Like Needles And Pins

‘Hurt So Bad’ got to #10 in the US in 1965 when it was recorded by Little Anthony & the Imperials on their album The Best of Little Anthony.  It was written by producer and friend of the band Teddy Randazzo, songwriter Bobby Hart, and Bobby Weinstein when Don Costa the American conductor and record producer who discovered singer Paul Anka and worked on several hit albums by Frank Sinatra asked them for another hit.  Don Costa started DCP International after he left ABC Paramount in 1964 and in 1966 the label was purchased by United Artists and the name was changed to Veep.  This label had great success by reviving the career of popular 1950s act, Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Working with producer-writer Teddy Randazzo, Little Anthony had a string of major hits including ‘Goin’ Out Of My Head’ for and ‘Hurt So Bad’.  Weinstein and Randazzo also co-wrote ‘It’s Gonna Take A Miracle’ for The Royalettes along with Lou Stallman. Bobby Hart is best known for working with his song writing partner, Tommy Boyce, and becoming part of New York’s Brill Building scene.  Hart also wrote Jay & the Americans’ biggest hit, ‘Come A Little Bit Closer’ with Boyce and Wes Farrell.  Boyce and Hart also wrote the 1966 hit for the Monkees ‘Last Train To Clarksville’.

‘Hurt So Bad’ done by the Lettermen in 1969 went to #12 and Linda Ronstadt took this song to #8 in 1980.  This powerful melancholic sweet soul, dramatic ballad is about a man who feels intense pain when he sees his former love.  He sees that she has found another and he seems to be talking to himself about not wanting to stand in her way, but there is so much pain seeing her with somebody else.  This song leaves you stuck on every word and note and thrilled until the end of the ride, feeling that the hurt while listening to him pleading for her to come back.

I know you
Don’t know what I’m goin’ through
Standing here
Looking at you

Well, let me tell you that it
(Hurt) Hurts so bad (hurts so bad)
It makes me feel so sad (hurts so bad)
It makes me hurt so bad
To see you again

Like needles and pins, people say
You’ve been making out okay
She’s in love, don’t stand in her way

Well, let me tell you that it
(Hurt) Hurts so bad (hurts so bad)
It makes me feel so sad (hurts so bad)
It’s gonna hurt so bad
If you walk away

Why don’t you stay and let me make it up to you
(Stay) I’ll do anything you want me to
You loved me before
Please love me again
I can’t let you go back to him

Please don’t go, please don’t go
Oh, hurts so bad
Come back, it hurts so bad
Don’t make it hurt so bad
I’m beggin’ you please

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.

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