Helix – Deep Cuts The Knife

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Canadian music.

From their 1985 album, Long Way to Heaven. The song reached #20 on the Mainstream US Rock chart and #66 on the Canadian Singles Chart in 1985.

From Wikipedia

Helix were formed in 1974 for a battle of the bands contest in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada by drummer Bruce Arnold. They were originally a six-piece, consisting of Arnold, lead vocalist Brian Vollmer, guitarists Ron Watson and Rick “Minstrel” Trembley, keyboardist Don Simmons, and bassist Keith “Bert” Zurbrigg, who always wore his trademark tuxedo on stage. Their original name was The Helix Field Band, soon shortened to simply Helix. Trembley left after a few months, making the band a five-piece. Soon after, Helix scored some crucial shows as Del Shannon‘s backing band on some Canadian dates. However, the original lineup dissolved by 1976, and three new members entered the fold. Replacing Simmons, Watson and Arnold were guitarists Brent “The Doctor” Doerner and Paul Hackman, who would both remain with Helix through the 1980s, and drummer Brian Doerner, Brent’s twin brother. Brian Doerner only stayed four years, but returned as a member and a guest several times before joining Saga in 2005.

With new management under Kitchener’s William Seip, Helix released two independent albums on their own H&S Records, entitled Breaking Loose and White Lace & Black Leather, in 1979 and 1981 respectively. During the sessions for Breaking Loose, Helix recorded a cover of the Del Shannon hit “Thinkin’ It Over”, unreleased until the 1999 Helix CD B-Sides. Their second album, White Lace & Black Leather, brought more lineup changes with drummer Leo Niebudek taking over for Brian Doerner. Michael J. Fox auditioned to replace bassist Keith Zurbrigg but the job ultimately went to Mike Uzelac. With Zurbrigg gone, Brian Vollmer was now the last remaining original member.

Changing their image from that of a standard bar band to a more image-conscious metal band, Helix finally signed to Capitol Records after being rejected by them three times. In 1983, they released No Rest for the Wicked, with Greg “Fritz” Hinz (ex-Starchild) on drums. This album featured Canadian hit video “Heavy Metal Love”, which featured their new look. Under Seip’s advice, Helix dropped their T-shirts and jeans in favour of leather clothing in order to stay current. The tour for this album cycle was not without drama. Mike Uzelac, whose drug use had become problematic, left the band to be replaced by a bass player named Peter Guy from London, Ontario. Guy was unable to travel to the United States due to a previous drug conviction, and Uzelac came back to finish the tour. When Uzelac had fulfilled his commitment, Mark Rector of Kitchener was hired on bass. He was let go at the conclusion of the tour. With the addition of bassist Daryl Gray completing the band’s classic 1980s lineup, they released Walkin’ the Razor’s Edge in 1984. It sold over 100,000 copies in Canada, and over 400,000 internationally. The album also included their best known song “Rock You” and a cover of A Foot in Coldwater‘s “(Make Me Do) Anything You Want”.

In 1985, Helix released their fifth album Long Way to Heaven, featuring the singles “Deep Cuts the Knife” and “The Kids Are All Shakin'”. The album allowed the band to tour Sweden, becoming the first Canadian rock band to do an extensive Swedish tour. The result was a No. 1 album in that country. The following year, their song “It’s Too Late” was featured in the movie Iron Eagle and its soundtrack album (this was a completely different song than the track “It’s Too Late” that appeared on their second album).

Deep Cuts The Knife

Lately, all the nights seem all the same
Since you said goodbyeI’m all alone
The only voice is my ownCan you hear me, are you near me
Did you know that I hurt this badDid you love me, did you need me
Or were you just a dream I hadThis memory haunts me foreverBetter run for my life
Hide from the light
Dark is the night
Deep Cuts The Knife
No way, I’ll get away
Memories here to stay
Deep Cuts The KnifeLately, I see your face in everything I do
Sleepless nights I lie in bed just thinkin’ of youI can’t pretend
That I don’t need you back againDid you love me, did you need me
Well, alright, but what’s so wrongThis memory haunts me foreverBetter run for my life
Hide from the light
Dark is the night
Deep Cuts The Knife
No way, I’ll get away
Memories here to stay
Deep Cuts The KnifeI am your slave
Got no defender
You flash the blade
I can’t escape, I can’t surrenderRun for my life
Hide from the light
Dark is the night
Deep Cuts The Knife
No way, I’ll get away
Memories here to stay
Better run for my life
Hide from the light
Dark is the night
Deep Cuts The Knife
No way, I’ll get away
Memories here to stay
Deep Cuts The KnifeDeep cuts, Deep Cuts The Knife
Deep Cuts The Knife
Better run, better run for my life
Deep Cuts The Knife
Deep Cuts The Knife
Deep Cuts The Knife
Memories here to stay, it won’t go away
Deep Cuts The KnifeI am your slave

Source: Musixmatch Songwriters: Bob Halligan Jr. / Paul Hackman

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