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“I can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face.”
You probably know Pat Benatar — she’s a rock and roll icon, famous for her songs like “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”
Well, Pat revealed to USA Today that she will no longer perform her massive hit, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”
When talking about the set list of her tour, Pat said, “We have what we call the ‘holy 14,’ songs that if we don’t play them, you’ll give us a hard time.”
But “Hit Me” — which features the lyrics “Hit me with your best shot, fire away” — isn’t in those 14.
“I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, in deference to the victims of the families of these mass shootings, I’m not singing it,'” she continued.
“I tell them, if you want to hear the song, go home and listen to it. [The title] is tongue-in-cheek, but you have to draw the line. I can’t say those words out loud with a smile on my face, I just can’t.”
“I’m not going to go on stage and soapbox. I go to my legislators. But that’s my small contribution to protesting. I’m not going to sing it,” she added. “Tough.”
And it doesn’t look like Pat’s budgin’ anytime soon. You can read the rest of Pat’s Q&A with USA Today here.