My Sunday Song – “Love Bites” by Def Leppard

For My Sunday Song #99, we will tackle the Def Leppard power ballad, “Love Bites”.  The song is off the Diamond selling album, ‘Hysteria’ and was Def Leppard’s biggest hit, if you can believe it.  It is the only Def Leppard song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Considering this was the fifth single off the album and with the success of “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, I was completely surprised by that fact (PSSOM did go to #2).

The song was originally brought to the band by the legendary producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange.  The song was a country song at the time and of course the band put their spin on it and turned it in to of the great rock power ballads of the time.  The title for the song actually came from another song that Leppard was working on and that song later became “I Wanna Be Your Hero” which was the B-Side for “Animal” in the US.

What I like about the song is that the guy is so in love with this person that he is actually going a little nuts.  Hell, just touching her drives him crazy.  But he isn’t sure she feels the same way.  He keeps questioning her.  Maybe it is really his own insecurities that are causing him to doubt the relationship.  Or maybe she doesn’t love him and he really senses something missing.

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It is such a heartfelt, emotive song.  The band plays it slow and easy with a little punch at times.  The lyrics paint a great picture that you can visualize exactly what is going through the guys mind and you might have even experienced those feelings as well.  What I also loved about it is that it isn’t your typical ballad at the time.  The overall sound was light years ahead of the typical ballad of the time.  It was a much more mature sound and wasn’t as gimmicky of some ballads of the time.

At the end of the song is the phrase…”Yes it does / It will be hell”…which is done in a little softer, darker and in a raspy tone.  The rumor was always that the band was saying “Jesus of Nazareth, Go to Hell”.  Of course, the band has denied said rumor and I have to say that I never heard that when listening to it.

There you have it.  Give it a listen and let me know what you think.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.  Happy Sunday!!

“Love Bites”

If you’ve got love in your sights
Watch out, love bitesWhen you make love, do you look in the mirror?
Who do you think of, does he look like me?
Do you tell lies and say that it’s forever?
Do you think twice, or just touch ‘n’ see?
Ooh babe ooh yeah

When you’re alone, do you let go?
Are you wild ‘n’ willin’ or is it just for show?
Ooh c’mon

I don’t wanna touch you too much baby
‘Cos making love to you might drive me crazy
I know you think that love is the way you make it
So I don’t wanna be there when you decide to break it
No!

Love bites, love bleeds
It’s bringin’ me to my knees
Love lives, love dies
It’s no surprise
Love begs, love pleads
It’s what I need

When I’m with you are you somewhere else?
Am I gettin’ thru or do you please yourself?
When you wake up will you walk out?
It can’t be love if you throw it about
Ooh babe

I don’t wanna touch you too much baby
‘Cos making love to you might drive me crazy

[Repeat Chorus]

[guitar solo]

Ooh yeah

[Repeat Bridge]

Love bites, love bleeds
It’s bringin’ me to my knees
Love lives, love dies

[Repeat Chorus]

If you’ve got love in your sights
Watch out, love bites
Yes it does
It will be hell

Written by Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Steve Clark, Rick Savage and Robert John “Mutt” Lange

17 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Love Bites” by Def Leppard

    1. Thanks so much. I thought that rumor was widely known, glad you learned something new about the song.

      Yes, back in the 80’s, if you were hard rock or metal, parents thought it was such a bad influence on their kids and blamed the music for anything that went wrong with their child rather than take the blame themselves

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          1. You’re right. They were club famous here from the off. Then they went to the US and got Michael Jackson famous and we just couldn’t see how or why. There was a lot of silly talk of them
            “Selling out” in the UK when all they did was become a success. It was pure jealousy

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  1. Very interesting. I don’t know much about Def Leppard other than my brother liked them for a spell and I started listening to some of their albums a few years back due to the constant posts about Def Leppard’s awesomeness from a lot of our mutual blogging pals. Not sure this track is one for me… especially cause I was a ‘grunge lad’ growing up.

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