AC/DC – Can’t Stand Still

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Lean/Sit/Stand.

From their 2000 album, Stiff Upper Lip. The song never charted.

From ultimateclassicrock

On Feb. 28, 2000, almost exactly a quarter-century since the release of their Australia-only debut High VoltageAC/DC rocked back into action with Stiff Upper Lip. This 13th studio album proved once again that millenniums could come and go, but it would take a lot more than some silly Y2K hysteria to slow down this hard-rock institution.

In fact, that textbook AC/DC approach to blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll on steroids was never more in evidence than on Stiff Upper Lip. This was likely because, for the first time in 12 years and only the second time in 20, guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young were leaning on their elder brother George to handle production duties, just as he had (alongside longtime Easybeats partner Harry Vanda) for the group’s first handful of career-defining LPs back in the late ‘70s.

This decision to go back to the basics was not one taken lightly, but rather one specifically motivated by AC/DC’s dissatisfaction with producer Rick Rubin during the protracted Ballbreaker sessions five years earlier. Though it was hard to argue with the results, Rubin’s exacting perfectionism and snail-paced recording style simply rubbed singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, drummer Phil Rudd and especially the Young brothers the wrong way.

It’s therefore no wonder that reconnecting with George for Stiff Upper Lip brought forth some of Malcolm and Angus’ most direct, unencumbered and unembellished songwriting instincts. The dozen tracks they captured in a matter of weeks at Vancouver, Canada’s Warehouse Studios notably replaced unbridled bombast with unusual restraint that, in many ways, harked back to the band’s founding musical principles. Tellingly, Warehouse became AC/DC’s go-to recording studio thereafter.

Read More: How Brotherly Love Got AC/DC Back to Basics on ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ | https://ultimateclassicrock.com/ac-dc-stiff-upper-lip/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Can’t Stand Still

When I see a pretty woman
You know it gives me a thrill
And she’s a tailor made to order
You know I can’t stand still
And you won’t need a doctor
’cause it’ll cure all ills
And when I hear a noisy party
You know it gives me a chill
It gets me rockin’ and a rollin’
And I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still, oh yeah
When it comes to sippin’ honey
You know I drink my fill
And I’ll be dancin’ on the water
You know I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still, oh yeah
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t stand still
You know I can’t stand still
I can’t stand still
Baby I can’t stand still
I just can’t stand still
From morning ’till midnight
You know I can’t
You know I can’t stand still
Thank you lads, thank you lads, thank you

Green Day – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams blog. This week’s theme is…Drifter/Loner/Transient/Vagabond.

From their 2004 album, American Idiot. The song reached #30 on Billboards Hot 100 chart on July 2, 2005. The song won a Grammy for record of the year.

From songfacts

This song is about estrangement and the recognition that the American Dream can let you down. The singer’s hopes have been crushed, and he finds himself very much alone.

This follows the main character from Green Day’s song “Jesus Of Suburbia.” He leaves town, has one crazy first night and now it’s kind of like the hangover. He’s just walking, thinking about whether it was the right decision leaving where he used to live.

In the music video for this song, you can also hear the last faded bits of “Holiday,” the other hit from the album, in the background, as this song is the follow up to that. They are using the same car as the one in the “Holiday” video.

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don’t know where it goes
But it’s only me, and I walk alone
I walk this empty street
On the boulevard of broken dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I’m the only one, and I walk alone
I walk alone, I walk alone
I walk alone and I walk a
My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart’s the only thing that’s beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
Till then I walk alone
Ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah ah
I’m walking down the line
That divides me somewhere in my mind
On the border line of the edge
And where I walk alone
Read between the lines
What’s fucked up and every thing’s all right
Check my vital signs to know I’m still alive
And I walk alone
I walk alone, I walk alone
I walk alone and I walk a
My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart’s the only thing that’s beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
Till then I walk alone
Ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah ah
I walk alone, I walk a
I walk this empty street
On the boulevard of broken dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I’m the only one, and I walk alone
My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart’s the only thing that’s beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
Till then I walk alone
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Michael Pritchard / Frank E. / Iii Wright / Billie Joe Armstrong

Rival Sons – Open My Eyes

From their 2014 album, Great Western Valkyrie. The song did not chart. Rival Sons are more popular in Europe than in the States.

Open My Eyes

Too many people,
Coming out of doors
In and out of my life
In the night, in the day,
I’ve got to make it on my own
Somebody asked me,
How do you do it
Tell them that I’m justified
Of the truth to myself
You know I feel so low
Somebody, somebody, somebody come and open my eyes
Somebody, somebody, somebody come and open my eyes
Complicate the matter
Playing on the weakness
Taking all of my time
I’ll go down, with the ship
To the bottom like a stone
Falling off the ladder
Holy water hell hound
Falling like a jack knife
But the truth to myself
You know it cuts through the bone
Somebody, somebody, somebody come and open my eyes
Somebody, somebody, somebody come and open my eyes
Somebody, somebody, somebody come and open my eyes
Yeah, (somebody, somebody, somebody open my eyes
Somebody, somebody, somebody open my eyes)
Somebody, somebody, somebody come and open my eyes
Somebody, somebody, somebody come and open my eyes
Somebody, somebody, somebody come and open my eyes
Somebody, somebody, somebody come and open my eyes
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Dave Beste / Jay Bartholomew Buchanan / Scott Holiday / Michael P. Miley / Dave Cobb

Grace Potter And The Nocturnals – Paris (Ooh La La)

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams blog. This weeks theme is Floor/House/Roof/Walls.

From their 2010 self-titled album.

Paris (Ooh La La)

You got me down on the floor
So what’d you bring me down here for?
You got me down on the floor
So what’d you bring me down here for?
If I was a man I’d make my move
If I was a blade I’d shave you smooth
If I was a judge I’d break the law
And if I was from Paris
If I was from Paris
I would say
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
You got me up on your swing
So when you gonna shake that thing?
You got me up on your swing
So when you gonna shake that thing?
If I was a man I’d make my move
If I was a blade I’d shave you smooth
If I was a judge I’d break the law
And if I was from Paris
If I was from Paris
I would say
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
Oh la la la la la la la
If I was a man I’d make my move
If I was a blade I’d shave you smooth
If I was a judge I’d break the law
And if I was from Paris
If I was from Paris
I would say
Oh la la la la la la la
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Grace Potter

Dorothy – Gun In My Hand

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams blog. The theme is Cowboy/Gun/Hat/Horse/Western

From her 2016 album Rockisdead, The song never charted.

Gun In My Hand

Why did love put a gun in my hand?
Why did love put a gun in my hand?
Why did love put a gun in my hand?
In my bed, in my head, in my hand
Was it for redemption?
Was it for revenge?
Was it for the bottle?
Was it for the ledge?
Was it for the thrill of pushing my hope to the edge?
Why did love, why did love put a gun in my hand?
Why did love, why did love put a gun in my hand?
[Verse 2]
Why did love put a knife in my heart?
Why did love open up my scars?
Why did love put a knife in my heart?
In my bed, in my head, in my heart
Was it for redemption?
Was it for revenge?
Was it for the bottle?
Was it for the ledge?
Was it for the thrill of pushing my hope to the edge?
Why did love, why did love put a gun in my hand?
Why did love, why did love
Why did love put a gun in my hand?
(Why did love, why did love, why did love)
Put a gun in my hand (why did love, why did love)
Why did love put a gun in my hand?
Whoa in my hand
Oh, was it for redemption?
Was it for revenge?
Was it for the bottle?
Was it for the ledge? (Who-oa)
Was it for the thrill of pushing my hope to the edge?
Why did love, why did love put a gun in my hand?
Ooh, in my hand
Why did love, why did love put a gun in my hand?
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Mark A. Jackson / Dorothy Martin / George Robertson / Ian Brendon Scott

The Jompson Brothers – On The Run

From their 2010 self-titled album, The song never charted but I thought it was really interesting that Chris Stapleton was in a rock band before he became a big country star.

From Wikipedia.

The Jompson Brothers was an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. The band was composed of Chris Stapleton (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Greg McKee (lead guitar), Bard McNamee (drums), and J.T. Cure (bass).

On The Run

The wind is blowing, cold at dark
On the road and no way out
Chained to all the things I’ve done
On the run
On the run
I wear misery like a veil
And I don’t get much sleep
A broken heart’s a smokin’ gun
On the run
On a run
I’ve been runnin’ from the day, runnin’ from the night
Washin’ my hands on the bloody riverside
Runnin’ from the truth, runnin’ from a lie
I try to get away, but I just can’t hide
Guilty conscience slows me down
And I’m the only friend I’ve got
So I keep whiskey on my tongue
On the run
On the run
I’ve been runnin’ from the day, runnin’ from the night
Washin’ my hands on the bloody riverside
Runnin’ from the truth, runnin’ from a lie
I try to get away, but I just can’t hide
On the run
On the run
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Christopher Stapleton / Bard Mcnamee / Jt Cure / Greg Mckee

Sheryl Crow – Steve McQueen

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams blog. This weeks theme is famous people mentioned in songs… https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/such-an-honor/

From her 2002 album C’ mon C’ mon, The song peaked at #88 on Billboards Hot 100 chart and #13 on Billboards Adult Top 40 chart.

From songfacts.

Steve McQueen is an actor famous for his cool persona and attitude that the lyrics allude to. In the video, Crow recreates the car chase scene from McQueen’s movie Bullitt and the motorcycle chase from his film The Great Escape.
Sheryl Crow won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for this song.

 

 

Steve McQueen

Well I went to bed in Memphis
And I woke up in Hollywood
I got a quarter in my pocket
And I’d call you if I could
But I don’t know why
I gotta fly
I want to rock and roll this party
I still want to have some fun
I want to leave you feeling breathless
Show you how the west was won
But I gotta fly
I gotta fly
Like Steve McQueen
All I need’s a fast machine
And I’m gonna make it all right
Like Steve McQueen
Underneath your radar screen
You’ll never catch me tonight
I ain’t takin’ shit off no one
Baby that was yesterday
I’m an all American rebel
Making my big getaway
Yeah you know it’s time
I gotta fly
Like Steve McQueen
All I need’s a fast machine
And I’m gonna make it all right
Like Steve McQueen
Underneath your radar screen
You’ll never catch me tonight
Like Steve McQueen
Like Steve McQueen
We got rock stars in the White House
All our pop stars look like porn
All my heroes hit the highway
They don’t hang out here no more
You can try me on my cell phone
You can page me all night long
But you won’t catch this free bird
I’ll already be long gone
Like Steve McQueen
All we need’s a fast machine
And we’re gonna make it all right
Like Steve McQueen
Underneath your radar screen
You’ll never catch us tonight
Like Steve McQueen
All we need’s a fast machine
And we’re gonna make it all right
Like Steve McQueen
Underneath your radar screen
You’ll never catch me tonight
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: John Shanks / Sheryl Crow

 

 

 

Rival Sons – Too Bad

Well, rock is not quite dead yet and this band proves it. The lead singer Jay Buchanan is considered to be one of the best singers in rock today. He has been compared to Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers. The band is heavily influenced by 70s and 80s rock.

Too Bad

I know you better than you think I do
You coulda stuck with me
But I guess a girl’s gotta do what she has to
Every now and then, my name passes your lips
Your late night stroll down a memory lane
On your, your finger tips
Do you miss me so much?
Feeling like I hypnotized you
Feel a burning deep inside you
The only thing that satisfies
You miss me so much
And now you’re burning with that old flame
Yearning for my old game
You tremble when you hear my name
You miss me so much
Well, that’s too bad
And we go together like a hand and gun
Squeeze off a couple rounds
Put me away ’til next time you wanna hurt someone
Every now and then, you like to empty your clip, no no
Then I go right under your belt on your hip
Do you miss me so much?
Feeling like I hypnotized you
Feel a burning deep inside you
The only thing that satisfies
You miss me so much
And now you’re burning with that old flame
Yearning for my old game
You tremble when you hear my name
You miss me so much
Well, that’s too bad, too bad, too bad
Feeling like I hypnotized you
Feel a burning deep inside you
The only thing that satisfies
You miss me so much
And now you’re burning with that old flame
Yearning for my old game
You tremble when you hear my name
You miss me so much, so much
And you miss me
Well, that’s too bad

The Black Keys – Sit Around And Miss You

I ran across this song the other day on Youtube It’s from their new album Let’s Rock. It’s very 70’s sounding. No doubt Dan Auerbach was influenced by George Harrison especially the guitar sound. Some people on Youtube claims Dan sounds like Gerry Rafferty or Paul Simon. They recreated the old Freedom Rock commercial for the video.

Sit Around And Miss You

We used to play pretend
You and me thought it might never end
Now I wonder where you’ve been
I sit around and miss you

[Verse 2]
The fireflies went dark
Turning all the darkness to the shore
Oh, what made us let it go?
I sit around and miss you

[Chorus]
I miss you awful bad now
I miss the friend I had now
I miss you

[Verse 3]
Now when it’s getting dark
I walk outside, I go stand in the park
Always sure we’d leave our mark
I sit around and miss you

[Chorus]
I miss you awful bad now
I miss the friend I had now
I miss you
I sit around and miss you

The Dead Daisies – Song And A Prayer

From their 2016 album Make Some Noise that reached number 11 on Billboards hard rock album chart. The song is about a war veteran that has a drinking problem and a teenage runaway.

From Wikipedia.

The Dead Daisies were formed by Jon Stevens and David Lowy in 2013. The singer-songwriter and guitarist got together after David Edwards, ex-manager of INXS, reintroduced them.
The band’s self-titled debut album was recorded in two weeks at Wishbone Studios in Los Angeles in 2013 with American producer/engineer and multi-instrumentalist John Fields. The album was released in North America on 9 August 2013 through Caroline/Universal, and later released in the United Kingdom in mid-November 2013. “Lock N’ Load”, their first single, was co-written by Slash, who also played guitar on the track. The song was a Rolling Stone magazine Daily Download on 25 July 2013[6] and was also available on the website of BBC Radio 2. The song’s music video appeared on more than 20 outlets including Much Music. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2013.
The band toured in 2013, including opening for ZZ Top and joining Aerosmith on their Australian and New Zealand tour. This was followed by the 25-date Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival in August and September 2013 (with Jane’s Addiction and Alice in Chains, among others). These shows were performed by the first full lineup of the band, which consisted of Lowy and Stevens along with drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy), and pianist Dizzy Reed (from Guns N’ Roses). Lead singer Stevens performed for a while with casts on his hand and leg as a result of an injury sustained when escaping from a crocodile on a fishing excursion in Australia.
In the fall of 2013, The Dead Daisies played 18 shows in the United Kingdom with the Black Star Riders. On 20 November, they played the Underworld rock club in Camden, their first UK show as headliners. The band finished off their touring schedule in 2013 with a gig at The Barby in Tel Aviv, Israel. By this time the band consisted of Lowy, Stevens, Fortus, and Reed, along with new recruits Charley Drayton on drums and Darryl Jones on bass.

On 28 January 2016 it was announced that Richard Fortus (2013–2016) and Dizzy Reed (2013–2016) would be taking part in the massive Guns N’ Roses “Not in This Lifetime… Tour” and that Doug Aldrich – Lead Guitar (2016–present) would be joining the band. With Aldrich, the band recorded their new album Make Some Noise in Nashville with producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Gavin Rossdale, Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry) during February & March 2016. Make Some Noise was released globally on SPV Records on 5 August.

Song And A Prayer

He was a tough kid, high school quitter, from a broken home
Just a Midwest boy, with a dream and a heart of gold
For a steady pay he signed it all on the dotted line
They gave him a gun, said have your fun
and sent him off to die
I got a song and a prayer for the dying
Wherever you go, whatever you do
You gotta be strong, you gotta keep trying
I got a song and a prayer for you
She was a high school prom queen, hiding secrets with her smile
She ran away from home, yeah she ran about a million miles
The man told the girl he would put her on the silver screen
She’s never been found, she’s the talk of the town, on the cover of a magazine
I got a song and a prayer for the dying
Wherever you go, whatever you do
You gotta be strong, you gotta keep trying
I got a song and a prayer for you
I got a song and a prayer for the dying
Wherever you go, whatever you do
You gotta be strong, you gotta keep trying
I got a song and a prayer for you…
I got a song and a prayer for you…