Cuts Like A Knife

Album: Cuts Like A Knife (1983)
Charted: 15
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written by Bryan Adams and songwriter Jim Vallance. It became the highest-charting song from the album of the same title, and has become one of his most popular songs, appearing on almost all of Adams' compilation albums.
  • Jim Vallance has had a prolific songwriting career, having composed for Bonnie Raitt, Aerosmith, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart, Roger Daltrey, Tina Turner, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Anne Murray and Joe Cocker. He is a four-time winner of the Canadian Juno award for Composer of the Year - the only person to have such a distinction.
    Bryan Adams himself has an impressive trophy case to show off. He has been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards, three of which he won, all for his soundtrack work on the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Add to this one American Music Award (nominated three times), 18 Juno Awards (nominated fifty-five times), one MTV Video Music Award (nominated ten times), and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
  • In a 1988 interview with Canada's Georgia Straight newspaper, Adams reveals that the chorus for this song came about when he was jamming on the guitar and singing "it cuts like a knife" over and over again. Vallance started chiming in with "but it feels so right." Vallance pointed out in deciding to go with a simple "na-na-na" backing chorus, he was intentionally invoking songs like The Beatles' "Hey Jude," Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," and Journey's "Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin."

Comments: 2

  • Marc from -, MdFirst-ever interview with the girl in this video, including what she's doing now and never-published pics: http://noblemania.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-girl-in-video-billie-jean-and-cuts.html
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 16th 1983, Bryan Adams performed "Cuts Like A Knife" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Two months later on June 5th, 1983 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #69; and on July 31st it peaked at #15 (for one week)...
    Was track five on his third studio album, 'Cut Like A Knife', and the album reached #10 on Billboard's Top 100 Albums chart...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100 Singles chart; "Straight From The Heart" (peaked at #10 for 2 weeks on May 22nd, 1983) and "This Time" (reached #24 for 1 week on November 23rd, 1983)...
    Bryan Guy Adams will celebrate his 55th birthday this coming November 5th.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Julian Lennon

Julian LennonSongwriter Interviews

Julian tells the stories behind his hits "Valotte" and "Too Late for Goodbyes," and fills us in on his many non-musical pursuits. Also: what MTV meant to his career.

Gavin Rossdale of Bush

Gavin Rossdale of BushSongwriter Interviews

On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen."

Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles

Timothy B. Schmit of the EaglesSongwriter Interviews

Did this Eagle come up with the term "Parrothead"? And what is it like playing "Hotel California" for the gazillionth time?

Gary Lewis

Gary LewisSongwriter Interviews

Gary Lewis and the Playboys had seven Top 10 hits despite competition from The Beatles. Gary talks about the hits, his famous father, and getting drafted.

Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent

Ben Kowalewicz of Billy TalentSongwriter Interviews

The frontman for one of Canada's most well-known punk rock bands talks about his Eddie Vedder encounter, Billy Talent's new album, and the importance of rock and roll.

Brian Kehew: The Man Behind The Remasters

Brian Kehew: The Man Behind The RemastersSong Writing

Brian has unearthed outtakes by Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello and hundreds of other artists for reissues. Here's how he does it.