Song Lyric Sunday: Don’t Give A Damn ‘Bout My Reputation

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, the prompt handed writers the directive: find a song, in either the title of lyrics, containing one of the listed words—give, get, take, send, or receive. During her dominant reign as the UFC’s women’s bantamweight champion, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey would enter into sold out arenas around the world to Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation.” Wearing a trademark scowl on her face, fans would rain down a raucous reception, and she became synonymous with mainstreaming a woman’s place in MMA, delivering one remarkable performance after another.

Lyrics of “Bad Reputation”

[Verse 1]

I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation

You’re living in the past, it’s a new generation

A girl can do what she wants to do

And that’s what I’m gonna do

[Chorus]

And I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation

Oh no (No no no no no no)

Not me (Me me me me me me)

[Verse 2]

And I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation

Never said I wanted to improve my station

And I’m only doin’ good when I’m havin’ fun

And I don’t have to please no one

[Chorus]

And I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation

Oh no (No no no no no no)

Not me (Me me me me me me)

Oh no (No no no no no no)

Not me (Me me me me me me)

[Verse 3]

I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation

Never been afraid of any deviation

And I don’t really care if you think I’m strange

I ain’t gonna change

[Chorus]

And I’m never gonna care ’bout my bad reputation

Oh no (No no no no no no)

Not me (Me me me me me me)

Oh no (No no no no no no)

Not me (Me me me me me me)

Pedal, boys!

[Verse 4]

And I don’t give a damn ’bout my reputation

The world’s in trouble, there’s no communication

And everyone can say what they wanna to say

It never gets better, anyway

[Chorus]

So why should I care about a bad reputation anyway?

Oh no (No no no no no no)

Not me (Me me me me me me)

Oh no (No no no no no no)

Not me (Me me me me me me)

[Verse 5]

I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation

You’re living in the past, it’s a new generation

And I only feel good when I got no pain

And that’s how I’m gonna stay

[Chorus]

And I don’t give a damn ’bout my bad reputation

Oh no (No no no no no no)

Not me (Me me me me me me)

Oh no (No no no no no no)

Not me (Me me me me me me)

Not me (No no no no no no)

Not me