Great Balls of Fire
Jerry Lee Lewis Lyrics


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You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain
Too much love drives a man insane
You broke my will, but what a thrill
Goodness gracious, great balls of fire

I laughed at love 'cause I thought it was funny
You came along and you moved me honey
I've changed my mind, this love is fine
Goodness gracious, great balls of fire

Kiss me, baby, ooh, feels good
Hold me, baby
Well, I'll still love you like a lover should
You're fine, so kind
Got to tell this world that you're mine, mine, mine, mine

I chew my nails and then I twiddle my thumbs
I'm real nervous, but it sure is fun
Come on, baby, you drive me crazy
Goodness gracious, great balls of fire

Well kiss me, baby, ooh, feels good
Hold me, baby
Well, I'll still love you like a lover should
You're fine, so kind
Got to tell this world that you're mine, mine, mine, mine

I chew my nails and I twiddle my thumbs
Real nervous, but it sure is fun




Come on, baby, drive me crazy
Goodness gracious, great balls of fire

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Jerry Lee Lewis's classic rock-and-roll hit "Great Balls of Fire" are all about the exhilarating and sometimes overwhelming feelings of being in love. The song opens with the singer describing how the love they feel for their partner is so intense that it is affecting them physically: "You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain / Too much love drives a man insane." Despite this, the singer is unable to resist the excitement of being in love, and even though their partner has "broke[n] [their] will," they still find the whole experience "a thrill."


The second verse is where the singer really lets themselves go and confesses their true feelings for their partner. They explain that they used to see love as a joke - "I laughed at love 'cause I thought it was funny" - but once their partner entered their life, they were smitten. They say they've "changed [their] mind" about love and that the feeling is "fine," and that being with their partner brings them closer to something almost divine - "Goodness gracious, great balls of fire." The chorus itself is a repetition of this ecstatic exclamation.


Throughout the song, there is an undeniable feeling of joy and excitement, with the singer painting a vivid picture of being driven "crazy" with desire by their lover, but always coming back to the exhilarating feeling of being alive, of feeling "fine" and "kind," and being able to declare that their lover is "mine, mine, mine, mine." This is a classic rock-and-roll song about the ecstasy of love.


Line by Line Meaning

You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain
You make me feel so excited and agitated that I can't think straight.


Too much love drives a man insane
Excess of love can turn a man crazy and irrational.


You broke my will, but what a thrill
You have taken control of me, but the excitement and enjoyment I feel is worth it.


Goodness gracious, great balls of fire
An expression of amazement and excitement.


I laughed at love 'cause I thought it was funny
I used to think that love was a joke.


You came along and you moved me honey
But then you entered my life and changed my perspective on love.


I've changed my mind, this love is fine
Now I realize that love is great and I want to embrace it.


Kiss me, baby, ooh, feels good
I want you to kiss me because it feels amazing.


Hold me, baby
I want you to hold me close.


Well, I'll still love you like a lover should
I will love you the way a lover is supposed to with all my heart.


You're fine, so kind
You are gorgeous and compassionate.


Got to tell this world that you're mine, mine, mine, mine
I want everyone to know that you are mine and I am proud of it.


I chew my nails and then I twiddle my thumbs
I am so nervous that I can't stop fidgeting.


I'm real nervous, but it sure is fun
Despite my nerves, I am having a blast with you.


Come on, baby, you drive me crazy
Your presence and actions make me feel wild and out of control.


Goodness gracious, great balls of fire
An expression of amazement and excitement.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Capitol CMG Publishing, Integrity Music, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jack Hammer, Otis Blackwell

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@jackspry9736

RIP Jerry Lee Lewis (September 29, 1935 — October 28, 2022), aged 87
You will be remembered as a legend

@muriloarthur3297

RIP Jerry Lee Lewis 🌹 🎹🎤

@muriloarthur3297

💙❤ 😇🎹🎤 🌹

@ryanbrock3549

And a pedo

@JoseMorales-lw5nt

And lest we forget, this man was so talented, he only needed one take to record GREAT BALLS OF FIRE! Yup, the version we all know and love is it, baby!

@shewolfcub3

more like remembered for being a cousin marrier...disgusting

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@QuickyA2011

His voice is so underrated. I don't know what it is, whether it is his timing or tone, but it is just so f***ing good. Add to that his charisma, presence and piano playing... Wow.

@chrysryce

Ya - his tone is super clean and extremely authentic "American",

@jennifersman7990

@MegOh! Businesses True, and it was a long slow climb back but he certainly recovered and reinvented himself, first on the country charts (newest inductee to country music hall of fame) and then in the rock and roll revival show circuit

@flicfan416

it's STURDY. and it got better with age.

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