ROCKTOBER Episode 2:Voodoo Child (Slight Return)-by SRV.

“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” is a song recorded by the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968 that appears as the final track on the Electric Ladyland album released that year. It contains improvised guitar and a vocal from Jimi Hendrix, backed by Noel Redding on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums. The song is one of Hendrix’s best known; it was a feature of his concert performances throughout his career, and several live renditions were recorded and released on later albums.

However , the title of this post makes a reference to SRV, SRV is no other then Stevie Ray Vaughan, my all time favourite Blues/Rock guitarist.

Stevie would have celebrated his 68th birthday today, but unfortunately he died on August 27, 1990 in a helicopter crash, The same helicopter was supposed to have Eric Clapton on board too, but he took a later one. Either way we would have lost a great guitarist that day.

Although Jimi Hendrix version is the original version. Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rendition of VooDoo Child is a better one in my opinion, but I might be a bit biased.

Happy Birthday Stevie

sources

https://www.loudersound.com/features/stevie-ray-vaughan-life-and-death

Epic Rock Ballads-Episode 6:Marillion-Lavender

‘Kayleigh’ is the most played Marillion song by far. This kind of surprises me a small bit, although it is a good song, but Marillion has produced so many better songs,

Like ‘Kayleigh’ ,”Lavender” is also a ballad but a much better one.

It was released as the second single from their 1985 UK number one concept album Misplaced Childhood. The follow-up to the UK number two hit “Kayleigh”, the song was their second Top Five UK hit, entering the chart on 7 September 1985, reaching number five and staying on the chart for nine weeks. None of the group’s subsequent songs have reached the Top Five and “Lavender” remains their second highest-charting song.

Lyrics


I was walking in the park dreaming of a spark
When I heard the sprinklers whisper
Shimmer in the haze of summer lawns
Then I heard the children singing
They were running through the rainbows
They were singing a song for you
Well it seemed to be a song for you
The one I wanted to write for you, for you
Lavenders blue, dilly dilly, lavenders green
When I am King, dilly dilly, you will be Queen
A penny for your thoughts my dear
A penny for your thoughts my dear
I.O.U. for your love, IOU for your love
Lavenders green, dilly dilly, lavenders blue
When you love me, dilly dilly, I will love you
A penny for your thoughts my dear
A penny for your thoughts my dear
IOU for your love, IOU for your love
For your love
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Derek William Dick / Ian Mosley / Mark Kelly / Pete Trewavas / Steve Rothery
Lavender lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

source

https://genius.com/Marillion-lavender-lyrics

Epic Rock-Episode 12:Megadeth-Peace sells..But who is buying??

“Peace Sells” is a song by American thrash metal band Megadeth from their 1986 album Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?, written by Dave Mustaine. It has since been a constant at Megadeth concerts. According to David Ellefson, it became quickly apparent when playing the song live prior to recording the album that “Peace Sells” would be a hit. In 2006, VH1 ranked “Peace Sells” at number 11 on their list of the “40 Greatest Metal Songs” of all time.The song is also known for the distinctive bass intro played by Ellefson.

Happy Birthday Dave Mustaine

Lyrics
What do you mean I don’t believe in God?
I talk to him everyday.
What do you mean, I don’t support your system?


I go to court when I have to
What do you mean, I can’t get to work on time?
I got nothing better to do.
And, what do you mean, I don’t pay my bills?


Why do you think I’m broke? Huh?
If there’s a new way,
I’ll be the first in line.
But it better work this time.


What do you mean, I hurt your feelings?
I didn’t know you had any feelings.
What do you mean, I ain’t kind?
Just not your kind.


What do you mean, I couldn’t be the President
Of the United States of America?
Tell me something, it’s still We the people, right?


If there’s a new way
I’ll be the first in line
But it better work this time
Can you put a price on peace?


Peace,
Peace sells…
Peace,
Peace sells…
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
Peace sells, but who’s buying?
No, peace sells
Peace sells
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Dave Mustaine
Peace Sells lyrics © Mustaine Music

Epic Rock Ballads-Episode 5:Queensryche-Silent Lucidity

Not just an epic ballad, but THE ballad. Well at least in my opinion, however, I am a bit bias when it comes to Queensryche, especially from the time when Geoff Tate was still the lead vocalist.

Lyrics
Hush now, don’t you cry
Wipe away the teardrop from your eye
You’re lying safe in bed


It was all a bad dream spinning in your head
Your mind tricked you to feel the pain
Of someone close to you, leaving the game of life


So here it is, another chance
Wide awake you face the day, your dream is over
Or has it just begun?


There’s a place I like to hide
A doorway that I run to in the night
Relax child, you were there


Only didn’t realize, and you were scared
It’s a place where you will learn
To face your fears, retrace the years


And ride the whims of your mind
Commanding in another world
Suddenly you’ll hear and see


This magic, new dimension
I will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through


I will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you
In silent lucidity


Visualize your dream (yes)
Record it in the present tense
Put it into a permanent form (yes)


If you persist in your efforts, you can achieve dream control (help me)
How are we feeling today, better?


Dream control (help me)
Dream control (help me)
Dream control (help me)
Dream control (help me)


If you open your mind for me
You won’t rely on open eyes to see
The walls you built within


Come tumbling down and a new world will begin
Living twice at once you learn
You’re safe from pain in the dream domain


A soul set free to fly
A round trip journey in your head
Master of illusion, can you realize


Your dream’s alive, you can be the guide but
I will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through


I will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you


Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Chris Degarmo
Silent Lucidity lyrics © Tri-ryche Corp.

Epic Rock-Episode 11:Linkin Park-In the End.

“In the End” is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It is the eighth track on their debut album, Hybrid Theory (2000), and was released as the album’s fourth and final single.

“In the End” received positive reviews by music critics, with most reviewers complimenting the song’s signature piano riff, as well as noting rapper Mike Shinoda’s vocal prominence in the song. “In the End” also achieved mainstream popularity, and was a commercial success upon release. The song reached the top ten on numerous worldwide music charts and reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, the band’s highest peak on the chart, as well as their first song that peaked within the top 40 in early 2002, making it a sleeper hit. It also reached number one on the Z100 top 100 songs of 2002 countdown. It ranked at number 121 in Blender magazine’s The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born. In June 2021, it became the first nu metal song to surpass one billion streams on Spotify.

One thing I don’t know why
It doesn’t even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To explain in due time


All I know
Time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day


The clock ticks life away
It’s so unreal
Didn’t look out below
Watch the time go right out the window
Tryin’ to hold on, did-didn’t even know
I wasted it all just to watch you go
I kept everything inside and even though I tried


It all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually
Be a memory of a time when I tried so hard
I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end it doesn’t even matter
I had to fall to lose it all


But in the end it doesn’t even matter
One thing, I don’t know why
It doesn’t even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To remind myself how I tried so hard
In spite of the way you were mockin’ me
Acting like I was part of your property


Remembering all the times you fought with me
I’m surprised it got so far
Things aren’t the way they were before
You wouldn’t even recognize me anymore
Not that you knew me back then
But it all comes back to me in the end


You kept everything inside and even though I tried
It all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually
Be a memory of a time when I tried so hard
I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end it doesn’t even matter
I had to fall to lose it all


But in the end it doesn’t even matter
I’ve put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There’s only one thing you should know
I’ve put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go


For all this
There’s only one thing you should know
I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end it doesn’t even matter
I had to fall to lose it all
But in the end it doesn’t even matter

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Joseph Hahn / Brad Delson / Mike Shinoda / Robert G. Bourdon / Chester Charles Bennington
In the End lyrics © Universal Music – Z Tunes Llc, Universal Music – Mgb Songs, Universal Music – Z Songs, Sony/atv Tunes Llc, Nondisclosure Agreement Music, Big Bad Mr. Hahn Music, Rob Bourdon Music, Kenji Kobayashi Music, Zomba Enterprises Inc., Big Bad Mr Hahn Music

Epic Rock- Episode 10: Heroes del Silencio-Entre Dos Tierras

“Entre dos Tierras” is the first song that was released as a single from the album Senderos de treason released in 1990, by the Spanish rock group, Héroes del Silencio.

If there ever was any proof that a good song doesn’t always have to be in English, then this is it.

Te puedes vender
Cualquier oferta es buena si quieres poder
Qué fácil es
Abrir tanto la boca para opinar


Y si te piensas echar atrás
Tienes muchas huellas que borrar
Déjame
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer


Si yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer
Pierdes la fe
Cualquier esperanza es vana y no sé qué creer
Pero olvídame,
que nadie te ha llamado, ya estás otra vez
Déjame
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar


Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar
Déjalo ya
No seas membrillo y permite pasar
Y si no piensas echar atrás
Tienes mucho barro que tragar
Déjame


que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar
Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar
Déjame
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar
Entre dos tierras estás
Y no dejas aire que respirar

English lyrics(kind of)

you can sell yourself
Te puedes vender

Any offer is good if you want to be able
Cualquier oferta es buena si quieres poder

how easy it is
Qué fácil es

Open your mouth so much to comment
Abrir tanto la boca para opinar

And if you think to back down
Y si te piensas echar atrás

You have many traces to erase
Tienes muchas huellas que borrar
Let me
Déjame

that I’m not to blame for seeing you fall
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer

If I’m not to blame for seeing you fall
Si yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer
you lose faith
Pierdes la fe

Any hope is vain and I don’t know what to believe
Cualquier esperanza es vana y no sé qué creer

But forget me
Pero olvídame,

that no one has called you, you’re here again
que nadie te ha llamado, ya estás otra vez
Let me
Déjame

that I’m not to blame for seeing you fall
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer

If it’s not my fault to see that
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar

Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar
give it up
Déjalo ya

Don’t be a quince and let it pass
No seas membrillo y permite pasar

And if you don’t plan to back down
Y si no piensas echar atrás

You have a lot of mud to swallow
Tienes mucho barro que tragar
Let me
Déjame

that I’m not to blame for seeing you fall
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer

If it’s not my fault to see that
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar

Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar
Let me
Déjame

that I’m not to blame for seeing you fall
que yo no tengo la culpa de verte caer

If it’s not my fault to see that
Si yo no tengo la culpa de ver que
Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar

Between two lands you are
Entre dos tierras estás

And you leave no air to breathe
Y no dejas aire que respirar

Source: LyricFind

Epic Rock Ballads-Episode 3: The Sun goes Down by Thin Lizzy.

Thin Lizzy was one of Ireland’s finest band. Before U2 there was Thin Lizzy. In fact in 1976 when U2 formed, Thin Lizzy had a number one hit on Top of The Pops in the UK, with “the Boys are back in Town”

However this blog is not about that song, but about my favourite Lizzy song “The Sun Goes Down”

Co-written with new boy Darren Wharton, this would be the band’s last ever single, and is one of Lynott’s finest compositions. Released on the Vertigo label August 6, 1983 in both 7 inch and 12 inch formats, it was backed by “Baby Please Don’t Go”. Running to a full 6 minutes 19 seconds – surprisingly long for a single – it was produced by the band and Chris Tsangarides. In keeping with the spirit of the track, it features some fine, subdued guitar rather than the customary twin lead manic soloing. The single reached only 52 in the UK charts.

Lyrics

There is a demon among us whose soul belongs in hell
Sent here to redeem us, she knows it all to well
He comes and goes, he comes and goes
she knows it all too well
But when all is said and done
The sun goes down

She tries her best to leave him, but she is still captured by his spell
She knows now she must deceive him, he knows it all to well
She comes and goes, she comes and goes, he knows it all too well
But when all is said and done
The sun goes down

She comes and goes, she comes and goes
he knows it all too well
But when all is said and done
The sun goes down

There is a demon within us
The sun goes down
She tries her best to deceive him
The sun goes down

source

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/thin-lizzy/the-sun-goes-down

Epic Rock-Episode 8:Kiss-Unholy.

For a brief period Kiss wore no make up. In my humble opinion that is also the time when they produced their best music.

“Unholy” was written by Gene Simmons and Vinnie Vincent. Featured on their 1992 album Revenge, the song is one of the three Vincent co-writes to appear on the album despite the fact that he had been fired from the band 8 years earlier. The release of “Unholy” signaled the return to a heavier sound for Kiss.

Gene Simmons sings lead on this track, where he takes the voice of evil incarnate, explaining that he was created by man.

This was the first single from the Revenge album, the last one before Kiss put their makeup back on, and their last produced by Bob Ezrin.

Lyrics
I was there through the ages
Chained slaves to their cages
I have seen you eat your own
I’m the cycle of pain
Of a thousand year old reign
I’m suicide and salvation
The omen to nations
That you worship on all fours
I’m the infection and famine
That’s knocking at your door
That’s why you’re feeling so
Oh, I was created by man, you know I’m
(Unholy)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I am the incubus
I lay the egg in you
The worm that burrows through your brain
But you are the beast
That calls me by my name
You send your children to war
To serve bastards and whores
So now you know
You created me
On the day that you were born
I was created by man, yeah I’m the
Lord of the flies, you know I’m
(Unholy)
From the left hand of power comes the father of lies, yeah
(Unholy) Unholy
I lay you down to sleep
Your soul to keep
Better cross your heart before you die
And now you know
Know that you are mine
That’s why you’re feeling so
Unholy
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Gene Simmons / Vincent Cusano
Unholy lyrics © Round Hill Works, Hori Prod. America, Inc., Gene Simmons Worldwide, Inc.

sources

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/kiss/unholy

https://www.musixmatch.com/

Epic Rock Ballads-Episode 2: Catch a Rainbow-by Rainbow

Rainbow is without a doubt one of Heavy Metal’s superbands, Founded by Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore. In this line up the band had Ronnie James Dio as the leader singer. “Catch the Rainbow” is by far their best song.

Yet another highlight from Rainbow’s debut album, the song is about a small, but weird, love story.

As explained by Ronnie James Dio in a 1975 radio special:

“Catch the rainbow is lyrically medieval in that it’s concerning a stable boy who makes it with a lady of the court. She sneaks off to sleep on his bed of straw every night and they think it’s all going to work but as we rudely find out, it never does and they kind of go their own way, but it’s a track that I think Ritchie and I are very proud of.”

[Verse]
When evening falls
She’ll run to me
Like whispered dreams
Your eyes can’t see
Soft and warm
She’ll touch my face
A bed of straw
Against the lace

[Chorus]
We believed we’d catch the rainbow
Ride the wind to the sun
Sail away on ships of wonder
But life’s not a wheel
With chains made of steel
So bless me
Come the dawn
Come the dawn
Come the dawn
Come the dawn

[Chorus]
We believed we’d catch the rainbow
Ride the wind to the sun
And sail away on ships of wonder
But life’s not a wheel
With chains made of steel
So bless me, oh bless me, bless me
Come the dawn
Come the dawn
Come the dawn
Come the dawn

source

https://genius.com/Rainbow-catch-the-rainbow-lyrics

Epic Rock Ballads-Episode 1: Open Arms by Journey

“Open Arms” is a song by American rock band Journey. It was released as a single from the Heavy Metal soundtrack and their 1981 album, Escape. Co-written by band members Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain, the song is a power ballad whose lyrics attempt to renew a drifting relationship. It is one of the band’s most recognizable radio hits and their biggest US Billboard Hot 100 hit, reaching number two in February 1982.

When Jonathan Cain first presented “Open Arms” to the Babys, it was not received with, well, open arms. So he shelved it for another time.

“My understanding is that he had most of it sketched,” former Journey frontman Steve Perry later told Jeb Wright. The two had been discussing song ideas one day at Perry’s house, not long after Cain left the Babys for Journey.

As Cain recalls, Perry was interested in writing a different kind of material. “He was talking to me about his solo album and wanting to do ballads, wanting to do soaring melodies with ballads,” Cain said in 2019. “I said, ‘Steve, there’s no reason for you to go do a solo album. You know, you could do it here in Journey.'”

Cain went out to his car to retrieve his Wurlitzer piano, which had had brought along “just in case” and showed Perry the half-conceived song he originally offered to the Babys. It needed work: Cain had the melody down, but no lyrics. Perry, however, immediately recognized the song’s potential.

The rest is Rock N Roll history.

“Lying beside you
Here in the dark
Feeling your heartbeat with mine
Softly you whisper
You’re so sincere
How could our love be so blind?

We sailed on together
We drifted apart
And here you are
By my side
So now I come to you
With open arms
Nothing to hide
Believe what I say

So here I am
With open arms
Hoping you’ll see
What your love means to me
Open arms


Living without you
Living alone
This empty house seems so cold
Wanting to hold you
Wanting you near
How much I want to bring you home
But now that you’ve come back
Turned night into day
I need you to stay


So now I come to you
With open arms
Nothing to hide
Believe what I say
So here I am
With open arms
Hoping you’ll see
What your love means to me
Open arms”
Songwriters: Stephen Ray Perry / Jonathan Cain

sources

https://eil.com/shop/moreinfo.asp?catalogid=591097

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/journey-open-arms-song/