Bad English: Bad English [1989]

Released June 26, 1989
Recorded One on One Studios, A&M Studios, Conway Studios, Secret Sound L.A., and Pacific Sound, 1988-1989
Genre Rockhard rock
Length 62:10
Label Epic
Producer Richie Zito

Bad English is the self-titled platinum-selling debut album by American rock supergroup Bad English, released in 1989.

The band scored two huge hits on the Billboard charts including the #1 hit “When I See You Smile” and #5 hit “Price of Love”. In all, five singles were officially released from the album, all charting on the Hot 100.

First single “Forget Me Not” was a major hit at rock radio, spending two weeks at #2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, but it narrowly failed to hit the pop Top 40. The second single was the Diane Warren-penned power ballad “When I See You Smile”, which was a massive multiformat hit, spending two weeks at #1 on the Hot 100, two weeks in the top 10 at rock radio, and getting significant and sustained play at Adult Contemporaryradio. But “When I See You Smile” lingered in the pop Top 40 and was still climbing the Adult Contemporary charts, and close to being certified Gold, long after the song had peaked at rock radio. When the decision was made to release a second consecutive power ballad as the album’s third single (“Price of Love”), the band released the stomper “Best of What I Got” as a promo to U.S. rock radio, hoping to maintain interest and credibility with the rock audience for their live headlining tour. The plan worked, as “Price of Love” hit the pop top five but did not receive enough rock radio airplay to hit the 40-place Rock Tracks chart, while “Best of What I Got” surged to #9 there (the band’s second-highest showing on that chart), and the band was invited to join the Whitesnake tour beginning in the spring for a second jaunt around the U.S.[2][3]

A five-video collection was released, containing the music videos for “Best of What I Got”, “Heaven is a 4 Letter Word”, “Forget Me Not”, “When I See You Smile”, and “Price of Love”.

Track listing

  1. “Best of What I Got” (John Waite, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon)
  2. “Heaven is a 4 Letter Word” (Schon, Cain, Waite, Mark Spiro)
  3. “Possession” (Waite, Cain, Ricky Phillips)
  4. “Forget Me Not” (Waite, Cain, Spiro)
  5. When I See You Smile” (Diane Warren)
  6. “Tough Times Don’t Last” (Cain, David Roberts, Waite)
  7. “Ghost in Your Heart” (Waite, Martin Page, Cain)
  8. “Price of Love” (Waite, Cain)
  9. “Ready When You Are” (Cain, Waite, Schon, Todd Cerney)
  10. “Lay Down” (Waite, Schon, Cain)
  11. “The Restless Ones” (Waite, Cain, Phillips)
  12. “Rockin’ Horse” (Schon, Waite, Cain)
  13. “Don’t Walk Away” (Andy Hill, Peter Sinfield)

Lyrics

1. Best of What I Got

Ow
Oh yeah
If you want to put a message
through my heart
Shoot the arrow in the morning hey
I’m gonna rise and shine
and wake you up
And move you without warning
Call my name
I understand the reason for desire
The band I give to you will be the ring of fire
Something in your kiss that lasts forever
Burning in the heat for you
Love you ’round the clock
You get the best of what I got
Oh yeah
Gonna work all day to buy you pretty things
Cause you’re such a pretty girl
You can work me overtime knock me out
Got my senses in a whirl
Like a locomotive burning down the track
You’re my destination
One on one and kiss for kiss
You’re my fascination
Something in your touch that holds the promise hey
You’ve got me feeling all shook up
Love you ’round the clock
You get the best of what I got
Oh yeah
I put my key inside your door
And it feels so good
When I come home at night
We’re rocking the neighborhood
Rocking the neighborhood
Something that you read about in headlines
I feel the heat for you
I wann rock you ’round the clock
You get the best
You get the best of what I got
Oh yeah
You get the best of what I got
Ow
I want to love you ’round the clock
(Best of what I got)
Oh
You get the best of what I got
(Best of what I got)
Ow
That’s right
I want to love you ’round the clock
(Best of what I got)
Ow
Ooh yeah
(Best of what I got)
That’s right
You get the best of what I got
(Best of what I got)
Oh yeah
Oh yeah
(Best of what I got)

2. Heaven Is a 4 Letter Word

Take me down the highway
In the heat of the summer night
Give me the wheel
I got it real bad for you
Pull over and turn out the light

We don’t need a fancy motel
Or a beach house at Malibu
If we’re talking about paradise
Don’t say a prayer
I’ll take you there

Hey girl haven’t you heard
Heaven is a 4 letter word
One touch is never too much
Baby I can tell you for sure
Heaven is a 4 letter word

It’s not about a fantasy
It’s how you make it good to be bad
Just when you think it’s strictly tabu
You’re gettin’ what you never had

You don’t see it out in Hollywood
Or in Penthouse magazine
It’s just looking at you tonight
I wanna do what you want me to

Hey girl haven’t you heard
Heaven is a 4 letter word
One touch is never too much
Baby I can tell you for sure
Heaven is a 4 letter word

Like, love and kiss
It feels like this
Don’t wait too long
Heaven is where we belong

Hey girl haven’t you heard
Heaven is a 4 letter word
One touch is never too much
Baby I can tell you for sure
Heaven is a 4 letter word

3. Possession

I can’t find myself when you go away
Makes me wonder where you are
Is there someone else I just need to know
This charade has gone to far
For the first time in my life
I feel I’m losing control
I can’t keep pretending, it’s my soul that you own
I need you
My hearts in your world tonight, possession
And you hold the key to my life, possession
I’ve got to be with you
I want to dream with you
You’re my obsession, I want possession of you
Oh yeah
I can’t play this game, am I in too deep
Cause my world is where you are
You’re always on my mind
The little things you say
I can feel you everywhere
The trace of your lipstick
I can taste your perfume
The note that you left me
Leaves a space in this room
I need you
My hearts in your world tonight, possession
And you hold the key to my life, possession
I’ve got to be with you, I want to dream with you
You’re my obsession, I want possession of you
Oh yeah, of you, oh baby
I can’t live without you
Can’t you see that you’re mine, I need you
Your hearts in my world, possession
In your world, In your world
Your hearts in my world tonight, possession
And you hold the key to my life, possession
I want possession of you
Every night, possession
I want possession of you
For all my life, possession
I want to walk with you
Possession
I want to dream
Possession
Possession

4. Forget Me Not

You leave the light on at your door
You cross your heart
across the bedroom floor
And through the window
to your world
You can feel me there
And you know I’m waiting
You taste the words
of my forbidden kiss
Our eyes connect
And we both know what this is
I will be your keeper
You possess the key
Forget me not
Forget me not
Cause you belong to me
I will be your shadow
When you walk away
Forget me not
Forget me not
I will follow you
Until your dying day
Oh yeah
Oh
A thousand lifetimes long ago
We made a promise
we would not let go
And so I come for you tonight
And we live again
Before we lose each other
I climb a stairway to the open sky
You are my universe
I won’t be denied no
I will be your keeper
You possess the key
Forget me not
Forget me not
Cause you belong to me
I will be your shadow
When you walk away
Forget me not
Forget me not
I will follow you
Until your dying day
Yeah
Oh yeah
When I touch you
You will be touched by love
(Touched by love by love by love)
I climb the stairway to your world
You can feel me there
And you know I’m waiting
I will be your keeper
You possess the key
Forget me not
Forget me not
Cause you belong to me
I will be your shadow
When you walk away
Forget me not
Forget me not
I will follow you
Until your dying day
Forget me not
Forget me not
Cause baby you belong day
Oh yeah
(Forget me not)
(Forget me not)
You’re everything I see
(Forget me not)
(Forget me not)
And baby you belong to me
You’re mine
No no no no no
(Forget me not)
(Forget me not)
Baby baby baby baby
You belong to me
(Forget me not)
(Forget me not)
Cause baby you belong to me
Oh yeah
(Forget me not)
(Forget me not)
(Forget me not)

5. When I See You Smile

Sometimes I wonder
If I’d ever make it through
Through this world
without having in you
I just wouldn’t have a clue
Cause sometimes it seems
Like this world’s closing in on me
And there’s no way of breaking free
And then I see you reach for me
Sometimes I wanna give up
Wanna give in
I wanna quit the fight
And then I see you baby
And everything’s alright
Everything’s alright
When I see you smile
I can face the world
Oh you know I can do anything
When I see you smile
I see a ray of light
Oh I see it shining
right through the rain
When I see you smile
Baby when I see you smile at me
Oh yeah
Baby there’s nothing in this world that could ever do
What the touch of your hand can do
It’s like nothing that I ever knew
Hey
And when the rain is falling
I don’t feel it
Cause you’re here with me now
I wanna ask you baby
It’s all I?l ever need
All I’ll ever need
When I see you smile
I can face the world
Oh you know I can do anything
When I see you smile
I see a ray of light
Oh I see it shining
right through the rain
When I see you smile baby
Baby when I see you smile at me
Sometimes I wanna give up
I wanna give in
I wanna quit the fight
Then one look at you baby
And everything’s alright
Hey everything’s alright
It’s alright
When I see you smile
I can face the world
Oh you know I can do anything
When I see you smile
I see a ray of light
Oh I see it shining
right through the rain
Yeah
When I see you smile
Yeah I can face the world
Oh you know I can do anything now
When I see you smile
Oh yeah
Baby when I see you smile
Smile at me

6. Tough Times Don’t Last

From a desperate place
How do I reach you
You know I scare myself
These crazy nights without you
And I feel no pain
When I see you cry
We can turn it around now
You’re my reason to try
We’ve all seen some trouble
But we’ve always come through
You know things could get better
Hey babe believe me
Tough times don’t last
Lovers do
Baby don’t give up
On me and you
Cause trouble’s just a storm
That’s gonna pass
Tough times don’t last
We can work so hard
Til we feel the strain
We can get so close
It’s the distance
We can’t explain
Still I reach for you
In the pouring rain
Like a change in the weather
Here comes the sun
Things could only get better
Hey babe believe me
Tough times don’t last
Lovers do
Baby don’t give up
On me and you
Cause trouble’s like a storm
That’s gonna pass
Tough times don’t last
You say now that your heart is breakin’
From the wild times that you’ve lived
Better measure the risks that you’re taking
Hey babe it can only get better
Tough times don’t last
Lovers do
Baby don’t give up
On me and you
Cause trouble’s like a storm
That’s gonna pass
Tough times
Tough times don’t last
Lovers do
Me and you
Believe me baby
Oh yeah
(Whoa whoa whoa)
Tough times don’t last
Baby now
(Whoa whoa whoa)
Oh yeah
Na na na na na na na na na
(Whoa whoa whoa)
Oh yeah
It’s me
It’s you
(Whoa whoa whoa)
Oh yeah
Tough times don’t last
(Whoa whoa whoa)
Oh yeah
(Whoa whoa whoa)

7. Ghost in Your Heart

A little white picket fence around your heart
It’s everything you wanted
Now it’s tearing you apart
You’re gonna raise a family now
But you don’t know where to start
I remember you
Me I pack a suitcase
And move from town to town
A little east of Eden
Too late to turn around
Marionettes on wires
You dance out of control
I remember you
Are you crying in your sleep tonight
When you’re lying with him
Do you turn out the light
Are you hiding in your dreams tonight
In your world
I will be the ghost in your heart
The ghost in your heart
Well you said you couldn’t take it
You had to settle down
And I was the wild one
With both feet off the ground
I could never understand you
But I loved you anyhow
I remember now
Are you crying in your sleep tonight
When you’re lying with him
Do you turn out the light
Are you hiding in your dreams tonight
In your world
I will be the ghost in your heart
The ghost in your heart
Yeah
Something in the first kiss
Is written in the sand
We held it for a moment
But it slipped straight through our hands
I stare at your reflection
And sometimes see my face
I remember you
You remember too
Are you crying in your sleep tonight
When you’re lying with him
Do you turn out the light
Are you hiding in your dreams tonight
In your world
Are you crying in your sleep tonight
Are you lying with him
Thinkin’ ’bout me tonight
Are you hiding in your dreams tonight
In your world
I will be the ghost in your heart
The ghost in your heart
In your heart
In your heart
Ghost in your

8. Price of Love

Girl, sometimes it seems to me
That I don’t say the things I should, to you, I act like I’m no good
You wait for me patiently
This house is not a home without you, it takes two hearts to share

Your eyes will always see through me, and bring me to my knees
And I will always turn to you, you’re everything I need

And through the good and bad times, you have always been there
We hold each other close, you tell me it’s alright
The nights we fight about it, never dream of giving up
That’s the price of love

Look, sometimes it makes us cry
Forgive me when I get it wrong, sometimes it’s hard to be that strong
And oh, I would do anything
For you I’d turn the stars around, I’d find a way somehow

This time, you see I built a bridge to you again
Love shines, we’ll sweep away the past
We’re more than lovers, more than friends

And through the good and bad times, you have always been there
We hold each other tight, you tell me it’s alright
The nights we fight about it, never think of giving up
That’s the price of love

Your eyes will always see through me, and bring me to my knees
And I will always turn to you, you’re everything I need

And through the good and bad times, you have always been there
We hold each other close, you tell me it’s alright
And sometimes I can’t give enough, that’s the price of love

That’s the price of love, that’s the price of love
That’s the price of love…

9. Ready When You Are

Had a dream you were with me last night
I was your prisoner in a castle
Hands tied
Yeah
Was it pain
Was it pleasure
You couldn’t decide
No
A mistress who can call my name
I wanted more
Yeah
Cause baby I’m ready
Ready when you are
Ready in a heartbeat
A slave for love tonight
(Ready when you are)
I’m ready when you are
That’s right
Yow
Oh
Did you dream you were with me last night
Yeah
Was it Paris in a hotel
Red light
Oooh la la
Hear me knockin’ at your door
I’ve come back for me
Need some more
Cause baby I’m ready
Ready when you are
Ready in a heartbeat
A slave for love tonight
(Ready when you are)
I’m ready babe
That’s right
I’m ready for you
You’re ready for me
I’m ready girl
Ready as anybody can be
Try another fantasy
You know you’re mine
Anytime
Yeah
Cause
Cause I’m ready
Ready when you are
Ready in a heartbeat
A slave for love
Ready when you are
Ready in a heartbeat
A slave for love
Tonight
(Ready when you are)
I’m ready when you are
Oh babe
Make a wish
Close your eyes
Wear another sleek disguise
(Ready when you are)
Dream baby
Just dream
(Ready when you are)
Sweat baby
Never know what you’re gonna get
(Ready when you are)
Ya never know what you’re gonna get
So dream baby
(Ready when you are)
Sweat baby
Sweat baby
Dreamin’
Never know what you’re gonna get
Dream baby

10. Lay Down

Mama
I’ll be there in the morning
When you can see some light
I’ll be just like your angel
I’ll be your guiding light
Gonna wake you up
And connect your dots
And make it all seem worthwhile
I’ll be there just for you girl
Must be love
What are we thinking of
Must be love
Just because
Yeah
Oh
I’m gonna catch a fast train
I’ll be there overnight
You can meet me at the station
And give me a kiss
Tell me it’s alright
Been counting every moment
I’m walking in my sleep
I’m onna stir you up real deep girl
Stir you up for keeps
Must be love
What are we thinking of
Must be love
Just because
Lay down your love
For me
Why don’t ya
Lay down your love
Baby lay down your love
I get a good connection
Right through your fingertips
Everytime you look me in the eye
I swear I go on a trip
I’ve been around the world so many times
And you’re such a lovely thing
I don’t want to lose this thing that we got
You know you make my heart sing
Must be love
What are we thinking of
Must be love
Just because
Lay down your love
To me
Why don’t you
Lay down your love
That’s right
Baby lay down your love
Lay down
This time
What do we want to say
In you
I want to stand in your way
Lay down your love
For me
Why don’t ya
Lay down your love
Because I need you
Lay down
For me
Why don’t ya
Lay down your love
This must be love
Baby whatcha thinkin’ of
Baby
Lay down your love
I’ll be there in the morning
Lay down your love
Lay lay lay lay lay lay
Lay lay lay
Baby lay down your love
Lay down your love
Baby lay down your love
Down your love
Down your love

11.The Restless Ones

On the streets of this town
There is no surrender
They’ve got a number for every name
Buildings and shopping malls
Seem like a stage for pretenders
They criticize the clothes you wear
They try to make you feel like a stranger
Cause you do things they wouldn’t dare
Who cares who’s right and who’s wrong
Because we know where we belong
The wild heart is calling us
Out in the night
A primitive love in your eyes
And out on the wasteland of broken dreams
Go you and I
We’re the restless ones
(Oh)
Oh yeah
The restless ones
Step outside of yourself
And you’ll see through the changes
Leave your mark
Let them know you came
But don’t lead the rest of your lives
In plastic cages
Cause you do things they wouldn’t dare
Who cares who’s right and who’s wrong
Because we know where we belong
The wild heart is calling us
Out in the night
A primitive love in your eyes
And out on the wasteland of broken dreams
Go you and I
We’re the restless ones
(Oh)
Oh yeah
That’s all we’ll ever be
Yeah (oh)
You’re the restless one
You’re just like me
And sometimes I just walk the streets at night
Wonder where I’m going
Can’t relate to nothing no more
But listen you hear it call
The wild heart is taking us
Out in the night
A primitive love in your eyes
And sometimes I feel like a loaded gun
Cause just like you
I’m the restless one
(Oh)
Oh yeah
That’s all I’ll ever be
Oh you’re the restless one
(Oh)
And baby you’re just like me
Oh
(Oh)
Oh yeah
You’re the restless one
You’re the restless one
(Oh)
And that’s all we’ll ever be

12. Rockin’ Horse

Desert highway to a memory
I said that I’d come back for you
By the jukebox at the Starlight Grill
Kickin?out an Elvis tune
Are you waitin’ little sister
Killin?time and dreamin?too
You need a fraction of long distance love
I’m driving all night for you, Yeah
I’m gonna be there in a big way
You can leave the radio on
Like an outlaw
Like Jesse James
Another hundred miles is gone
Sunrise to sundown
I’m gonna turn you around
Yeah
Baby I’ve been so lonely
What am I s’pposed to do,
Out in the zone of passion
Out of my head for you
Baby my hearts a mustang
Just let it run its course
Take it up by the river
I’m gonna give you more
Ride the rockin’ horse
Hey ride the rockin’ horse
Yeah
Got the top down
Wishin?on a star
Underneath the Spanish moon
Golden Earring箂 on the radio
Radar Love is coming through
She’s a station on the interstate
I’m coming with a message of love
In the saddle you can ride all night
Rock your reins around my glove yeah
Sunrise to sundown
I’m gonna turn you around yeah
Baby I’ve been so lonely
What箂 a man supposed to do
Out in the zone of passion
Out of my head for you
Proof Papa’s got the fever
Just let it run its course
Take it up by the river
I’m gonna give you more
Ride the rockin?horse
Hey
Ride the rockin?horse
Baby I’ve been so
Baby I箆e been so
Baby I’ve been so lonely
(Ride the rockin’ horse)
Lo-lo-lo-lo-lonely
Lonely
Yeah
Baby I’ve been so
Out of my head for you
Whoah
(Ride the rockin?horse)
Baby I’ve been so lonely
Baby baby baby
(Ride the rockin?horse)
Babe I’ve been so lonely
What am i gonna do
Thank you New York
Ride the rockin?horse
Ride the rockin?horse
Ride the rockin?horse

13. Don’t Walk Away

Wise men
Thinking of numbers
Shaken not stirred
But I hang
Hang on your every word
These days
I roll with the punches
Always your clown
Do you remember when
We used to paint this town
Red gold green and blue
If you still believe in me
And you
Don’t walk away
I know I’ll find an answer
If you stay
Don’t walk away
There’s nothing in tomorrow
That wasn’t there in yesterday
Oh no no no no no
All the heartache
Too many nights
In the heartbreak hotel
Don’t you give up
Love is a carousel
Put on your dancing shoes
And we can paint this town
Red gold green and blue
If you still believe in me
And you
Don’t walk away
I know I’ll find an answer
If you stay
Don’t walk away
There’s nothing in tomorrow
That wasn’t there in yesterday
I’m sad that¹s all
This can¹t be the end
It’s not my fault
The rain on the roof
Reach out
Reach out
I’m drownin’ not waving
Reach out
Reach out
Before it’s too late
To save our love
Baby don’t you walk away
Oh no
Don’t walk away
I know I’ll find an answer
If you stay
Don’t walk away
There’s nothing in tomorrow
That wasn’t there in yesterday
Don’t walk away
Don’t walk away
No just stay
Baby don’t walk away
(Every cloud has got a silver lining)
Don’t walk away
Baby don’t walk away
(If you look hard enough you’ll find love shining)
Don’t walk away
(Every cloud has got a silver lining)
No no no no no no

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