Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth – “The Warrior”

If being a teenager and growing up in the 80s wasn’t already an amazing thing, in walks Scandal featuring the tough, sassy, rebellious Patty Smyth with a voice out of this world. This song awakened the strength in many young ladies, because Patty’s voice sang be strong, don’t stand for anything, become your own warrior.  It’s a great dance song and a song that catches hold of you and stays there for a while
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This was written by Holly Knight along with Nick Gilder of Hot Child In The City fame. With the battle/love theme, the song is similar to Pat Benatar’s “Love Is A Battlefield,” which Knight also wrote. She told Songfacts: “I’ve had people come up to me over the years time and time again, the deepest darkest bands with every piercing and a possible tattoo on them, and they’re like, ‘Dude, that song was so good, I want to re-cut that song.'”
 
This was the biggest hit for Scandal, whose lead singer Patty Smyth had a #2 US hit in 1992 with Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” a duet with Don Henley. Smyth married tennis star John McEnroe in 1997.
 
By 1984, some record companies, including Scandal’s label Columbia, had departments dedicated to music videos, since MTV was such a powerful promotional tool. The clip was deliriously bizarre. Instead of the band, we see a guy who looks like one of the Thundercats dance-fighting around various other costumed creatures. Smyth appears in body paint and a short haircut, making the appropriately cheesy finger pistol gestures during the “bang-bang” parts, a bit that Scandal’s concert-goers would imitate whenever they played the song live.

“When I saw the video, I was crestfallen,” Smyth said in the book I Want My MTV. “I had no idea it would look like an off-Broadway production of Cats.”

 
The song had staying power – it appears in the video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the ’80s, and it was the theme song for the Wigan Warriors, a popular British rugby team. 
 
This is the theme song for the Netflix series GLOW, a fictional rendering of a real TV show about female professional wrestlers set in 1985. Patty Smyth told Spin that she didn’t get a notice that it was being used for the show because she didn’t write the song – she heard about it through friends.
 

 
Song Lyrics – 
 
You run, run, run away
It’s your heart that you betray
Feeding on your hungry eyes
I bet you’re not so civilized

Well, isn’t love primitive
A wild gift that you want to give
Break out of captivity
And follow me stereo jungle child
Love is the kill
You’re heart’s still wild

Shooting at the walls of heartache bang, bang
I am the warrior
Well, I am the warrior
And heart to heart you’ll win
If you survive, the warrior, the warrior

You talk, talk, talk to me
You’re eyes touch me physically
Stay with me, we’ll take the night
As passion takes another bite
Oh, who’s the hunter, who’s the game
I feel the beat call your name
I hold you close in victory
I don’t want to tame your animal style
You won’t be caged
In the call of the wild

Shooting at the walls of heartache bang, bang
I am the warrior
Well, I am the warrior
And heart to heart you’ll win
If you survive, the warrior, the warrior
I am the warrior

Shooting at the walls of heartache (shooting at the walls of heartache)
The warrior
I am the warrior
And heart to heart you’ll win
Heart to heart you’ll win
If you survive, the warrior, the warrior

Shooting at the walls of heartache
I am the warrior
Yes, I am the warrior
And victory is mine

Shooting at the walls of heartache
I am the warrior
Shooting at the walls of heartache bang, bang
I am the warrior

 
Writer/s: Holly Knight, Nick Gilder
 
Credit: Songfacts, YouTube.com & Yahoo.com/images

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