Rattle And Hum



  1. Helter Skelter
  2. Van Diemen's Land
  3. Desire
  4. Hawkmoon 269
  5. All Along The Watchtower
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. Freedom For My People
  8. Silver And Gold
  9. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  10. Angel Of Harlem
  11. Love Rescue Me
  12. When Love Comes To Town
  13. Hearland
  14. God Part II
  15. The Star Spangled Banner
  16. Bullet The Blue Sky
  17. All I Want Is You

 

 

 

 

 

Helter Skelter

    "This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles.
     We're stealing it back."
    
    When you get to the bottom
    You go back to the top of the slide
    And you stop and you turn
    And you go for a ride
    Till you get to the bottom
    Then you see me again
    
    Do you, don't you want me to love you?
    I'm coming down fast, but I'm miles above you
    Tell me, tell me, tell me the answer
    You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer
    
    Helter skelter
    Helter skelter
    Helter skelter
    
    Do you, don't you want me to make you?
    Coming down fast I don't want me to break you
    Tell me , tell me, tell me the answer
    You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer
    
    Helter skelter
    Helter skelter
    Helter skelter
    
    When you get to the bottom
    you go back to the top of the slide
    Where you stop and you turn
    And you go for a ride
    Till you get to the bottom
    And I see you again
    
    Do you, don't you want me to love you ?
    Coming down fast I'm right above you
    Tell me , tell me, tell me the answer
    You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer
    
    Helter skelter
    Helter skelter
    Helter skelter

Van Diemen's Land

    Hold me now, hold me now
    Till this hour has gone around
    And I'm gone on the rising tide
    For to face Van Diemen's land
    
    It's a bitter pill I swallow here
    To be rent from one so dear
    We fought for justice not for gain
    But the magistrate sent me away
    
    Now kings will rule and the poor will toil
    And tear their hands as they tear the soil
    But a day will come in the dawning age
    When an honest man sees an honest wage
    
    Hold me now, hold me now
    Till this hour has gone around
    And I'm gone on the rising tide
    For to face Van Diemen's land
    
    Still the gunman rules and the widows pay
    A scarlet coat and a black beret
    They thought that blood and sacrifice
    Could out of death bring forth a life
    
    Hold me now, hold me now
    Till this hour has gone around
    And I'm gone on the rising tide
    For to face Van Diemen's land

Desire

    Yeah, lover I'm on the streets
    Gonna go where the bright lights and the big city meet
    With a red guitar, on fire
    Desire
    
    She's the candle burning in my room
    I'm like the needle - needle and spoon
    Over the counter with a shotgun
    Pretty soon, everybody got one
    And the fever when I'm beside her
    Desire, desire
    
    (Burning, burning)
    
    She's the dollars
    She's my protection
    She's a promise
    In the year of election
    Sister, I can't let you go
    I'm like a preacher
    Stealing hearts at a traveling show
    For love or money, money, money
    Desire

Hawkmoon 269

    Like a desert needs rain
    Like a town needs a name
    I need your love
    Like a drifter needs a room
    Hawkmoon
    I need your love
    
    Like a rhythm unbroken
    Like drums in the night
    Like sweet soul music
    Like sunlight
    I need your love
    
    Like coming home
    And you don't know where you've been
    Like black coffee
    Like nicotine
    I need your love
    
    When the night has no end
    And the day yet to begin
    As the room spins around
    I need your love
    
    Like a Phoenix rising
    Needs a holy tree
    Like the sweet revenge
    Of a bitter enemy
    I need your love
    
    Like the heat needs the sun
    Like honey on her tongue
    Like the muzzle of a gun
    Like oxygen
    I need your love
    
    When the night has no end
    And the day yet to begin
    As the room spins around
    I need your love
    
    Like thunder needs rain
    Like the preacher needs pain
    Like tongues of flame
    Like a blind man's cane
    Like a needle in a vein
    Like someone to blame
    Like a thought unchained
    Like a runaway train
    I need your love
    Like a fighter's rage
    His dreams in a cage
    Like faith needs a doubt
    Like a freeway out
    I need your love
    
    Like powder needs a spark
    Like lies need the dark
    I need your love

All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan)

    "There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief,
    "There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.
    Businessmen they drink my wine, plowman dig my earth,
    None of them along the line know what any of it is worth."
    
    "No need to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke,
    "There are many here among us who think that life is but a joke.
    But you and I, we've been through that, and that is not our fate,
    So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late."
    
    All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
    While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.
    
    Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
    Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

    I have climbed the highest mountains
    I have run through the fields
    Only to be with you
    Only to be with you
    
    I have run I have crawled
    I have scaled these city walls
    Only to be with you
    But I still haven't found
    What I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found
    What I'm looking for
    
    I have kissed honey lips
    Felt the healing in her fingertips
    It burned like fire
    This burning desire
    I have spoke with the tongue of angels
    I have held the hand of a devil
    It was warm in the night
    I was cold as a stone
    But I still haven't found
    What I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found
    What I'm looking for
    
    I believe in the Kingdom Come
    Then all the colors will bleed into one
    But yes I'm still running.
    You broke the bonds
    You loosened the chains
    You carried the cross
    And my shame
    And my shame
    You know I believed it
    But I still haven't found
    What I'm looking for
    But I still haven't found
    What I'm looking for

Freedom For My People (Performed by Sterling Magee)

Silver And Gold

    In the shit house, a shotgun
    Praying hands hold me down
    If only the hunter was hunted
    In this tin can town,
    No stars in the black night
    Looks like the sky fall down,
    No sun in the daylight
    Looks like it's chained to the ground.
    Broken back to the ceiling
    Broken nose to the floor
    I scream at the silence
    That crawls under the door (under the floor).
    
    Chorus:
    The warden says,
    "The exit is sold,"
    If you want a way out - silver and gold.
    Silver and gold.
    
    There's a rope around my neck
    There's a trigger in your gun
    Jesus say something!
    I am someone!
    
    I seen the coming and going
    The captains and the kings
    Their navy blue uniforms
    Them bright and shiny things
    Yes, captains and kings in the slave ships hold
    They came to collect
    Silver and gold
    Silver and gold
    
    The temperature is rising
    The fever white hot
    Mister I ain't got nothing
    But it's more than you've got
    
    These chains no longer bind me
    Nor the shackles at my feet
    Outside are the prisoners
    Inside the free (set them free).
    
    A prize fighter in a corner is told
    Hit where it hurts - silver and gold
    Silver and gold.
    You can stop the world from turning around
    You just gotta pay a penny in the pound.

Pride (In The Name Of Love)

    One man come in the name of love
    One man come and go
    One man come, he to justify
    One man to overthrow
    
    Chorus:
    In the name of love
    One more in the name of love
    In the name of love
    One more in the name of love
    
    One man come on a barbed wire fence
    One man he resist
    One man washed on an empty beach
    One man betrayed with a kiss
    
    Chorus
    
    Early morning, April four
    Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
    Free at last, they took your life
    They could not take your pride
    
    Chorus
    
    Spoken: For the Reverent Martin Luther King - saint.
    
    Chorus
    
    In the name of love

Angel Of Harlem

    It was a cold and wet December day
    When we touched down at JFK
    Snow was melting on the ground
    On BLS I heard the sound (of an Angel)
    
    New York like a Christmas tree
    I said tonight this city belongs to me (Angel)
    
    Soul love this love won't let me go
    So long...Angel of Harlem
    
    Birdland on 53
    The street sounds like a symphony
    We got John Coltrane and a love supreme
    Miles and she has to be an Angel
    
    Lady Day got diamond eyes
    She sees the truth behind the lies (Angel)
    
    Soul love this love won't let me go
    So long...Angel of Harlem
    
    Blue light on the avenue
    God knows they got to you
    An empty glass, the lady sings
    Eyes swollen like a bee sting
    Blinded you lost your way
    On the side streets and the alleyways
    Like a star exploding in the night
    Filling up the city with broad daylight
    An Angel in Devil's shoes
    Salvation in the blues
    You never looked like an Angel
    So long...Angel of Harlem
    
    Angel, Angel of Harlem (4 times and fade)

Love Rescue Me

    Love rescue me
    Come forth and speak to me
    Raise me up and don't let me fall
    No man is my enemy
    My own hands imprison me
    Love rescue me
    
    Many strangers have I met
    On the road to my regret
    Many lost who seek to find themselves in me
    They ask me to reveal
    The very thoughts they would conceal
    Love rescue me
    
    And the sun in the sky makes a shadow of you and I
    Stretching out as the sun sinks in the sea
    I'm here without a name in the place of my shame
    Love rescue me
    
    In the cold mirror of a glass
    I see my reflection pass
    I see the dark shades of what I used to be
    I see the purple of her eyes
    The scarlet of my lies
    Love rescue me
    
    And the sun in the sky makes a shadow of you and I
    Stretching out as the sun sinks in the sea
    I'm hanging by my thumbs
    I'm ready for whatever comes
    Love rescue me
    
    Yea though I walk through the valley of shadow
    Yet I will fear no evil
    I have cursed thy rod and staff
    They no longer comfort me
    Love rescue me
    
    Sha la la sha la la
    Sha la la sha la la
    
    I've conquered my past
    The future is here at last
    I stand at the entrance
    To a new world I can see
    The ruins to the right of me
    Will soon have lost sight of me
    Love rescue me

When Love Comes To Town

    I was a sailor, I was lost at sea
    I was under the waves before love rescued me
    I was a fighter, I could turn on a thread
    But I stand accused of the things I've said
    
    Chorus:
    When love comes to town
    I want to jump that train
    When love comes to town
    I want to catch that flame
    Maybe I was wrong to ever let you down
    But I did what I did, before love came to town
    
    I used to make love under a red sunset
    I was making promises I was soon to forget
    She was pale as the lace of her wedding gown
    But I left her standing before love came to town
    
    I ran into a juke joint when I heard a guitar scream
    The notes were turning blue
    When I fell into a dream
    As the music played I saw my life turn around
    That was the day before love came to town
    
    Chorus twice
    
    I was there when they crucified my Lord
    I held the scabbard when the soldier drew his sword
    I threw the dice when they pierced his side
    But I've seen love conquer the great divide
    
    Chorus

Heartland

    See the sunrise over her skin
    Don't change it
    See the sunrise over her skin
    Dawn changes everything
    
    And the delta sun burns bright and violet
    
    Mississippi and the cotton wool heat
    Sixty-six the highway that speaks
    Of deserts dry
    Of cold grey valleys
    Of golden sunny heights
    Of bright shining cities
    
    In this heartland
    In this heartland
    In this heartland
    Heaven knows this is a heartland
    
    See the sunrise over her skin
    She feels like water on my hand
    Freeway like a river cuts through this land
    Into the side of love
    Like a burning spear
    And the poison rain
    Brings a flood of fear
    Through the ghost-ranch hills
    Death valley waters
    In the towers of steel
    Belief goes on and on
    
    In this heartland
    In this heartland
    In this heartland
    Heaven knows this is a heartland

God Part II

    Don't believe the devil
    I don't believe his book
    But the truth is not the same
    Without the lies he made up
    Don't believe in excess,
    Success is to give
    Don't believe in riches,
    But you should see where I live
    I...I believe in love
    
    Don't believe in forced entry
    Don't believe in rape
    But every time she passes by,
    Wild thoughts escape
    I don't believe in death row,
    Skid row or the gangs
    Don't believe in the Uzi,
    It just went off in my hand
    I...I believe in love
    
    Don't believe in cocaine,
    Got a speed-ball in my head
    I could cut and crack you open
    Do you hear what I said?
    Don't believe them when they tell me
    There ain't no cure
    The rich stay healthy, the sick stay poor
    I...I believe in love
    
    Don't believe in Goldman
    His type like a curse
    Instant karma's going to get him
    If I don't get him first
    Don't believe in rock 'n roll
    Can really change the world
    As it spins in revolution, spirals and turns
    I...I believe in love
    
    Don't believe in the 60's,
    The golden age of pop
    You glorify the past
    When the future dries up
    Heard a singer on the radio late last night
    He says he's going to kick the darkness,
    Till it bleeds daylight
    I...I believe in love
    
    I feel like I'm falling
    Like I'm spinning on a wheel
    It always stops beside me
    With a presence I can feel
    I...I believe in love

The Star Spangled Banner (instrumental performed by Jimi Hendrix)

Bullet The Blue Sky

    In the howling wind comes a stinging rain
    See it driving nails into the souls on a tree of pain
    From the firefly a red-orange glow
    I see the face of fear
    Running scared in the valley below
    Bullet the blue sky
    Bullet the blue sky
    
    In locust wind comes a rattle and hum
    Judith wrestled the angel
    And the angel was overcome
    She had a demon seed
    She rase flower of fire
    I see her burning crosses
    I see the flames higher and higher
    Bullet the blue sky
    Bullet the blue sky
    
    And I see her come up to me
    Her dress red
    Like a rose on a thorn bush
    Like all the colors of a royal flush
    And she's pealing off those dollar bills
    And slapping them down
    One hundred
    Two hundred
    And I can see those fighter planes
    And I can see those fighter planes
    Across the mud huts where the children sleep
    Through the alleys and quiet city streets
    Up a staircase to the first floor
    I turn the key and slowly unlock the door
    A man breathes into a saxophone
    Through the walls we hear the city groan
    Outside it's America
    Outside it's America
    
    "So I'm back in my hotel room,
     With Johnnie Coltrane and the love supreme,
     In the next room I hear some woman scream out,
     That her lover's turning off,
     Turning on the television,
     I can't tell the difference between :-
     ABC news, Hill Street Blues
     And some preacher in the old time gospel hour
     Stealing money from the sick and the old
     Well the God I believe in ain't short of cash Mister !!"
    
    See across the view
    See the sky ripped open
    See the rain pounding the women and children
    Who run
    Into the arms of America......

All I Want Is You

    You say you want a diamond
    On a ring of gold
    You say you want your story
    To remain untold
    
    All the promises we made
    From the cradle to the grave
    When all I want is you
    
    You say you'll give me a highway
    With no one on it
    Treasure just to look upon it
    All the riches in the night
    You say you'll give me riches
    On a moon of blindness
    A river in a time of dryness
    A harbour in the tempest
    
    All the promises we make
    From the cradle to the grave
    When all I want is you
    
    You say you want your love to work out right
    To stay with me through the night
    You say you want a diamond
    On a ring of gold
    You say you want your story
    To remain untold
    
    All the promises we break
    From the cradle to the grave
    When all I want is you
    All I want is you

 

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