♫ What’s Love Got To Do With It ♫ (Redux)

Tina Turner had just turned 80 years old when I first played this back in November 2019.  Listen to what she had to say about turning 80 …

I am ten years younger now than she was then, but I’ve got to give it to that lady … she’s got more spunk in her little finger than I have in all ten of mine!  You go, Girl!  You da Woman!

That said, my friend Brian commented on one of my posts the other night with this comment “who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?” (we were talking about pets, not Tina Turner), and this song immediately embedded itself into my mind. 


Tina Turner has, in my book anyway, a voice that … man, it just doesn’t stop!  She is one of the bestselling recording artists of all time, and has often been referred to as The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

This was Tina Turner’s comeback song. She first hit the pop charts with her husband Ike in 1960, and their biggest hit came in 1971 with a cover of Proud Mary. After enduring years of spousal abuse, Tina split from Ike in the mid-’70s and her career was in limbo until this song thrust her back in the spotlight 13 years after Proud Mary.

This is really an anti-love song, and Turner hated it. She balked at recording it, but had the good sense to defer to her manager, Roger Davies, who was engineering her comeback and was sure the song would be a hit. Davis got the song from his friends, the songwriters Terry Britten and Graham Lyle (who was in the duo Gallagher and Lyle), and it was Britten who produced the track.

This song won Grammys in 1985 for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Female Vocal Performance. Turner gave one of the awards to Davies, whom she credited with reviving her career. Davies, an Australian who was new to the business, met Turner in 1979.

What’s Love Got to Do with It
Tina Turner

You must understand though the touch of your hand
Makes my pulse react
That it’s only the thrill of boy meeting girl
Opposites attract
It’s physical
Only logical
You must try to ignore that it means more than that ooo

What’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken

It may seem to you that I’m acting confused
When you’re close to me
If I tend to look dazed I’ve read it someplace
I’ve got cause to be
There’s a name for it
There’s a phrase that fits
But whatever the reason you do it for me ooo

What’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken

I’ve been taking on a new direction
But I have to say
I’ve been thinking about my own protection
It scares me to feel this way oh oh oh

What’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken

What’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a sweet old fashioned notion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken

ooh got to do with it
(What’s love but a second hand emotion)
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken
(What’s love got to do with it) got to do with it
(What’s love)

Songwriters: Graham Hamilton Lyle / Terry Britten
What’s Love Got to Do with It lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management

16 thoughts on “♫ What’s Love Got To Do With It ♫ (Redux)

  1. I am always totally amazed by Tina. Her energy on stage is phenomenal and she sure doesn’t look her age. I’ve watched the movie about her several times and the way she bounced back after Ike left her without anything at all tells so much about her inner faith in herself. She was the one with the talent, the one with the energy, as far as I’m concerned, the only person in that duo. I’ll never tire of watching her performances. Thanks for the reminder, Jill.

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  2. Jill, she does this song so well live. When we saw her it was in her encore and she involved the audience. She said men, you sing the chorus – you know how it goes as you have been saying this all of your lives. Keith

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      • Jill, there is an excellent documentary about Tina’s career on HBO airing right now. They cover this song. It was released as a pop song in the UK with a two men/ two women quartet. She did hate it, but Britten asked her to slow it down and lower voice at the beginning and she sang it her way, a much better song.

        By the way, in the documentray, she sings a slow, soulful cover of The Beatles’ “Help” which is quite powerful. Keith

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        • I was able to find and watch a trailer for the documentary, but would have to sign up for the paid version of HBO to watch the entirety. Too bad, for it truly sounds fascinating! I cannot imagine her singing a slow version of “Help!” … I must try to find that on YouTube tomorrow!!

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