There's an alley cat slowly walkin' down a dirty street Watching a cop on the take marching to his city beat You got Five-fingers Johnny stealing everything in sight You gotta be bad to be good in the dead of the night Kick it
You're dancing in fire, baby When you're takin' it to the streets Yeah, to the streets Baby, better watch your back Fast on your feet
[Chorus] You gotta be bad to be good If you know what I'm talkin' about What's that? So I say it again You gotta be bad to be good In the dead of the night
When you got nothin', baby You got nothin' to lose, nothin' to lose It's an eye for an eye, baby And a tooth for a tooth Ain't it the truth?
If you got nine lives, you might survive 'Cause nothing's free on the other side
Wheelin', dealin', cheatin', stealin' Just to stay alive They got love for sale, yes, for sale On the New York subway line Watch the working girls hanging out Turning tricks underneath the lights The lights
One step from Hell The poor men sell their soul For a taste of wine
When it's said and done And you're on the run And the only law comes under the gun