ROCKTOBER Episode 8: Zombie-The Cranberries

Still so profoundly sad that Dolores died so young, This is one of their best songs, although there is no such thing as a bad Cranberries song.

The song was written in response to the death of Johnathan Ball, 3, and Tim Parry, 12, who had been killed in the IRA bombing in Warrington, northwest England, when two devices hidden in litter bins were detonated. Ball died at the scene of the bombing as a result of his shrapnel-inflicted injuries and, five days later, Parry lost his life as a result of head injuries.56 others were injured, some seriously. Parry died in his father’s arms in Liverpool’s Walton hospital. The two boys had gone shopping to buy Mother’s Day cards on one of the town’s busiest shopping streets.

“There were a lot of bombs going off in London and I remember this one time a child was killed when a bomb was put in a rubbish bin – that’s why there’s that line in the song, ‘A child is slowly taken’. [ … ] We were on a tour bus and I was near the location where it happened, so it really struck me hard – I was quite young, but I remember being devastated about the innocent children being pulled into that kind of thing. So I suppose that’s why I was saying, ‘It’s not me’ – that even though I’m Irish it wasn’t me, I didn’t do it. Because being Irish, it was quite hard, especially in the UK when there was so much tension.”

— Dolores O’Riordan in 2017, on writing “Zombie”.

Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence caused such silence
Who are we mistaken?
But you see, it’s not me
It’s not my family
In your head, in your head, they are fighting
With their tanks and their bombs
And their bombs and their guns
In your head, in your head, they are crying
In your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie
What’s in your head, in your head?
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie-ie, oh
Do, do, do, do
Do, do, do, do
Do, do, do, do
Do, do, do, do
Another mother’s breaking
Heart is taking over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken
It’s the same old theme
Since nineteen-sixteen
In your head, in your head, they’re still fighting
With their tanks and their bombs
And their bombs and their guns
In your head, in your head, they are dying
In your head, in your head
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie
What’s in your head, in your head?
Zombie, zombie, zombie-ie-ie-ie
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, eh-eh oh, ya-ya
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Dolores Mary O’Riordan
Zombie lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

source

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie_(The_Cranberries_song)#Background

ROCKTOBER Episode 7: Paranoid-Black Sabbath.

“Paranoid” is a song by English heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in 1970 off the band’s second studio album Paranoid (1970). It is the first single from the album, while the B-side is the song “The Wizard”. It reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart and number 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

It was the first Black Sabbath single release, coming six months after their self-titled debut was released. Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler (from Guitar World magazine, March 2004):

A lot of the Paranoid album was written around the time of our first album, Black Sabbath. We recorded the whole thing in about 2 or 3 days, live in the studio. The song “Paranoid” was written as an afterthought. We basically needed a 3 minute filler for the album, and Tony came up with the riff. I quickly did the lyrics, and Ozzy was reading them as he was singing.

Written off by critics as horror trash from ‘unskilled labourers’, Sabbath’s masterpiece album took beaten-down listeners on a rollercoaster out of their struggles.

Finished with my woman ’cause
She couldn’t help me with my mind
People think I’m insane because
I am frowning all the time
All day long I think of things
But nothing seems to satisfy
Think I’ll lose my mind
If I don’t find something to pacify
Can you help me
Occupy my brain?
Oh yeah
I need someone to show me
The things in life that I can’t find
I can’t see the things that make
True happiness, I must be blind
Make a joke and I will sigh
And you will laugh and I will cry
Happiness I cannot feel
And love to me is so unreal
And so as you hear these words
Telling you now of my state
I tell you to enjoy life
I wish I could but it’s too late
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Michael Butler / Ozzy Osbourne / Tony Iommi / William Ward

sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoid_(Black_Sabbath_song)

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/sep/16/black-sabbath-paranoid-at-50-potent-anthems-of-working-class-strife

ROCKTOBER Episode 6:Eruption-Van Halen

I think it is safe to say that Eddie van Halen changed the concept of a guitar solo forever, when he first played “Eruption”. Not only guitar solos, rock guitar in general.

Eruption” solo popularized the tapping style of guitar playing, and in doing so revolutionized the sound of rock. Not bad for a tune that wasn’t even meant to be released

Initially, “Eruption” was not considered as a track for the Van Halen debut album as it was just a guitar solo Eddie performed live in the clubs. But Ted Templeman overheard it in the studio as Eddie was rehearsing it for a club date at the Whisky a Go Go and decided to include it on the album. Eddie recalled, “I didn’t even play it right. There’s a mistake at the top end of it. To this day, whenever I hear it, I always think, ‘Man, I could’ve played it better.'”

In just one minute and 42 seconds, Van Halen changed what a guitar solo could do. His revolutionary two-handed tapping technique produced sounds unlike what fans had ever heard before.

source

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/van-halen-eruption/

ROCKTOBER Episode5:Motorcycle Emptiness-Manic Street Preachers.

In my opinion 1993 was the worst year in Pop music-I have no scientific data to back this up, it is just based on the re-runs of Top of the Pops on BBC4. Most of the songs are awful and hardly memorable.

Luckily the rock track on this episode of Rocktober is not from 1993 but was released in June 1992, I find it hard to believe it is 30 years old.

“Motorcycle Emptiness” is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on 1 June 1992 through Columbia Records. It was the fifth single to be released from their debut album, Generation Terrorists. The track is inspired by S.E. Hinton’s book Rumble Fish, about biker gang culture. According to the band, the lyrics are an attack on the hollowness of a lifestyle centered around the consumerism which is offered by capitalism, describing how society expects young people to conform. The line “From feudal serf to spender” draws a direct parallel between slavery of peasants to the lord of their manor under the Feudal system in medieval times and the brand loyalty of people in modern capitalist societies, which the companies use to their advantage in pursuit of profit.

In 2006, Q magazine readers voted the song as the 88th best song ever.

source

https://www.songfacts.com/facts/manic-street-preachers/motorcycle-emptiness

https://www.bpi.co.uk/award/16138-120-1

ROCKTOBER Episode 3: Over the Hills and Far away-Gary Moore

“Over the Hills and Far Away” is a song by Northern Irish musician Gary Moore, released in December 1986 by 10 Records as the first single from his sixth solo album Wild Frontier. The song peaked at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart,[but was most successful in the Nordic countries, topping the charts in Finland and Norway.

The song features The Chieftains, who also appear in the video.Moore performed the song with the group at the TV show celebrating their 25th anniversary in 1988.

If anyone thinks the Chieftains are rigid in their attitudes, a look at the list of people with whom they have recorded (Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Art Garfunkel, Dan Fogelberg, Mike Oldfield) or jammed (Jerry Garcia, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne) should put that notion to rest.

They have recently finished a single with Canada’s rising rock group Glass Tiger, and Moloney chuckles when he talks about another collaboration, with Irish rock guitarist Gary Moore, a platinum seller in Europe. “ ‘Over the Hills and Far Away’ was the single, the video for which, incidentally, they dressed me up in black leather. I looked like Napoleon gone wrong.” Paddy Moloney said.

sources

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1988-03-24-ca-212-story.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_the_Hills_and_Far_Away_(Gary_Moore_song)

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