Epic Rock-Episode 6:Faith no More-Epic

Mike Patton joined Faith No More in 1989 and wrote the song’s enigmatic lyrics, which constantly allude to “it,” without ever explaining what “it” is.

The bridge simply consists of the band shouting, “It’s it,” while Patton responds with, “What is it?” (The word “epic” is never mentioned in the lyrics.

Patton gave some insight on the song’s meaning when he told Circus magazine in 1990: “It was about sexual frustration. Sex and lack of sex.”

Later in the interview, the topic of masturbation comes up, and Patton says: “Most people don’t like to talk about it. I’m here to tell ya, I love it. That’s kinda of what Epic’s really about.”

“Epic”

Can you feel it, see it, hear it today?
If you can’t, then it doesn’t matter anyway
You will never understand it, ’cause it happens too fast
And it feels so good, it’s like walking on glass
It’s so cool, it’s so hip, it’s alright
It’s so groovy, it’s outta sight
You can touch it, smell it, taste it, so sweet
But it makes no difference ’cause it knocks you off your feet

You want it all, but you can’t have it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

It’s crying, bleeding, lying on the floor
So you lay down on it and you do it some more
You’ve got to share it, so you dare it
Then you bare it and you tear it

You want it all, but you can’t have it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s in your face, but you can’t grab it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

It’s alive, afraid, a lie, a sin
It’s magic, it’s tragic, it’s a loss, it’s a win
It’s dark, it’s moist, it’s a bitter pain
It’s sad, it happened, and it’s a shame

You want it all, but you can’t have it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s in your face, but you can’t grab it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

What is it? It’s it
What is it? It’s it
What is it? It’s it
What is it? It’s it

You want it all, but you can’t have it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s in your face, but you can’t grab it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

What is it? It’s it
What is it? It’s it
What is it? It’s it
What is it?

You want it all, but you can’t have it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s in your face, but you can’t grab it (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it! (Yeah, yeah, yeah)
It’s it! What is it?
It’s it!

Writer(s): Bill David Gould, James Blanco Martin, Michael Patton, Michael Andrew Bordin, Roddy Bottum
AZLyrics F Faith No More Lyrics

Epic Rock-Episode 5:Black Sabbath-Headless Cross

Headless Cross is the thirtieth single from Black Sabbath

“Headless Cross”

Look through the people, and on through the mist
To the hill of the headless cross
Where all witches meet, on a night such as this,
And the power of darkness is host
They come face to face, eye to eye, soul to soul,
With an Angel that fell from the sky
Borne on the air, are the screams and the wails
Of the masses appointed to die

Listen for the feet as they pound the land to a tune of thunder
Watch as the legions ride again to a fate of death or torture,
At the headless cross, at the headless cross

From the first evil night, when a black flash of light
Cut the crucifix half to the ground
There’s been no escape from the power of Satan,
On a nation so brave and so proud

Listen for the feet as they pound the land to a tune of thunder
Watch as the legions ride again to a fate of death or torture,
At the headless cross, at the headless cross

How do you feel, when the locks refuse the key
And the master is calling your name,
Does the luck of the charm, really keep you from harm
Does the talisman protect you from pain

Listen for the feet as they pound the land to a tune of thunder
Watch as the legions ride again to a fate of death or torture,
At the headless cross, at the headless cross

From the first evil night, when a black flash of light
Cut the crucifix half to the ground
There’s no escaping from the power of Satan
For a people so brave and so proud

Listen for the feet as they pound the land to a tune of thunder
Watch as the legions ride again to a fate of death or torture,
At the headless cross, at the headless cross
At the headless cross, at the headless cross

Where will you run to, at the headless cross
Look, to the headless cross

Writer(s): Cozy Powell, Anthony Hareford, Anthony Lommi

Epic Rock-Episode 4:Dio Holy Diver

Ronnie James Dio said the lyrics are about a Christ figure on another planet who sacrifices himself to redeem his people. When the people learn that he intends to leave them to save people on other planets, they selfishly ask him to stay.

[Intro]
Mhhh-hm-hmm
Yeah, yeah

[Verse 1]
Holy Diver
You’ve been down too long in the midnight sea
Oh, what’s becoming of me?
Ride the tiger
You can see his stripes but you know he’s clean
Oh, don’t you see what I mean?
[Chorus]
Gotta get away
Holy Diver, yeah

[Verse 2]
Got shiny diamonds
Like the eyes of a cat in the black and blue
Something is coming for you, look out!
Race for the morning
You can hide in the sun ’til you see the light
Oh, we will pray it’s all right

[Chorus]
Gotta get away, get away

[Bridge]
Between the velvet lies
There’s a truth that’s hard as steel, yeah
The vision never dies
Life’s a never-ending wheel, say

[Verse 3]
Holy Diver
You’re the star of the masquerade
No need to look so afraid
Jump, jump; jump on the tiger
You can feel his heart but you know he’s mean
Some light can never be seen, yeah!
[Guitar Solo]

[Verse 1]
Holy Diver
You’ve been down too long in the midnight sea
Oh, what’s becoming of me? No! No!
Ride the tiger
You can see his stripes but you know he’s clean
Oh, don’t you see what I mean?

[Chorus]
Gotta get away, get away
Gotta get away, get away, yeah

[Outro]
Holy Diver, sole survivor
You’re the one who’s clean
Holy Diver, Holy Diver
There’s a cat in the blue coming after you, Holy Diver
Oh, Holy Diver
Yeah, alright
Get away, get away, get away
Holy Diver, Holy Diver
Oh, Holy Diver
Mhhh-hmmm-hmmm

source

https://genius.com/Dio-holy-diver-lyrics

Lenny Kravitz

I have to be honest, the title is a small bit deceiving. This blog not about his nephew, the famous Rockstar who celebrates his 58th birthday today, but it is about Leonard M. Kravitz (technically Lenny is short for Leonard).

Leonard Martin Kravitz was an American soldier in the United States Army who served in the Korean War. He is a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Leonard Kravitz ,of Russian Jewish ancestry , was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were Jean (Kaufman) and Joseph Kravitz. He was the younger brother of filmmaker and TV producer Sy Kravitz and uncle of musician Lenny Kravitz.

Kravitz is being recognized for his actions in Yangpyong, Korea, March 6-7, 1951. While occupying defensive positions, Kravitz’s unit was overrun by enemy combatants and forced to withdraw. Kravitz voluntarily remained at a machine-gun position to provide suppressive fire for the retreating troops. This forced the enemy to concentrate their attack on his own position. Kravitz ultimately did not survive the attack, but his actions saved his entire platoon.

Kravitz received the Medal of Honor posthumously, on March 18, 2014; Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal, and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

His niece Laurie Wegner was presented the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in the White House on March 18, 2014.

“Medal of Honor Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Private First Class Leonard M. Kravitz distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an assistant machinegunner with Company M, 5th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Yangpyong, Korea on March 6 and 7, 1951. After friendly elements had repulsed two probing attacks, the enemy launched a fanatical banzai charge with heavy supporting fire and, despite staggering losses, pressed the assault with ruthless determination. When the machinegunner was wounded in the initial phase of the action, Private First Class Kravitz immediately seized the weapon and poured devastating fire into the ranks of the onrushing assailants. The enemy effected and exploited a breach on the left flank, rendering the friendly positions untenable. Upon order to withdraw, Private First Class Kravitz voluntarily remained to provide protective fire for the retiring elements. Detecting enemy troops moving toward friendly positions, Private First Class Kravitz swept the hostile soldiers with deadly, accurate fire, killing the entire group. His destructive retaliation caused the enemy to concentrate vicious fire on his position and enabled the friendly elements to withdraw. Later, after friendly troops had returned, Private First Class Kravitz was found dead behind the gun he had so heroically manned, surrounded by numerous enemy dead. Private First Class Kravitz’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.”

Ending the blog with one of his nephews songs, with a message which is more needed now then it ever was.

sources

https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/valor24/recipients/kravitz/

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/126712212/leonard-martin-kravitz

PS Happy Birthday Lenny Kravitz

Epic Rock-Episode 3-Queensryche-Suite Sister Mary

Dr. X: “Kill her. That’s all you have to do”
Nikki: “Kill Mary?”
Dr. X: “She’s a risk, and get the priest as well”
10 P.M., I feel the rain coming down
My face feels the wet, my mind the storm
Flashing lights as people race to find shelter from the pour
Moving silent, through the streets, they’re mine, they’re mine
Midnite, she sings praises in the Hall
To saintly faces hallowed be their names she can’t recall
Sister Mary, virgin Mary, silent with her sin
“What are you doing out in the rain?”
She feels me, I can taste her breath when she speaks
“I’ve been waiting for you, Come in”
Mary, Mary just a whore for the underground
They made you pay in guilt for your salvation
Thought you had them fooled?
Now they’ve sent me for you
You know too much for your own good
Don’t offer me faith, I’ve got all I need here
My faith is growing, growing tight against the seam
What we need is trust, to keep us both alive
Help us make it through the night
I’ve no more want of any faith
Binds my arm and feed my mind
The only peace I’ve ever known
I’ll close my eyes and you shoot
No Mary, listen, you’ve got to pull your strength from my lips
I pray I feed you well
Your precious cross is gone, it made me wait so long
For what you gave to everyone
The priest is cold and dead on his knees he fed
From my barrel of death, he turned the Holy water red
As he died he said thank you
I just watched him bleed
I feel the flow, the blessed stain
Sweating hands like fire, and flames
Burn my thighs, spread in sacrificial rite
The hallowed altar burns my flesh once more tonight
Mary, sweet lady of pain
Always alone
Blind you search for the truth
I see myself in you, parallel lives
Winding at light-speed through time
No time to rest yet
We’ve got to stop his game
Before madness has the final laugh
Too much bloodshed
We’re being used and fed
Like rats in experiments
No final outcome here
Only pain and fear
It’s followed us both all our lives
There’s one thing left to see
Will it be him or me?
There’s one more candle left to light
Don’t turn your back on my disgrace
The blood of Christ can’t heal my wounds so deep
The sins of man are all I taste
Can’t spit the memory from my mind
I can’t cry anymore
Mary, my lady of pain, always alone
Blind you search for the truth
I see myself in you, parallel lives
Winding at light-speed through time, you’re mine
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: De Garmo Chris / Tate Geoff
Suite Sister Mary lyrics © Tri-ryche Corp.

Epic Rock-Episode 2: Manowar-Defender.

When you are old enough
To read this words
Their meaning will unfold
These words are all that’s left
And though we’ve never meet,
My only son,
I hope you know
That I would have been there
To watch you grow
But my call was heard and I did go
Now your mission
Lies ahead of you
As it did mine so long ago
To help the helpless ones
Who all look up to you
And to defend them
To the end
Defender
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Father, father
Father I look up to you
And heed thy call
This letter ends my search
I’ll live your dream
Now passed on to me
And I now wait
To shake the hand of fate
Like the dusk awaiting dawn
So wizards cast your spell
With no heart to do me well
So it is written, it shall be, yeah
Defender
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind
Fight proud, my son
You’re the defender
God has sent
Ride like the wind.
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Joey Demaio
Defender lyrics © Inar Music

Undercover-Episode2:I love Rock N Roll

Who doesn’t know the Rock classic “I love Rock N Roll” by Joan Jett. Released in 1982. it sparked my lifelong love affair with Rock music. However, it may not be a widely known fact but the song had already been released in 1976, by the British Rock band Arrows.

I saw him dancin’ there by the record machine
I knew he must a been about seventeen
The beat was goin’ strong
Playin’ my favorite song
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
‘Til he was with me, yeah, me
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long
‘Til he was with me, yeah, me, singin’
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow
He smiled, so I got up and asked for his name
“That don’t matter”, he said, “’cause it’s all the same”
I said, “Can I take you home where we can be alone?”
And next we were movin’ on
He was with me, yeah, me
Next we were movin’ on
He was with me, yeah, me singin’
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow
Said, “Can I take you home where we can be alone?”
Next we were movin’ on
He was with me, yeah, me
And we’ll be movin’ on
And singin’ that same old song
Yeah, with me, singin’
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with
I love rock n’ roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock n’ roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Alan Merrill / Jake Hooker

Cover up-Episode 1: Gonna Get Close to You-Queensryche and Dalbello

Every self respecting Heavy Metal fan will know “Gonna get Close to you” by Queensryche. But how many know it was actually a cover version?

The original was released in 1984 by Lisa Dalbello.

I like to look at shadows sweating on the wall
I get excited when I hear footsteps in the hall
Outside your balcony I have a room with a view
And I’m watching you
I dial your telephone each and every afternoon
I wait by your door till you’re asleep at night
And when you’re alone I know when you
Turn out the light
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh-Oh so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
I’m gonna get close
You fumble for your keys
I’m six or seven steps behind you
I’m so close to you
Are you terrified of me? What do I know about you
How did I find out?
You think I’m a fool or maybe some kind of lunatic
Say I’m wasting my time but I know what to do with it
It’s as plain as black and white
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh-Oh so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh so close
If you knew my infinite charm
There’d be no reason to be so alarmed
Maybe I’m wrong maybe I’m right
Maybe I’m some kind of lunatic
You say I’m wasting all of my time
But I know what to do with it
It is plain as black and white
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh-Oh so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
I’m like a hungry Criminal
and your protection is minimal
So minimal
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Lisa Dalbello

Epic Rock-Episode 1: Iron Maiden-Seventh son of a Seventh son.

Here they stand, brothers them all
All the sons, divided they’d fall
Here await the birth of the son
The seventh, the heavenly, the chosen one
Ohhhh!
Here the birth from an unbroken line
Born the healer, the seventh, his time
Unknowingly blessed and as his life unfolds
Slowly unveiling the power he holds
Ohhhh!
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Then they watch the progress he makes
The good and evil which path will he take
Both of them trying to manipulate
The use of his powers before it’s too late
Ohhhh!
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Seventh son of a seventh son
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Ohhhh!
Today is born the seventh one
Born of woman the seventh son
And he in turn of a seventh son
He has the power to heal
He has the gift of second sight
He is the chosen one
So it shall be written
And so it shall be done
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Harris Stephen Percy

Savatage-Gutter Ballet, a forgotten classic.

Savatage must be the most underrated Metal band, why, I just don’t understand?

Gutter Ballet is the fifth full-length album produced by the American progressive metal band Savatage. This was the second album created under the direction of producer Paul O’Neill and was initially released in December 1, 1989. But I am only focusing on the title track which is a true classic , but I can’t remember ever hearing it on any radio station.

“Another sleepless night
A concrete paradise
Sirens screaming in the heat
Neon cuts the eye
As the jester sighs
At the world beneath his feet
It¹s a gutter ballet
Just a menagerie
Still the orchestra plays
On a dark and lonely night
To a distant fading light
Balanced on their knives
Little parts of lives
Such a strange reality
Kill the unicorn
Just to have its horn
Soon he¹s just a fantasy
It¹s a gutter ballet
Just a menagerie
Still the orchestra plays
On a dark and lonely night
To a distant fading light
The jester takes his bows
Slips into the crowd
As the actors fade away
Another death to mourn
Another child is born
Another chapter in the play
It¹s a gutter ballet
Just a menagerie
Still the orchestra plays
On a dark and lonely night
To a distant fading light”


Source:

LyricFind