. Bootleggers have used the title WHAT'S THE MATTER LITTLE DARLING.

Additionally, video footage of Springsteen rehearsing the song in studio in 1978 was officially released in 2010. See the official studio rehearsal version for more details.

Live History

AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU was performed off-tour on 07 Dec 2010 at Carousel House in Asbury Park, NJ, during the taping of the "Songs From The Promise" webcast. The song was played twice, in a full-band arrangement similar to the official studio version. This live 07 Dec 2010 version of AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU was released on The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town home video in 2011. See the live 07 Dec 2010 version for more details.

Covers

As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU on this website:

AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU [Official studio version]
AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU [Official studio rehearsal version]
AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU [Unofficial studio version]
AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU [Live 07 Dec 2010 version]

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