Good Times



Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
I'll tell you my story, man
I wish I'd never been born
I'm loose at the seams
I've broken my dreams
And my hand it shakes the pen
Come on, come on now baby
Let the good times roll again

Where did our sweet love go who stole away our time ?
Why do the stars above refuse to shine ?
The harder I try to paint a picture
Of the way it was back then
The more I miss the good times baby
Let it roll again

Good times baby, this is the time
I need to know that your love is mine
Love me up, yeah you reel me in
I'm hooked, line and sinker, she's my heroine

How many days have I been lying on my back ?
Staring at the ceiling girl, stretching on your rack
The harder I try to paint a picture of the way it was back then
The more I miss the good times baby, let it roll again

Good times baby, this is the time
I need to know that your love is mine
Love me up, yeah you reel me in
I'm hooked, line and sinker, she's my heroine

Said I'm hooked now, I'm not faking
I'm here 'til the day I die
Can't get enough now, my heart is aching
I'm in too deep to stop, all I want is those

Good times baby, show me a sign
I need to know that your love is mine
Love me up, yeah you reel me in
I'm hooked, line and sinker, she's my heroine


Lyrics by:
Squire

Music by:
Squire

Written:
1992

Personnel:
John Squire (guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals, harmonica)
Gary Mounfield (bass)
Alan Wren (drums, backing vocals)

Producer:
Simon Dawson & Paul Schroeder

Engineer:
Simon Dawson & Paul Schroeder

Available on:
Second Coming (5.40)

First live performance:
Oslo Rockefeller Music Hall (19th April 1995)

Details:
A low point on Second Coming. With bombastically poor lyrics, endless guitar soloing, an abrupt acceleration and meandering ending, Good Times is the sound of a fat rail being chopped out and snorted: John Squire enjoying himself at the listener's expense.

The rehearsal sessions of Good Times (from 'In The Studio') features a different chorus, with at least some hint of a groove:

Good Times has strong traces of 'Good Times Bad Times' from Led Zeppelin's debut LP, and 'Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)' (originally written by Earl King) from The Jimi Hendrix Experience's 'Electric Ladyland' LP.

Electric Ladyland (1968), the third Jimi Hendrix Experience album, was the apotheosis of Hendrix's artistry. John Squire first heard this Hendrix album just prior to release of the Roses' debut LP. Hendrix's mesmeric '1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)' was played as The Stone Roses were about to take to the stage at New York Manhattan Center, in May 1995. The influence of the instrumental piece midway through 1983 is evident on the intro of Ten Storey Love Song. Ian talks about this LP in conversation with Q magazine in February 1990: "Punk stopped you listening to stuff like Hendrix and then years later you hear Electric Ladyland and it's an excellent LP. But at the time you don't listen to it because you believe all the bollocks. I wish I'd heard Jimi Hendrix when I was 12." Aziz Ibrahim can be heard breaking into a jam of Voodoo Child (Slight Return) in Portugal, August 1996.

Any track that leads with a paraphrased William Congreve quote is proudly declaiming its deficiencies right from the off. The proverb "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" dates back to Renaissance times, but its sentiment can be traced much further back than that. 'What Katie Did Next' by Babyshambles borrows from Good Times:


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