Nothin’ But A Good Time-Poison

January 9, 2023

The song of the day today is “Nothin’ But A Good Time” by the hard rock/glam metal group Poison. In many ways, this hedonistic tune typified everything Poison was all about.

The song is largely recognized as one of their best tracks. 

Fun Facts:

  • The hard rock/glam metal band Poison released their second studio album Open Up and Say… Ahh! in May of 1988. The album’s lead song, “Nothin’ But a Good Time” (sometimes known as “Nothing But a Good Time”), was the first single from the album.
  • This song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • In 2017, OC Weekly and Billboard ranked the song fourth and ninth on their lists of the ten best Poison tracks.
  • Poison wrote the song in their early days when the band was broke and lived in a warehouse. They would use flattery and guile to convince women to buy them food and do various things for them.
  • CC Deville created the song’s riff, and Bret Michels came up with the chorus.
  • In the 2019 episode of Schitt’s Creek titled Rock On!, Jennifer Robertson performed a snippet of this song as Jocelyn, who was looking forward to seeing Poison at a concert.
  • Some of the films that featured this song include Yogi Bear (2010), Rock of Ages (2012), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
  • Poison performed “Nothin’ But a Good Time” at the 63rd Tony Awards on June 7, 2009, alongside the cast of Rock of Ages. A piece of the set fell on Bret Michaels as the band left the stage after the show.

Lyrics 

Wooh

Mmm, yeah

Hahahaha

Wooh, yah

Wooh, hahaha, yeah

Now Listen

Not a dime, I can’t pay my rent

I can barely make it through the week

Saturday night, I’d like to make my girl

But right now, I can’t make ends meet, no

I’m always workin’, slavin’ every day

Gotta get a break from that same old, same old

I need a chance just to get away

If you could hear me think this is what I’d say

Don’t need nothin’ but a good time

How can I resist,

Ain’t lookin’ for nothin’ but a good time

And it don’t get better than this

They say I spend my money on women and wine

But I couldn’t tell you where I spent last night

I’m really sorry about the shape I’m in

I just like my fun every now-and-then

I’m always workin’, slavin’ every day

Gotta get away from that same old, same old

I need a chance just to get away

If you could hear me think this is what I’d say

Don’t need nothin’ but a good time

How can I resist?

Ain’t lookin’ for nothin’ but a good time

If you could hear me think this is

You see I, I raise a toast to all of us

Who are breakin’ our backs every day

If wanting the good life is such a crime

Lord, then, put me away, yeah

Here’s to ya

Mmh, guitar

Don’t need nothin’ but a good time

How can I resist?

Ain’t lookin’ for nothin’ but a good time

And it don’t get better than this

Don’t need nothin’ but a good time

How can I resist?

Ain’t lookin’ for nothin’ but a good time

And it don’t get better than this

It don’t get better, babe

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