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The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh Away

Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer

One of the easier songs to write for the album this song had started out with a Tommy Thayer verse lick. Like "Betrayed," there is a strong acoustic character in the demo of the song. Gene provided the bridge, chorus, riffs and lyrics. According to Gene, "lyrics came later, and only after I had the title... Then the song practically wrote itself" (FKLL Liners). This song would be a companion piece, in terms of subject matter, to "I." According to Gene, "It's the usual stuff about how to undress a girl with your eyes and other parts, repeatedly, and the stuff I talked about in 'I' from our '(Music From) The Elder' LP, such as in 'The Street Giveth And The Street Taketh Away' which infers what it's all about - believing in yourself" (Kerrang #251). Listed on the Australian and German "Forever" 7" single as a "remix" version of the recording, the differences of that B-side are negligible.

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