Wilson Pickett - NINETY-NINE AND A HALF (WON'T DO)

First performance: 05/06/1992


Coverinfo

Bruce played the song 2 times: 
 
Only the chorus of the song was used, sung by the backing singers, intercepted with spoken raps by Springsteen with some interactions with backing singers Bobby King and Angel Rogers.
 
1992-06-05 - HOLLYWOOD CENTER STUDIOS #4, HOLLYWOOD, CA 
Rehearsal concert. Performed during a warm-up public rehearsal show for the upcoming World Tour 1992-1993.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Songinfo

Ninety-nine and a half (won't do) is a song written by Wilson Pickett, Steve Cropper, and Eddie Floyd, and originally released by Wilson Pickett as a single in 1966. The song was also included on Pickett's 1966 album The Exciting Wilson Pickett.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

 
intro to the song:
 
"Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love….Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love´) Now you´re saying what do they mean by that….what I wanna know….you know how it is when you first start going out with somebody and like, you got one your love-face, you´re not the way you really are, you say ´This time I´m gonna give a 100 % of my whole self to this one person, I´m not gonna hold anything back, I´m gonna give it all´…and then about six months later you´re giving about 80….and about three months later you´re giving 50….then about three months after that you´re giving….that´s right, who´s here with their, are you folks together tonight ?…does he give you a 100 % of his love ?…. she says ´No´….thank you for your honesty….that´s right….Roy, what´s, what´s the average that a man gives a woman ? Roy´s got a college education studying a lot of statistics, what´s the average ?….about 65 %….and that´s why when she walks out, you hear in the back of your head….Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love….Bobby, I think we need, I think we need a woman´s side of, of the whole thing….(?) we gotta get the women´s opinion here ….uh, Angel, what about 60 % ? (Angel : (?)) what about 70 % (Angel : ´That just won´t do´) what about 80 ? (Angel : ´That ain´t enough´) what about 90 % (Angel : ´Not even, no, no´) ….Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love…..now I know what you´re thinking out there, you´re thinking ´Boss, you ain´t got no problems, you live in that big, fancy house in Beverly Hills, you got all that money, you don´t need to deal with that shit´….but I´ve struggled with this myself, you see….and let me tell you what I did….you see (?)….I….what the hell did I do ? wait a minute….it´s coming back to me now, it´s coming back to me….oh yeah, oh yeah….what I did was I (chuckles) I took this advice, you see, and I, and I started to think and I went way up to the east side to a real expensive shrink….I went down to his office, told my story and bowed my head, he put down his pad and all he said was….´Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love…..well, now, listen up, buddy, you can take my advice ….I´m somebody who´s been down that aisle once or twice….the only thing, let me tell you, that I learned….if in the flame of love your heart´s been burned, you oughta know…..Ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, ninety-nine and a half won´t do, if you want to own that woman´s love…"
 

Lyrics

I got to have all your love, night and day.
Not just a little part, but all of your heart, sugar
Ninety-nine and a half just won't do.
Oh, no, no, just won't get it.
Don' t be led in the wrong direction.
To start this thing off right,
A man need a little love and affection,
Yes he do, now.
Ninety-nine and a half just won't do.
Oh, no, no, just won't get it.
All right. Lookie here,
We got to bring it all down, start getting it right.
We got to stop this messing around,
And keep the thing up tight,
Yes we do, now.
Ninety-nine and a half just won't do.
Oh, no, no, just won't get it.
All right, sugar.
Got to have a hundred,
Got to have a hundred.
All right.
Ooh, I must do, I must do,
I must do now.
Oh! Got to have a hundred!
Got to have a hundred!
Oh! Got to have a hu-hu-hu-hu-hu-hundred, too right.
Got to have a hundred, now. Oh