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 Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
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!