"Hell Is For Children" as written by and Pat Benatar Neil Geraldo....
They cry in the dark
So you can't see their tears
They hide in the light
So you can't see their fears
Forgive and forget
All the while
Love and pain become one and the same
In the eyes of a wounded child

Because hell, hell is for children
And you know that their little lives can become such a mess
Hell, hell is for children
And you shouldn't have to pay for your love
With your bones and your flesh

It's all so confusing this brutal abusing
They blacken your eyes and then apologize
Be daddy's good girl, and don't tell mommy a thing
Be a good little boy, and you'll get a new toy
Tell grandma you fell from the swing

Because hell, hell is for children
And you know that their little lives can become such a mess
Hell, hell is for children
And you shouldn't have to pay for your love
With your bones and your flesh

No, hell is for children

Hell, hell is for hell
Hell is for hell
Hell is for children

Hell, hell is for hell
Hell is for hell
Hell is for children

Hell, hell is for hell
Hell is for hell
Hell is for children

Hell is for children
Hell is for children


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"Hell is For Children" as written by Patricia Benatar Neil Giraldo

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  • +6
    General Commentthis song. wow.
    the first time i heard it, i was so moved.
    child abuse is sadly all too common.
    i love that a star that big was willing to take a lot of crap for singing about it.
    krisincoloron September 23, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's about child abuse.
    SweetAngston December 16, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's a powerful, meaning song. It's about child abuse, and it's one hell of a song.
    MichelleBranch1109on April 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is so powerful. Many people think that this song is messed up because they think that the song is saying that children should go to hell, but it is not like that at all. It is a description of what children who are abused go through.
    onelove10on August 03, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentfrom an interview she did...
    Hell Is for Children" came from an article that…I was living in New York when we wrote it and the New York Times did a series of articles about child abuse in America. I came from a really small town on Long Island and I had no idea that this existed, not in the little gingerbread place I came from. I was stunned. It affected me so much. I was moved by the articles. When ever that would happen I would write. I said to Neil [Giraldo, guitarist], ‘I want you to do something to the music that it sounds like pain. I want the intense pain that’s happening to these children in the notes,’ and so he did and it turned out just great. It became an anthem. I always wonder if other people have lofty intentions. I didn’t.
    Shandaron September 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was groundbreaking. I admire Pat Benatar for having the courage to publish such a song. It shed ilght upon the topic of child abuse, which was NEVER talked about. Sure, people saw it happen, but they felt that "it wasn't their place to get into the affairs of others."

    My thanks to you, Pat.
    Sukichan36on April 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor it to be allowed for a child to be born and be abused, we must be on some level of hell here.
    soulfreedomon December 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just watched Ralph Bakshi's film "American Pop" which featured this wicked track and it brought me here. This song sounds so powerful and has such an important meaning. Though this song speaks about abuse of minors, youth so often is HELL...kids have to put up with a real lack of privileges, constant ridicule and patronizing, way too many rules, school, parents, teachers, dickhead peers, the list goes on.

    Kids really do deserve more freedom as growing up isn't usually as happy and innocent as it's made out to be
    River Wolfon September 13, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWTF?
    JasperAvion October 23, 2004   Link
  • -3
    General CommentWhat I don't get is how people know child abuse goes on and then don't think Hell exists. To quote Ben Stone from Law and Order, "I hope there’s an afterlife, the penal code is insufficient for some crimes."
    darklordkhaoson March 13, 2012   Link

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