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

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

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

Hear ‘N’ Aid- Stars

We all know ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ by Band Aid and we all know ‘We are the World’ by USA for Africa.

But the one genuinely great charity song is so often forgotten ‘Stars’ by Hear ‘N’ Aid. These were the people involved in it:

Lead Vocals
Eric Bloom (Blue Öyster Cult)
Ronnie James Dio (Dio)
Don Dokken (Dokken)
Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)
Rob Halford (Judas Priest)
Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt)
Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche)

Backing Vocals
Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne)
Dave Alford (Rough Cutt)
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/King Kobra)
Vinny Appice (Dio)
Jimmy Bain (Dio)
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)
Mick Brown (Dokken)
Vivian Campbell (Dio)
Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
Amir Derakh (Rough Cutt)
Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult)
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
Craig Goldy (Giuffria)
Chris Hager (Rough Cutt)
Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.)
Blackie Lawless (W.A.S.P.)
George Lynch (Dokken)
Yngwie Malmsteen
Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe)
Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins of Spinal Tap)
Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe)
Ted Nugent
Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot)
Claude Schnell (Dio)
Neal Schon (Journey)
Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap)
Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)
Matt Thorr (Rough Cutt)

Lead Guitar Solos
Vivian Campbell (Dio)
Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
Buck Dharma (Blue Öyster Cult)
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
Craig Goldy (Giuffria)
George Lynch (Dokken)
Yngwie Malmsteen
Eddie Ojeda (Twisted Sister)
Neal Schon (Journey)

Rhythm Guitar Melody Lines
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden)
Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)

Bass
Jimmy Bain (Dio)

Drums
Vinny Appice (Dio)
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)

Keyboards
Claude Schnell (Dio}

[Intro: Ronnie James Dio]
Who cries for the children? I do…

[Verse 1]
Dave Meniketti (Y&T):
Sometime in the night, when you’re feeling the cold
Ronnie James Dio:
Take a look at the sky above you
Rob Halford (Judas Priest):
Those are faces in the light, if the story were told
Ronnie James Dio:
They are calling you, calling you
Yeah

[Pre-Chorus 1]
We are magic in the night
Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot):
We are shadow, we are light
Dave Meniketti:
We are forever you and I
[Chorus (vocal lead: Rob Halford)]
We’re stars
We’re stars

[Verse 2]
Eric Bloom (Blue Öyster Cult):
We can be strong, we are fire and stone
Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt):
And we all want to touch a rainbow
Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche):
But singers and songs will never change it alone
We are calling you, calling you

[Pre-Chorus 2]
Don Dokken (Dokken):
We’re the beating of a heart
The beginning we’re the start
Paul Shortino:
Forever we will shine
Yeah

[Chorus (vocal leads: Paul Shortino, Don Dokken, Ronnie James Dio, Geoff Tate)]
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars
[Guitar solos]
1st solo: Craig Goldie/Eddie Ojeda
2nd solo: Vivian Campbell/Brad Gillis
3rd solo: Neal Schon/George Lynch
4th solo: Yngwie Malmsteen/Vivian Campbell
5th solo: George Lynch/Carlos Cavazo
6th solo: Brad Gillis/Craig Goldie/Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser

[Pre-Chorus 3]
Kevin DuBrow:
We are magic in the night
Rob Halford:
We are shadow, we are light
Geoff Tate:
We are forever you and I

[Chorus (vocal leads: Dave Meniketti, Eric Bloom, Rob Halford)]
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars

[Outro Chorus]
We’re stars, yeah
We’re stars
We are shadow, we are light
We’re stars
We are magic in the night
We’re stars, oh yeah
We’re stars
We’re stars
We are magic in the night
We’re stars
We are shadow, we are light
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re the magic
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re the beating of a heart

We’re stars
Forever we will shine
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars
We’re stars

The song still gives me the goosebumps every time I hear it.

https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-story-of-hear-n-aid-the-heavy-metal-band-aid

https://genius.com/Hear-n-aid-stars-lyrics

Stairway to Heaven vs Highway to Hell

Stairway to Heaven

There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying a stairway to heaven
There’s a sign on the wall, but she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings
In a tree by the brook, there’s a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven
You know
There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those who stand looking
That’s you
And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter
Remember laughter?
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah…
And it makes me wonder
If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on
Your head is humming and it won’t go, in case you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind?
And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all is one and one is all, that’s what it is
To be a rock and not to roll, oh yeah
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Robert Plant / James Patrick Page
Stairway to Heaven lyrics © Flames Of Albion Music, Inc.

Highway To Hell

Livin’ easy
Lovin’ free
Season ticket on a one way ride
Askin’ nothin’
Leave me be
Takin’ everythin’ in my stride
Don’t need reason
Don’t need rhyme
Ain’t nothin’ that I’d rather do
Goin’ down
Party time
My friends are gonna be there too
I’m on the highway to hell
On the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
No stop signs
Speed limit
Nobody’s gonna slow me down
Like a wheel
Gonna spin it
Nobody’s gonna mess me around
Hey satan
Payin’ my dues
Playin’ in a rockin’ band
Hey mumma
Look at me
I’m on the way to the promised land
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
Don’t stop me
I’m on the highway to hell
On the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on the highway to hell
(Highway to hell) I’m on the highway to hell
(Highway to hell) highway to hell
(Highway to hell) highway to hell
(Highway to hell)
And I’m goin’ down
All the way
I’m on the highway to hell
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Angus Mckinnon Young / Malcolm Mitchell Young / Ronald Belford Scott
Highway To Hell lyrics © J. Albert And Son Pty Ltd.