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Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Hate Myself for Loving You



Joan Jett's producer Kenny Laguna mentioned that Joan came up with the guitar riff for this song and wrote it as "I Hate Myself Because I Can't Get Laid." She took it to the writer/producer Desmond Child, who thought the title would never fly and convinced Joan to change it to something with "Love" in the title. Child, who got a co-writing credit on the song, knows something about the hit potential of love: he also co-wrote "I Was Made For Lovin' You" for Kiss and "You Give Love A Bad Name" for Bon Jovi. He has a knack for finding the right hook and making a song sound larger than life.


Desmond Child is a prolific songwriter and producer who has gone on to work with Ricky Martin, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Cher, and many others. Kenny Laguna, who has worked with Joan Jett since she started her solo career, explains how they got Child to work with them:


"There was a friend of ours at Epic Records who was friends with Desmond, and before the Bon Jovi record came out, he played me the song 'Livin On A Prayer.' I said, 'Whoa, I want to meet this guy,' so I started chasing Desmond around. He didn't want any part of it because he was busy looking for really important acts like Michael Bolton. I just chased him around until he couldn't take it anymore. There was something about his style I liked, it reminded me of The Four Seasons. Sure enough, he had worked with Bob Crewe."


Lyrics


Midnight, gettin' uptight, where are you? You said you'd meet me, now it's quarter to two I know I'm hangin' but I'm still wantin' you Hey Jack, it's a fact they're talkin' in town I turn my back and you're messin' around I'm not really jealous, don't like lookin' like a clown I think of you ev'ry night and day You took my heart then you took my pride away I hate myself for loving you Can't break free from the things that you do I wanna walk but I run back to you That's why I hate myself for loving you Ow! Uh Daylight, spent the night without you But I've been dreamin' 'bout the lovin' you do I'm over being angry 'bout the hell you put me through Hey, man, bet you can treat me right You just don't know what you was missin' last night I wanna see you begging, say forget it just for spite I think of you ev'ry night and day You took my heart and you took my pride away I hate myself for loving you Can't break free from the the things that you do I wanna walk but I run back to you That's why I hate myself for loving you Ow! Huh I think of you ev'ry night and day You took my heart and you took my pride away I hate myself for loving you Can't break free from the things that you do I wanna walk but I run back to you That's why I hate myself for loving you I hate myself for loving you Can't break free from the the things that you do I wanna walk but I run back to you That's why I hate myself for loving you I hate myself for loving you I hate myself for loving you I hate myself for loving you I hate myself I hate myself for loving you




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