Late Night OTB – Garth Brooks and Kiss

Garth Brooks covers Kiss’ “Hard Luck Woman,” with Kiss doing the instrumentals, on “The Tonight Show” on July 13, 1994. A much better version than the original, to my tastes anyway, owing to the fact that, unlike Peter Criss, Brooks can actually carry a tune.

Lyrics:

HARD LUCK WOMAN
KISS (Paul Stanley)

If never I met you
I’d never have seen you cry
If not for our first “Hello”
We’d never have to say goodbye

If never I held you
My feelin’s would never show
It’s time I start walkin’
But there’s so much you’ll never know

I keep telling you hard luck woman
You ain’t a hard luck woman

Rags, the sailor’s only daughter
A child of the water
Too proud to be a queen

Rags, I really love ya
I can’t forget about ya
You’ll be a hard luck woman
Baby, till you find your man

Before I go let me kiss you
And wipe the tears from your eyes
I don’t wanna hurt you, girl
You know I could never lie

I keep telling you hard luck woman
You ain’t a hard luck woman
You’ll be a hard luck woman
Baby, till you find your man

Rags, the sailor’s only daughter
A child of the water
Too proud to be a queen

Rags, I really love ya
I can’t forget about ya
You’ll be a hard luck woman
Baby, till you find your man
You’ll be a hard luck woman
Baby, till you find your man

Oh yeah, bye bye, so long, don’t cry
I’m just packin’ my bags, whoa, leavin’ you
Bye bye, bye bye, bye bye, baby, don’t cry
I gotta keep on movin’, yeah movin’
Bye, bye my baby
Ooh, don’t cry, lady, oh

This is clearly one of those songs that sounds better than it reads.

FILED UNDER: General, , , ,
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. Cernig says:

    Kiss and Garth Brooks?

    That’s gotta be a sign of the apocalypse!

    Regards, C

  2. Christopher says:

    for gawds sakes just stop, James, stop!

  3. cfoster says:

    Kiss and Garth Brooks?
    That’s gotta be a sign of the apocalypse!

    Nah. I grew up in rough geographic and temporal proximity with him (Garth). (We were born 60 miles and one year apart and we attended Oklahoma State Univ. at the same time. I never knew him). As I recall, everyone I knew was more or less equally conversant with Zeppelin, Sabbath, Kiss, Aerosmith, etc as well as Waylon, Willie, Haggard, Charlie Daniels, Moe Bandy and Conway Twitty.

    Just a Cultural thing I guess.

  4. lunacy says:

    I like it.

    It’s fusion. And only underscores the universality of a good song.