Deep Purple – Dead or Alive

don’t turn off the light
you might draw the queen of spades
don’t shut the door
you don’t need to be alone
i won’t bring you no food
there might be some poison in your meat
i’ve got to know are you dead or alive
don’t shut the door are you dead or alive
dead or alive
pick your window you’re leaving

don’t look in the mirror
with a dollar up your face
you’ve got money to burn
you’re cheap at half the price
oh don’t powder your nose
don’t blow your brains just for the the
crack
i’ve got to know are you dead or alive
just for the crack are you dead or alive
dead or alive
pick your window you’re leaving

you’re running so fast
but you know you’re standing still
i’m afraid of your shadow
and the knife in it’s hand
you’re dancing with death
to the tune of the dealer
and he don’t care
don’t give a toss
don’t want to know if
you’re dead or alive
don’t want to know if
you’re dead or alive
dead or alive
pick your window
you’re leaving

Canned Heat – My Crime

Uransa alkuaikana Canned Heatin ollessa Denverissä keikalla 1967, joku kertoo poliisille heillä olevan kannabista. Keikan jälkeen bändin jäsenet pidätettiin. Manageri onnistui keräämään tuomarin vaatimat 10000 dollarin takuurahat myymällä Canned Heatin biisien julkaisuoikeudet. Yhtye kirjoitti tapahtumasta tämän kappaleen hitiksi muodostuneelle kakkoslevylleen, “Boogie with Canned Heat”.

“I went to Denver
Late last fall.
I went to do my job.
Yeah, I didn’t break any law.
We worked a hippie place,
Like many in our land.
They couldn’t bust the place,
And so they got the band.
‘Cause the police in Denver,
No, they don’t want none of them long hairs hanging around.
And that’s the reason why
They want to tear Canned Heat’s reputation down.
You people in Denver
Will know what I mean.
Yeah, the things I’m gonna tell ya.
Yeah, you’ve all heard and seen.
You remember when a cop on the beat
Used to rob and steal.
Today they’re gone, but the others get it on,
So you know just how I feel.
‘Cause the police in Denver,
Lord, they don’t want none of them long hairs hanging around.
And that’s the reason why
They try to tear Canned Heat’s reputation down.
Yeah, they try to tear it down, boy.
They ain’t gonna do it though.
Let me tell you this, just one more time.
Just one more thing I want to tell ya
Before I go.
It’s a shame, the Man in Denver
Has to lie and mistreat people so.
Now, six months ain’t no sentence,
One year ain’t no time.
When I hear from one to ten,
It worries my troubled mind.
‘Cause the police in Denver,
Lord, don’t want no long hairs around.
And that’s the reason why
They try to tear Canned Heat’s reputation down.”

Popeda – Moottoripää

Annas kun mä kerron, sä kun aina kyselet
Menneisyyden haamut, usein esiin utelet
En kai ole kovin ylpee, mutta maksaa kyllä sain!
Mies kulkee, miehen menneisyys on menneisyyttä vain!
Mä palvon sua, sä tiedät sen
Koskaan pettää sua vois en!
Katso mua, ja anna mun sua rakastaa!
Mä olin vielä poikanen, kun viinaa trokasin
Pillereitä, pulvereita myöskin kauppasin
Katu oli koti, kyttä lähin omainen
Olin ehkä aavistuksen rentun oloinen
Huimaa kyytiä silloin elettiin
Kynttilät vauhdilla poltettiin
Silmä silmästä, hammas vaikka kahdesta!
Se oli uljasta!
Aivan liian nuorena mä menin naimisiin
Gimma venas pentua, me kaikkee vedettiin
Se sai kai jonkun taudin, mä tarkkaan muista en!
Hautuumaalta juoksin hullunlailla nauraen!
Huimaa kyytiä silloin elettiin
Kynttilät vauhdilla poltettiin
Kunniavelka, tapa, tee huorin, varasta!
Mutta tee se kunnolla
Tee se kunnolla, tee se kunnolla!
Ei sua ne koskaan saa!
On maailma vaarallinen
Tartu kiinni siihen nyt!
Ei sua ne koskaan saa
Sä vastaan maailmaa
Ei sua voi alistaa!
Ei ne saa!
Oon pahin, oon pahin,
Mä oon pahin, tiedän sen!
Polvistun, ja sua rukoilen!
Oon pahin, mä oon pahin,
Mä oon kuningas konnien
Mut mä nousen, vaikka vielä horjuen
Oi rakkain, voimakkain,
On tää tunne yhteinen!
Sun kanssas enää horjahtele en!

The Wildhearts – Sick of Drugs

“Waking up with an 8.2
When it seemed like the easiest thing to do
When someone said ‘Here’s one for you!’
Mouth’s so dried and I just spit ash
In a hole in my pocket full of wasted cash
But it’s alright, it was just bad stash

‘Jump inside’ he said, I tried
‘I never met a junkie that I didn’t like’ said he
And who am I to disagree?

Oh, how can you stay when you’re 60 million miles away?
How can you fly when your home free?
And how can you feel when your mind’s made up like a will of steel?
How can you deal in your tree?
Sick of ecstacy

Kicked in bad and you got too low
To be down in a company you didn’t know
Said ‘Come on in, got a right good blow’
Yeah, talking, talking, the whole world’s clear
Until a guy with a goatee got a touch of fear
Which went round the room like diarrhoea

Bored with this
I’m bored with that
I’m stuck in bed alone with a you-know-what
No rest
With a heart beating out of your chest

Oh, how can you stay when you’re 60 million miles away?
How can you fly when your home free?
And how can you feel when your mind’s made up like a will of steel?
How can you deal in your tree?
Sick of LSD

Oh, how can you stay when you’re 60 million miles away?
How can you fly when your home free?
And how can you feel when your mind’s made up like a will of steel?
How can you deal in your tree?
Oh, how can you stay when you’re 60 million miles away?
How can you fly when your home free?
And how can you feel when your mind’s made up like a will of steel?
How can you deal in your tree?
Sick of drugs are we”

Backyard Babies – I Love to Roll

Backyard Babiesillä meni 2001 lujaa. Dregenin elämänkerrasta napattua:

“Making Enemies Is Good -levyn äänityssopimukseen oli kirjattu kokaiinibudjetti, kevyesti naamioidussa muodossa toki. Se tunnettiin yleisesti nimellä “Keksipurkki”. Sen olemassaoloon viittasi levyn avausraita, sattuvasti nimetty I Love to Roll, joka päättyy kollektiiviseen snorttaukseen. kaikki bändin jäsenet sekä studion vieraat kantoivat kortensa kekoon.”

“I love to roll with the 1, 2, 3,4!
Flashback! Time to drop the bomb!
Yeah! Boomshaka-lickebomb!
Love it! Hate it! Love it! Love it!
Hate it! Love it! Trippin’! Damn! Hate it!
Fuck home Stockholm! Hate it!
Cause I’m a musical prostitute! Are you crazy?

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
Sex! Say what? Drugs! Say what? Rock! Say what?
I love to roll with the
sex! Say what? Drugs! Say what? Rock! Say what?
I love to roll with the

There is something with the drugs today
It’s nothing new to me
And there is something wrong with the sex today

I fuckin’ love it! Hardcore! Hate it! Love it! C’mon! Go!
Love it! Hate it! Love it! Thrash! Madness! Hate it!

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
Sex! Say what? Drugs! Say what? Rock! Say what?
I love to roll with the
sex! Say what? Drugs! Say what? Rock! Say what?
I love to roll with the rock!

1, 2, 3, 4!
Love it! Hate it! Love it!
1, 2, 3, Gimme more!
Love it! Hate it! Love it! Hate it!

Love it!”

Humble Pie – 30 Days in the Hole

Taitaa kertoa kaverista, joka joutui 30 päiväksi vankilaan huumeiden käytöstä.

“Roll my tape
Ooh, ooh, ooh

Thirty days,
Anyone doin’ that one?
I’m doin’ that one

30 days in the hole
30 days in the hole
30 days in the hole

All right all right all right all right, yeah

Chicago Green, talkin’ ’bout Black Lebanese
A dirty room and a silver coke spoon
Give me my release, come on
Black Nepalese, it’s got you weak in your knees
Sneeze some dust that you got buzzed on
You know it’s hard to believe

30 days in the hole
30 days in the hole
30 days in the hole
That’s what they give you
30 days in the hole
I know

Newcastle Brown, I’m tellin’ you, it can sure smack you down
Take a greasy whore and a rollin’ dance floor
It’s got your head spinnin’ round
If you live on the road, well there’s a new highway code
You take the urban noise with some dirt with poison
It’s gonna lessen your load

30 days in the hole
That’s what they give you now
30 days in the hole
Oh, yeah
30 days in the hole
All right, all right
30 days in the hole

What you doin’ boy?
You here for 30 days
Get, get, get your long hair cut
And cut out your ways

Black Nepalese, it got you weak in your knees
Gonna sneeze some dust that you got busted on
You know it’s so hard to please
Newcastle Brown can sure smack you down
You take a greasy whore and a rollin’ dance floor
You know you’re jailhouse-bound

30 days in the hole
30 days in the hole
30 days in the hole
Oh, yeah
30 days in the hole
30 days, 30 days in the hole
30 days in the hole”

Led Zeppelin – For Your Life

Wikipedian mukaan:

“The song’s vocals are notable in part because of the snorting sound heard around 5:30, with the lyrics: “With the fine lines of the crystal payin’ through your nose”. Plant later explained the song’s venom was due in part to his observations of the excessive amount of cocaine which had now pervaded and ruined the music scene in Los Angeles, during his stay on the West Coast prior to recording.”

Slade – Gypsy Roadhog

Nenän puuterointia Sladen malliin. Biisi oli vuoden 1977 levyn “Whatever happened to Slade” ykkössingle ja joutui aiheensa vuoksi BBC:n boikotoimaksi. Biisi kertoo kokaiinidiileristä, joka pakenee ympäri jenkkilää.

“Powdered my nose in Alabama
Out on a limb
Powdered my nose in Indiana
Ain’t that a sin
I had to get my butt out quick
It always works – the old, old trick
I got away just in the nick of time, that’s why
I powdered my nose in Oklahoma
Over the top
I wasted away in New Orleans
I couldn’t stop
Down in the alley – happy dust
Me and Romona we was gettin’ bust
I got away just in the nick of time, that’s why
I got the nickname the Gypsy Roadhog
On the California trail
I gotta keep my wheels movin’ on
I gotta keep me outa jail
Powdered my nose in San Francisco
Down on the bay
It went to my head down in New York City
I was blasted away
And two ugly scuts bust in the room
They took away my little silver spoon
I got away just in the nick of time, that’s why

I’m comin’ through, through, through
I’m looking for you”

Ace Frehley – Snow Blind

Kissin suuruudenhuulluutta kuvasi idea, että jokainen bändin jäsen levyttäisi soololevyn ja ne kaikki julkaistaisiin samana päivänä. Bändihän oli jakautunut hyvin vahvasti kahteen leiriin. Selviin ja bisneshenkisiin (Gene ja Paul) sekä sekoileviin hällävälisteihin (Ace ja Peter). Jälkimmäiset sekoilivat aineiden kanssa varsin huolella ja ei olekaan yllätys, että Acen soololevyltä löytyy aineiden kanssa kamppailusta kertovan Snow Blindin kaltaisia biisejä.

“It’s so hard to feel right baby
When I’m travelin’ around and you’re far behind
Guy, I wish I could see my lady
Girl, I hope you don’t mind ’cause

I’m snowblind, I can’t see a thing
I’m snowblind, I don’t wanna sing
I’m snowblind need a familiar face
I’m snowblind think I’m lost in space

Lookin’ out my window, sometimes I wonder
Am I ever gonna get to where I’m gonna go home?
Maybe tomorrow, maybe next summer
Girl, I just don’t know ’cause

I’m snowblind, I can’t see a thing
I’m snowblind, I don’t wanna sing
I’m snowblind need a familiar face
I’m snowblind think I’m lost in space

Movin’ around I get in trouble
When I’m feelin’ so low and out of my mind
Babe, I don’t wanna burst your bubble
Girl, you know the reason why ’cause

I’m snowblind, I can’t see a thing
I’m snowblind, I don’t wanna sing
I’m snowblind need a familiar face
I’m snowblind think I’m lost in space”

Thin Lizzy – Johnny

Johnny parka vilahtelee useammassakin Thin Lizzyn biisissä. Kaverilla tuntuu olevan taipumusta huumeriippuvuuteen. Tässä Johnny the Fox -levyn avaavassa rallissa hän keikkaa apteekin, ampuu vartijan ja jää kiinni.

“Somewhere on the waterfront
Johnny’s hiding with a gun
Swears he’ll kill any man that tells his story
He’s ain’t sorry for what he’s done

He broke into a drugstore
Just to cure his daily need
Didn’t mean to shoot the guard
But he was blinded by the greed

Oh, Johnny

See that nun, she’s his sister
She doesn’t know that he’s gone bad
When they told it to his papa
It drove the old man mad

Just as his mother warned him
From her dying bed
It’s alright to lose your heart
But never lose your head

Oh, Johnny

Now the cops have got him surrounded
And he doesn’t stand a hope
He wonders how he could be in so much trouble
Over just a little dope

Five to one he gets away
That’s the odds I’m going to give
Five to four they blast him away
Three to one he’s going to live

Oh, Johnny
Oh, Johnny, you better run

Back in the alley where he was slain
Thought I heard something move
Beside the trash can lay a heart and chain
The picture had been removed

Just another junkyard piece
Looking for a bed
It’s alright to lose your heart
But never lose your head

Oh, Johnny

Lookout!”

Thin Lizzy – It’s Getting Dangerous

80-luvun alussa Thin Lizzyn leiri oli melko sekaisin. Edellisvuosikymmenen menestys oli enää haamu ja Phil Lynott oli osittain keskittynyt soololevyjen tekoon sekä suonensisäisten käyttämiseen. Keskellä tuota soppaa syntynyttä Renegades levyä pidetäänkin yhtenä Thin Lizzyn huonoimmista. Levyn päättävä It’s Getting Dangerous onkin kuvaava titteli aikakaudelle.

“The man finds himself alone for the first time in his life
He’s always got a problem, he’s got to work it out wrong or right
He’s got to work it out, he’s so lonely in the night
He’s got to work it all alone

Now who in the world would believe that he’s got another trick up his sleeve
And who in the world wants to know which way should he go
Which way should he turn? which way should he learn?
Which day should he stop? which way to the top?

I remember him when we were friends, when we were young, way back then
I still can recall when we were small how he tried his best to warn us all

This living on his own has turned his heart to stone and it’s all pain
He sits out on his own and eats his heart out alone in the pouring rain
Now who in the world would have know
That just a few years ago his love could have grown and grown

Through the rain, the sleet and snow
But the rain, the sleet and snow chills the heart and kills the soul
So the let the cold winds blow
What he doesn’t see he doesn’t know

I remember him when we were friends, when we were young, way back then
I recall it all when we were small how he tried his best to warn us all

I remember it still, I always will when we were friends way back then
I recall it all when we were small how he tried his best to warn us all
He said, watch out for the danger
He said, watch out

The man is a winner for the first time in his life
He looks a little thinner but he says hey that doesn’t matter
But if you look closely
You’ll see a cold smug self-satisfactory smile behind

And now that he has won it doesn’t matter how or which way it was done
Now that he’s in control, revenge is in his heart and soul
The power is at his fingertips, vengeance is on his lips
But the power he fought to control now has got him in it’s grips

I remember him when we were friends, when we were young, way back then
I recall it all when we were small how he tried his best to warn us all

I remember it still, I always will when we were friends way back then
I recall it all when we were small how he tried his best to warn us all

I remember him when we were friends, when we were young, way back then
But now we’re all grown up and we’re strangers
You see, bit by bit, part by part, we slipped and slipped
Till we’d grown apart and now we’re strangers”

Van Halen – Amsterdam

Biisi löytyy viimeiseltä Sammy Hagarin aikakauden Van Halenin levyltä Balance. Biisi kertoo turistin silmin Amsterdamista…

“Light ’em up!

Yeah!

Lookin’ good through the window
Shinin’ red and blue light, yeah
A little thick in the bottom
But still lookin’ alright, yeah

Got a pocket full o’ money
Got me a long night ahead
Quick stop by the Bulldog
Score me some Panama Red, yeah

Oh, wham bam, oh Amsterdam (Yeah yeah yeah)
Stone you like nothin’ else can (Yeah yeah yeah)
Woo! Hot damn, roll an Amsterdam (Yeah yeah yeah)
She can’t then nothin’ else can

Uh! Caught a plane outta Moscow
Spent one cold night in Berlin, yeah
It’s a long hard way but I’m a-comin’
Back again, yeah

Oh, wham bam, oh Amsterdam (Yeah yeah yeah)
Stone you like nothin’ else can (Yeah yeah yeah)
Yeah, come on up, roll an Amsterdam (Yeah yeah yeah)
If she can’t then no one else can

Oh, wham bam, oh Amsterdam (Yeah yeah yeah)
Will stone you like nothin’ else can (Yeah yeah yeah)
Yeah, hot damn, roll an Amsterdam (Yeah yeah yeah)
If she can’t then no one else can (Yeah yeah yeah)
Woo! Wham bam, oh Amsterdam (Yeah yeah yeah)
Don’t have to worry ’bout the man (Yeah yeah yeah)
Woo! Hot damn, uh, burn an Amsterdam, yeah (Yeah yeah yeah)
Stone me like nothin’ else can (Yeah yeah yeah)”