Kiss: Beth Meaning
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Song Released: 1976
Covered By: Glee Cast (2010)
anonymous Jan 25th 2016 report
Kiss' drummer Peter Criss sings the song, which was co-written by Criss and guitarist Stan Penridge. The song was written before Criss had joined the band, while he and Penridge were members of Chelsea. A bootleg exists of the song from 1971, but the song was sung "Beck, what can I do?" "Beck" was the nickname of fellow Chelsea member Mike Brand's wife, Becky, who would call often during practices to ask Mike when he was coming home. In an article for Rolling Stone, Paul Stanley questioned Criss' role in co-writing the song, saying, "Peter had nothing to do with it."  Both Bob Ezrin and Gene Simmons have been credited[according to whom?] for changing the song's title to "Beth" when recorded by Kiss.[
"Beth" is widely seen as a love song... but really, it's a sad song about the sacrifices the wives, families and girlfriends of a musician have to make.
Beth is home alone, waiting for her musician husband or boyfriend to come home from band practice. He keeps telling her that he'll be right home, but he's really just stalling.
The truth is, for a rock musician, the band will always come first, and wives/families/girlfriends will always be a distant second. When a musician has to choose his priorities, his loved ones will always take a back seat to his band.
Beth will have to keep waiting alone tonight... and she'll have to wait at home alone a lot. Because the band is more important to him than she is.
anonymous Nov 28th 2011 report
"Beth" is about how the singer loves a girl in some way, and he's letting her know that he misses her, but he can't come home yet.
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