All I Wanna Do

Album: Tuesday Night Music Club (1993)
Charted: 4 2
  • Hit it
    This ain't no disco
    And it ain't no country club either
    This is L.A.

    All I want to do is have a little fun before I die
    Says the man next to me out of nowhere
    It's apropos of nothing he says his name is William
    But I'm sure he's Bill or Billy or Mac or buddy

    And he's plain ugly to me, and I wonder if he's ever
    Had a day of fun in his whole life

    We are drinking beer at noon on Tuesday
    In the bar that faces the giant car wash
    And the good people of the world
    Are washing their cars on their lunch breaks
    Hosing and scrubbing as best they can
    In skirts and suits

    And they drive their shiny Datsuns and Buicks
    Back to the phone company, the record stores, too
    Well, they're nothing like Billy and me

    'Cause all I wanna do is have some fun
    I got a feeling I'm not the only one
    All I wanna do is have some fun
    I got a feeling I'm not the only one
    All I wanna do is have some fun
    Until the sun comes up over
    Santa Monica Boulevard

    I like a good beer buzz, early in the morning
    Billy likes to peal the labels from his bottles of bud
    He shreds them on the bar then he lights up every match
    In an over-sized pack letting each one burn
    Down to his thick fingers before blowing and
    Cursing them out, he's watching
    The bottles of bud as they spin on the floor

    And a happy couple enters the bar
    Dangerously, close to one another
    The bartender looks up from his want ads

    But all I wanna do is have some fun
    I got a feeling I'm not the only one
    All I wanna do is have some fun
    I got a feeling I'm not the only one
    All I wanna do is have some fun
    Until the sun comes up over
    Santa Monica Boulevard

    Otherwise the bar is ours, the day and the night
    And the car wash, too
    The matches and the buds, and the clean and dirty cars
    The sun and the moon

    But, all I wanna do is have some fun
    I got a feeling I'm not the only one
    All I wanna do is have some fun
    I got a feeling I'm not the only one
    All I wanna do is have some fun
    I got a feeling the party has just begun
    All I wanna do is have some fun
    I won't tell you that you're the only one
    All I wanna do is have some fun
    Until the sun comes up over
    Santa Monica Boulevard
    Until the sun comes up over
    Santa Monica Boulevard Writer/s: Bill Bottrell, Kevin M Gilbert, Wyn Cooper, Sheryl Suzanne Crow, David Francis Baerwald
    Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave, Downtown Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management, RESERVOIR MEDIA MANAGEMENT INC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 10

  • Luke Lee from London, UkI remember late '94. I first heard this song on the radio. Talk about earworm! I think I drove my mates a bit nuts because I couldn't stop singing it. And this was when I was into the likes of Megadeth and Pantera.
  • Bill from Sacramento, CaThe poem "fun" by Wyn Cooper is based upon his personal relationship with the character in Crow's song. That's right, "Billy, Mac or Buddy" was a real person. Bill Ripley is called the "most unlikely muse" by another friend of his (and Wyn's). His signature line was "All I want do do is have a little fun before I die." The poem "Fun" was written after Wyn and Bill Ripley had spent an afternoon together in a Utah bar. But it's really about Bill and the kind of person he was. When you think about it, it really changes the meaning when you consider "Fun" was written by a man by another man, and not a rather sultry beauty like Sheryl Crow. But I would give David Rothman's explanation a good read, and some good thought. It will bring a whole new meaning to this song. Find it here: http://www.cprw.com/the-most-unlikely-muse-bill-ripley By the way, Wyn does receive royalties and has received enough, apparently, to retire.
  • Earl from Carlisle, PaI bought TNMC when it first came out for the song Run Baby Run. I totally hated All I Wanna Do at first. I could never get passed the "this ain't no disco" line. About a year later, during one of my daily hour and a half commutes to work, this song came on. It was one of those "where have I heard this song before?" moments. When I got home I dug out that year old CD and was surprised to find it was that "crappy disco" song I hated so much. Needless to say, it grew on me and is now one of the most played songs on my IPOD. Good times, great oldies.
  • John from Fort Worth, TxI remember when I first heard this song while driving to work one day ca 1993 or 1994 (today's date is Oct. 23, '07). To me, it had such a '70s sound and I loved it. I thought it had to be from that earlier era. I made a mental note to learn more about it and I was very surprised to learn that it had been only recently recorded. I didn't hear it again until a short time later when I listened to a 'dance music' tape and the song had been sped up, enhanced, etc. I still loved it in spite of all that and I was determined to hear the original, non-enhanced version again. To this day, I love the song and Sheryl Crow for having given me such an significant memory for my life experiences.
    John Martin, 46
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesAmy Studt scored a UK hit in 2004 with a cover version of this song
  • Jo-c from Lima, PeruGreat slide guitar!
  • Jo from Newcastle, AustraliaMatt's link don't work. This one does though, and yeah, she HAS "borrowed" the poet's words...
    http://ahsahtapress.boisestate.edu/books/cooper.htm
    Did he get any royalties or songwriting credit for this?
  • Dee from Salt Lake City, UtMs. Crow owes a huge debt of gratitude to Kevin Gilbert, her erstwhile boyfriend shortly before she shot to fame. He was the best dead artist you never heard of, but a brilliant musical genius just the same. I believe he produced a great part of her break-out album. And as with great creative genius input which is no longer available to the artist, no brilliant follow-ups have emerged from Ms. Crow. Check out Kevin Gilbert's groups, Toy Matinee, Giraffe. His rock Opera is an absolute genius recording that never got the recognition or fame it deserved!
  • Scott from St. Louis, MoThis song is like a 90's "Piano Man." Forgive me if this comment is "apropos of nothing."
  • Matt from Beverly Hills, CaThe lyrics for the song are closely based on the poem "Fun" by Wyn Cooper (available at http://english.boisestate.edu/mfa/oldahsahta/books/cooper.htm). Crow had written the music for the song but was unhappy with the accompanying lyrics. Her producer bought her ten random books of poetry and Crow adapted "Fun" to accompany the music. Cooper is listed as a co-writer and receives royalties from the song.
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