Bad Girl
Devendra Banhart Lyrics


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I've been a bad girl
I ain't playin' fair
I want you to be free
But I don't wanna share
No I don't wanna let ya go
But it's about time I do
I can't blame ya anymore
And I still love you

Wah wah wah-wah wah wah wah-wah wah
Wah wah wah-wah wah wah wah-wah wah

I know it ain't easy
Being left on your own
Why did you leave me
Well I don't really know
And why wait another day
When a day won't change a thing
Please don't ever let me say
That again

Wah wah wah-wah wah wah wah-wah wah
Wah wah wah-wah wah wah wah-wah wah

Mama I ain't waiting




I ain't waiting
But I'm still holding on

Overall Meaning

The song "Bad Girl" by Devendra Banhart is a heartbreaking ballad about a woman who knows she's done wrong but can't help but want to hold on to the love she has for her partner. The lyrics express her regret for not being faithful and acknowledge that she can't blame him for leaving. However, she is still holding on to the hope that they can somehow work things out. The chorus is full of the sound of a pedal steel guitar, which creates a melancholic and reflective mood. The singer also uses a repetitive "Wah wah wah" refrain to convey a sense of resignation and despair.


The first verse is the most revealing, as the singer admits to being a "bad girl" who hasn't been playing fair. She wants her partner to be happy, but she can't bear to let him go. The chorus reinforces the idea that the singer is struggling with letting go of her partner, but her sadness is palpable. In the second verse, she acknowledges that it's not easy to be left alone and confesses that she doesn't really know why her partner left. Nevertheless, she knows that it's time to let go and move on. The song ends with the singer declaring that she is not "waiting" but still "holding on," suggesting that she has not given up the hope of reconciling with her partner.


Overall, the song "Bad Girl" is a poignant expression of heartbreak, regret, and unresolved feelings. It shows the complexity of emotions that accompany a breakup and the struggle to let go of someone you love. The chorus with its repetitive refrain, the mournful guitar, and Devendra Banhart's plaintive vocals all combine to create a hauntingly beautiful composition.


Line by Line Meaning

I've been a bad girl
I have not been playing fair in our relationship


I ain't playin' fair
I am not being honest or fair to you


I want you to be free
I want you to have the freedom to make your own choices


But I don't wanna share
But I do not want to share you with anyone else


No I don't wanna let ya go
I do not want to let you go


But it's about time I do
But it is time for me to let you go


I can't blame ya anymore
I can no longer blame you for our problems


And I still love you
Despite everything, I still love you


I know it ain't easy
I know it is not easy for you


Being left on your own
Being left alone without me


Why did you leave me
I do not understand why you left me


Well I don't really know
I am not sure why you left me


And why wait another day
And why should we wait any longer


When a day won't change a thing
When waiting another day will not make a difference


Please don't ever let me say
Please do not let me say this again


That again
I do not want to repeat a mistake


Mama I ain't waiting
I am not going to wait anymore


I ain't waiting
I am not waiting for anyone


But I'm still holding on
But I am still holding on to you




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: AVON LONG, LILLIAN HARDIN ARMSTRONG

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@Sosapatram

I've been a bad girl
I ain't playin' fair
I want you to be free
But I don't wanna share
No I don't wanna let you go
But it's about time I do
I can't blame you anymore
And I still love you

Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah...

I know it ain't easy
Being left on your own
Why did you leave me
Well I don't really know
And why wait another day
When a day won't change a thing
Please don't ever let me say
That again

Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah...

Mama I ain't waiting 
I ain't waiting
But I'm still holding on

Mama I ain't waiting 
No I ain't waiting
But I'm still holding on
Holding on baby

Mama I ain't waiting 
No I ain't waiting
But I'm still holding on

Mama I ain't waiting 
No I ain't waiting
But I'm still holding on



All comments from YouTube:

@tylerpresentsmitch3483

I cannot make it through this song without crying.

@samaalnassiry7541

Devandra Banhart can take me from dancing to indie like a 70's princess on acid to crying over any thing.

@mjkjkklk

wtf

@thestuffman8783

[magic]

@igzy9306

i know right

@moondancer3157

Sama Alnassiry Yeah. Too bad most of his videos are in such bad taste. Man in the past several years everyone has turned into sexual weirdos.

@CaitlinHamilton

so stoked to see him this month.. so amazing. my brother used to loooove him. wish he was here to share the night with me. rip love

@michaelmoore537

Devendra if you ever read this just know, I want to say thank you so much for this wonderful music that validates my feelings in a way that gives me hope

@gregmcinnes1966

Brings me back to a few years ago... hitching down the west coast to go trim pot in California. Carefree days traveling on into the sunset without a care in the world. Life was good, real good.

@stephjameson

Loved this song as a lil girl. Now I'm 30. Still loving it.

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