Sexist Song #2

The 6 Sexistiest Songs of the ’60s — #2

He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)” – The Crystals (1962)

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 (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 (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


He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss) is actu­al­ly the only song on this list that I active­ly dis­like.  This song is just all kinds of wrong, sung from the point of view of a vic­tim of domes­tic abuse who excus­es the vio­lence with log­ic that’s been twist­ed to the lim­it.  It’s sad, and the fact that the song is based on the true-life expe­ri­ence (and inter­nal log­ic) of  “The Loco­mo­tion” singer, Lit­tle Eva, makes it even sad­der.  To be fair to the ‘60s, this song did receive some push­back soon after it was released, so… that’s good.  In con­clu­sion, this may be the most messed up song ever writ­ten… and yet, some­how, still not the most sex­ist song of the ‘60s…

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10 thoughts on “The 6 Sexistiest Songs of the ’60s — #2

  1. Yes, I agree. I’ve nev­er heard this song before. Interesting…


  2. omg I nev­er heard the lyrics like that before. UGH yuck I want to wipe it off.


  3. Omg. Know­ing it is based on some­one’s real life expe­ri­ence makes so much worse.


  4. I’m sor­ry, it this song that has to be even worse than the Jack Jones song. Phys­i­cal abuse, right there for all to see, yep this is the worse. I have heard this over the years and always thought, “WTF?”


    1. I’m def­i­nite­ly with you. Look­ing good was def­i­nite­ly a part of the 60’s, phys­i­cal vio­lence against women was prob­a­bly not any more com­mon than it is today.


      1. …phys­i­cal vio­lence against women was prob­a­bly not any more com­mon than it is today.”




  5. I heard this song for the first time a few weeks ago on Spo­ti­fy of all places!! . I was shocked, my jaw lit­er­al­ly dropped and I looked at my wife, she looked at me, and we thought “Who would write this, and how could any woman in her right mind sing it?”


  6. I don’t dis­like this song. It was writ­ten by the famous Gof­fin and King writ­ing part­ner­ship. Lit­tle Eva was their babysit­ter (She sat for their daugh­ter, Louise Gof­fin, who would lat­er become a singer/songwriter herself).
    In my mind it’s the wrong song writ­ten for the right rea­sons, Unfor­tu­nate­ly, women in this sit­u­a­tion do some­times see it this way, which is why some domes­tic vio­lence goes on for so long. Car­ole King said she want­ed the song to show how the vic­tim felt and at the same time make peo­ple realise just how wrong that is. She did admit that with hind­sight it did­n’t work.


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