Daily Archives: February 25, 2015

Radio XLVII, side B, track 5: “Hide Your Heart” by KISS

KISS - Hide Your HeartOh, KISS, it’s probably not true, but as far as I knew, this was the first song I’d ever heard by you.  And I’m not gonna lie, KISS, I was a bit underwhelmed.  It’s not completely your fault.  For one thing, I’d already heard the original version of this song by Bonnie Tyler, and no offense, but you guys ain’t Bonnie Tyler and she rocked the hell out of this song.  Plus, this took place while you guy were going through a phase where you WEREN’T wearing stage make-up.  Say wha?!?!  What’s the point of KISS without the makeup?  That’s like going to see a movie with Scarlett Johansson because you just really love her acting.  Again, no offense, but the makeup’s half the act.  I appreciate your music and all, but no one’s going to your concerts just to hear your music.  I’m just sayin’, guys.

Frankly, KISS, as I was listening to this song after all these years, you guys sounded an awful lot like that band celebrating Billy Madison passing the third grade.  This was not an auspicious beginning to our relationship, KISS.

“Hide Your Heart”

<awesome KISS jam>

Johnny saw her ridin’ on a streetcar named Desire

His fate was sealed

She could see him comin’ like a hundred other liars

It was no big deal

Rosa had a lover on the shady side’a town

Tito
He was king of the streets

She was his possession like a jewel on his crown
Johnny better run
Better run

Better hide your heart
Better hold on tight
Say your prayers ’cause there’s trouble tonight
When pride and love battle with desire
Better hide your heart ’cause you’re playin’ with fire
Ah-ha ha ha
Hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do
Ah-ha ha ha
Hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do

The ride was over but the story doesn’t end

He took her heart

She looked him in the eye and said they couldn’t meet again

You could see the trouble start

The word went out that Rosa’s messin’ with someone

It was on the street

Tito looked for Johnny with a vengeance and a gun
Johnny better run
Better run

Better hide your heart
Better hold on tight
Say your prayers ’cause there’s trouble tonight
When pride and love battle with desire
Hide your heart ’cause you’re playin’ with fire
Come on!
Ah-ha ha ha
Hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do
Ah-ha ha ha
Hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do

Yeeeeah

<awesome KISS jam>

Listen

Johnny’s holdin’ Rosa on a rooftop in the night

As time stood still

They couldn’t hear him comin’ ’til he had ’em both in sight

You could feel a chill

A shot rang out like thunder and the blood was on her hands

With nothin’ wooon

When someone lies there dyin’ lovers finally understaaaand

Wooooah

Better hide your heart
Better hold on tight
Say your prayers ’cause there’s trouble tonight
When pride and love battle with desire
Hide your heart ’cause you’re playin’ with fire
Ah-ha ha ha (hide your heart)
Hey hey hey (hold on tiiight, yeeeeah)
Do do do dooo do do do do do
When pride and love battle with desire (ah-ha ha ha, hey hey hey)
Better hide your heart ’cause you’re playin’ with fire (do do do dooo do do do do do)
Hide your heart
(Hey hey hey) yeah
Hold on tight (do do do dooo do do do do do)
Say your prayers (ah-ha ha ha)
(Hey hey hey)
‘Cause there’s trouble toniiiight (do do do dooo do do do do do)
(Ah-ha ha ha) yeah!
(Hey hey hey) yeah!
(Do do do dooo do do do do do)
Ah-ha ha ha
Hey hey hey
Do do do dooo do do do do do

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