Cradle Of Love

Album: Charmed Life (1990)
Charted: 34 2
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  • Well rock the cradle of love
    Rock the cradle of love
    Yes the cradle of love don't rock easily it's true

    Well rock the cradle of love
    I rocked the cradle of love
    Yes the cradle of love don't rock easily it's true
    Well now

    It burned like a ball of fire
    When the rebel took a little child bride
    To tease yeah, so go easy yeah

    'Cause love cuts a million ways
    Shakes the devil when he misbehaves
    I ain't nobody's fool
    Come on shake it up
    Whatever I do

    Rock the cradle of love
    Rock the cradle of love
    Yes the cradle of love don't rock easily it's true
    Sent from heaven above that's right
    To rob the cradle of love
    Yes the pages of love don't talk decently it's true

    Yeah flesh for your Romeo
    Ah yeah baby
    I hear you moan
    It's easy, I know how to please me yeah

    This love starts my rollin' train
    You can't stop it
    It ain't in vain
    I ain't nobody's fool
    Come on shake it up
    Whatever you do

    These are the wages of love
    I know rock the cradle of love
    These are the wages of love
    Oh yeah
    Rock the cradle
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

    Well it burned like a ball of fire
    When the rebel took a little child bride
    To tease yeah, I know how to please you yeah

    Well my love starts a rollin' train
    You can't stop it
    It ain't in vain
    I ain't nobody's fool

    Come on shake it up
    Whatever I do

    Rock the cradle of love
    Rock the cradle of love
    Sent from heaven above
    That's right
    To rock the cradle of love
    Rock the cradle of love
    Yeah cradle of love
    That's me mama
    I robbed the devil of love
    All right
    Cradle of love
    If you tease me tonight
    If you sleaze me all right
    If you appease me tonight
    And let me ease you
    Cradle of love, all right, yeah owwwWriter/s: BILLY IDOL, DAVID WERNER
    Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, FOX MUSIC, INC., BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
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Comments: 6

  • Sim from Cleveland RocksBilly’s rockingest sing.
  • Jere from OhioThe song seems to have components that also appear in Cordwainer Smith's great science fiction story, "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell." In the story, a girl by the name of C'Mell, who was created with cat rather than human DNA (this is one of the conceits of the entire series, the creation of people from animal dna) meets a rather strait-laced, buttoned down administrator by the name of Jestecost. Together, they infiltrate a bank of secret information called the Bell. A white haired being, derived from Eagle DNA, and called EteliKeli, is thelepathically linked to C'Mell and, when she touches Jestecost, to him as well. Through Jestecost's eyes, Etelikeli receives information showing the plans for persecution of the underpeople and good places where they may hide. The government is unable to shut the Bell down while it is releasing information to Etekeli through C'Mell and Jestecost.

    Looking at the video, we have the Jestecost figure in the apartment. The catlike girl comes in, does her dancing, and, at the end, shares a kiss with the apartment dweller, as she does in the story with Jestecost. And we also have a machine that, once activated, cannot be shut down. And presiding over all this chaos is a white haired being, wearing a cross (when he opens his shirt), who more or less directs the entire story of the video (not literally, but as a character within in), just as Etelikil, representing Cordwainer Smith's Christian faith, directs much of the action in this story. I think the plates falling off the artwork symbolize that part of Smith's story that shows the Underpeople (those derived from animal DNA) have shattered the hegemony of the government that wants to persecute them.

    When I first saw the video, shortly after its premiere on MTV, my first response, literally, was "This is about C'Mell." I had been reading the story quite intently for scholarly purposes some time before, and it was still uppermost in my mind. I cannot prove that Smith's story was the source of the video, or even of its pattern of components, but there sure does seem to be some parallels.
  • Marc from -, MdFirst-ever interview with the girl in this video, including what she's doing now and never-published pics: http://noblemania.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-girl-in-video-cradle-of-love-1990.html
  • Camille from Toronto, OhI loved the song and video at the time of its popularity, although I could swear it came out way before 1990. I never thought twice about the words, but these kinds of lyrics would never make it in today's society because of its subject matter and that's a good thing.
  • Stormy from Northport, MiWhen I first heard this song I thought it was about a brother that had a thing for his sister.
    eew.
  • Sarah from Gloversville, Nythis has got to be my fav idol song. During an interview billy said that he had "rocked the cradle" i thought that was interesting. oh well. i still love billy idol!
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