He Hit Me
The Crystals Lyrics


He hit me
And it felt like a kiss
He hit me
But it didn't hurt me

He couldn't stand to hear me say
That I'd been with someone new,
And when I told him I had been untrue

He hit me
And it felt like a kiss
He hit me
And I knew he loved me

If he didn't care for me
I could have never made him mad
But he hit me,
And I was glad

Yes, he hit me
And it felt like a kiss
He hit me
And I knew I loved him
And then he took me in his arms
With all the tenderness there is,
And when he kissed me,
He made me his

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Written by: CAROLE KING, GERRY GOFFIN

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

slutberry shortcake

He hit me and it felt like a kiss
He hit me but it didn't hurt me
He couldn't stand to hear me say
That I'd been with someone new
And when I told him I had been untrue

He hit me and it felt like a kiss
He hit me and I knew he loved me
If he didn't care for me
I could have never made him mad
But he hit me and I was glad

Yes, he hit me and it felt like a kiss
He hit me and I knew I loved him
And then he took me in his arms
With all the tenderness there is
And when he kissed me, he made me his



Shay

He hit me
And it felt like a kiss
He hit me
But it didn't hurt me

He couldn't stand to hear me say
That I'd been with someone new,
And when I told him I had been untrue

He hit me
And it felt like a kiss
He hit me
And I knew he loved me

If he didn't care for me
I could have never made him mad
But he hit me,
And I was glad

Yes, he hit me
And it felt like a kiss
He hit me
And I knew I loved him
And then he took me in his arms
With all the tenderness there is,
And when he kissed me,
He made me his



Halime Çetinkaya

He hit me
And it felt like a kiss
He hit me
But it didn't hurt me

He couldn't stand to hear me say
That I'd been with someone new,
And when I told him I had been untrue

He hit me
And it felt like a kiss
He hit me
And I knew he loved me

If he didn't care for me
I could have never made him mad
But he hit me,
And I was glad

Yes, he hit me
And it felt like a kiss
He hit me
And I knew I loved him
And then he took me in his arms
With all the tenderness there is,
And when he kissed me,
He made me his



Bárbara Paula Acosta

This song isn't endorsing violence, it's showing the mindset of some victims and why they naturalize it. Just pay attention to the lyrics:

He hit me
And it felt like a kiss.
He hit me
But it didn't hurt me.

He couldn't stand to hear me say
That I'd been with someone new,
And when I told him I had been untrue

He hit me
And it felt like a kiss.
He hit me
And I knew he loved me.

If he didn't care for me
I could have never made him mad
But he hit me,
And I was glad.

Yes, he hit me
And it felt like a kiss.
He hit me
And I knew I loved him.
And then he took me in his arms
With all the tenderness there is,
And when he kissed me,
He made me his.



Mac M.

I came here from a track by track by Hozier for his song “Cherry Wine”, he mentioned that this song as has a similar sentiment, so I came to listen. You should check it out, here are some of the lyrics

“Her eyes and words are so icy
Oh but she burns, like rum on a fire
Hot and fast and angry as she can be
I walk my days on a wire
It looks ugly, but it’s clean
Oh mama, don’t fuss over me

The way she tells me I’m hers, and she’s mine
Open hand or closed fist, would be fine
‘Cause blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine”



All comments from YouTube:

esvhgvtr

this song is not about enjoying pain. it is far from it. it is about being in a destructive relationship, a woman who is being subjected to domestic violence, yet she is so in love with him that she cannot leave him for abusing her. that's why "it felt like a kiss" is in the title, because she is blinded by love. it's a situation many women, even men, can find themselves in and is heartbreaking.

Perma Frost

@Namby Pamby she never said she was happy to cheat, or happy to hurt him, she was only happy to be hit. The violence was a sign of live to her. It doesn't even say she cheated! The song says the boyfriend "couldn't stand to hear that I had been untrue". It's quite possible that she didn't even cheat at all, but that her actions were interpreted that way. You hear this song and think it's about a sadistic cheating woman? Where? Who hurt you???

Perma Frost

@Richard Bono sad that she regrets this song. If I met Carole king I would tell her to be proud of this masterpiece of a song. The lyrics say one thing, the music says another. The music sounds like descent into madness, and a warning that somethings wrong, even though the words say "everything is fine, nothing to see here". I think that perfectly describes many dysfunctional and abusive relationships.

Perma Frost

@alex krasnic yes those are the lyrics. BUT THE MUSIC is saying so much more! Do you not hear those strings, that sound like the stabbing-scene music in the movie "Psycho"? The dissonance, the minor chords? The lyrics are saying "I'm relieved he forgave me", the music is saying, "you're in danger girl! Run for your life!"

Perma Frost

@Deborah Petty right. If cheating is unacceptable to you, break up with them; or if you wanna make it work, forgive them. No hitting!

Perma Frost

@alex krasnic of course she cheated, this guy treats her like crap, she probably didn't even cheat, but the abuser is convincing her that talking to another boy is flirting or cheating.

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ntnrocket1

This song was WAY ahead of its time as far as subject matter goes.

Perma Frost

@D JC it is very ironic when you realize this is a Song, not a poem 🙄 ppl are harping on about the lyrics and totally ignoring the music. The music tells the truth about the situation. The lyrics come from an unreliable narrator.

Perma Frost

@Alyssa algorythm I've read the same thing, but the use of minor chords and dissonant strings makes it. Lear this is not a cheerful song. Her intention and producer Phil Spector's may not have been to be progressive or raise awareness, but it comes thru despite them. The words don't match the music. The combination makes it sound like a cry for help. The song sounds like someone who is suffering, but thinks they deserve it. It's a masterpiece really.

It never got much radio airplay even at the time, because domestic violence was tolerated, but not really recommended. Abusers were not considered criminals, but they were recognized as unsophisticated and inappropriate. Victims were blamed for either provoking their partners, or for not leaving. 😔

This is definitely not a song you put on to relax and have a good time; but it might have a place in a larger story, like a movie or TV soundtrack, a concept album, or musical theater. It really brings tears to my eyes.

Thundergod_au

@Alyssa algorythm It was written about Little Eva (The Locomotion 1962).

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