Renegade ~ Styx

The band originally formed in the Chicago, Illinois area in 1961 as “The Tradewinds”. The band played local bars while attending Chicago State University. This early line-up included brothers Chuck Panozzo and John Panozzo on guitar and drums, respectively; and Dennis DeYoung on vocals and keyboards. Changing their name briefly to “TW4″, Chuck switched to bass guitar and the band added guitarists/vocalists James “J.Y.” Young and John Curulewski.

In the early 70’s, the band members decided to choose a new name for the band and several suggestions were made and according to DeYoung, Styx was chosen because it was “the only one that none of us hated”.

They released their first album, Styx in 1972 and went nowhere. In 1973 they released Styx II, but didn’t get much of a play until one of the songs on that album, “Lady” broke through in 1975.

After that hit finally popped and went gold two years after its release, they released Equinox, which yeilded instant success with “Lorelei” and “Light Up”.

Renegade

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Oh mamma I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of the law
Lawman has put an end to my running and I’m so far from my home
Oh mamma I can hear you a-crying you’re so scared and all alone
Hangman is coming down from the gallows and I don’t have very
long

The jig is up the news is out they’ve finally found me
The renegade who had it made retrieved for a bounty
Never more to go astray
This will be the end today of the wanted man

Oh mamma I’ve been years on the lam
And had a high price on my head
Lawman said get him dead or alive
Now it’s for sure he’ll see me dead
Dear mamma I can hear you crying
You’re so scared and all alone
Hangman is coming down from the gallows
And I don’t have very long

The jig is up, the news is out
They finally found me
The renegade who had it made
Retrieved for a bounty
Never more to go astray
The judge’ll have revenge today
On the wanted man

Oh Mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of the law
Hangman is coming down from the gallows And I don’t have very long

The jig is up, the news is out
They finally found me
The renegade who had it made
Retrieved for a bounty
Never more to go astray
This’ll be the end today
Of the wanted man
the wanted man
i dont have long,
no no

  • Audio from the 1978 album, Pieces of Eight:

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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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