Skid Row - Skid Row
Lyrics

Big Guns (Bolan, Hill, Snake, Affuso)

She was a ballerina on a subway train
Stiletto heels and a candy cane
Looked like a number on a station wall
Hot on the tail of a social call

I wet my lips, I thought I had it made
Like Valentino with a hand grenade
I made my move with my libido on
She circled once and then she dropped the bomb

She got the big guns pointed at my heart
Bang bang shooting like a firing squad
Big guns blew me away
And I went down in flames

I met a sidewalk preacher on a roller skate
He said he had the key to Heaven's gate
I said "I'll wait for the movie 'cause I've been there before
and learned that like is a battle, love is war"

Chorus:
She got the big guns pointed at my heart
Bang bang shooting like a firing squad
Big guns took me by surprise
She's got my lovin' reachin' for the sky
She got the big guns pointed at my heart
Bang bang shooting like a firing squad
Big guns blew me away
And I went down in flames

solo

I'm doing time as a backseat Romeo
Play solitaire with my hands in the air
Another night and no bullets to spare

(chorus)

Big guns, big guns
Big guns, blew me away
And I went down in flames

Big guns, big guns
She really, really got the big guns
She shot me down in flames

Sweet Little Sister (Bolan, Snake)

She blew my mind behind the wrecking machine
She was a shitload of trouble called the Subway Queen
Had a hip with bad habits and a shake that was a bit obscene

One night I caught her running out the cellar door
There was about a million people lying flat on the floor
For such a sweet little lady I would say she's rotten to the core
(Oh yes)

She got her hands in the cookie jar
Smiling like an alligator
Makin' headlines in the back of her car,
Tight-lipped now but sink ships later

Chorus:
I know a thing or two about a sweet little sister
Her mama kill her if she knew what she do - sweet little sister
She'll love ya black and blue - sweet little sister
Mona Lisa with a new tattoo, she's my sweet little
Sweet little sister

Every quittin' time is another disease
Too many cowboys ridin' high shootin' low at the knees
The backhand boogie is the price you pay for being the squeeze

The pettin's getting heavy, got her tongue in her ear
Her friend is doing time for kickin' ass on a queer
They're in a mental state and all their friends are here

She's tellin' lies through her burgundy lips
Angel on a mission of mercy
She'll get you dancin' with the crack of her whip
She'll take you up to Heaven on a rocketship

(chorus)

solo

(chorus)

 

Can't Stand the Heartache (Bolan)

Fall in love with a twisted lady
Suicide with a cover girl
Spent all your time, then you got stuck paying
the price

Uptown, kick it down, into a spin
Face the wall, take it all, you just can't win

Chorus:
Can't stand the heartache
So bleeds the red, red rose
Time heals a broken heart
But that's just the way it goes
Can't stand, can't stand the heartache

You got caught in the line of fire
Bystander innocence
You held your own till it wasn't yours anymore

Waste away another day into the night
You're at home, by the phone, it don't
seem right

(chorus)

You held me like a prisoner
And I don't know why I stayed here from
the start

solo

Uptown, run me down under your wheels
I pray one day you'll know how it feels

(chorus x3)

Piece of Me (Bolan)

Sleazin' in the city
You know I'm lookin' for a fight
Got my heels and lookin' pretty
On a Saturday night, night, night

Good God, bless my soul
I need a fix of rock and roll
Come on baby gotta wait and see
You better hurry and get a piece of me

Caught a lonely lady
She's cryin' on a cigarette
I got nasty, nasty habits
And that's all she's gonna get from me

One for the money, two for the show
Round and round and round we go
Take a look at what you might need
You better hurry and get a piece of me

I don't have looks, I don't have money
But I know one thing's for sure
One night ain't enough of my love
She wanted more, more, more

solo

Sleazin' in the city
You know I'm lookin' for a fight
Got my heels and lookin' pretty
On a Saturday night, night, night

One for the money, two for the show
Round and round and round we go
Take a look at what you might need
You better hurry and get a piece of me

Take a piece, a piece of me
Get a piece of me

 

18 and Life (Bolan, Snake)

Ricky was a young boy, he had a heart of stone
Lived 9 to 5 and he worked his fingers to the bone
Just barely out of school, came from the edge of town
Fought like a switchblade so no one could take him
down, no

He had no money, oh, no good at home
Walked the streets a soldier and he fought the
world alone
And now it's

Chorus:
18 and life you got it
18 and life you know
Your crime is time and it's
18 and life to go
18 and life you got it
18 and life you know
Your crime is time and it's 18 and life to go

Tequila in his heartbeat, his veins burned gasoline
It kept his motor runnin', but it never kept it clean
They say he loved adventure, Ricky's the wild one
He married trouble, had a courtship with a gun

Bang bang, shoot 'em up, the party never ends
You can't think of dying when the bottle's your
best friend
And now it's

(chorus)

"Accidents will happen," they all heard Ricky say
He fired his six-shot to the wind,
That child blew a child away

solo

(chorus x2)

Rattlesnake Shake (Bolan, Snake)

Tricky little Vicky walks along South Street
She learned her French from the boys that she'd meet
I gotta laugh when I hear them say
She's a sweet little cheese when the cat's away

I know what you've been trying
What you got ain't worth buying
Can't make a living working door to door

Chorus:
Shake shake, shake it like a rattlesnake
Boom boom, baby out go the lights
Shake shake, shake it like a rattlesnake
Stayin' up late, doing the rattlesnake shake

Juicy Miss Lucy always diggin' on junk
She's on the corner talkin' trash with the punks there
Her buried treasure is so easy to see
'Cause talk is cheap, and so is she

You're lost in search of passion
Prince Charming ain't in fashion
So let it bleed if ya wanna stay

(chorus)

solo

(chorus x3)

 

Youth Gone Wild (Bolan, Snake)

Since I was born, they couldn't hold me down
Another misfit kid, another burned-out town
I never played by the rules and I never really cared
My nasty reputation takes me everywhere

I look and see it's not only me
So many others have stood where I stand
We are the young, so raise your hands

Chorus:
They call us problem child
We spend our lives on trial
We walk an endless mile
We are the youth gone wild
We stand and we won't fall
We're one and one for all
The writing's on the wall
We are the youth gone wild

Boss screamin' in my ear 'bout who I'm supposed
to be
Get a three-piece Wall Street smile and son you'll
look just like me
I said "Hey man, there's something you
oughta know
I tell ya park avenue leads to Skid Row"

I look and see it's not only me
We're standin' tall, ain't never a doubt
We are the young, so shout it out

(chorus)

solo

(chorus)

Here I Am (Bolan, Snake)

Six foot one and lonely, dressed in spaghetti rags
Standin' at the bus stop with her alligator bags
What can you do? No, no, no, what can I do?
I better see a doctor cause I think I'm getting hooked on you

I ain't much for talkin' but all I got to say is

Chorus:
Here I am
Close your eyes and I'll be Superman
Here I am
Come and take my lovin' while you can

She broke a million hearts on 2nd Avenue
With her German cigarettes and designer attitude
What can you do? Nonononononono, what can I do?
My love's been goin' blind since the fist time I laid eyes on you

Ain't much for conversation, but I gotta let you know

(chorus)

You don't need a crystal ball to see she's got it all

solo

(chorus)

 

Makin' a Mess (Bach, Bolan, Snake)

T-Bone Billy just a-singin' the blues
He caught his lady with another man
Lit up a smoke and did some talkin' with the
back of his hand
She started shaking, started losing her mind
While he was kicking back and playin' it cool
Signed her walkin' papers, took the 5:15 to
Kalamazoo

Sing for your supper, nobody rides for free
Eat your heart out, I'll send it C.O.D.

Chorus:
One, two baby, what you do
Three, four, lemme show you the door
You're better off dead than makin' a mess of me
Five, six, take your last licks
Seven, eight, I wanna give it to ya straight
You're better off dead than makin' a mess of me

Now Billy boy's out havin' a ball
Playin' fiddle at the local bar
Dark shades, cool kicks, he's
Hollywood Boulevard
Slick Daddy and his fat cigar,
Sayin' "Sign upon the dotted line"
He shook his head and said,
"All I need is that fiddle of mine"

Sing for your supper, nobody rides for free
Take your big time, I'll take care of me

(chorus)

Trouble keeps knockin', but Billy
keeps rockin'
Like this

solo

Sing for your supper, nobody rides for free,
Eat your heart out, I'll send it C.O.D.

(chorus)

One, two baby, what you do, oh
You're better off dead than makin' a mess of me
Five, six, take your last licks
Better off dead than makin' a mess,
Mess of, mess of, mess of me yeah

I Remember You (Bolan, Snake)

Woke up to the sound of pouring rain
Wind would whisper and I'd think of you
All the tears you cry, they call my name
And when you needed me, I came through

Paint a picture of the days gone by
When love went blind and you would make me see
I'd stare a lifetime into your eyes
So that I knew that you were there for me
Time after time you were there for me

Chorus:
Remember yesterday
Walking hand in hand
Love letters in the sand, I remember you
And through the sleepless nights
Through every endless day
I wanna hear you say
I remember you

We spent the summer with the top rolled down
Wished ever after would be like this
You said "I love you babe" without a sound
I said I'd give my life for just one kiss
I'd live for your smile, and die for your kiss

(chorus)

We've had our share of hard times
But that's the price we pay
And through it all, we kept the promise that we made
I swear you'll never be lonely

solo

Woke up to the sound of pouring rain
Washed away I dream of you
But nothing else could ever take you away
'Cause you'll always be my dream come true
Oh my darlin', I love you

(chorus x2)

 

Midnight/Tornado (Fallon, Snake)

The night approaches, after dark you have no chance
Ooh, when moonlight takes the sky, you'll feel my dark romance
I'm on your footsteps and I wait behind your back
I spread like fire upon the streets, I'm ready to attack

I'm the only thing you need
Upon your love I feed

When the clock strikes midnight
I'm on the prowl of love
When the clock strikes midnight
The time is right to call you out

When I'm feeling wicked and my blood is running hot
Electric is my touch baby, you don't know what you got
Only in the evening, at night I come alive
So try to keep your passion deep, I need it to survive

I'm the only thing you need,
Upon your love I feed

Chorus:
When the clock strikes midnight
I'm on the prowl of love
When the clock strikes midnight
The time is right to call you out
When the clock strikes midnight
When the wicked moon starts to rise
When the clock strikes midnight
I come alive

solo

(chorus)