“Do That To Me One More Time”

“Do That To Me One More Time”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Toni Tennille
“Do That To Me One More Time”

Written by Toni Tennille
Recorded by Captain & Tennille

Ninety percent of the love songs I’ve written over the years were inspired by Daryl (Dragon), my husband (and the “Captain” of Captain & Tennille). In 1969 I wrote the music for a new show called Mother Earth, which premiered in 1970 at South Coast Repertory Theatre in southern California. In 1971 Mother Earth was staged in San Francisco at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre. Later that summer we needed a new keyboard player for the show and Daryl (nicknamed “Captain Keyboard” because he always wore a skipper’s cap) applied for the job. He was on a break from touring with the Beach Boys. When he auditioned, he made me laugh. He plays kind of quirky things when he improvises on the piano. I hired him on the spot. The show closed a couple of months later, and Daryl asked me to join The Beach Boys as their only female member. We toured with them for about a year and then Daryl and I returned to Los Angeles and started performing as a duo. We’ve been together ever since. We lived together for three illegal years then got married, much to my mother’s joy.

When I was writing this song, I thought back to the first time Daryl and I met and the first time he kissed me and how much I liked it and wanted him do that again. I thought, “Once is never enough with a man like you…” It took about twenty minutes to write the song. All of my best songs come to me quickly like that.

Most people think the title is “Do It To Me One More Time” with the implication of doing “it,” although no one banned the song as far as I know. On the other hand, “The Way I Want To Touch You,” the first song I wrote for Daryl, was banned on many radio stations even though the lyrics meant that I wanted to touch Daryl emotionally. I was saying, “I want you to understand I love you.” I prefer to keep my romantic lyrics subtle. For example, films of the last two or three decades tend to show everything, but I prefer when whatever happens after “the kiss” is left to the imagination — like in the film From Here To Eternity when the waves washed over Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster as they kissed on the beach, and left the rest to your imagination.

In 1979, we had just changed from our original record label, A&M, to Casablanca. Neil Bogart, the president of the company, and the vice president wanted to hear what we had for our first album on their label so we invited them to dinner at our house. Daryl told me to play “Do That To Me One More Time.” When I finished singing it for him, Neil jumped up and said, “That’s a smash!” I thought it was just a little song.

Daryl and I wanted to keep it as simple as possible when we recorded it. I’m the singer and he’s the producer and has been since our first record. I can make suggestions but he makes the final decisions. This was Daryl’s production idea. I played the keys on it and then Daryl put on the fancy stuff. We both studied classical piano for ten years, but I only play my own parts to accompany myself. He can sit down and start playing and really make it happen.

Neil was right. In February 1980 the song became our second #1 hit.

“Do That To Me One More Time”

Do that to me one more time

Once is never enough with a man like you.

Do that to me one more time

I can never get enough of a man like you.

Kiss me like you just did

Oh baby, do that to me once again.

Pass that by me one more time

Once just isn’t enough for my heart to hear.

Oh, tell it to me one more time

I can never hear enough while I got you near.

Say those words again like you just did

Oh baby, tell it to me once again.

Do that to me one more time

Once is never enough with a man like you.

Do that to me one more time

I can never get enough of a man like you.

Kiss me like you just did

Oh baby, do that to me once again,

Oh baby, do that to me once again,

Oh baby, Do that to me one more time.

Do it again

One more time

Do it again

One more time

Do it again

One more time

Do it again

One more time

Words and Music by Toni Tennille. © 1979 MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS MUSIC, INC. (BMI)/ Administered by BUG MUSIC-SONGS OF WINDSWEPT PACIFIC. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

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