As some many have noted, I’m on an 80’s kick as of late. And in the 80’s, I was a Dokken fan. I missed the gym this evening, but I’m still in 80’s mode. So, here are some tunes from Dokken…
Enjoy this slice of the 80’s, with Dokken!
Simply because, one cannot have too many Rush editions. Frankly this will be the third in four and a half years, so it’s not like I’m beating it to death. So, without further ado, here are your weekly links, with a healthy dose of RUSH!
Have a great weekend folks!
Sorry for the limited posting as of late. I have been busy with #FreeKate and #KatesFight story. Things will be made clear in hopefully a few days, but that, and another project, are keeping me overly busy. But, we have to have a weekly link post. So, here are the weekly links, as well as a selection of songs I personally like. Hey, it’s my blog!
There you have it folks. I hope you you enjoyed my totally self indulgent musical selection. Keep on stopping by for more conservative news and views!
I saw this on Facebook earlier in the week, and thought it was interesting. It’s not political, so feel free to watch no matter your political persuasion…
I’m going to get some of those apps, pretty sweet!
Should mention that Kim Komando is rather informative, and I’ve listened to her radio show on and off for years. Click her name for her site.
For this week’s musical interlude, I thought I’d pick a classic 80’s band that is active to this day-Def Leppard. Here are some excerpts from their website, and select videos…
In November, the first Def Leppard rehearsal takes place in a spoon factory near Bramall Lane, Sheffield (UK). Lead singer Joe Elliot, bass player Rick “Sav” Savage, guitarist Pete Willis, and drummer Tony Kenning just renamed the band from Deaf Leopard (a name first coined by Joe Elliott at school in 1975) to Def Leppard. At Christmas, the band perform their first gig for six friends. Six songs are played, including covers by David Bowie, Thin Lizzy and their own original “MISTY DREAMER”.
In January, Steve Clark joins the band as the second guitarist. Between February and July, the band rehearse interminably until Steve Clark threatens to quit if they don’t get out and play.On July 18, Def Leppard play their first public gig at Westfield School in Sheffield. They are paid 5 Pounds (out of a teacher’s pocket).In November, drummer Tony Kenning is fired from the band and replaced by Frank Noon for the band’s first recording, “THE DEF LEPPARD EP”, which costs 600 Pounds Sterling (approximately 900 US Dollars) for recording, sleeves and pressing on their own Bludgeon Riffola label.On November 28, drummer Rick Allen joins the band full time.
The live reputation climbs, John Peel’s show on BBC Radio 1 gives the EP the first radio airplay and a recording deal is signed with Phonogram (UK) and Mercury (US). All band members give up their day jobs and Rick Allen drops out of school.In September, the band open for Sammy Hagar and play London’s rock mecca, The Hammersmith Odeon, for the first time.In October and November, Def Leppard supports AC/DC in the UK. During that time, the first single “Wasted”, produced by Nick Tauber, is released. Rick Allen celebrates his 16th (!) birthday at the Hammersmith.
On March 14, the debut LP ON THROUGH THE NIGHT, produced by Tom Allom, is released. Around the same time, the single “Hello America” sees the light of day.
On April 1, the band sign with Leber-Krebs management company. They are looked after by the American duo Peter Mensch and Cliff Burnstein (later to form their own company, Q-Prime).
In May, the band arrive for debut U.S. tours to open for, respectively, Pat Travers, Judas Priest, Ted Nugent and AC/DC.In August, Def Leppard return to the UK to play at the Reading Festival. The crowd, convinced that the band have sold out to the Yankee Dollar and turned their backs on their home country, greet them with a rain of bottles and beer cans.
Recordings for the second album start in March, their first with producer and soon-to-be unofficial sixth Lep, Robert John “Mutt” Lange. HIGH ‘N’ DRY is released in July and a European tour follows, supporting Rainbow. In the US, the band support Ozzy Osbourne and Blackfoot.
In November, the new US cable channel MTV discovers the video for “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak” and plays it with heavy rotation; HIGH ‘N’ DRY is shot back up the charts.
In January, recordings for the third album start, again with Robert John “Mutt” Lange. In July, Pete Willis leaves the band and is replaced by Phil Collen, formerly of the bands LUCY and GIRL.
In January, the PYROMANIA album and “Photograph” single are released to massive acclaim and sales. In the U.S., the LP sells 100,000 a week for most of the year and ends up selling over seven million copies in that country alone. Success in the rest of the world eludes them at this stage. In February and March they complete a UK headline tour and in the spring, the band support Billy Squier on tour in the US. In April, the first US headline tour is started.
The PYROMANIA world tour ends on February 7 in Bangkok and the band relocate to Dublin, Ireland.
Work on album number 4 starts in the spring, when each Lep, armed with a drum machine individually start working on song ideas.
In August, recordings commenced at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum (Holland) with producer Jim Steinman (of Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL fame). “Mutt” Lange passed on working with Def Leppard on this LP because he was exhausted after producing The Cars HEARTBEAT CITY. Steinman proves incompatible with the band’s style and their collaboration ends, with eight backing tracks scrapped. By “Mutt” Lange’s suggestion, he is replaced by Nigel Green, who had engineered the band’s HIGH N’ DRY album.
On New Year’s Eve, just outside Sheffield, Rick Allen’s car overturns high speed and he is thrown clear. His left arm is severed. Microsurgery fails to reconnect the limb.
Adapting a Simmons electronic kit, Rick learns to drum one-armed. Meanwhile, the rest of the band keep recording with Nigel Green. In the summer, “Mutt” Lange takes over as a producer and advises the band to re-record almost everything.
To break cabin-fever of recording, the band plan to eight shows at the European Monsters Of Rock tour during the summer. As insurance, they bring Status Quo’s Jeff Rich to supplement Rick Allen’s drums. During the warm-up mini tour of Ireland, when Rich accidentally misses a gig, the rest of the band realize that Rick can drum alone.
On August 16, they perform at Castle Donington, the first Monsters Of Rock show. In stark contrast to their Reading debacle, the show is a triumph and the crowd take them to their hearts. The final Monsters Of Rock show, taking place August 31 in Mannheim, Germany, is marked by a torrential downpour that lasts exactly the duration of Def Leppard’s set.
In January, the recordings of the fourth album are finished.
In February, another album’s worth of tracks are recorded – mostly live in the studio, to be used for B-sides. After kicking off the world tour in the UK on August, HYSTERIA is released. Seven out of the twelve tracks are released as singles: “Women”, “Animal”, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Love Bites”, “Armageddon It”, “Hysteria” and “Rocket”. The album goes on to sell 16 million copies (including 12 million in the US alone). At last the band are stars in their home country. During their U.S. tours, the band play “in the round” on a stage located in the center of arenas.
In October, after 227 shows supporting the HYSTERIA album, work begins on the fifth album.
Recordings of album #5 proceed at Wisseloord Studios and Studio 150 in Amsterdam (Holland), before the band relocate to Dublin. The band also play “Tear It Down” live at the MTV Video Music Awards, Steve Clark’s last show with the band.
A year passes while the band keeps working on their album.
On January 8, guitarist Steve Clark dies after mixing alcohol with painkillers prescribed to him after he broke three ribs earlier that year.
Def Leppard continue recording their album as a four piece. For the first time in four albums, “Mutt” Lange does not man the controls: he rather serves as executive producer. Long-time mixer/engineer Mike Shipley sits in as co-producer along with the band.
The newest incarnation of Def Leppard is revealed to the world in April at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley stadium. Vivian Campbell, already well known and respected for his work with Dio and Whitesnake, joins the band and ADRENALIZE is released. The band embark on a rare set of European club dates to work on their live show. The album enters the U.S. charts at #1 and remains there for five weeks, selling six million copies. In Japan, Mexico and many other countries, it will become Def Leppard’s biggest-selling album to date.
In June, the SEVEN DAY WEEKEND tour begins. Before it ends, some eighteen months later, Def Leppard will have played 241 shows, by far their most ambitious tour ever and the first time they have played “in the round” in the UK.
The producers of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new film LAST ACTION HERO approach the band in March about contributing a song for the end credits. The band, still on tour to support their latest album, cannot make time to record a new song. Rather, they send a B-side called “Two Steps Behind”, which had previously been released only in the UK.
On June 6, almost 15 years after their first gig, they are the first-ever band to play the newly opened Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield: a triumphant return to their home town to a sell out crowd of 40,000.
In July, “Two Steps Behind” is released, becoming a hit in the U.S. as well as the rest of the world. A string section recorded by Michael Kamen is added and the song is mixed, released, and racing up the charts within 6 weeks. This inspires the band to remix the rest of their rarities and B-sides, in an attempt to put out all the remaining songs from the Steve Clark era and begin a new phase in the history of Def Leppard.
In August, RETRO ACTIVE is released, goes platinum in the US and sells over two million copies worldwide.
In September, the last gig of the ADRENALIZE tour takes place. The band take a six month break, to write and work on new songs on their own, before entering a studio to begin work on their seventh album.
Def Leppard head to a house overlooking Marbella, Spain, to record their next album. Pete Woodroffe, who co-produced “RETRO ACTIVE”, is tapped to co-produce the disc as well.
With the new album near completion, the band are approached by Mercury Records to release a Greatest Hits compilation, highlighting the first chapter of Def Leppard’s career. VAULT, is released in October, a collection of sixteen tracks (with different tracklistings, varying on the country of release), drawing one song from 1982’s HIGH ‘N’ DRY, two from 1983’s PYROMANIA, six from 1987’s enormously popular HYSTERIA, four from 1992’s ADRENALIZE and two from 1993’s RETRO ACTIVE. In addition, there is a new song, “When Love and Hate Collide”, which becomes Def Leppard’s biggest hit in the UK ever peaking at number two in the charts. VAULT goes on to sell 4 million copies.
In October, Sheffield pays tribute to their biggest export – plaques go up at the Crookes Working Man’s Club and the Don Valley Stadium. The band give the first exhibit to the National Centre For Popular Music and then go to tea with the Mayor. The day’s finale is an acoustic gig 300-capacity Wapentake Pub where the band had played one of their very first shows back in 1978.
On October 23, Def Leppard go for the big one and play 3 continents in one day -a feat for which they receive a mention in the Guinness Book Of Records. Starting at midnight in a cave in Tangiers, Morocco, they play an acoustic set. They then fly to London, England to play at midday. Finally, they end up in Vancouver, Canada for yet another show at 9.30 PM….. 5,845 miles in a day!
In January, the band keep working on their next album and move from Marbella, Spain to Bow Lane Studios in Dublin, Ireland.
In April, the first singles of the new album are released: “Slang” in the UK and “Work It Out” in the US.
On May 13, the album SLANG is released, followed by a world tour that starts May 28 in Bangkok.
During the following months, the band toured Southeast Asia and the U.S., before the European leg starts in October.
In December, the band toured South Africa for the very first time, culminating in a sell-out show to 47,000 exuberant fans at the Johannesburg Stadium.
April sees the band complete their world tour with dates in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Columbia, Equador, Argentina, Brazil and Puerto Rico.
In April, the band get together in Dublin to start writing and recording their ninth album. The album is recorded in Dublin at Joe’s home studio – Joe’s Garage, where ADRENALIZE was recorded, along with some parts of RETRO ACTIVE and SLANG.
VH1 starts broadcasting the Def Leppard episode of their BEHIND THE MUSIC documentary series, the first in a row of Def Leppard-related shows the station will be showing in the future (“STORYTELLERS”, HYSTERIA: THE DEF LEPPARD STORY and ULTIMATE ALBUMS would follow).
On March 16, Def Leppard are one of the inaugural recipients of the newly launched Diamond Awards in the USA. The award are for over 10 million sales in the US of one album (HYSTERIA has now sold 12 million in the US – over 16 million worldwide) in the history of recorded music. Only 61 albums and 45 artists have achieved this level of success. Even more astoundingly, only eight of them were British artists. Def Leppard are in the fine company of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Elton John, George Michael, Eric Clapton and the Bee Gees.
On May 24, the first single off the new album, “Promises” is released. Two weeks later, EUPHORIA hits stores and is followed by a tour in Japan, the U.S. and the U.K.
The band plays at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL on December 31 to celebrate the turn of the century during the second leg of the EUPHORIA-tour.
The EUPHORIA tour takes the band to the States and Canada, where they play another 78 shows. The 147-date tour comes to an end on September 30 in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
In September, the band gets inducted at the Hollywood “Rock Walk” Hall of Fame, where they receive a plaque and leave their hand prints in cement.
Joe and Phil work on their CYBERNAUTS project, playing old David Bowie/Ziggy Stardust/Spiders From Mars songs, Vivian works with his other band CLOCK, Rick starts his own RAVEN DRUM FOUNDATION, and Sav enjoys life as a father. At the same time, work starts on the follow-up to EUPHORIA.
The four home videos are being re-released on DVD: HISTORIA and IN THE ROUND IN YOUR FACE on the first DVD, and VISUALIZE and VIDEO ARCHIVE on the second. Both releases are updated with interviews and the videos taken from the SLANG and EUPHORIA albums.
In July, VH1 (U.S.A.) broadcasts HYSTERIA: THE DEF LEPPARD STORY, a movie covering the band’s career until the start of the HYSTERIA tour, which is seen by millions of people and is rated tremendously high.
Throughout the year, the band travels between Dublin, Stockholm and California to write and record new material with Max Martin, Marti Frederiksen, Per Aldeheim and Andreas Carlsson.
Why don’t you get over to their site, and check it out. In the meantime, take a look at this bonus video. It seems strange on paper, but actually works.
For this Saturday, I thought some Journey might be good. Enjoy!
The release of Eclipse marks the latest chapter in a rock ‘n’ roll saga that started more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area. Guitarist Neal Schon left home at 15 years old to join Santana. In early 1973, Walter “Herbie” Herbert-a guitar tech and later manager for Santana and Journey-floated the idea about forming a new band around Schon, whom he called “the quintessential guitar expressionist of the time.” Joining with two members of the popular local act Frumious Bandersnatch-former Steve Miller Band bassist Ross Valory and guitarist George Tickner-as well as drummer Prairie Prince, the all-instrumental act began performing as the Golden Gate Rhythm Section.
The quartet earned a local following, one that was strong enough for San Francisco FM station KSAN to hold a contest to see if a better name could be given to the GGRS. The contest yielded the moniker Journey. Santana keyboardist Gregg Rolie joined the band in the summer of 1973, and this first edition of Journey developed a largely instrumental progressive rock sound. When Prince left to pursue a career with The Tubes in early 1974, Journey recruited British drummer Aynsley Dunbar, who had performed with Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa and John Mayall. Later that year, Tickner left the band to attend medical school, leaving all guitar duties in the hands of Schon.
Columbia Records signed the group in November 1974, and each of the band’s first three albums-Journey (1975), Look Into the Future (1976) and Next (1977)-charted higher than the previous release. The band embarked on a grueling touring schedule, staying on the road nine months per year performing music that Schon has referred to as “a rock ‘n’ roll version of the Mahavishnu Orchestra.” But sales were not as strong as the label had hoped, and the band was asked to hire a full-time lead singer.
The first vocalist brought in was Robert Fleischman, who joined the band for a summer tour in 1977 and contributed songs including “Wheel In the Sky” and “Winds of March.” But Fleischman left the band and was soon replaced by a young Steve Perry, who was brought into the band on the recommendation of Herbert. After hearing Perry’s demo with his previous band, Alien Project, Journey made Perry their new lead singer.
Journey’s fourth album Infinity was their first with Perry, and was produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Rolling Stones, Queen, The Cars). It immediately went Platinum after its April 1978 release, remaining on the charts for more than two years, and has sold more than 3 million copies to date.
After Dunbar joined Jefferson Starship in 1978, Journey brought their former drum roadie Steve Smith into the fold, adding his expert jazz-fusion chops to their signature sound for 1979’s Evolution, which would become their second million-selling album. In October of that year, Journey scored their first Top 30 single with “Lovin, Touchin’, Squeezin’.” Keeping up a prolific output in the studio and on the road, the band waited less than a year to release Departure, which became their first Top 10 album and boasted the lead single “Any Way You Want It,” which reached # 8 on the Billboard album chart. A subsequent live double album, Captured, became their fourth consecutive Platinum disc.
During this time, Rolie departed and was replaced by Jonathan Cain of The Babys. His songwriting talents joined those of Schon and Perry resulting in Journey scoring the biggest hits of their career. 1981’s Escape was the band’s first #1 album and spent more than a year in the Top 40, eventually becoming certified eight times Platinum. That album produced three Top 10 hits that have become the best-known songs in Journey’s repertoire: “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Who’s Crying Now” and “Open Arms.” The latter track, which marked the first songwriting collaboration between Cain and Perry, quickly became the band’s signature song and would years later be covered by many artists.
By the early 1980s, Journey had become bonafide superstars, known as much for their music and MTV videos as their visually spectacular concerts that revolutionized the use of big screens and computerized lighting systems. In 1983, Frontiers reached #2 on the Billboard album chart, held back from the top spot only by Michael Jackson’sThriller. Between 1983 and 1986 the band landed seven Top 20 hits, including “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Girl Can’t Help It” and “Only the Young,” their song for the film Vision Quest.
Journey disbanded in 1989, as certain members pursued other projects, though the group reunited briefly in 1993 (minus Perry) for a Bay Area concert honoring former manager Herbert, which raised funds for the Oakland-based Thunder Road teenage drug and alcohol treatment facility. Three years later, Journey reunited again for 1996’s Trial By Fire, which found Perry, Schon, and Cain, collaborating on a dozen songs written in just two weeks. Debuting at #3, the album boasted the hit single “When You Love a Woman,” which garnered the band their first Grammy nomination. Perry developed health problems that led to the cancellation of the group’s scheduled tour, and he eventually left Journey permanently.
Schon, Valory and Cain decided the band would forge ahead, recruiting new members Steve Augeri on vocals and former Bad English member Deen Castronovo on drums. Their first recording together was “Remember Me” for the Armageddon movie soundtrack, followed by 2001’s full-length Arrival-Journey’s 11th studio album. A 30th Anniversary tour followed the release of Generations in 2005, featuring three-hour-plus shows that included material from throughout the band’s career. Later the same year, the group also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2006, Augeri’s eight years with the band came to an end. Journey was still looking for their signature sound when, late one night, Schon came across a YouTube clip featuring then-unknown Arnel Pineda performing with a cover band called the Zoo at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Philippines. Pineda’s tone, power and ability to sing a wide variety of material, including a couple of Journey classics, impressed Schon. After watching all the available videos he could find with Pineda, Neal made an excited midnight phone call to share the news with his bandmate Cain. Soon thereafter, Schon personally contacted Pineda, who initially thought it was a prank and didn’t believe that he was talking to a founding member of one of the biggest bands in rock history. But six weeks later, after spontaneously singing a Journey song for Philippines immigrations officers to prove the reason for his trip, Pineda arrived in San Francisco to meet with Journey. Within a few songs, he had secured the job.
Enjoy your Saturday night folks! The link post will come tomorrow!
It’s Sunday again, and we are solidly in the Christmas season. So, with the great collection of links from our friends, here is some Christmas music. I hope you enjoy both.
I hope all of you that have a great Sunday. I’ll be at work for a while, but I’ll try to make some rounds later in the day.
One thing that has jumped out at me over the last two and a half years is how many Metal fans are in the CH 2.0 readership. If we are to trust the CBS poll that said that the average Tea Party member is in their early 40’s, we can say that many of us were in school when Metal was in it’s heyday. Also, I have to consider that my Link posts with Metal videos tend to get more comments than others. So, let’s do a simple poll to see how many of us were sporting long hair and dressing in black in the 80’s shall we?
As I look back at the links posts, I realize that I’ve been doing them for about a year now. I’ve themed them most of the time, and covered everything from cartoons to holiday themes. I have to be honest, I had no idea what the theme would be for today. Then, I thought of what’s been covered. The two most typical themes are cars an music. At that point, it hit me, why not combine both? So, for today’s theme, I bring you cars and music. The era is the 50’s.
Enjoy the links, cars, and music.
Well, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed. Have a great Sunday, and kindly consider making at donation via the tip jar.
As usual, I was up late last night. I was clicking through the stations, when I saw Metal Madness in VH1 Classic. Needless to say, I was inspired. So, enjoy the links, and the tunes.
Maggie’s Notebook has a post on the NHS failing, and how Berwick and Obama wish to replicate it here.
Ken, from One Conservative Estimate, talks about what Burns Me Up. I think you’ll agree.
John, from the Current (and on of our contributors here at the CH 2.0) has a fantastic post on Conservative bloggers on the front lines.
Over at Nuke’s Place, No2Liberals has a discussion on LTC Allan West. I hope he get’s elected.
OK, some of the ladies have done Rule 5 posts, and did a fantastic job:
Dr. Bill from ARRA News Service discussed Blanche Lincoln’s polling. It’s good news!
Red is showing the Viral Video with a ton of F-bombs.
A new find for me, Born Again American, has Shamelessly Succumbed to Rule 5.
Another new find, Randy’s Roundtable, has the scoop on Harry Reid and the public option.
Karen at Eastern Right has a video of Mel before he became an idiot.
Kristin has a post about Chicken Pot Pie. You just have to go there for the explanation.
What can I say, I came of age in the 80’s!
Enjoy your Sunday!
Since I began contributing to Conservative Hideout 2.0 many of you have gotten to know me as a staunch Conservative, unabashed and unafraid of that label. But there is another side to me that may surprise some of you. I spent the better part of two decades traveling this great nation of ours as the road manager of a rock band that I would bet none of you have heard of. But in that capacity, I made acquaintances with many names you might in fact know. I also worked for some of those bigger names. My band toured with Head East and we also did shows with Dereck St. Holmes of Ted Nugent band, James “J.Y.” Young of STYX and Gregg Allman from the Allman Brothers’ band. In addition to that I have met many more people in the classic rock music business, both those on stage and off. Even though at that stage in my life I rarely paid attention to politics, looking back I can see that the vast majority of them are conservative in their outlook on life.
Why do I tell you all this? No, I am not just trying to drop names, but rather I want to discuss a particular band. I will admit that I only personally met and talked with one of them, but I know that they are a good bunch of people. About 5 or 6 years ago I was working with Head East in the capacity of road manager; we did a show in Columbia, MO with Eddie Money and Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was quite a day on that college campus and I was pretty excited to be there with not only Head East, but to see two really big names from my youth. Before they went on, I got to meet and talk with Rickey Medlocke, one of the guitar players for Skynyrd. I had a copy of the famous “Street Survivors” Skynyrd album and he signed it for me. Rickey was nice, articulate and came across as a down to earth guy next door.
Now I turned on the TV the other night and Sean Hannity had Lynyrd Skynyrd on his show, they were there to announce that they would be headlining his Freedom Concerts and also to tout their new album, God & Guns. All too often, when a celebrity makes a political statement these days it is usually in favor of Chavez or some other leftist dictator or at the very least it is to put down those of us on the right. This album, this message, and this affirmation of the majority of Americana is why I am writing this article. I would like to review it and share some of its message with you all.
God & Guns is probably one of Skynyrd’s best studio albums of the last two decades, if not of their entire career. Of the twelve tracks on this album, only the title track, God & Guns was not written by the band. Johnny Van Zant, the lead singer of the band said, “It’s the only song that we actually did not write on the CD, but our management brought it in. And it was just a guy with an acoustic guitar and the words and the meaning of it was so…it hit us, it hit home with us. And we said ‘There’s our album. There’s our album title.’ This is what we stand for, you know.”
The title track, God & Guns is very powerful. It comes across as a simple song, with not much accompaniment, but its the lyrics that pull you in and get your attention. Toward the end of the song, the momentum builds and they end it in typical Skynyrd southern rock fashion, that is to say strong.
Last night I heard this politician
Talking ’bout his brand new mission
‘Liked his plans, but they came undone when he got around to God and guns
I don’t know how he grew up
But it sure wasn’t down at the hunting club
Cause if it was he’d understand a little bit more about the working man
God and guns keep us strong
That’s what this country was founded on
Well we might as well give up and run
If we let them take our God and guns
Out here in my neck of the woods
Where God is great and guns are good
You really can’t know that much about ’em
If you think we’re better off without ’em
Well there was a time we ain’t forgot
You could rest all night with the doors unlocked
But there ain’t nobody safe no more
So you say your prayers and you thank the Lord
For that peace maker in the dresser drawer
God and guns (God and guns), keep us strong
That’s what this country, Lord was founded on
Well we might as well give up and run,
If we let ‘m take our God and guns.
Yeah we might as well give up and run
If we let ‘m take our God and guns
Another stand out song on this album is called That Ain’t My America; a song that hits home with the political dynamic that confronts Conservatives in America today. The subtle references to “Hope & Change” in the first verse and to the now infamous quote by Obama about people in mid-America “clinging to their bibles and their guns” in the third verse made me smile when I heard it for the first time.
Sometimes I wanna light up underneath the no-smoking sign
Sometimes I wished they’d tell me how justice got so blind
I wish they’d just leave me alone cause I’m doing alright
You can take your change on down the road and leave me here with mine
Cause that ain’t my America, that ain’t this country’s roots
You wanna slam old Uncle Sam but I ain’t lettin’ you
I’m mad as hell and you know I still, bleed red white and blue
That ain’t us, that ain’t my America, that ain’t my America
Yeah I was standing there in Dallas, waiting on a plane
I overheard an old man tell a young soldier thanks
Young soldier hung his head and said “Its hard to believe
You’re the only one that took the time to say a word to me”
And the old man said…
That ain’t my America, that ain’t this country’s roots
You want to slam old Uncle Sam but I ain’t lettin you
Yeah I’m mad as hell and you know I still, bleed red white and blue
That ain’t us, that ain’t my America, that ain’t my America
It’s to the women and men in their hands they hold a bible and a gun
And they ain’t afraid of nothing when they’re holding either one
Now there’s kids that cant pray in school, hundred dollar tanks of gas,
I can tell you right now this country ain’t, ain’t supposed to be like that
No, that ain’t my America, that ain’t this country’s roots
You want to slam old Uncle Sam but I ain’t lettin you
Yeah I’m mad as hell and you know I still, bleed red white and blue
That ain’t us, that ain’t my, that ain’t my America, oh no, that ain’t my America
The entire album really is top quality Lynyrd Skynyrd at their best. I highly recommend that you go out and get a copy of it. The band has managed to breathe life into a genre that many people say is gone. This album really does please not only the Skynyrd fan, but the rock fan, the country fan, and even the metal crowd. From the harder rockin’ Still Unbroken, to the softer sounds of Unwrite That Song, to the bluesy sounding Comin’ Back For More and Storm there is something in this album for everyone. And besides, we need to reward those celebrities that are brave enough to stand up with their art and go against the main stream media and the far left stance in this country. Like they say, we might as well run, if we let them take our God and guns.