"House Of Pain" as written by and Edward/van Halen Van Halen....
Say you're gonna leave me
'Cause I only tie you up
I always loved you tender
But you only like it rough

Woman bound for glory
Why you're leavin' me again?
Gonna pack your bags
And leave this house of pain

Heartaches all around me
How many times we tried
Said she tried to leave me
But her hands were always tied

If I had it all to do
I'd keep it just the same
Gonna fix it so you never leave
This house of pain

Uh uh uh
Uh uh uh
Uh uh uh
Uh uh uh, ow

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"House of Pain" as written by Edward Van Halen Alex Van Halen

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    General CommentThis is about a love-hate relationship. The guy hates being with her, but he also hates that she wants to leave.
    DJCJon April 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGreat.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon May 06, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionBest song on 1984.
    runningwiththedevilon June 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit's about trying to love a woman that hates you, I think.
    dark_eyez_666on August 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentEarly recording of Van Halen's sci fi-horror epic 'House of Pain', recorded at the Starwood, Los Angeles. This is the original version of the song which was inspired by the 1932 film "Island of Lost Souls" starring Bela Lugosi, and showcases a progressive, radio-unfriendly side of Van Halen that would be abandoned shortly after they signed with Warner Bros, just a few weeks after this recording. The song was then shelved for seven years and when it finally resurfaced on the '1984' album it was extensively rewritten with the sci-fi theme eliminated. Van Halen performed this version of the song in their live sets from about mid-1976 through early 1977, and the intro featured an extended solo by Eddie which eventually became known as 'Eruption'. On this gig Eddie was using a pale mint-green Gibson ES 335 and his white Ibanez Destroyer, neither of which had a whammy bar. For the record, I was at this gig, and no 'strat'' of any kind was used. This recording is a digital transer from the Starwood soundboard master. Apologies--the 'Eruption' intro has not been included in order to accomodate YouTube's time limit.

    QMojoon February 19, 2014   Link

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