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The Runaways - Cherry Bomb



"Cherry Bomb" was written by Runaways manager Kim Fowley and guitarist Joan Jett for the group's self-titled debut album. The title is a play on the name of their lead singer Cherie Currie, who was just 16 when this song was released. A "Cherry Bomb" is a small explosive device popular with kids, but in the context of this song, it means an underage girl who is lots of trouble - in this case taunting her parents and other adults with suggestions of promiscuity and bad behavior. This was all by design, as Fowley was out to shock with The Runaways and generate a great deal of hype. The band earned a lot of press and a fair amount of rock credibility, since they played their own instruments and for the most part were genuinely talented. In many ways, however, Currie was the weak link - it was hard to take a band seriously when their lead singer wore lingerie on stage and presented herself as jailbait. Currie left the group in 1977 after their third album, and when asked why The Runaways were having a hard time being taken seriously, Joan Jett said, "It was that whole 'Cherry Bomb With The Corset' thing with Cherie."



Lyrics


Can't stay at home, can't stay at school

Old folks say, ya poor little fool

Down the street I'm the girl next door

I'm the fox you've been waiting for


Hello Daddy, hello Mom

I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb

Hello world I'm your wild girl

I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb


Stone age love and strange sounds too

Come on baby let me get to you

Bad nights cause'n teenage blues

Get down ladies you've got nothing to lose


Hello Daddy, hello Mom

I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb

Hello world I'm your wild girl

I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb


Hello Daddy, hello Mom

I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb

Hello world I'm your wild girl

I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb


Hey street boy, what's your style

Your dead end dreams don't make you smile

I'll give ya something to live for

Have ya, grab ya til you're sore


Hello Daddy, hello Mom

I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb

Hello world, I'm your wild girl

I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb


Cherry bomb

Cherry bomb

Cherry bomb

Cherry bomb

Cherry bomb



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