Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You - About the song
Mutt Lange, the superproducer who worked on some of the biggest albums of the 1980s, including AC/Back DC's in Black, Def Leppard's Hysteria, and Foreigner's 4, wrote this song. Lange is also a songwriter, usually collaborating with the artists with whom he works, but in this case the song is entirely his own.
In the 1970s, Lange wrote the song and wanted Don Henley to record it. It was eventually given to Dobie Gray ("Drift Away"), who released it on his self-titled album in 1979. This version went unnoticed, but when Heart recorded it for their 1990 album Brigade, it became a huge hit, reaching number two in the United States.
The music video is very literal, as we see the couple meet, make love in a motel, and then reconnect years later when she returns with the child. These scenes are cut with foggy footage of the band performing the song in a studio.
Nancy: "All I Wanna Do" is a song written by Mutt Lange, a well-known producer-songwriter who later moved into country music. And you could hear the formulaic thing that was going to become country music in that song, which he was already up to at the time. It has a great hook and a great sound, but it's not Ann's favorite song to sing. It's all about the words.
Ann: It's all about the problematic lead singer once more. She must be genuine and believe in the words she is singing.
Nancy: Despite the fact that we switched the song's gender, which was so shocking that it was banned in Ireland because it was about a girl, a wanton lassie, who picks up a hitchhiker guy.
Ann: You're a hitchhiker, I don't know who you are, so let's get in the car, exchange fluids, and then get out. That is, in a word, repulsive.
Nancy: It's an interesting thing about songs like that, because unless you're Ann Wilson and have to stand there and deliver this message that's in the words, most people when they hear something they like don't think into all the corners of the song. They're just happy and listening to it.
All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You - Lyrics
It was a rainy night when He came into sight Standing by the road, no umbrella, No coat So I pulled up along side and I offered him a ride He accepted with a smile So we drove for a while I didn't ask him his name, This lonely boy in the rain Fate tell me it's right, Is this love at first sight Please don't make it wrong Just stay for the night All I wanna do is make love to you Say you will You want me too All I wanna do is make love to you I've got lovin' arms to hold on to So we found this hotel, It was a place I knew well We made magic that night. Oh, he did everything right He brought the woman out of me, So many times, easily And in the morning when he woke All I left him was a note I told him "I am the flower you are the seed" We walked in the garden We planted a tree Don't try to find me, Please don't you dare Just live in my memory, You'll always be there All I wanna do is make love to you One night of love was all we knew All I wanna do is make love to you I've got lovin' arms to hold on to Oh, oooh, we made love Love like strangers All night long We made love Then it happened one day, We came round the same way You can imagine his surprise When he saw his own eyes I said "please, please understand I'm in love with another man And what he couldn't give me, how-oh Was the one little thing that you can" All I wanna do is make love to you One night of love was all we knew All I wanna do is make love to you Say you will, you want me too All night long All night long All night long All night long