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DENIM AND LEATHER (1981)

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Tracklist

01. Princess Of The Night
02. Never Surrender *
03. Out Of Control
04. Rough And Ready
05. Play It Loud
06. And The Bands Played On *
07. Midnight Rider
08. Fire In The Sky
09. Denim And Leather

Produced by: Nigel Thomas

 

Lyrics

 

01. Princess Of The Night (4:02)


She used to be an ironhorse twenty years ago
Used to bring the mail to me through the ice and snow
I've sat alone and watched her steaming through the night
Ninety tons of thunder clouding up the sky

She was the princess of the night (*)
We saw the writing on the wall
She was the princess of the night
I'd take a ride across the sky

Speeding sparks like lightning, engine working hard
Burning on the footplate shining in the night
Iron striking metal the sound of racing steel
That's all I ever wanna hear, it's music in my ears

(Repeat *)

Ninety tons of thunder clouding up the sky
Steaming right on pistons see the wheels flash by
Hear the whistle blowing steaming down the track
If I ever had my way I'd bring the princess back one day

(Repeat *)

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02. Never Surrender (3:12)


I was born on the back streets on the rotten side of town (*)
I never had me nothing just people pulling me down
I'm livin' on the dark side across the rail road track
Leavin' wasn't easy, but I'm never going back

Never surrender (**)
When you're up against the wall
Never surrender
Stand up, fight them all

Sticking in the fast lane, I'm never gonna quit
I'm takin' all my chances, I'm gonna take them quick
I started from the bottom, I'm headin' to the top
Ain't nobody gonna help you boy, 'cause we're never gonna stop

(Repeat **)
(Repeat *)
(Repeat **)

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03. Out Of Control (4:09)


Breaks away the chains that bind me
Gives me sympathy
Keeps me running on the high road
Keeps me living free
Never tries to steal my thunder
Helps me through the night
Always there to help and guide me
Makes me feel alright

There ain't no doubt about it
Just can't live without her
Moves my very soul
When we touch I lose control
I'm outta control
I lose control
I'm outta control

When I feel depressed and lonely
She never asks me why
Always knows just when to leave me
When I start to lie
Tries to think about the next day
So I can survive
When I come home tired and weary
She keeps me satisfied

There ain't no doubt about it
Just can't live without her
Moves my very soul
When we touch I lose control

She breaks away the chains that bind me
Gives me sympathy
Keeps me running on the high road
Keeps me living free
Never tries to steal my thunder
Helps me through the night
Always there to help and guide me
Makes me feel alright

There ain't no doubt about it
Just can't live without her
Moves my very soul
When we touch I lose control
I'm outta control

I lose control
I'm outta control

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04. Rough And Ready (4:51)


Well, you're brought up on the street
Did ya make it on your own
Are ya living in the shadow
Crawling in the night
Sleeping in the subway
Beggin' for a fight
Makes ya grow up hard, boy
Aren't you ready for a fight

I don't need no one
You can keep you sympathy
I live on my own
I would make that company
I don't need no one
You can keep you sympathy
I live on my own
I would make that company
I'm rough and ready tonight
Crawling in the night
Standing on the corner
Asked ya for smoke
I kick you in the deep, boy
Steel away you girl
Talked into a night fight
They cut me to the bone
Don't ya mess with me, boy
Ya better leave me alone
I would make that company
I don't need no one
You can keep you sympathy
I live on my own
I would make that company
I don't need no one
You can keep you sympathy
I live on my own
I would make that company
I'm rough and ready tonight

Maybe seeing a call girl
I'll take ya for a ride
The cops will never break me
Steal away my pride
If you're looking for a good time
And ya wanna ride with me
And you're feeling rough and ready
Rough and ready with me

You can change my life
You can read my mind
I don't want no one
I don't have no one
I don't need no one
You can keep your sympathy

Well, you're brought up on the street
Did ya make it on your own

Sleeping in the subway
Begging for a fight
Makes ya grow up hard, boy
Ain't you ready for a fight

I don't need no one
You can keep you sympathy
I live on my own

I don't need no one
You can keep you sympathy
I live on my own
I would make that company
I'm rough and ready tonight

Rough and ready tonight

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05. Play It Loud (4:11)


I was driving down the highway my music playing loud
I drove into a truckstop stepped up feelin' proud
The stupid gas attendant said stop that fucking row
There's always someone somewhere who'll try and turn you down

So if you need some action and nothing comes around
Don't call the doctor turn up the sound
Play it loud
In your neighbourhood
Play it loud
In your neighbourhood

I was lying on the beach taking the rays
Listening to Deep Purple reminiscing of old days
I was hassled by a lifeguard so I kicked him to the ground
There's always someone somewhere who'll try and turn you down

So if you need some action and nothing comes around
Don't call the doctor turn up the sound
Play it loud
In your neighbourhood
Play it loud
In your neighbourhood

I'm sick of people saying our music is too loud
They never stop complaining, try to turn us down
But if you want it louder we'll turn it up full blast
They'll never stop the music they're living in the past

So if you need some action and nothing comes around
Don't call the doctor turn up the sound

Play it loud
In your neighbourhood

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06. And The Bands Played On (2:48)


Just before dawn in the cold light
We came out of the night
A great expectation from the man who ran the show
Will it rain, will it snow, will it shine, we don't know
Are there clouds up in the sky

We sat in the sun, woah-oh-oh
And the bands played on
And the bands played on
And the bands played on

See the people, feel the power
There was sixty thousand there
Just like thunder the crowds began to roar
Where you there, did ya know, did ya see all the show
There was magic in the air

We sat in the sun woah-oh-oh
And the bands played on
And the bands played on
And the bands played on

See the rainbow shining brightly
Shooting rockets to the sky
Making music and it rolled on through the night
You could hear on the air rock n' roll everywhere
We were strangers in the night

We sat in the sun woah-oh-oh
And the bands played on
And the bands played on
And the bands played on
And the bands played on
And the bands played on

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07. Midnight Rider (5:45)


Ride the silver eagle out of JFK
Up the eastern seaboard destination Portland Maine
When we saw the people at the concert hall
The seats were for five thousand it made us feel so small

Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
On our journey 'cross the States
Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
Right on through the USA

Stopped off at Niagara taking pictures of the falls
Tried to cross the border were accosted by the law
People down in Texas from the red hot burning sun
They couldn't stand the heatwave but we just kept rollin' on

Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
On our journey 'cross the States
Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
Right on through the USA

Driving into Nashville on the highway interstate
Had a holdup on the freeway we end up being late
Flew into Chicago but we never heard the blues
Played some rock 'n' roll there then down to Batton Rouge

Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
On our journey 'cross the States
Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
Right on through the USA

Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
On our journey 'cross the States
Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
Right on through the USA

Fought the vigilante at the end of our first tour
We made a lot of friends there we'll see them all next year
As we fought the big deadline, oh, we won't forget the days
We rode the silver eagle right across the USA

Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
On our journey 'cross the States
Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
Right on through the USA

Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
On our journey 'cross the States
Midnight rider keeps on rollin'
Right on through the USA

Midnight rider

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08. Fire In The Sky (3:37)


There's a fire in the sky
There's a feeling in the air
When the ground starts to tremble
The first attack is here
You won't stand a chance
When the missiles start to fly
They never tell the people
Till the holocaust is here

When the fire's in the sky
You'll be running for your lives
When the fire's in the sky
Prepare yourselves to die

Where, where are the shelters
They said they would be there
You'll need, need some protection
From the radiation flare
Don't, don't start a panic
It won't do you no good
You'll just have to wait
For the end of all mankind

If you're near the point of impact
There's nowhere you can run
If the heatwave don't get you
The shockwave surely will
There won't be no more heroes
There's no one left to fight
It's the end of our planet
We'd commit eternal sight

When the fire's in the sky
You'll be running for your lives
When the fire's in the sky
Prepare yourselves to die

When the fire's in the sky
You'll be running for your lives
When the fire's in the sky
Prepare yourselves to die
To die, to die, to die ...

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09. Denim And Leather (5:27)


Where were you in '79 when the dam began to burst
Did you check us out down at the local show
Were you wearing denim, wearing leather
Did you run down to the front
Did you queue for your ticket through the ice and snow

Denim and Leather (*)
Brought us all together
It was you that set the spirit free
Denim and Leather
Brought us all together
It was you that set the spirit free

Did you read the music paper from the back and to the front
Did you find out where to see your favorite band
Did you listen to the radio every Friday night
Did hang around your local record store

(Repeat *)

Do you dream of playing guitar or smashing up the drums
Maybe you can learn to play the bass
You can always be a singer like me and front the band
When on the stage we wait at your command

(Repeat *)

It was you - that set the spirit free
It was you - that put us here today
It was you - that filled the concert halls
It was you - that set the spirit free

(Repeat *)

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28.11.2014 FR Strasbourg
La Laiterie  
 
29.11.2014 FR Lille
Le Splendid  
 
30.11.2014 UK Bristol
Academy  
 

CD

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Denim And Leather
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Power And The Glory
Crusader
Innocence Is No Excuse
Rock The Nations
Destiny
Rock N' Roll Gypsies
Greates Hits Live
Solid Ball Of Rock
Forever Free
Dogs Of War
The Eagle Has Landed II
Unleash The Beast
Wheels / Strong Arm
BBC Sessions
Metalhead
Killing Ground
Heavy Metal Thunder
Lionheart
Eagle Has Landed III
The Very Best Of Saxon
The Inner Sanctum
Live To Rock
Into The Labyrinth

DVD

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