Needles and Pins

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Nicks

About Needles and Pins

"Needles and Pins" is a rock song credited to American writers Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono. Jackie DeShannon recorded it in 1963 and other versions followed, including by the Searchers, Smokie, the Ramones, Del Shannon, Gene Clark, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Stevie Nicks and Crack The Sky.


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I saw her today, I saw her face, it was a face I loved, and I knew
I had to run away, and get down on my knees and pray that they'd go away
But still they'd begin (uh), needles and pins (uh)
Because of all my pride, the tears I gotta hide

Hey I thought I was smart, I'd won her heart
Didn't think I'd do, but now I see
She's worse to him than me, let her go ahead
Take his love instead, and one day she will see
Just how to say please, and get down on her knees
Hey that's how it begins (uh), she'll feel those needles and pins
A-hurtin' her, a-hurtin' her

Why can't I stop and tell myself I'm wrong, I'm wrong, so wrong
Why can't I stand up and tell myself I'm strong

Because I saw her today, I saw her face, it was a face I loved, and I knew
I had to run away, and get down on my knees and pray that they'd go away
But still they'd begin (uh), needles and pins (uh)
Because of all my pride, the tears I gotta hide

Oh needles and pins (uh), needles and pins (uh), needles and pins (uh)

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Stevie Nicks

Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks (born May 26, 1948 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and an extensive solo career, which collectively have produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums. She was deemed "The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll" and one of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" by Rolling Stone,and, as a member of Fleetwood Mac, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. As a solo artist, she has garnered eight Grammy Award nominations and, with Fleetwood Mac, a further five. more »

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Written by: Jack Nitzsche, Sonny Bono

Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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10 facts about this song

Song Composition
"Needles and Pins" is a song that was written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono. The title is often reported as having been inspired by a comment made by Spector's mother.
Jackie DeShannon Version
Jackie DeShannon was the first artist to record "Needles and Pins" in 1963. - This version of the song also appears in the Martin Scorsese film "The Departed" (2006).
The Searchers Version
The song was covered by The Searchers in 1964. It charted at number 1 in the UK and stayed there for three weeks. - Musically, The Searchers' version features the innovative use of a 12-string guitar.
Smokie Version
British band, Smokie, covered the song and it was a track on their 1977 album "Bright Lights and Back Alleys". - They also released the cover as a single in 1977, which peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart.
Ramones Version
The Ramones covered "Needles and Pins" in 1978 on their fourth studio album "Road to Ruin". - This cover is known for its punk rock interpretation of the song.
Tom Petty Version
Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks performed a live cover of "Needles and Pins" which is featured in the 1985 live album "Pack Up the Plantation: Live!". - Their version of the song contains a distinctive duet vocal performance.
Del Shannon Version
Del Shannon's cover of Needles and Pins is featured on his 1963 album "Little Town Flirt". - Del Shannon was known for his falsetto voice, thus providing a unique vocal influence to the song.
Crack the Sky Version
"Needles and Pins" was also covered by American progressive rock band Crack the Sky, and their version can be found on their 1978 album "Live Sky".
Other Noteworthy Covers
Cher, who was married to Sonny Bono when the song was written, also recorded a version of "Needles and Pins" in 1965. - English punk band The Jam from Woking, Surrey also covered the song, although it was not released as a single.
Legacy of the Song
"Needles and Pins" is consistently considered one of the great pop songs of the 1960s. - It has been covered by numerous artists in different genres, proving its timeless appeal and adaptability.

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