How Can I Refuse?

Album: Passionworks (1983)
Charted: 44
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is about a woman who can't resist the man in her life. The entire band got composer credit on the track along with Ann and Nancy Wilson's former Lovemongers bandmate Sue Ennis. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • This was the biggest hit from Passionworks, the last Heart album released on Epic Records. Heart was one of the biggest bands of the '70s, but the '80s found them declining in sales. With Passionworks underperforming, Epic dropped them, and they signed with Capitol.

    At Capitol's behest, they used outside songwriters and softened their rough musical edges, resulting in the hits "These Dreams" and "Never." Once again, they were one of the biggest acts in rock, just a softer rock.
  • In hopes of getting on MTV, which launched two years earlier, the band made an expensive video for this song. Directed by Mark Rezyka, it featured a mysterious magic man with some kind of crystal ball. MTV ignored it, but when Heart returned two years later, their videos became some of the most popular on the network.

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