You Better You Bet (Pete Townshend) Towser Tunes, Inc. (adm. by Longitude Music Co.) - BMI

Pete Townshend: "'You Better You Bet' was a very spontaneous lyric. A fairly spontaneous, peppy song; it's a pop song, really, it's just a pop song."

T-Rex, the group headed by Marc Bolan, started out as John's Children which was one of the first groups signed to The Who's Track Records. They often opened for The Who in the mid-late 1960's. The arpeggio synth track is performed on a Yamaha E70 home organ. Released as a single in the U.K. February 27, 1981 backed with "The Quiet One". It reached #9. In the U.S., the single hit the Billboard charts on March 21, 1981 reaching #18 (#15 inCash Box). This version, edited to 3'58, was The Who's last Top Twenty single. Pete recorded the original demo of the song in March 1980. It later appeared on his solo album Another Scoop.

The Who first performed it live January 25, 1981 on the first date of their U.K. tour and it has remained a live staple ever since. Live versions appear on the 1989 The Who/Live featuring the Rock Opera 'Tommy' video, the 1990 Join Together album and The Who & Special Guests Live at the Royal Albert Hall video (2000). The Who also mimed to the single on their last appearance on BBC's Top Of The Pops March 5, 1981 and the spare, black-and-white music video, their first to appear on MTV, can be found on the Who's Better Who's Best video. This track is 5'32 on the 1997 remix. According to R. Rowley, the background music is played on a Yamaha E70 organ. Click here for more details.

You better you better you bet.

I call you on the telephone my voice too rough with cigarettes.
I sometimes thing I should just go home but I'm dealing with a memory
that never forgets
I love to hear you say my name especially when you say yes
I got your body right now on my mind and I drunk myself b-lind to the
sound of old T-Rex
To the sound of old T-Rex - who's next?


When I say I love you you say you better
You better you better you bet
When I say I need you you say you better
You better you better you bet
You better bet your life
Or love will cut you like a knife

I want those feeble minded axes overthrown
I'm not into your passport picture I just like your nose
You welcome me with open arms and open legs
I know only fools have needs but this one never begs

I don't really mind how much you love me
A little is really alright
When you say come over and spend the night

Chorus: (as above)

I lay on the bed with you
We could make some book of records
Your dog keeps licking my nose
And chewing up all those letters
Saying "you better"
You better bet your life

You better love me, all the time now
You better shove me back into line now
You better love me, all the time now
You better shove me back into line now.

I showed up late one night with a neon light for a visa
But knowing I'm so eager to fight can't make letting me in any easier
I know tha~t I been wearing crazy clothes and I look pretty crappy
But my body feels so good and I still sing a razor line everytime.

And when it comes to all night living
I know what I'm giving
I've got it all down to a tee
And it's free.

Chorus: (as above)

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