Ike and Tina Turner: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 24, 2022

329) Ike and Tina Turner — “Game of Love”

“Game of Love” is a track on Ike and Tina’s (see #212) most successful album, ’70’s Workin’ Together, which reached #25 (yes, the “Proud Mary” album). As Stephen Thomas Erlewine writes in All Music Guide, Workin’ Together “feels like a proper album, where many of the buried album tracks are as strong as the singles.” That pretty much sums up “Game of Love.” Revered rock critic Robert Christgau commented that “[s]omeone named Eki Renrut contributes a pretty fair do-right-man song.” (https://www.robertchristgau.com/get_chap.php?k=T&bk=70). It’s a do-right-man song all right. It take a lot of chutzpah or obliviousness for a man like Ike to write a song like this — a line in the sand for a jerk of a boyfriend — for Tina. Yeah, that was Ike all right! —

“You got that certain little something that really turns me on. You can make me do right, or you can make me do wrong. If you really mean that I’m the best thing you ever found, you can prove it by being true and never playing around. But just like you can cheat on me, I can cheat on you. There’s no rule that says the game of love can’t be played by two. You can go shopping in the street, trying to bargain up on something new. But what’s out there for you men, is out there for us women too. Like a dog that lies around, and he licks his bone, if the shoe don’t fit the size, why keep trying it on? But just like you can cheat on me, I can cheat on you. There’s no rule that says the game of love can’t be played by two. Like the old saying of give and take, you’re never too old to learn. But when you start putting your hand in fire, you know you gonna get burned. But if you wanna do unto me, and I do unto you, then there’s no chance that this romance can ever be broken in two. But just like you can cheat on me, I can cheat on you. There’s no rule that says the game of love can’t be played by two. See I’ve been hurting so many times, but some how I pull through. But the stakes of love are just too high, for me to gamble with you. I’m not tryin to play hard to get, but I want you to understand. If you want a do right woman, you gotta be a do right man. But just like you can cheat on me, I can cheat on you. There’s no rule that says the game of love can’t be played by two. Hear me talking now. If you want me to do right, you’ve got to come on in and do right. Said I’m gonna play if you play. It’s what it’s all about. Everybody’s talking about liberation. I don’t believe. I believe in a man doin right . . . .”

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