(Oh) Pretty Woman

Album: Diver Down (1982)
Charted: 12
  • Whoo!
    Pretty woman, walking down the street
    Pretty woman, the kind I'd like to meet
    Pretty woman, I don't believe you, it must be true
    No one can look as good as you

    Mercy
    Pretty woman, won't you pardon me?
    Pretty woman, I couldn't help but see
    Pretty woman, oh you look lovely as you can be
    Are you lonely just like me?

    Ahhrrrr!
    Pretty woman, stop awhile
    Pretty woman, talk awhile
    Pretty woman, give your smile to me

    Pretty woman, yeah yeah yeah
    Pretty woman, look my way
    Pretty woman, say you'll stay with me

    Cause I need you, need you tonight. Ah!
    Pretty woman, don't walk on by
    Pretty woman, don't make me cry
    Pretty woman. Don't walk away-yay. Okay.

    If that's the way it must be, okay
    I guess I'll go on home, it's late
    There'll be tomorrow night, but wait...What do I see?
    She's walking back to me

    Whoa, whoa, pretty woman Writer/s: Bill Dees, Roy Orbison
    Publisher: Barbara Orbison Music Company, Orbi-Lee Music, R-Key Darkus, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 13

  • Karen from Manchester, NhI totally agree with Kyle, Anna, OH; remakes shouldn't be rehashes...make it your own! Some of my favorite remakes are completely different from the originals.
  • Richard from Kingston, OnThe lead-in to this song is one of the most innovative, unorthodox guitar instrumental intros I have ever heard. It's in the same class as the best of Jimi Hendrix. It demonstrates why Eddy Van Halen was considered one of the "best guitarists in the world" at that time-- other critics words... not mine. I think it is a musical milestone-- it is almost a surprise when the lead guitar actually breaks into the familiar melody of Roy Orbison's song. I believe that Eddie is in the same class as Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck-- awesome company.
  • David from Mayagüez, Puerto RicoActually, the only reason "Intruder" got recorded was because the video for the song was too long, and they needed filler music that would somehow maintain the mood. DLR forgot an entire verse while recording it. And Roy Orbison claimed his career was revived by Van Halen recording the song.
  • Chris from Fort Worth , TxActually the reason they recorded so many covers in the Roth era was the fact that Roth liked doing covers. If you pick up any article from that time period his idea was there are so many great songs out there why come up with all new ones each album. I remember reading that more then one time back then. If you think about it what did he do when he was first out of VH. He recorded a 4 song ep " Crazy From The Heat". All songs were covers on that.
  • Keith from San Anselmo, CaClassic rock radio stations often play "Intruder", the track before "Pretty Woman" on the "Diver Down" album, as an introduction to "Pretty Woman"
  • Ira from Ft. Mac, CanadaEdward is the king. Although the band missed the second line that begins with "...cause I need you..." by only playing the progression once, while Orbison does the progression twice. The band later said "oops".
  • Kyle from Anna, OhSorry to all the people out there who think that a heavy metal bands cover should sound exactly like another singers song. When a band takes a song to cover it and make it their own, it's supposed to sound like it's their song. Great original song, and great cover!!!
  • John from Millersville, MdI don't like this cover at all. The vocals seem strained...it just comes nowhere near to Orbison.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScVan Halen's cover is certainly very unique, and very good, but I still like the original better.
  • Kent Lyle from Palo Alto, CaThe lead-in to this song was a spooky guitar and synthesizer instrumental called "Intruder". Its creepiness adds an unusual dimension when combined with "Pretty Woman".
  • Tom from Trowbridge, EnglandVan Halen's best cover and probably one of the best covers ever. The way Eddie's guitar rings throughout is fantastic!
  • Brett from Edmonton, CanadaThe lyrics I posted where the original ones WRITTEN by Ray Orbison. Note that it ends with "Pretty woman, walking back to me" as opposed to the one used in recordings: "Is she walking back to me? Yeah, she's walking back to me"
  • Fred from Summit, NeOrbison wrote the song, which became "Oh, Pretty Woman", with Bill Dees. However he earlier wrote another song with the same title ("Pretty Woman") with Joe Melson and Ray Rush. That version of "Pretty Woman" was recorded by Curtis Byrd & the Joe-Rag Singers on the Candix label (#340) in 1962.
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