WHAT A LIFE/ DIVINYLS

Live From Earth/ Pat Benatar

PLEASURE AND PAIN

Writers: Holly Knight/ Mike Chapman

Lover lover why do you push

Why do you push why do you push

Baby baby did you forget about me

I’ve been standing in the back of your life

Back row center just above the ice

Please don’t ask me how I’ve been getting off

No please don’t ask me how I’ve been getting off

 

Break my body with the back of your hand

Doesn’t make sense from where I stand

Baby baby why you wanna mess it up

Sooner or later I’ll find my place

Find my body better fix my face

Please don’t ask me how I’ve been getting off

No please don’t ask me how I’ve been getting off

 

It’s a fine line between pleasure and pain

You’ve done it once you can do it again

Whatever you done don’t try to explain

It’s a fine fine line between pleasure and pain

It’s all the same It’s all the same

It’s all the same

 

Break my body with the back of your hand

Doesn’t make sense from where I stand

Please don’t ask me how I’ve been getting off

No please don’t ask me how I’ve been getting off

 

It’s a fine line between pleasure and pain

You’ve done it once you can do it again

Whatever you done don’t try to explain

It’s a fine fine line between pleasure and pain

It’s all the same It’s all the same

It’s all the same

 
Lyrics

1. PLEASURE AND PAIN
 

‘Mike Chapman was the first one to tell me about Divinyls and I instantly fell in love with them. Chrissy had such a unique and amazing voice and image, and in years to come I think she inspired many other singers, I’m even guessing Shirley Manson and Lacey Mosley.

I had already written the beginnings of Pleasure and Pain with Mike, who was going to produce two or three tracks for them. Mike thought we should see if they wanted to finish the tune with us because, like many bands, they were not used to recording any outside tunes and we thought they would be more open if they were at least involved in the writing. I was visiting a friend at a hotel and asked them if they wanted to come up there so we could all meet. I thought it would be a relaxed atmosphere, but that turned out to be a mistake because Chrissy stood up after being there for five minutes and said she was going to go for a ‘walk’. But she never came back, and somehow I knew she wasn’t going to. The next thing I knew Chrysalis records called me and said, ‘What did you say to her because she said she ‘left’. I was baffled – it turned out she just wanted to leave, no explanation. 

Mike couldn’t figure it out either, so we finished the tune ourselves and it came out great. Chrissy loved the song, they recorded it and it became a worldwide hit. Years later we got together in NYC and I asked her about it and she had no clue what I was talking about.  I told her she’s a crazy Ozzie rock star and we had a good laugh about it. Pleasure and Pain is another favorite of mine and has to go in my top ten or personal favorites that I wrote’. –HK

 

 
 
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