Beth I hear you calling
But I can't come home right now
Me and the boys are playing
And we just can't find the sound

Just a few more hours
And I'll be right home to you
I think I hear them calling
Oh Beth what can I do
Beth what can I do

You say you feel so empty
That our house just ain't our home
I'm always somewhere else
And you're always there alone

Just a few more hours
And I'll be right home to you
I think I hear them calling
Oh Beth what can I do
Beth what can I do

Beth I know you're lonely
And I hope you'll be alright
Cause me and the boys will be playing all night

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On December 5th 1976, "Beth" by Kiss peaked at #7 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top chart; it had enter the chart on September 9th at position #79 and stayed on the Top 100 for 21 weeks.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
This had nothing to do with his wife or what most people assume. If one of you runs into Paul or Gene and can talk privately they may admit origins but they are under a non disclosure agreement and representational agreements. They were given persona's to follow and this affected the songs. Beth was simply from the name Elizabeth it was a middle name of someones grandma. The writer (and aren't they lucky they wont be silverspooned again for pissing them off) pictured what it must be like to be on the road a distance from someone you love. A similar song written by the same writer behind the pen names also wrote Helene by Roch Voisine. How the heck do I know? My cousin is Steven Spielberg whom with some of his sisters (Lari and Terri did business but often Leslie did voice acting/music) backed several of these bands via other names they do business with. My cousin Steven when I was younger (and worked in the industry) would call me up occasionally or send me records and videos. One of the times was during the recording of the KISS solo albums. Gene got on the phone and frankly was a jerk and I told him off and Steven told him to go record and leave me alone. Then I had a talk with Ace who was much more friendly and little less ego freak. What did Gene say? "You should stick to writing science fiction." How stupid was that? At the time I was well known by his peers and his contract while it didn't stop him from having an opinion also didn't get him out of doing what he was told. Frankly I did kind of lift an eyebrow when I heard his solo album outside of kiss. He probably lifted one when I got mad and asked my cousin to make him play "Silverspoon" where just guitar saw an upgrade to include other things and then Steven showed him what else I did. I will say on the flip side most of the other entertainers were friendly. Billy Idol was positively adorable.
- Susie, Burnaby, BC
To Rick in N.J.:if "Beth" had been intended to be a "B" side(which it was a "B" side),it was issued on a 45 which is considered to still be a single!
Thanks to James from Columbus for sharing that experience. This song and James' comment have had me thinking all day about the song's theme. I have always thought this melody was the quintessential song about young guys who don't realize how great they have it at home, it's about the guy who chooses the friends and other women instead of the lady at home. We aren't forever young and time with Beth would have been the better investment.
- Benz1r, Dallas, TX
I'm 52 now but when the song first came out I was a college student working at a Pizza Hut in San Antonio. Many of my friends also worked there and we had an absolute blast. It was one of the best periods of my life.

While at Pizza Hut, a fellow was hired to help cook. He didn't fit in with our group so we didn't know much about him. One evening while we were working a really beautiful girl walks in. She had long black hair and on the scale of 1 to 10 she was a 15. I would guess she was in her very early 20s. She walks up to the counter and I'm stunned by her beauty. I noticed she had this innocent look but appeared somewhat distraught. I go up to see if she needed anything and she asked to see this one fellow. I noticed she was wearing a wedding ring and that's when I realized she was married to him. I called him over then went back to the pizza make table. Since I was close to the counter I overheard her asking him when he was coming home that evening. He told her he was going out with his friends and would be home late that night. He turned and walked back to his station. She stayed for a moment before walking out. If I had to guess he was probably very tired of their marriage and wanted out.

All us guys dream of falling in love with a gorgeous lady. He did and I would venture to guess their marriage did not last. He was young, good looking, and I guess wanted to be free to play the field. Every time I here Beth, I think of that sad relationship.
- James, Columbus, OH
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