AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU

Live 07 Dec 2010 version


One, two, one two three four!

Whoa!

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
Well you complain about the clothes I wear
And you explain there's other boys out there
You explain that it makes too much noise
And you then cry I'm always out

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

Well you complain about the way I love you at night
And 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 (hey hey little darling)
Yeah no matter what I do, girl you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you, hey!

Charles!
Come on Charlie!
Whoa!
Da da da da da da

Professor!
Mighty professor, the melody!

Whoa whoa whoa whoa (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Hey-hey little darling (hey hey little darling), come on!
Yeah no matter what I do, girl you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you
Alright!

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)
[chuckles] ...record with all the latest grooves
A book of love with all the latest moves
I bought some flowers, I came to your door
You came out, didn't wanna see me

Whoa whoa whoa whoa (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Hey little darling (hey hey little darling)
Yeah no matter what I do, girl you know it's true
Ain't good enough for you
Hey no matter what I do, girl you know it's true
Ain't good enough
Alright, now!
That's right!
Yeah, go on!

One two three!
Da da da da (da da da da)
Da da da da (da da da da)
Da da da da da da, da da da da da da
Da da da da da da, da da da da da da
Da da da da (da da da da)
Da da da da (da da da da)
Da da da da da da, da da da da da da
Da da da da da da, once more!
Da da da da (da da da da)
Da da da da (da da da da)
Da da da da da da, da da da da da da
Da da da da da da, (da da da da da da)
Da da da da (da da da da)
Da da da da, da da da da
Da da da da da da, da da da da da da
Da da da da da da, da da
Hey!
Whoa!
Alright everybody, alright! Alright, alright!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 07 Dec 2010 performance of AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU 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.

Bruce Springsteen performing AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU on 07 Dec 2010 at Carousel House, Asbury Park, NJ (from the 'Songs From The Promise' webcast)
Bruce Springsteen performing AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU on 07 Dec 2010 at Carousel House, Asbury Park, NJ (from the 'Songs From The Promise' webcast)

The song was played twice, and the above lyrics are for the take that was part of a webcast the following week and that was officially released in 2011 (read below for more details). It is unclear which of the two takes was webcast and released. In a Backstreets.com review, Flynn McLean wrote: "The first song after the break was 'Ain't Good Enough For You,' and 'Showman Bruce' returned with a vengeance, first requesting that fans come as close to the stage as possible, enabling him to sing directly to the fans in front of him. Loose now, he returned to his pitching roots, physically illustrating the 'here comes the pitch' lyric. He also asked fans to join the band on stage when they got to the 'da da da' part, by which time Bruce was on the piano, again giving it more of house party feel than one of a video shoot."

"Songs From The Promise" Webcast

On 07 Dec 2010 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed a concert in front of no more than 60 people at the historic Carousel House in Asbury Park, NJ. They played ten songs from The Promise, in addition to the holiday classic BLUE CHRISTMAS. Most – if not all – of the songs were sound-checked prior to the show which lasted nearly four hours. Below is a list of the songs performed during the show, in order. All of the songs were performed several times, consecutively.

  • RACING IN THE STREET (performed twice)
  • GOTTA GET THAT FEELING (performed twice)
  • OUTSIDE LOOKING IN (performed twice)
  • ONE WAY STREET (performed twice)
  • COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT) (performed twice)
  • SAVE MY LOVE (performed three times)
  • THE BROKENHEARTED (performed twice)
  • AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU (performed twice)
  • THE PROMISE (performed twice)
  • TALK TO ME (performed twice)
  • BLUE CHRISTMAS (performed twice)

The band comprised of its original 1978 line-up only: Bruce Springsteen (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Roy Bittan (keyboards), Clarence Clemons (saxophone, percussion, vocals), Garry Tallent (bass guitar), Steve Van Zandt (guitar, vocals), and Max Weinberg (drums). Charles Giordano played organ, substituting for the late Danny Federici. David Lindley, who was involved in the early recording sessions of Darkness On The Edge Of Town, played violin on RACING IN THE STREET, COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT), THE PROMISE, and BLUE CHRISTMAS. GOTTA GET THAT FEELING, THE BROKENHEARTED, TALK TO ME, and BLUE CHRISTMAS featured a full horn section comprising of Ed Manion, Barry Danielian, Curt Ramm, Clark Gayton, and Stan Harrison.

Footage for five songs from the 07 Dec 2010 concert (RACING IN THE STREET, GOTTA GET THAT FEELING, AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU, THE PROMISE, and BLUE CHRISTMAS) were released internationally on 15 Dec 2010, streaming online for free viewing. Titled "Songs From The Promise", the webcast was directed and edited by Thom Zimny and mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

These same five tracks are included as bonus material on The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town DVD and Blu-Ray, released on 03 May 2011.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town (2011 DVD issue)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town (2011 DVD issue)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town (2011 Blu-Ray issue)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town (2011 Blu-Ray issue)

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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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