Halestorm- “Mz. Hyde”

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Bugs, Insects.

From their 2012 album, The Strange Case Of… The song reached #15 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart on February 21, 2014.

From Songfacts

This song was seen as the focal point of Halestorm’s The Strange Case Of… album. When the band were writing songs for the new record, they had ballads, like “Beautiful With You,” and heavy songs like “You Call Me a Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing,” but nothing to truly tie them together. This song, which addresses Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale’s Jekyll/Hyde personality wound up serving as the thematic glue that binded the record together. “It was one of the later songs we wrote,” Hale told Yahoo! Music: “At one point, we were looking at a good chunk of 17 to 50 songs that were all over the place. The guys in the band were saying, ‘Well, how can we put all these songs onto this record? We love them all, but there’s no common theme.’ So I came to them with this idea about this Mz. Hyde character. It was actually a personal thing because it was a character I invented that helped me come out of my shell when I was a kid. Growing up, I was a very shy and introverted, so I more or less had to invent Mz. Hyde in order to be the rock star I wanted to be onstage.”

“For years, I’ve been writing about these two sides of myself, and I wanted to capture that in a song.,” Hele continued. “So I brought this to the guys, and all three of them looked at me at the same time and said, ‘Oh my God, that’s it! Lzzy, you are Mz. Hyde! Once we put this song on the record, everything else makes sense because we have the soft side of you and then the harder side of you. That works because you’re like a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde thing!’ And I was like, ‘Well, okay, I’m glad we were able to work that out, basically at my expense.'”

Mz. Hyde

In the daylight,
I’m your sweetheart,
You’re goody-two-shoes prude is a work of art
But you don’t know me,
And soon you won’t forget,
Bad as can be, yeah you know I’m not so innocentBetter beware I go bump in the night,
Devil-may-care with a lust for life,
And I know you,
Can’t resist me,
Soon though you,
Are so addicted
Boy you better run for your life!Welcome to the nightmare in my head, (Oh god!)
Say hello to something scary,
The monster in your bed, (Oh god!)
Just give in and you won’t be sorry,
Welcome to my other side,
Hello it’s Mz Hyde!I can be the bitch,
I can play the whore,
Or your fairytale princess who could ask for more
A touch of wicked,
A pinch of risqué,
Good girl gone bad, my poison is your remedyBetter be scared, better be afraid,
Now that the beast is out of her cage,
And I know you,
Wanna risk it,
Soon though you,
Are so addicted
Boy you better run for your life!Welcome to the nightmare in my head, (My god!)
Say hello to something scary,
The monster in your bed, (My god!)
Just give in and you won’t be sorry,
Welcome to my evil side,
Hello it’s Mz Hyde!
Hello it’s Mz Hyde!
Hello it’s Mz Hyde!I’m the spider crawling down your spine,
Underneath your skin
I will gently violate your mind,
Before I tuck you in
Put on the blindfold
There’s no way to be sure,
Which girl you’ll get to know!
(It’s me Lizzy, I swear)Welcome to the nightmare in my head, (My god!)
Say hello to something scary,
The monster in your bed, (My god!)
Just give in and you won’t be sorry,
The nightmare in my head, (Oh god!)
Say hello to something scary,
The monster in your bed, (Oh god!)
Just give in and you won’t be sorry,
Welcome to my evil side,
Hello it’s Mz Hyde!
Hello it’s Mz Hyde!Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Elizabeth Mae Hale / Scott Christopher Stevens

Halestorm – I Miss The Misery

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Anguish/Misery/Torment

From their 2012 album, A Strange Case… The song peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Active Rock chart on September 28, 2012.

From Twitter

 

Halestorm – I Miss The Misery

Oh, I miss the miseryI’ve been a mess since you stayed
I’ve been a wreck since you changed
Don’t let me get in your way
I miss the lies and the pain
The fights that keep us awake
I’m telling youI miss the bad things
The way you hate me
I miss the screaming
The way that you blame me
Miss the phone calls
When it’s your fault
I miss the late nights
Don’t miss you at all
I like the kick in the face
And the things you do to me
I love the way that it hurts
I don’t miss you, I miss the miseryI’ve tried but I just can’t take it
I’d rather fight than just fake it (’cause I like it rough)
You know that I’ve had enough
I dare ya to call my bluff
Can’t take too much of a good thing
I’m telling youI miss the bad things
The way you hate me
I miss the screaming
The way that you blame me
Miss the phone calls
When it’s your fault
I miss the late nights
Don’t miss you at all
I like the kick in the face
And the things you do to me
I love the way that it hurts
I don’t miss you, I miss the miseryJust know that I’ll make you hurt
(I miss the lies and the pain what you did to me)
When you tell me you’ll make it worse
(I’d rather fight all night than watch the TV)
I hate that feeling inside
You tell me how hard you’ll try
But when we’re at our worst
I miss the miseryI miss the bad things
The way you hate me
I miss the screaming
The way that you blame meI miss the rough sex
Leaves me a mess
I miss the feeling of pains in my chest
Miss the phone calls
When it’s your fault
I miss the late nights
Don’t miss you at all
I like the kick in the face
And the things you do to me
I love the way that it hurtsI don’t miss you, I miss the misery
I don’t miss you, I miss the misery
I don’t miss you, I miss the misery

Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Christine Connolly / Elizabeth Hale / Scott C. Stevens

Halestorm – Jump The Gun

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Begin/End/Finish/Start.

From their 2015 album, Into The Wild Life. The song did not chart.

From Crypticrock.com

The deluxe version of Into the Wild has two bonus tracksThe first of the bonus material is  “Jump the Gun” which is is a bar slinging swing rocker of plucky guitars, funky drumbeats, and sliding piano work while Lzzy throws it down.

Jump The Gun

Boot on the start line
Pistol in the air
‘Quila in the glass and a cold dead stare
Two minutes in baby make your move
If you won’t do it I’ll do it for you
I ain’t waitin’ on you, no
I ain’t waitin’ for youI jump the gun
Oh here I go again
I’m the one
Don’t know when to say when
Here for fun I wasn’t looking for a friend
Now we’re kissing under covers and it’s all
Just because I jumped the gunCheckers on the flag
Time to pay the tab
Hoppin’ in a cab
It’s time to be bad
Cigarette smoke, lipstick on your face
My place or yours
I’m good either way
Oh babe my meter’s runnin’
Oh baby are you coming?I jump the gun
Oh here I go again
I’m the one
Don’t know when to say when
Here for fun I wasn’t looking for a friend
Now we’re kissing under covers and it’s all
Just becauseI jump the gun
Oh here I go again
I’m the one
Don’t know when to say when
Here for fun I wasn’t looking for a friend
Now we’re kissing under covers and it’s all
Just because I jumped the gunWoke up in the morning pounding in my head
Three empty bottles no sheets on the bed
Baby rolled over and this is what he said
He said, “babe I think I love you”Oh babe jump the gun
Oh here I go again
I’m the one
Don’t know when to say when
Here for fun I wasn’t looking for a friend
Now we’re kissing under covers and it’s all
Just because IJumped the gun
Oh, here I go again
I’m the one
Don’t know when to say when
Here for fun I wasn’t looking for a friend
Now we’re kissing under covers and it’s all
Just because
I couldn’t keep in my pocket
Lit the fuse to the rocket
And I’m sinnin’ while I’m winnin’
Now it’s end and a beginning
And we’ll see the rising sun
Because I jumped the gunI jumped the gun (whoa whoa)Boot on the start line
Pistol in the air
‘Quila in the glass, oh here I go again

Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Jaren Johnston / Lizzy Hale / Scott Stevens / Joe Hottinger

Halestorm – Dear Daughter

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Smart/Stupid

From their 2015 album, Into The Wild Life. The song did not chart.

From Songfacts

The origins of this heartfelt ballad in a conversation Lzzy Hale was having with her mom, when Beth Hale asked her daughter if she did a good job raising her. The idea for the track was bouncing around in the singer’s head and she asked fans on social media about things they wished their parents had said to them while they were growing up. A lot of inspiration for this song’s lyrics came from their replies.

Guitarist Joe Hottinger recalled to TeamRock: “When we started trying to turn all of these lyrics and ideas into music, Lzzy started hitting these pianos chords and it just flowed. So she went into the church and sat down at the piano. She had a microphone in front of her. I think what you hear on the song is actually the second take.”

Lzzy Hale discussed this song with Rocksverige.se: “This is a subject that… I mean, obviously, [Halestorm drummer Arejay and I] grew up with a very supportive mother,” she said. “We decided to start a rock band, and she actually said, ‘Yes! Do that! Go for it!’ So, for me, this was… We get to speak to a lot of young girls, and a lot of them do have those supportive parents, but a lot of them don’t. So I think this was my way – lyrically, at least – just passing that on… As in, like, if I were… if and when I were to have a daughter, I would be passing these words on to her… I don’t know… It’s a strange song.”

Bassist Josh Smith added: “It’s a strange song, but [with] a great message. And although it says ‘Dead Daughter’, that’s just great advice for anyone… be it a young kid, or anyone in a spot where they’re, like, ‘Man, I’m in just the pits right now. What the hell’s my life gonna be like in ten years?’ So it’s just good sound advice for anyone kind of trying to find their way.”

Lzzy Hale: “We started this band when I was 13, and my parents supported our decision to immerse ourselves completely in music. What they never let on was that they were terrified for their little girl, whom they wanted to protect from all the ups and downs they knew I’d have to face following my dream.”

“This song is not only an ode to my parents and their unwavering love and support, but it is a passing of the torch to all the young girls I meet and perform in front of every night. I’m living proof that you can do anything you want to in this life full of love, pain, hope and fear. Keep your head held high, and go for it at all costs. If anyone tries to tell you you can’t… Tell ’em to come talk to me!”

Dear Daughter

Dear daughter
Hold your head up high
There’s a world outside
That’s passing by
Dear daughter
Never lose yourself
Remember that
You’re like nobody else

Life throws you in
To the unknown
And you feel like you’re
Out there all alone

These are words
That every girl should have a chance to hear
There will be love
There will be pain
There will be hope
There will be fear
And through it all year after year
Stand or fall I will be right here
For you

Dear daughter
Don’t worry about those stupid girls
If they try to bring you down
It’s cause they’re scared and insecure
Dear daughter
Don’t change for any man
Even if he promises the stars
And takes you by the hand

Life throws you in
To the unknown
And you feel like you’re
Out there all alone

These are words
That every girl should have a chance to hear
There will be love
There will be pain
There will be hope
There will be fear
And through it all year after year
Stand or fall I will be right here
For you

Dear daughter
I was just like you
And just like me
You’re gonna make it through

These are words
That every girl should have a chance to hear
There will be love
There will be pain
There will be hope
There will be fear
And through it all year after year
Stand or fall I will be right here
And after all, I will be right here
For you

Writer/s: ELIZABETH HALE, JOSEPH HOTTINGER, DAVE BASSETT

Halestorm – Amen

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Cool/Freeze/Heat/Melt.

From their 2015 album, Into the Wild Life. The song did not chart. The song was recorded at producer Jay Joyce’s studio in Nashville.

From Wikipedia.

Frontwoman Lzzy Hale has stated in interviews that the song is about personal freedom to do whatever you want.

Amen

A fire’s gotta burn
The world is gonna turn
Rain has gotta fall
Fate is gonna call
But I just keep on breathing
Long as my heart is beating
Someone’s gotta hate
It’s never gonna change
Gets harder everyday
It’s a hell of a place
To keep your heart from freezing
To keep yourself believing
But I won’t run
I’m not afraid
I’ll look em in the eye
Gonna hear me say
It’s
My life
My love
My sex
My drug
My lust
My God, it ain’t no sin
Can I get it
Can I get an Amen
My grace
My church
My pain
My tears
My hurt
My God, I’ll say it again
Can I get it
Can I get an Amen
Can I get it
Can I get an Amen
Can I get it
Can I get an Amen
Life has gotta kill
Faith is gonna blind
Hope is gonna fade
The truth is gonna lie
Sometimes there’s no reason
To justify the meaning
But I won’t run
I’m not ashamed
It’s gonna take more than this for me to break
My life
My love
My sex
My drug
My lust
My God, it ain’t no sin
Can I get it?
Can I get an Amen?
My grace
My church
My pain
My tears
My hurt
My God, I’ll say it again
Can I get it?
Can I get an Amen?
Can I get it
Can I get an Amen
Can I get it
Can I get an Amen
My life, my love, my sex, my drug
My lust
My life
My love
My sex
My drug
My lust
My God, it ain’t no sin
Can I get it?
Can I get an Amen?
My grace
My church
My pain
My tears
My hurt
My God, I’ll say it again
Can I get it?
Can I get an Amen?
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Elizabeth Mae Hale / Joseph Hottinger / Scott Christopher Stevens

Halestorm – Here’s To Us

From their 2012 album, A Strange Case Of… The song reached #14 on Billboards Modern Rock chart on September 21, 2013. The song was co-written by Danielle Brisebois who played Stephanie on the TV shows All in The Family and Archie Bunkers Place.

From Songfacts

This is the closing track of Pennsylvania alternative metal band Halestorm’s sophomore album, The Strange Case Of... The group premiered this song on December 31, 2011 when they performed it at Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Speaking with About.com, vocalist Lzzy Hale explained that the recording of the album was a “rush job.” She said: “We had a handful of songs we had written on the road. Then we got off the road, had 24 hours to pack, then went right into the studio the next day. It was, ‘Oh my God, what do we do?’ But honestly, with the songwriting this time we weren’t thinking too much about it. Last record we were thinking things like if it would have mass appeal, would the label like it, would radio like it? This time we didn’t do any of that. We just let the song be whatever it was going to be. That’s why it’s so eclectic. There’s the human element to it, which I enjoy.”
Arejay Hale laid down his drums for the album in around two days. He told About.com: “I had to do five or six tracks a day onto two inch tape. So I had to get it right the first time. There’s no editing, no Pro Tools. And it was the day after Lzzy’s birthday, so I was hung over. So I just chugged some water and laid down the angriest drum tracks I possibly could.”
This song was performed on the ‘On My Way’ episode of the Fox comedy drama Glee on February 21, 2012. The show’s Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) took the lead with a cleaned up version of the tune. Lzzy Hale told About.com: Apparently the song got around. Somebody at our label let it slip, and they (the show) ended up calling. I thought to myself, there are three words in this song that can absolutely not go on Glee. So I ended up recording a clean version for them.”

 

This is the cleaned-up version.

This is the version with explicit lyrics.

Here’s To Us

We could just go home right now
Or maybe we could stick around
For just one more drink, oh yeah
Get another bottle out
Lets shoot the shit
Sit back down
For just one more drink, oh yeah

Here’s to us, here’s to love
All the times that we fucked up
Here’s to you, fill the glass
‘Cause the last few days have kicked my ass
So lets give ’em hell
Wish everybody well, here’s to us, here’s to us

Stuck it out this far together
Put our dreams through the shredder
Let’s toast ’cause things got better
And everything could change like that
And all these years go by so fast
But nothing lasts forever

Here’s to us, here’s to love
All the times, that we messed up
Here’s to you, fill the glass
‘Cause the last few nights have kicked my ass
If they give ya hell
Tell em to go fuck themselves, here’s to us, here’s to us

Here’s to all that we kissed
And to all that we missed
To the biggest mistakes
That we just wouldn’t trade
To us breaking up
Without us breaking down
To whatever’s comin’ our way

Here’s to us, here’s to love
All the times that we fucked up
Here’s to you, fill the glass
‘Cause the last few days have kicked my ass
So lets give ’em hell
Wish everybody well

Here’s to us, here’s to love
All the times, that we messed up
Here’s to you, fill the glass
‘Cause the last few nights have kicked my ass
If they give ya hell
Tell em to go fuck themselves, here’s to us, here’s to us (Go fuck themselves)
Here’s to us, here’s to us
Here’s to us, here’s to us
Here’s to us, here’s to love
Here’s to us, wish everybody well
Here’s to us, here’s to love
Here’s to us, here’s to usWriter/s: DANIELLE BRISEBOIS, TOBY GAD, LIZZY HALE