NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO)

Live 25 Jul 1992 version


Ninety-nine and a half won't do
Ninety-nine and a half won't do
Ninety-nine and a half won't do
If you want to own that woman's love

Ninety-nine and a half won't do
Ninety-nine and a half won't do
Ninety-nine and a half won't do
If you want to own that woman's love

[Bruce Springsteen (spoken):] Now you're saying what do they mean by that. What I wanna know... you know how it is when you first start going out with somebody and like you got on your love face and you're not the way that you really are. You say, "This time I'm gonna give a 100% of my whole self to this person, I'm not gonna hold anything back, I'm gonna give it all." And then six months later you're giving about 80, and about three months later you're giving 50, then about three months after that you're giving... that's right. Who's here with their... are you folks together tonight? (addressing a couple in the crowd) Does he give you a 100% of his love? She says "No". Thank you for your honesty. That's right. And– Roy, what's, what's the average that a man gives his woman and like? Roy's got a college education studying a lot of statistics. What's the average? About 65%. And that's why when she walks out, you hear in the back of your head.

Ninety-nine and a half won't do, yeah yeah yeah
Ninety-nine and a half won't do, no it just won't do
Ninety-nine and a half won't do
If you want to own that woman's love

[Bruce Springsteen (spoken):] Bobby.
[Bobby King (spoken):] What's up brother?
[Bruce Springsteen (spoken):] I think we need uh... I think we need a woman's side of, of the whole thing.
[Bobby King (spoken):] Are you ready?
[Bruce Springsteen (spoken):] ???. We gotta get the women's opinion here. Oh, Angel, what about 60%?
[Angel Rogers (spoken):] I'm not taking that.
[Bruce Springsteen (spoken):] What about 70?
[Angel Rogers (spoken):] Listen to me.
[Bruce Springsteen (spoken):] What about 80?
[Angel Rogers (spoken):] That ain't even close enough.
[Bruce Springsteen (spoken):] What about 90%?
[Angel Rogers (spoken):] Not even so close.

Ninety-nine and a half won't do
Ninety-nine and a half won't do
Ninety-nine and a half won't do
If you want to own that woman's love

[Bruce Springsteen (spoken):] Now I know what you're thinking out there. You're thinking that maybe, "Boss, you ain't got no problems, you live in a big, fancy house in Beverly Hills, you got all the money, you don't need to deal with that shit." But I've struggled with this myself, you see. And let me tell you what I did. You see uh... I won't go away without that. I... what the hell did I do? Wait a minute. It's coming back to me now, it's coming back to me. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Wait a minute. What I did was I uh... I took this advice, you see, and I, and I started to think. And I went to the real– to the east side of Manhattan, found a real expensive shrink. I went down to his office and told my story and bowed my head. He put down his pad and all he said was.

Ninety-nine and a half won't do
Ninety-nine and a half won't do
Ninety-nine and a half won't do
If you want to own that woman's love

[Bruce Springsteen (spoken):] Well, now, listen up, buddy, you can take my advice. I'm somebody who's been down that aisle once or twice. The only thing, let me tell you, that I learned that if in the flame of love your heart's been burned, you oughta know.

Ninety-nine and a half won't do
Ninety-nine and a half won't do, oh you got to give it all now
Ninety-nine and a half won't do, well if you want to own
If you want to own that woman's love, ???!

Ninety-nine and a half won't do, you got to give it all now
Ninety-nine and a half won't do, you got to give it all
Ninety-nine and a half won't do, if you want to own that woman's love
If you want to own that woman's love, oh yeah you got to give it al

Ninety-nine and a half won't do, you got to give it all now
Ninety-nine and a half won't do, you got to give it all
Ninety-nine and a half won't do
If you want to own that woman's love

[Bruce Springsteen (spoken):] The ladies ??? too. That's right. That's right. That's right.


Info

NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO) is a song originally released by Wilson Pickett in 1966. See the original Wilson Pickett version for more details.

Live 25 Jul 1992 version

The above lyrics are for the live 25 Jul 1992 performance of NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO) at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, during World Tour 1992-1993. Only the chorus of the song was used, sung by the backing singers (the parts in bold), intercepted with spoken raps by Springsteen with some interactions with backing singers Bobby King and Angel Rogers.

Ticket stub for the 25 Jul 1992 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
Ticket stub for the 25 Jul 1992 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
Handwritten setlist for the 25 Jul 1992 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
Handwritten setlist for the 25 Jul 1992 show at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

Live History

NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO) was performed off-tour on 05 Jun 1992 at Hollywood Center Studios #4, Hollywood, CA, during a warm-up public rehearsal show for the upcoming World Tour 1992-1993.

  1. 05 Jun 1992 at Hollywood Center Studios #4, Hollywood, CA

NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO) was performed once during World Tour 1992-1993 (104 dates, June 1992 to June 1993), on 25 Jul 1992 in East Rutherford, NJ.

  1. 25 Jul 1992 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

Available Versions

List of available versions of NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO) on this website:

NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO) [Live 25 Jul 1992 version]
NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO) [Original Wilson Pickett ‎version]

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