Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A Catchy Song With A Bizarre Story

“All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You” by Canadian rock band Heart is 1990 a catchy song that has a bizarre story.

In the track, singer Ann Wilson sings of a one-night stand with a man, only to reveal later in the song that her intent all along was to use the encounter as a way to become pregnant. The lyrics explain later, when she reunites with the one-time lover, that her child is the result of their tryst and she did it only because the man she really loves is not able to give her children.

If a couple is unable to have children, either because the man is impotent or the woman is infertile, they can always choose to adopt. But of course, adoption is meant for couples with the financial caliber to do so. For couples who can’t afford to adopt but want babies of their own, they may have no choice but to remain childless for the rest of the fleeting days on earth.

I think the story behind the song is bizarre because no man in his right mind would want his wife to get laid with another man, a stranger, just because he’s not able to impregnate her.

I think he would not mind only if he’s not aware of his own condition of impotence. He doesn’t have erectile dysfunction. It’s just that none of his sperms are able to swim all the way to the uterus to fuse with the woman’s ovum.

But what if the child grows up without any resemblance to him? Wouldn’t he be suspicious? What if he eventually finds out, thru DNA testing, that the child is not his? Wouldn’t he be hurt and devastated?

I guess there could be men who would actually agree, either implicitly or explicitly, to their wives having a one-night stand with a stranger to get pregnant because they themselves are not able to give their wives a baby. Because they love their wives more than they love themselves and their own pride. They want their wives to be happy. They want their wives to have a baby which they themselves are not able to give.

Strange and bizarre. Even Ann Wilson herself commented the band did not like the song because it stood for everything they wanted to get away from.

"All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" was a success, spending two weeks at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number eight in the UK Singles Chart, and reaching #1 in Canada and Australia. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Group Pop Vocal Performance, and is the only one of Heart's singles to have been certified Gold by the RIAA. On the Adult Contemporary chart, the song climbed to number six, becoming the third of Heart's four top-ten AC hits (after "These Dreams" and "Alone").

In the liner notes of Heart's album The Road Home, Ann Wilson commented on the band's dislike for the song, stating, "Actually we had sworn off it because it kind of stood for everything we wanted to get away from. It was a song by "Mutt" Lange, who we liked, and it was originally written for Don Henley, but there was a lot of pressure on us to do the song at the time."[1]

The single was Heart's last pop chart top ten hit. The band had one more top ten Adult Contemporary chart hit with the follow-up, "Stranded"; "Stranded" and 1994's "Will You Be There (In The Morning)" were also top 10 Album Rock hits.


Blogger Lunch is Served! said...

I never liked the lyrics - like you said, it was too weird! But I like the melody though...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 10:42:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To LIS: Yaloh. Catchy tune with corny lyrics :p

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 11:07:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Happysurfer said...

I think they got the title wrong. It should have been "All I Wanna Do Is To Have Your Baby". LOL

What man would be unselfish (read, crazy) enough to let his wife sleep (even for one time) with another man. It only happens on film, e.g. Indecent Proposal, where Robert Redford offered Demi Moore $1million to sleep with her. Her husband agreed to the indecent proposal. Simply not real, you think?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 2:10:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To HS: Ha, ha, ha...! :D That's a good one! :D Yaloh. It's simply unreal that Woody Harrelson would let his wife sleep with Robert Redford for US$1m. But when you consider the money, it's actually very attractive and tempting leh.

I guess it only happens in the movies :p

Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 8:21:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger JOEPSC said...

Didn't they consider artificial insemination to solve the problem?

Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 1:28:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Lin said...

well, i think having a sperm donor is more acceptable than having ur wife to actually sleep with another man, no?

Monday, December 8, 2008 at 10:36:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lin said...

what made u blog about this song? lol..juz out of curiosity.

Monday, December 8, 2008 at 10:43:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

to Joepsc: maybe they could not afford artificial insemination which is quite costly :p

To Lin: i think having a sperm donor is much better than having the wife to sleep with another man too :p

i blogged about it becos it's a catchy tune with a bizarre story behind :p

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 8:51:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Lin said...

somehow i find it very fascinating...LOL if only i could make a trip into ppl's minds. =D

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 10:13:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Lin: Only God alone knows what goes on inside people's mind :)

Friday, December 26, 2008 at 11:34:00 AM GMT+8  

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