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
Oh, Lord, heaven knows
We belong way down below
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” 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

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

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I’m The One ~ Android Amaker, Featuring VOX MOD, and P Smoov

Android Amaker photo by Frank CorreaANDROID AMAKER – For fans of robots and westerns.

Soon after the inception of integrated A.I. and the Explosion of the Sun, Amaker’s survival hinged upon a retreat to the far reaches of space and the melding of man and

Decades of being on the run, brawls with space bandits, and encounters with alien
overlords in the Final Frontier forced Amaker to forsake his Earthly body and upload his
consciousness into a mechanical humanoid.

Amaker now finds himself in remote dives on distilled moons, riddled with massive
mining structures, unrecognizable as the man who once lived in a damp, green corner of the solar system. His memories of that place have long since corrupted and
disintegrated from his operating systems. Amaker no longer considers himself an

Countless extraterrestrial whiskeys, Thylaxian tobaccos, and other foreign contraband
have all but eroded whatever humanity he had left. Yet, his voice rings true. His original
vocal cords still reverberate throughout his bionic body, emanating electromagnetic
waves in a flange-tinged echo. A hypersonic pulse that startles even the most terrifying
Trorgian Wolf Clans.

For Android Amaker is The One, King of the Outer Galaxy.


I’m The One

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I’m Too Sexy ~ Right Said Fred

right-red-fredRight Said Fred are an English band based in London and formed by brothers Fred and Richard Fairbrass in 1989. Guitarist Rob Manzoli joined the duo in 1990. The group are named after the song which was a hit for Bernard Cribbins in 1962. With over 20 million CDs sold worldwide, the group has achieved multi-platinum status and has also won two Ivor Novello Awards – for “I’m Too Sexy” and “Deeply Dippy”. Before forming Right Said Fred, the Fairbrass brothers had played with Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Mick Jagger.

I’m Too Sexy

I’m Too Sexy” is a song by English pop group Right Said Fred. The single reached number two in the UK, and number one in the US.

In the UK, the song equalled the record for the most weeks at number two without ever topping the chart, staying at number two for six weeks in a row while being famously held off the summit by Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (this equalled the previous record set by Father Abraham’s 1978 hit “The Smurf Song”).

The band is considered a one-hit wonder in the United States, their only other charting U.S. single peaking at No. 76. However, “I’m Too Sexy” was just the act’s first of several hits on the British charts, and they would have a UK number one in early 1992 with “Deeply Dippy”.

The song was rated No. 49 on “The 50 Worst Songs Ever! Watch, Listen and Cringe!” by Blender. In 2007, the song was listed as No. 80 on the VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s. It was also ranked No. 2 on VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s. Most recently, in 2010, the song was ranked at No. 8 on AOL Radio’s list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, with Matthew Wilkening advising the reader: “Next time the Brits try to knock our culture, just ask them where [Right Said Fred] had four Top 30 singles in one year.”

“I’m Too Sexy” is sung from the point of view of a histrionic-narcissistic fashion model. The song’s lyrics express (over) confidence that his personal level of sexiness makes him too sexy for numerous things, most notably his shirt (“so sexy it hurts”). The list also includes “my love (love’s going to leave me)”, “Milan, New York, and Japan”, “your party (no way I’m disco dancing)”, “my car (too sexy by far)”, “my hat (what d’you think about that?)”, “my cat (poor pussy… poor pussycat)”, and the song itself: “…and I’m too sexy for this song”, at which point the song abruptly ends.

The song samples the guitar riff from Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 song “Third Stone From the Sun”.

I’m Too Sexy - Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, Jimi Hendrix, Rob Manzoli

I’m too sexy for my love
Too sexy for my love
Love’s going to leave me

I’m too sexy for my shirt
Too sexy for my shirt
So sexy it hurts
And I’m too sexy for Milan
Too sexy for Milan
New York, and Japan
I’m too sexy for your party
Too sexy for your party
No way I’m disco dancing

I’m a model, you know what I mean
And I do my little turn on the catwalk
Yeah, on the catwalk
On the catwalk, yeah
I do my little turn on the catwalk

I’m too sexy for my car
Too sexy for my car
Too sexy by far
And I’m too sexy for my hat
Too sexy for my hat
What do you think about that?

I’m a model, you know what I mean
And I do my little turn on the catwalk
Yeah, on the catwalk
On the catwalk, yeah
I shake my little tush on the catwalk

I’m too sexy for my
Too sexy for my
Too sexy for my
‘Cause I’m a model, you know what I mean
And I do my little turn on the catwalk
Yeah, on the catwalk
Yeah, on the catwalk
Yeah, I shake my little tush on the catwalk

I’m too sexy for my cat
Too sexy for my cat
Poor pussy
Poor pussy cat
I’m too sexy for my love
Too sexy for my love
Love’s going to leave me

And I’m too sexy for this song

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Gravedigger ~ New York Rock Ensemble

The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble was a rock band of the late 1960s and early 1970s described as playing “classical baroque rock”.

The band was formed by three Juilliard students (Michael Kamen, Marty Fulterman —now known as Mark Snow— and Dorian Rudnytsky) as well as two rock musicians, Brian Corrigan and Clif Nivison.

Rudnytsky indicated that while students at Juilliard, Kamen and Fulterman played in a rock band named “Emil & The Detectives” while he played in a rock band named Invicta with Corrigan and Nivison, all of whom hail from Toms River, New Jersey. A mutual friend and record producer suggested that all five drop their current bands and form a new band. After the new group’s first gig at a Juilliard Halloween dance in 1967, they were signed by Atlantic Records where Ahmet Ertegün  was quoted by one of the members as having said in jest, “You play all the right notes on all the wrong instruments.”

Their recording debut was the 1968 self-named album The New York Rock & Roll Ensemble, which broke the tradition by using classical music instruments in rock songs and rock instruments in classical pieces. This fusion, daring at the time, impressed Leonard Bernstein so much that he invited the group to appear at one of his Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, where they performed their signature song “Brandenburg” which was based on the first movement of Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto. This track showed the group at their best, starting off with a straight rendition of Bach’s music (featuring two oboes, guitar and cello), then migrating into a rock song, while continuing to use Bach’s original music for its basis.

Because Brandenburg was the one song that showed the widest range of their musicianship, the group typically performed that song when they made television appearances on The Tonight Show, The Steve Allen Show and other TV shows of that era.

Brandenburg appeared on the group’s second album “Faithful Friends”, which had higher production values than their first and contained many of the songs that were part of their live act.

Their third album, “Reflections”, was actually recorded prior to Faithful Friends and was a collaboration with Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis as a score for a film that was never produced. The group decided to use this already recorded but unreleased music for their last Atlantic album. Because this album was such a great departure from their “classical/rock” roots, it apparently sold poorly when released and at least one member of the group believed that it hurt their popularity by confusing their fan base. This album is now the group’s biggest selling album because it was re-released in Europe and has sold well since that time. In 2005 the well known and critically acclaimed Greek band named Raining Pleasure has released its own interpretation of this album.

Rhythm guitarist Brian Corrigan departed after the third album and after being part of the only movie appearance by the group, “Zachariah” which featured an extended version of Kamen’s song “Gravedigger”. The band then shortened its name to New York Rock Ensemble and switched to Columbia. Released in 1971, Roll Over was their most overtly rock album to date and, at that time, their biggest seller. The band’s tour to support this album was unique in that in addition to their usual college dates, the band also played with leading symphony orchestras across the country including the Boston Pops and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. When playing these gigs, the group played a set alone and then joined up with the orchestra to perform an orchestral version of Kamen’s rock song “Anaconda,” and Kamen’s song “Winter Child”, based on the Aria from Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Kamen’s efforts at orchestral composing (and fusing rock and orchestral music) set the stage for his later work as a movie composer as well as a composer, conductor and performer with Metallica, Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd.

Their last album was “Freedomburger”, a collection of songs. Soon after the tour supporting this album, the band dispersed.

Kamen, joined by Rudnytsky and other musicians, gave it one last try when he released New York Rock in 1973. “Winter Child” appears on that album. Band membership at this time was Kamen and Rudnytsky, joined by David Sanborn on saxophone, Larry Packer (formerly of Cat Mother and the All Night News Boys) on guitar and violin, Dennis Whitted (later of Paul Butterfield and Bonnie Raitt) on drums and Hank DeVito (later of Emmylou Harris’ “Hot Band”) on pedal steel.

Michael Kamen later gained fame for his many film scores and for his aforementioned “fusion” efforts. He died in 2003.

Marty Fulterman later adopted the name of Mark Snow and gained renown for his many scores and themes for TV shows, most notably, The X Files.


This  was a VERY hard audio to find.

No Lyrics Published

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Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) ~ Tex Williams

Sollie Paul Williams, known professionally as Tex Williams, was an American Western swing musician from Ramsey, Illinois.

He is best known for his talking blues style; his biggest hit was the novelty song, “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)”, which held the number one position on the Billboard charts for six weeks in 1947. “Smoke” was the No. 5 song on Billboard’s Top 100 list for 1947, and was No. 1 on the country chart that year.   It can be heard during the opening scenes of the 2006 movie, Thank You for Smoking.

Williams’ backing band, the Western Caravan, numbered about a dozen members. They attained an enviable level of fluid interplay between electric and steel guitars, fiddles, bass, accordion, trumpet, and other instruments (even an occasional harp). At first they recorded polkas for Capitol Records with limited success. That was changed by the success of “Smoke, Smoke, Smoke” written in large part by Merle Travis.

In April 1956 Williams appeared on the Chrysler sponsored CBS TV broadcast “Shower of Stars”.

His final radio show was a lengthy conversation taped by Bill Aken’s radio program The Country Call Line while Williams was in the Newhall, California hospital. His wife Dallas had asked Aken to call Williams in the hospital and try to cheer him up. He died two days later. Aken ran the entire hour and a half tape without commercial interruption, as a tribute to his long-time friend and former employer.

Williams died of pancreatic cancer on October 11, 1985.

Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)

Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” is a Western swing novelty song written by Merle Travis and Tex Williams, for Williams and his talking blues style of singing. Travis wrote the bulk of the song.   The original Williams version went to number one for sixteen, non-consecutive weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart.   Recorded on March 27, 1947 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” was produced by Lee Gillette, and featured Deuce Spriggens, bass fiddle, harmony vocal; Larry “Pedro” DePaul, accordion; Johnny Weis, lead guitar; Cactus Soldi, Rex Call, Harry Sims, fiddler; Ossie Godson, piano; Spike Featherstone, harp; Earl “Joaquin” Murphey, steel guitar; Manny Klein, trumpet; Smokey Rogers, guitar, harmony vocal; Muddy Berry, drums.

A cover version performed by Phil Harris stayed on the charts for 23 weeks, and became a number one hit in August 1947 and remained at the top of the chart for six weeks.

Williams made a stereophonic re-recording of the song for Capitol in 1960 on the album, Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!.

The song can be heard in the opening of the 2006 film, Thank You for Smoking,   as well as in the 2011 video game, L.A. Noire, which was set in late 1940s Los Angeles. It has also been covered by Sammy Davis, Jr., Willie Nelson, Phil Harris, Jimmy Dean, Commander Cody, Asleep at the Wheel and others.

Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! - Merle Travis and Tex Williams

Now I’m a feller with a heart of gold
And the ways of a gentleman I’ve been told
The kind of guy that wouldn’t even harm a flea
But if me and a certain character met
The guy that invented the cigarette
I’d murder that son-of-a-gun in the first degree

It ain’t cuz I don’t smoke myself
And I don’t reckon that it’ll harm your health
Smoked all my life and I ain’t dead yet

But nicotine slaves are all the same
At a pettin’ party or a poker game
Everything gotta stop while they have a cigarette

Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette
Puff, puff, puff and if you smoke yourself to death
Tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hate to make him wait
But you just gotta have another cigarette

Now in a game of chance the other night
Old Dame Fortune was a-doin’ me right
The kings and the queens just kept on comin’ round

And I got a full and I bet ‘em high
But my bluff didn’t work on a certain guy
He just kept on raisin’ and layin’ that money down

Now he’d raise me and I’d raise him
I sweated blood, gotta sink or swim
He finally called and didn’t even raise the bet

So I said “aces full Pops how ’bout you?”
He said “I’ll tell you in a minute or two
But right now, I gotta have me a cigarette”

Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette
Puff, puff, puff and if you smoke yourself to death
Tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hates to make him wait
But you just gotta have another cigarette

(Ah, smoke it! Hah! Yes! Yes! Yes!)

The other night I had a date
With the cutest little girl in the United States
A high-bred, uptown, fancy little dame

She loved me and it seemed to me
That things were ’bout like they oughta be
So hand in hand we strolled down lover’s lane

She was oh so far from a cake of ice
And our smoochin’ party was goin’ nice
So help me cats I believe I’d be there yet

But I give her a kiss and a little squeeze
And she said, “ah, Marty, excuse me please
I just gotta have me another, cigarette”

And she said, smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette
Puff, puff, puff and if you smoke yourself to death
Tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hate to make him wait
But you just gotta have another cigarette.

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The Man Who Sold The World ~ 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.

The Man Who Sold The World

The Man Who Sold the World” is a song by David Bowie. It is the title track of his third album, released in the U.S. in November 1970 and in the UK in April 1971. The song has been covered by a number of other artists, notably by Lulu in 1974, and Nirvana in 1993.

In common with a number of tracks on the album, the song’s themes have been compared to the horror/fantasy works of H. P. Lovecraft. The lyrics are also cited as reflecting Bowie’s concerns with splintered or multiple personalities, and are believed to have been partially inspired by the poem “Antigonish” by William Hughes Mearns:

Last night I saw upon the stair
A little man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again today
Oh, how I wish he’d go away

The Man Who Sold The World – David Bowie

We passed upon the stair, we spoke in was and when
Although I wasn’t there, he said I was his friend
Which came as a surprise, I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone, a long long time ago

Oh no, not me
We never lost control
You’re face to face
With The Man Who Sold The World

I laughed and shook his hand, and made my way back home
I searched for a foreign land, for years and years I roamed
I gazed a gazeless stare, we walked a million hills
I must have died alone, a long long time ago

Who knows? Not me
I never lost control
You’re face to face
With the Man who Sold the World

Who knows? not me
We never lost control
You’re face to face
With the Man who Sold the World

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