For this version of The Original vs. The Cover, we are covering (pun intended) Ian Hunter’s classic “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”. The song was written by Ian and included on his self-titled solo album he released in 1975 after his departure from Mott the Hoople. The song went to #14 on the UK singles chart and was produced by Ian and great Mick Ronson.
The song hasn’t been covered by a whole lot of acts, but one of the most famous was by Great White. So, let’s sit back, have a listen and compare the two and determine who has the best version of “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”.
The song tells the story of a rock musician who meets a girl why he is out on tour and becomes intimate with her (meaning he has sex with her). He thinks she is young and innocent until to his dismay he discovers she has been around quite a lot and been with a lot of other musicians. It is a classic tale of old!!
The title of the song comes from the old expression meaning once you have been hurt once, you become less trusting and cautious going forward. The phrase dates back to 1484 and is traced back to an English printer (William Caxton), the first to publish a translation in to English of Aesop’s tales. There is your history lesson for the day.