Forget About Her

The Halestorm song ‘Love Bites (So Do I)’ is not your typical love song, as it is considered to be an anti-love song by some, but it is actually about a girl giving advice to a guy that got dumped, and she knows just how to make him feel better.  It was released on their 2012 second album The Strange Case Of… and the single got to #2 on the Billboard magazine Mainstream Rock chart and it reached #16 on the Billboard magazine Hot Rock & Alternative Songs.  The song was written by Lzzy Hale, and Dave Bassett and the single and video ‘Love Bites (So Do I)’ won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.  Halestorm is a female-fronted rock band from Red Lion, Pennsylvania with Lzzy Hale singing lead vocals, playing rhythm guitar, and piano, Joe Hottinger is the lead guitarist, and he sings backing vocals, Josh Smith plays bass guitar, and does backing vocals, and Lzzy’s younger brother Arejay Hale plays drums, percussion, and sings backing vocals.  Lzzy and Arejay cofounded the group in 1997, and they have made four studio albums, one live album, ten extended plays, twenty-one singles, ten promotional singles and nineteen music videos.

‘Love Bites (So Do I)’ shows that Lzzy Hale has a sense of humor, and this song was meant to be an empowering song for people when love doesn’t work out for them.  It’s a very realistic way of looking at relationships and it illustrates a willingness to represent young women in today’s fast-paced society, because instead of just talking about falling in love or having your heart broken, it bites back.  It is a way of saying, yes, everything can end, but it has this rejuvenating quality that allows a person to stand up and say that this situation sucks, but it’s not going to drag me down with it.  Lzzy said that a lot of personal stuff came out in this song, opening up those floodgates, because the group had been living two feet from each other, so a lot has happened.

Hale explained that she took a little stab against the media’s portrayal of love with this song.  She said, “Your heart cannot be measured or judged by the quizzes in magazines and scenes in movies.  So, for both boys and girls I tell you this, love who and how you want, and for god’s sake when love bites, bite back!  That bitch can eat her heart out!”  A lot of women’s magazines have these love tests, or “Do you actually love him” quizzes and Lzzy stated that she knew many girls that were obsessed with these Cosmopolitan-like quizzes that ask, “Am I being loved enough?”, or “Is my man right for me?”, so this was her attempt at being a girl that would stand next to the guy.  Lzzy bites back, so she ends up with the guy who had his heart broken, and if all is fair in love and war, then it is OK to steal another girl’s man.

Don’t listen what your girlfriend says
She reads those magazines
That say you failed the test
You don’t have what she needs
I slither like a viper
And get you by the neck
I know a thousand ways
To help you forget about her
That bitch can eat her heart out…
Love bites
But so do I

So do I
Love bites
But so do I
So do I
LOVE BITES!
My lips are pale and vicious
You’re foaming at the mouth

You’ve suffered in the darkness?
Well, I’ll suck the pain right out!
So come and taste the reason
I’m nothing like the rest
I’ll kiss you in a way
You’ll never forget about me
That chick can eat her heart out…
Love bites
But so do I

So do I
Love bites
But so do I
So do I
So do I…
It tucks you in and kicks you down

It chews you up and spits you out

It messes with your sanity
By twisting all your thoughts around
They say it’s blind
They say it waits

But every time it seals your fate
Now it’s got you by the balls
And won’t let go until you fall
I WAS DOWN AND OUT, GOT UP!
I SAID “HEY LOVE, I’VE HAD ENOUGH!”

I’VE FELT PLEASURE WITHOUT PAIN!
MY SOUL, YOU’LL NEVER TAKE!
Love bites
But so do I…

Love bites
But so do I
So do I
Love bites
But so do I
So do I
So do I
Love bites
(And so do I
So do I)
Love bites
Love BITES!

Written for Bee’s Love Is In Da Blog 22 where today we are asked to find a Love Song from 2012.

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