♫ Heart Of Glass ♫

I actually intended to play Nick Gilder’s Hot Child in the City tonight, since several readers mentioned it this week, but when I watched the video, I found it very disturbing and decided against playing it, at least for now.  I’m disturbed enough as it is!

But, leave it to YouTube to suggest this song, Heart of Glass by Blondie, as I was watching the first one, and since I have not yet played this one, all is well.

Blondie members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein (who were a couple) wrote the first version of this song in early 1974, shortly after they first met. They didn’t have a proper title for the song, and would refer to it as “The Disco Song.” Harry explained on the show Words and Music:

“Lyrically, it was about a stalker who was pursuing me, and Chris saved me from him.”

It wasn’t until they recorded this song in 1978 that Stein came up with the title “Heart Of Glass.” He didn’t know that it was also the title of a 1976 German movie directed by Werner Herzog.

Debbie Harry: “When we did Heart Of Glass it wasn’t too cool in our social set to play disco. But we did it because we wanted to be uncool. It was based around a Roland Rhythm Machine and the backing took over 10 hours to get down.”

Chris Stein: “We didn’t expect the original to be that big. We only did it as a novelty item to put more diversity into the album.”

Finding words to rhyme to “glass” that fit in a song can be… a pain in the ass.

In the last chorus, following “Once I had a love and it was a gas,” Debbie Harry takes a different tack, singing “Soon turned out to be a pain in the ass.” This is a key line in the song, since the singer has now realized that this relationship is more trouble than it’s worth, and that her heart of glass might be more durable than she thought.

Unfortunately, American radio was generally ass-free at this time, so to ensure airplay, stations were sent an edited version with the offending line replaced with “soon turned out I had a heart of glass.”

This song hit #1 in the UK, U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia, and Switzerland, to name a few.

Heart of Glass
Blondie

Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

Once I had a love and it was divine
Soon found out I was losing my mind
It seemed like the real thing but I was so blind
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

In between
What I find is pleasing and I’m feeling fine
Love is so confusing, there’s no peace of mind
If I fear I’m losing you it’s just no good
You teasing like you do

Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out had a heart of glass
Seemed like the real thing, only to find
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

Lost inside
Adorable illusion and I cannot hide
I’m the one you’re using, please don’t push me aside
We coulda made it cruising, yeah

La, da, da, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, da, da, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, da, da, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
Yeah, riding high on love’s true bluish light

Ooh, oh, ooh, oh
Ooh, oh, ooh, oh

Once I had a love and it was a gas
Soon turned out to be a pain in the ass
Seemed like the real thing only to find
Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind

Ooh, oh, ooh, oh
Ooh, oh, ooh, oh

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Chris Stein / Deborah Harry
Heart of Glass lyrics © BMG Rights Management

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