Take Me Home Tonight ~ Eddie Money

Eddie Money is an American rock singer-songwriter who found success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums.

After becoming a police officer, like his father, during the late 1960s,  Money began to be interested in music, and eventually ended his law enforcement career in favor of becoming a musician. He moved to Berkeley, California and became a regular at area clubs, where he eventually got enough attention to secure a recording contract with Columbia Records. Later in the 1970s, he charted with singles such as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise”.  Money continued his successes and took advantage of the MTV music video scene in the early 1980s with his humorous narrative videos for “Shakin'” and “Think I’m in Love”, but his career began to fail him after several unsuccessful releases in the mid-1980s, accompanied by his struggles with drug addiction.

Money made a comeback two years later in 1986 and returned to the mainstream rock spotlight with the album Can’t Hold Back, which featured a Ronnie Spector duet with “Take Me Home Tonight”, which reached the Top 10, along with the hit “I Wanna Go Back”. Money followed the album with another Top 10 hit, late 1988’s “Walk on Water”, but his Top 40 career ended when “I’ll Get By” charted in 1992. During the 1990s and 2000s, Money continued to release numerous compilation albums along with several albums featuring new material. Today, he still tours the “Oldies” circuit regularly, often accompanied by other successful rock acts from his era, and has also made several television appearances on American sitcoms. Since 1992, Money has traditionally opened the summer concert season for DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI. 

Take Me Home Tonight

The song starts with a synth playing and is then joined by a guitar playing the same notes. This song was recorded in a duet with Ronnie Spector. The song has Spector singing the chorus from The Ronettes’ previous hit, “Be My Baby”, (on which Spector sang lead vocals) after Money sings “just like Ronnie sang.” The lyrics suggest that the singer wants the woman’s company for the night and for her to “be [his] little baby.” The song is credited as being inspired by an unknown person who is called “Garth” by the main band members when questioned about the song, who when they were young was a friend of all of theirs who was constantly looking to sleep over at other people’s houses.

Take Me Home Tonight - Leeson, Vale, Greenwich, Barry, Spector

I feel a hunger

It’s a hunger that tries to keep a man awake at night.
Are you the answer?
I shouldn’t wonder when I feel you whet my appetite

With all the power you’re releasing

It isn’t safe to walk the city streets a
Anticipation is running through me

Let’s find the key and turn this engine on.

I can feel you breathe
I can feel your heartbeat faster.
Take me home tonight!
I don’t want to let you go till you see the light!
Take me home tonight!
Listen honey
iust like Ronnie sang: Be my little baby!

I get frightened in all this darkness

I get nightmares
I hate to sleep alone
I need some company

A guardian angel to keep me warm when the cold winds blow!

I can feel you breathe
I can feel your heartbeat faster. . . .
Be my little baby!

Just like Ronnie sang
I say
just like Ronnie sang:
Be my little baby
baby
my darling!
I feel a hunger
it’s a hunger!

Take me home tonight!…
Take me home tonight!…
Take me home tonight!…

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House of the Rising Sun ~ Five Finger Death Punch

five-fingerFive Finger Death Punch is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2005, the group’s name is derived from classic martial arts cinema. The band originally consisted of vocalist Ivan Moody, guitarist Zoltan Bathory, guitarist Caleb Andrew Bingham, bassist Matt Snell, and drummer Jeremy Spencer. Bingham was replaced by guitarist Darrell Roberts in 2006, who was then replaced by Jason Hook in 2009. Bassist Matt Snell departed from the band in 2010 and was replaced by Chris Kael in 2011.

Their debut album The Way of the Fist was released in 2007. Following its release, the band began achieving success rapidly. The 2009 follow-up album War Is the Answer further increased their popularity, leading to both of the albums being certified gold by the RIAA, selling over 500,000 copies each in the United States. The band’s third album, entitled American Capitalist was released on October 11, 2011 and achieved Gold status within the year. The band has played international music festivals including Mayhem Festival in 2008, 2010 and 2013, and Download Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Five Finger Death Punch are the recipients of the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Awards for “Indie Artist of the Year” in 2011, 2012 and 2013. They were also honored with the Radio Contraband Rock Radio Award for Album (American Capitalist) and Song of the Year (“Coming Down”) in 2012.

House of the Rising Sun

“The House of the Rising Sun” is a traditional folk song, sometimes called “Rising Sun Blues”. It tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans. The most successful commercial version, recorded in 1964 by the English rock group The Animals, was a number one hit in the United Kingdom, the United States, Sweden, Finland, and Canada.

Like many classic folk ballads, the authorship of “The House of the Rising Sun” is uncertain. Musicologists say that it is based on the tradition of broadside ballads such as The Unfortunate Rake of the 18th century and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting. Alan Price of The Animals has even claimed that the song was originally a sixteenth-century English folk song about a Soho brothel.

The oldest known existing recording is by Appalachian artists Clarence “Tom” Ashley and Gwen Foster, who recorded it forVocalion Records in 1934. Ashley said he had learned it from his grandfather, Enoch Ashley.

The song was among those collected by folklorist Alan Lomax, who, along with his father, was a curator of the Archive of American Folk Song for the Library of Congress. On an expedition with his wife to eastern Kentucky, Lomax set up his recording equipment in Middlesborough, Kentucky, in the house of a singer and activist named Tilman Cadle. In 1937 he recorded a performance by Georgia Turner, the 16-year-old daughter of a local miner. He called it The Rising Sun Blues. Lomax later recorded a different version sung by Bert Martin and a third sung by Daw Henson, both eastern Kentucky singers. In his 1941 songbook Our Singing Country, Lomax credits the lyrics to Turner, with reference to Martin’s version. According to his later writing, the melody bears similarities to the traditional English ballad, “Matty Groves”.

Roy Acuff, an “early-day friend and apprentice” of Ashley, learned it from him and later recorded it as “Rising Sun”. In 1941,Woody Guthrie recorded a version. A recording made in 1947 by Josh White, who is also credited with having written new words and music that have subsequently been popularized in the versions made by many other later artists, was released by Mercury Records in 1950. Lead Belly recorded two versions of the song in February 1944 and in October 1948, called “In New Orleans” and “The House of the Rising Sun” respectively; the latter was recorded in sessions that later became the album Lead Belly’s Last Sessions (1994, Smithsonian Folkways).

In 1957 Glenn Yarbrough recorded the song for Elektra Records. The song is also credited to Ronnie Gilbert on one of The Weavers albums released in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Pete Seeger released a version on Folkways Records in 1958, which was re-released by Smithsonian Folkways in 2009. Frankie Laine recorded the song then titled “New Orleans” on his 1959 album Balladeer. Actor and comedian Andy Griffith recorded the song on his 1959 album Andy Griffith Shouts the Blues and Old Timey Songs. Joan Baez recorded it in 1960 on her debut album; she frequently performed the song in concert throughout her career. In 1960 Miriam Makeba recorded the song on her eponymous RCA album.

In late 1961, Bob Dylan recorded the song for his debut album, released in March 1962. That release had no songwriting credit, but the liner notes indicate that Dylan learned this version of the song from Dave Van Ronk. In an interview on the documentaryNo Direction Home, Van Ronk said that he was intending to record the song, and that Dylan copied his version. He recorded it soon thereafter on Just Dave Van Ronk.

I had learned it sometime in the 1950s, from a recording by Hally Wood, the Texas singer and collector, who had got it from an Alan Lomax field recording by a Kentucky woman named Georgia Turner. I put a different spin on it by altering the chords and using a bass line that descended in half steps—a common enough progression in jazz, but unusual among folksingers. By the early 1960s, the song had become one of my signature pieces, and I could hardly get off the stage without doing it.

Nina Simone recorded her first version on Nina at the Village Gate in 1962. Later versions include the 1965 recording in Colombia by Los Speakers in Spanish called La casa del sol naciente, which was also the title of their second album. They earned a silver record (for sales of over 15,000 copies). The Chambers Brothers recorded a version on Feelin’ The Blues, released on Vault records.

The Five Finger Death Punch version changed the name of the location from New Orleans to “Sin City” as a nod to Las Vegas gambling.

House of the Rising Sun – Unknown

There is a house in Sin City
They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I’m one

My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a gamblin’ man
Down in Sin City

Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and a trunk
And the only time he’s satisfied
Is when he’s on a drunk

Well, I’ve got one foot on the platform
The other’s on the train
I’m goin’ back to Sin City
To wear that ball and chain

Well, mother, tell your children
Never do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the house of the rising sun

In the house of the rising sun

Well, there is a house in Sin City
They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, knows I’m one

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More Than a Feeling ~ Boston

The origins of the band are now shrouded in mystery thanks to later conflicts between Tom Scholz and the other band members. The classic lineup of guitarists Tom Scholz and Barry Goudreau, vocalist/guitarist Brad Delp, bassist Fran Sheehan and drummer Sib Hashian didn’t fully crystalize until the band was signed by Epic Records. However, the five musicians had been working together throughout the early 1970s.

Boston began when Tom Scholz, an MIT engineering graduate who worked at Polaroid answered a newspaper ad placed by guitarist Barry Goudreau, seeking a keyboard player for a band called “Mothers Milk.” (Scholz was predominantly a keyboard player at the time, although he developed rapidly as a guitar player during Boston’s early years.)

Scholz made many recordings at his home studio with the future members of Boston, as well as drummer Jim Masdea (with whom Scholz played in a prior band), and singer Ron Patti from the band Boston Creme. The roots of the first album were created in these early demo sessions with songs such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Hitch a Ride,” “Peace of Mind,” “Foreplay/Long Time” and “Rock & Roll Band.” Scholz soon became frustrated with the limitations of the technology at the time and his inability to capture the sound he wanted, so he began building and designing his own equipment.

The first tapes Scholz produced were rejected by the record labels. A second set of tapes with Scholz on guitar, newly hired singer Brad Delp on vocals and Masdea on drums drew the attention of executives at Epic Records, a division of CBS. The label was dissatisfied with Masdea’s performance, so he was replaced by Sib Hashian. The label also insisted that Scholz re-record the demo tapes in a professional studio with a full band, which led to the hiring of bassist Fran Sheehan. With the exception of “Let Me Take You Home Tonight,” which was recorded in California, Scholz re-recorded the other seven tracks in his home studio.

Lead singer Brad Delp took his own life March 9, 2007, at his home in Atkinson, New Hampshire. Police found Delp dead in his bathroom. Police Lt. William Baldwin called the death “untimely” and said that no foul play was indicated. Delp was alone at the time of his death according to the police report. According to a New Hampshire TV website, Delp was preparing for a summer tour and marriage. His family later revealed that his death was a charcoal-burning suicide and that he was found by his fiancee. Associated Press reported that, according to the New Hampshire medical examiner, Delp’s death was the result of suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning as evidenced by carboxyhemoglobin.

More Than a Feeling

His biggest hit, “More Than A Feeling” took writer Tom Scholz five years to complete. The song is an example of the compound AABA form. The verses are in the key of D mixolydian, and the refrain is in the key of G major.

The Book of Rock Lists suggests that the chorus riff may itself be a subtle homage to the Kingsmen’s classic, “Louie Louie”. Scholz credits “Walk Away Renee” by The Left Banke as the song’s main inspiration. Other critics have noted that this song’s main riff is referenced in the Nirvana single “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.  The descending verse riff is also similar to the hook from “Badge” by Cream. The song’s instrumental guitar bridge is heavily inspired by the instrumental hooks of The Tornados’ 1962 instrumental hit “Telstar”, but also sounds like the riff from the song “Tend My Garden” by Joe Walsh.

In February 2008, Scholz wrote to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, requesting him to stop performing the song at public appearances. Huckabee, an amateur bassist, was reported to have been regularly playing the song, sometimes with former Boston band member Barry Goudreau who held himself out on YouTube (it was subsequently yanked by the Huckabee Campaign) and on stage to be “of BOSTON” implying he was currently of the band BOSTON even though he had been out of the band for over two decades. In his letter, Scholz wrote:

While I’m flattered that you are fond of my song, I’m shocked that you would use it and the name Boston to promote yourself without my consent. Your campaign’s use of “More Than A Feeling”, coupled with the representation of one of your supporters as a member “of Boston”, clearly implies that the band Boston, and specifically one of its members, has endorsed your candidacy, neither of which is true.

More Than a Feeling - Tom Scholz

I woke up this morning and the sun was gone,
Turned on some music to start my day.
I lost myself in a familiar song,
I closed my eyes and I slipped away.

It’s more than a feeling (more than a feeling)
When I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling).
I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
Till I see Marianne walk away.
I see my Marianne walking away.

So many people have come and gone,
Their faces fade as the years go by;
Yet I still recall as I wander on,
As clear as the sun in the summer sky.

It’s more than a feeling (more than a feeling)
When I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling).
I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
Till I see Marianne walk away.
I see my Marianne walking away.

When I’m tired and thinking cold
I hide in my music, forget the day,
And dream of a girl I used to know.
I closed my eyes and she slipped away.

She slipped away.

It’s more than a feeling (more than a feeling)
When I hear that old song they used to play (more than a feeling).
I begin dreaming (more than a feeling)
Till I see Marianne walk away.
I see my Marianne walking away.

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Make Believe ~ The Burned

the-burnedThe Burned is the solo project of singer/ songwriter Kurt Baumann.

Born in San Antonio, and growing up in a rural East Texas town, his parents separating when he was three, Kurt and his sister lived their teen years with their father, an airline pilot who once worked for the Prime Minister of Lebanon, in such exotic locales as Saudi Arabia and Germany. As a child, his favorite singer was Willie Nelson, but he also listened to master storytellers like Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson before his sister turned him on to rock & roll, eventually drawing him to visionaries such as John Lennon, Jim Morrison and David Bowie. Although he played in a grunge-style punk garage band while in Germany, then was a member of the popular jam band Kan’nal, he traveled a long road to write his solo bow that took him to a mystical, transcendent experience in an abandoned mining town tucked away among the mountains of Mexico where he wrote much of the album.

“People have described my music as kind of spooky and dark,” says Baumann, much of its inspiration coming from the parched terrain of his home state that has produced a musical melting pot of country, blues, soul, rock, R&B and psychedelic sounds. “I needed to fulfill this vision by going back to my Texas roots.”

That background can be heard in songs like the sun-baked “Where Are We Now,” with its jangling guitars, whispered vocals and a cappella choir; the distorted rock guitars of “Monster;” the loping, atmospheric “What We Know;” the sensual blues of “Hard Lesson;” the ominous, Pink Floyd acid strains of the sci-fi “Man Running;” and the soaring chamber string sextet which climaxes “Make Believe” as Kurt urges us to “remember what it’s like to play God” and “make believe in miracles again.”

“I’ve always dipped into elements of the subconscious as a writer,” he says, calling Carl Jung one of his favorite authors. “Some of the sounds I choose trigger those feelings of something underneath the surface, hidden from view. It started out as an acoustic record, like Ray LaMontagne or Damien Rice, but then I began working with synthesizers, plug-ins and electric guitars during the recordings and the songs began to organically evolve with these electronic and atmospheric elements.

A vocalist from the time he could walk, Kurt would sing country songs for his elementary school show-and-tell, always knowing he had a stage presence, but it wasn’t until he gave up music, traveled to Mexico, and had a number of explorative journeys and experiences that he found he had something to write about.

“I wanted to find a deeper thing within myself to present to the world,” he says.

Biblical references dot songs like “Where Are We Now,” “What We Know” and “That’s Life,” which express that existential journey, while “Hard Lesson,” “Listen” and “More Than I Want” deal with relationships and the more emotional side of that path. The acoustic “Time” even features a duet with his partner, singer/songwriter Katie Gray. Throughout, Baumann is like a shaman, providing spiritual signposts for listeners in his musical visions.

“I’m not trying to preach, but rather share my views with others,” he says. “I’m fascinated with the desert visions of Native Americans, the whole make-up of that subconscious realm. It’s like those ceremonies that are thousands of years old and tap into the underlying grid of what’s real. I’m trying to put that mystery and magic into the music without having people judge it. Mainly, I want it to be good music to listen to, but to also trigger something a little deeper inside.”

There’s an apocalyptic, end-of-days feel to music on The Burned, but Baumann insists he’s a glass-half-full kind of guy, leaving the choice up to us.

“It’s not like I feel I can change the world, but I really want to put stuff out there that can help people, make them feel better,” says Kurt. “Give them the seeds they can plant and grow something beautiful with. I want people to discover things within themselves through the music.”

On “Listen,” he combines Chris Isaak’s twangy noir classic “Wicked Game,” offering the advice, “Hang on to your dreams/Cuz dreams keep things alive.” On the majestic “That’s Life,” he reveals, “I’ve been chasing a reason/For my life,” with the same confessional gospel fervor of U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

“In the past, I struggled so hard not to reveal my influences, but this time, I really wanted to let them shine,” he says. “I found out that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”

Indeed, The Burned, recorded mostly at Dik Darnell’s Colorado studio and at Castle Oaks in L.A.’s Calabasas suburb, finds Baumann increasingly comfortable with his musical palette.

“I definitely feel this album captures the essence of what I’ve been through and where I am right now,” he insists. “Obviously, I’m constantly changing, and I will try to do my best to continue getting better, but for the first time, I really enjoy something I recorded.”

Now, returning to his current hometown of Austin, Kurt has set about forming a band to play these songs live. In addition to The Burned, he has also toured and recorded with Grammy-winning DJ Adam Freeland’s electro-rock trio Freeland, is co-producing Katie Gray’s new album and joining her in a duet project called The SeaStars.

“The record business may be vanishing, but the music business will always be here,” he says. “The demand for something new and good is larger than ever.”

“Until this album was made, I had never really achieved what I wanted in the studio. I created all these songs in my home studio, then Dik and I were able to cast its recording like a movie, bringing in the players and showing them the parts. We were finally able to get the sounds out that were in my head this time. The vibe and the vision were clear to me.”

“They tell me nothing lasts forever/But let me tell you to your face/You’re never gonna catch me/We’ve got to keep running.”

With The Burned, Kurt Baumann’s music carries us to a world where there are no finish lines and always something greater beyond, “…just jump over the edge and see.”

Make Believe

Make Believe” is the 12th cut off Kurt Baumann’s 2010 solo album, The Burned.

Make Believe - Kurt Baumann

Who’s to know my world
Who’s to share my worry
Mountains rise and fall all the time
And it doesn’t mean a damn thing to God
So make believe in miracles instead

Who’s to show no fear
Then cast the first stone at the mirror
And break the spell you put on yourself
And crack your shell wide open again
And make believe in miracles my friends

Who’s to give everything
Just to serve what they believe in
That’s the way you play the game of life
You create the world you want to see outside
And remember what it’s like to play God
And make believe in miracles again
Make believe in miracles my friends

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On a Plain ~ Nirvana

nirvanaNirvana was an American rock band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990.

With the lead single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from the band’s second album Nevermind (1991), Nirvana entered into the mainstream, bringing along with it a subgenre of alternative rock called grunge. Other Seattle grunge bands such as Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden had also gained popularity, and as a result, alternative rock in general became a dominant genre on radio and music television in the United States during the early-to-mid-1990s. As Nirvana’s frontman, Kurt Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the “spokesman of a generation,” with Nirvana being considered the “flagship band” of Generation X. Cobain was uncomfortable with the attention and placed his focus on the band’s music, believing the band’s message and artistic vision to have been misinterpreted by the public, challenging the band’s audience with its third studio album In Utero (1993).

Nirvana’s brief run ended with Cobain’s death in April 1994, but the band’s popularity continued in the years that followed. In 2002, “You Know You’re Right,” an unfinished demo from the band’s final recording session, topped radio playlists around the world. Since their debut, the band has sold over twenty-five million albums in the US alone, and over fifty million worldwide.

On a Plain

On a Plain” is a song by the American grunge band Nirvana. It is the eleventh track on their major label debutNevermind (1991), and also saw limited release as a promo-only single.

“On a Plain” was written by Kurt Cobain in 1990. It was first recorded in the studio on January 1, 1991 by Craig Montgomery in Seattle, Washington. It was debuted live on May 29, 1991 in Los Angeles, California.

“On a Plain” was recorded for Nevermind in May or June 1991 by Butch Vig in North Hollywood. It was released as a promo single in the summer of 1992, and became a moderate hit.

An acoustic version was recorded during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged set on November 18, 1993. This version appears on the band’s MTV Unplugged in New York album, released in November 1994. It features Lori Goldston on cello.

A live performance appears on the band’s 1994 home video, Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! It was recorded at theRoskilde Festival on June 26, 1992 in Roskilde, Denmark. Another live performance of “On a Plain” from Nirvana’s show at the Paradiso Club in Amsterdam on November 25, 1991 appears on the 2006 DVD re-release of Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!. An early 1991 rehearsal of “On a Plain” can be found after the credits have ended on the DVD version of Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!.

A live performance can be found on the 2009 live DVD/CD Live at Reading. Another live performance from 1991 at the Paramount Theatre is included on the video Live at the Paramount, released in 2011.

On a Plain – Kurt Cobain

I’ll start this off without any words
I got so high I scratched ’till I bled
I love myself better than you
I know it’s wrong so what should I do?
The finest day that I’ve ever had
Was when I learned to cry on commmand
I love myself better than you
I know it’s wrong so what should I do?

I’m on a plain,
I can’t complain,
I’m on a plain,

My mother died every night
It’s safe to say, quote me on that
I love myself better than you
I know it’s wrong so what should I do?
The black sheep got blackmailed again
Forgot to put on the zip code
I love myself better than you
I know it’s wrong so what should I do?

I’m on a plain,
I can’t complain,
I’m on a plain,

Somewhere I have heard this before
In a dream my memory has stored
As a defence I’m neutered and spayed
What the hell am I trying to say?

It is now time to make it unclear
To write off lines that don’t make sense
I love myself better than you
I know it’s wrong so what should I do?
And one more special message to go
And then I’m done, and I can go home
I love myself better than you
I know it’s wrong so what should I do?

I’m on a plain
I can’t complain
I’m on a plain
I can’t complain
I’m on a plain
I can’t complain
I’m on a plain
I can’t complain
I’m on a plain…

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Heaven Knows ~ The Pretty Reckless

the-pretty-recklessThe Pretty Reckless are an American rock band from New York City. The current members are Taylor Momsen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ben Phillips (lead guitar, backing vocals), Mark Damon (bass) and Jamie Perkins (drums).

Their debut album, Light Me Up, was released on August 30, 2010 in the UK. They released their first single on May 13, 2010. The album spawned three moderately successful singles and its most notable, “Make Me Wanna Die”, topped the UK Rock Charts upon release. The band released their second extended play entitled Hit Me Like a Man EP in early 2012, along with two brand new music videos of songs previously heard on their debut album. These releases coincided with their second tour. In, 2014, the band released their second studio album, Going to Hell, which was preceded by the singles; Kill MeGoing To Hell and Heaven Knows. The latter of which topped the UK and US Rock Charts.

The band embarked on a worldwide tour in 2010 in support of their debut album, the Light Me Up Tour, which concluded in March 2012. Four days after the end of their first tour, they embarked on their second tour, The Medicine Tour, where they appeared as a support act for Marilyn Manson and Evanescence.

Heaven Knows

“Heaven Knows” is a song recorded by hard rock band The Pretty Reckless for their second studio album Going to Hell (2014). The song was released as the second single of the album in November 19, 2013 for digital download on online retailers. The song was written by Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillips, while Kato Khandwala was responsible for the production. “Heaven Knows” is the band’s first single to top a Billboard chart (Mainstream Rock) and the second single to top UK Rock Chart, following their debut single “Make Me Wanna Die” in 2010.

Following the end of their worldwide tour The Medicine Tour in 2012, the band began working on their second studio album. They were recording at Water Music Recording Studios in Hoboken, New Jersey when the studio was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. They lost a lot of equipment and recordings of songs meant for the album. After that, they had to re-record a lot of songs they had been working on at the time. Interscope released “Kill Me” to digital retailers on December 2, 2012; it would serve as the album’s lead single. A conflict with the record-company, mostly because of the poor performance of “Kill Me” on charts and sales, made The Pretty Reckless end their deal with Interscope and on September 24, 2013, it was announced the band had signed on with the label Razor & Tie

“Heaven Knows” premiered on November 19, 2013 on Sirius XM’s Octane and at the same day it was released as the album’s second single to digital retailers.

Heaven Knows - Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillips

Jimmy’s in the back with a pocket of high
If you listen close
You can hear him cry

Oh, Lord, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Sing it
Oh, Lord, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Way down below, way down below

Judy’s in the front seat picking up trash
Living on the dole
Gotta make that cash
Won’t be pretty
Won’t be sweet
She’s just sittin’ here on her feet

Sing it
Oh, Lord, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Go
Oh, Lord, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Sing
Oh, Lord, tell us so
We belong way down below
Oh, Lord, tell us so
We belong way down below
Way down below, way down below
Way down below, way down below

I’ve had better days, man
I’ve seen better days
I’ve had better ways, man
I know better ways

One, two, three and four
The devil’s knocking at your door
Caught in the eye of a dead man’s lie
Start your life with your head held high
Now you’re on your knees
With your head hung low
Big man tells you where to go
Tell ‘em it’s good
Tell ‘em okay
Don’t do a goddamn thing they say

Oh, Lord, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Oh, Lord, tell us so
We belong way down below
Way down below, way down below
Way down below, way down below

I’ve seen better ways, man
I know better ways
I’ve seen better days, man
I’ve had better days

Gina’s in the back with a pocket of high
If you listen close
You can hear the crying

Oh, Lord, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Oh, Lord, tell us so
We belong way down below
Oh, Lord, heaven knows
We belong way down below
Oh, Lord, tell us so
We belong way down below

Way down below, way down below
Way down below, way down below

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Kryptonite ~ 3 Doors Down

3-doors-down3 Doors Down is an American rock band formed in Escatawpa, Mississippi in the year 1994 by Brad Arnold (vocals and drums), Matt Roberts (guitar) and Todd Harrell (bass).

Brad Arnold is the vocalist for the band and played the drums on their debut CD The Better Life.
He started singing part time for the band after a concert where no one else would sing except for him and he ended up enjoying it.

When Brad told his father that it was his voice on the CD, his father responded, “Go tell your mamma. She might believe you.” He hadn’t heard his son sing one word before the band’s first CD was released.

The band has gone through a line-up change over the years, and the only original member is Brad Arnold.

Kryptonite

“Kryptonite” was written by 3 Doors Down founder/drummer/vocalist, Brad Arnold in a mathematics class when he was fifteen, and was one of the first songs he ever wrote.

In terms of the song’s meaning Arnold has said:

“That song seems like it’s really just kind of like asking a question. Its question is kind of a strange one. It’s not just asking, “If I fall down, will you be there for me?” Because it’s easy to be there for someone when they’re down. But it’s not always easy to be there for somebody when they’re doing good. And that’s the question it’s asking. It’s like, “If I go crazy, will you still call me Superman?” It’s asking, “If I’m down, will you still be there for me?” But at the same time, “If I’m alive and well, will you be there holding my hand?” That’s kind of asking, “If I’m doing good, will you be there for me? Will you not be jealous of me?” That’s the basic question that song’s asking, and maybe throughout the years of singing that song, I might have come up with more meanings for it than it actually might have originally had.”

Kryptonite - Brad Arnold

I took a walk around the world to
Ease my troubled mind
I left my body laying somewhere
In the sands of time
I watched the world float to the dark
Side of the moon
I feel there is nothing I can do, yeah

I watched the world float to the
Dark side of the moon
After all I knew it had to be something
To do with you
I really don’t mind what happens now and then
As long as you’ll be my friend at the end

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well, will you be
There holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side with
My superhuman might
Kryptonite

You called me strong, you called me weak
But your secrets I will keep
You took for granted all the times I
Never let you down
You stumbled in and bumped your head, if
Not for me then you would be dead
I picked you up and put you back
On solid ground

If I go crazy then will you still
Call me Superman
If I’m alive and well will you be
There holding my hand
I’ll keep you by my side with my
Superhuman might
Kryptonite

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