In this kiss-off song, the girl has decided she's finally through with her man, who has kept her on the edge of a broken heart.
The song was written by Richard Marx along with The Tubes' lead singer, Fee Waybill. Marx had recently released his first album, but had been songwriting for years, contributing on tracks for Kenny Rogers and David Foster. He also co-wrote "Who Loves You Baby" for Waybill's 1984 solo album, Read My Lips
. In a Songfacts interview with Marx
, he told the story:
"During my first tour, my then-manager, Allen Kovac, signed Vixen, partly because they were on the same label as me, EMI. So, he wanted to take on this all-female 'heavy metal band.' They were considered heavy metal, but they were a real rock band. He called me while I was on the road, and he said, 'We've got two days coming up where you're off and not doing shows. I hate to ask you this, but I'm managing this band. We've got a really good album, but we don't have a first single.'
He sent me a couple of the tracks on the record, and I loved the sound of the band, but I was really impressed with the singer, Janet Gardner. I thought she was incredible. It was inspiring for me. I thought, 'I'd love to write a song for her voice.' So, I wrote the music really quickly, and I was under the gun. I write music really quickly, and lyrics take me a long time sometimes. So really, out of just the expedience factor, I called Fee, who writes really fast, and brilliantly.
I sent him a work tape of the song, and I had the title. I sang that bit - I been living on the edge of a broken heart
- and he just ran with it, and finished the lyrics. I think two weeks later, they asked me to produce it, as well. So, I had one day off from tour, I flew to LA, we cut the record, and it became a hit."