ROCKTOBER Episode4:Nothing Else matter-Metallica.

“Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, was released in 1992 as the third single from their self-titled fifth studio album, Metallica. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, number 6 on the UK Singles Chart, number 1 in Denmark, and reached the top ten on many other European charts. “Nothing Else Matters” was featured as a playable track in the music video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. Recognized as one of Metallica’s best known and most popular songs, the power ballad has become a staple in live performances.

Metallica fans might have been confused when the band released Nothing Else Matters . A touchy-feely ballad that front man James Hetfield had written about missing his then-girlfriend Kristen Martinez while on tour, the song was a far cry from the war’n ’lightning imagery that had dominated Metallica’s past decade. But for fans who were paying attention, the song was the next logical step in the band’s progression.

It is definitely one of my all time favourites.

source

https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-story-behind-the-song-metallicas-nothing-else-matters

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 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 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/