Rock Ballad of the Week: The Arrows “Never Be Another One

The Arrows were a band based in London, England. The group, which formed in 1974 and disbanded in 1977, included American singer/bassist Alan Merrill, American guitarist Jake Hooker and English drummer Paul Varley (original drummer Clive Williams was replaced by Paul Varley). They had UK chart hit singles in 1974 and 1975 with “Touch Too Much“, “My Last Night With You” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll“, all produced by Mickie Most on RAK Records.

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Rock Ballad of the Week: Bryan Adams “We Found What We Were Looking For”

We found our strength – we found our way at last
We found tomorrow – by building on our past
We paid our dues – we stick together – come whatever

We’re still standin’ – didn’t fall to pieces
Never lost our reason – never stopped believin’

We found our wings and now we fly above the wind
You and me – we found what we’re looking for

We gave it all – gave our very best
With every fall – we withstood the test
We broke the rules
Had to do it – to get thru it

We found our wings together we found everything
You and me – we found what we’re looking for
You made me shine – picked me up when I fell behind
With you – I never need to search no more

We’re still standin’ – didn’t fall to pieces
Never lost our reason – never stopped believin’
Ah never stopped – believin’

We found our wings and together we found everything
You and me – we found what we’re looking for
You made me shine picked me up when I fell behind
With you – I never need to search no more
You and me we found what we were looking for

*Songwriters: Bryan Adams / Robert John Lange / Trevor Rabin

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Bryan Guy Adams OC OBC (born 5 November 1959) is a Canadian singer, guitarist, composer, record producer, photographer, philanthropist, and activist.

Adams rose to fame in Canada and the United States with his 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife. His 1984 album Reckless made him a global star and yielded some of his best-known songs, including “Run to You“, “Summer of ’69“, and the U.S. number one hit “Heaven“.  In 1991, Adams released the album Waking Up the Neighbours, which included the song “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You“; the song became a worldwide hit, reached number one in many countries, and held the top spot in the charts in the United Kingdom for a record 16 consecutive weeks. Other U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit singles by Adams include “Please Forgive Me“, “All for Love” and “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?“.  Adams released his Ultimate collection in 2017; it included two new songs, “Please Stay” and “Ultimate Love”. He co-wrote his first Broadway musical, Pretty Woman: The Musical, in 2018.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Peter Gabriel “In Your Eyes”

Love I get so lost, sometimes
Days pass and this emptiness fills my heart
When I want to run away
I drive off in my car
But whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are

All my instincts, they return
And the grand facade, so soon will burn
Without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes
I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
The heat I see in your eyes

Love, I don’t like to see so much pain
So much wasted and this moment keeps slipping away
I get so tired of working so hard for our survival
I look to the time with you to keep me awake and alive

And all my instincts, they return
And the grand facade, so soon will burn
Without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes
I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light,
The heat I see in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes

*Songwriters: Peter Gabriel

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Peter Brian Gabriel (born 13 February 1950) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and activist. He rose to fame as the original lead singer of the progressive rock band Genesis.  After leaving Genesis in 1975, he launched a successful solo career with “Solsbury Hill” as his first single. His 1986 album, So, is his best-selling release and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the U.S. The album’s most successful single, “Sledgehammer“, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards and, according to a report in 2011, it was MTV‘s most played music video of all time.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: John Lennon “Woman”

For the other half of the sky

Woman, I can hardly express,
My mixed emotion at my thoughtlessness,
After all I’m forever in your debt,

And woman, I will try to express,
My inner feelings and thankfulness,
For showing me the meaning of success,
Ooh, well, well,
Ooh, well, well,

Woman, I know you understand
The little child inside the man,
Please remember my life is in your hands,

And, woman, hold me close to your heart,
However distant don’t keep us apart,
After all it is written in the stars,
Ooh, well, well,
Ooh, well, well,

Woman, please let me explain,
I never meant to cause you sorrow or pain,
So let me tell you again and again and again,

I love you (yeah, yeah) now and forever,
I love you (yeah, yeah) now and forever,
I love you (yeah, yeah) now and forever,
I love you (yeah, yeah).

*Songwriters: John Winston Lennon

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John Winston Ono Lennon MBE (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in musical history.  In 1969, he started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon continued as a solo artist and as Ono’s collaborator.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Yes “If You Only Knew”

  • I can lift you with my heart
    Give you meaning every day
    Cannot live without your truth

    And be the true me
    To be the true you

    Pick the flowers from your floor
    Put them in your arms for you my love
    Realize my life and more

    Say you will ‘n’ then

    Take me home
    Make me clear
    It feels so much better
    Take me home
    To this heart of hearts

    If only you knew
    You caught me when I was falling
    Yes you caught me when I was falling fast

    And only you knew
    You answered me when I was calling you
    You saw me when I was dreaming you
    Into my life

    Everyone who looks at you
    Sees the loving in your every move
    You’re the healing of the soul

    To be the true you
    To be the true me

    I will be your strength all time
    Ever wishing you this love and more
    Forever be your guiding song

    Say you will and then

    Take me home
    Make me clear
    To feel so much better
    In this life
    In your heart of hearts

    If only you knew
    How you caught me when I was falling
    Yes you caught me when I was falling fast

    And only you knew
    You answered me when I was calling you
    You saw me when I was dreaming you
    Into my life

    When I feel the hurt in so many peoples’ lives
    I take a deep breath and think of your smile your eyes

    When I hear the sadness of this earth time
    Then I take a deep breath and know that you understand
    That you understand

    And only you knew
    How you caught me when I was falling fast
    Caught me when I was falling fast

    If only you knew
    How you answered me when I was calling you
    You saw me when I was dreaming you

    If only you knew
    Yes you caught me when I was falling fast
    You caught me when I was falling
    Into your life
  •               
  • Written by Billy Sherwood Alan White
    Lyrics © WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC INC, BMG Rights
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Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history; nineteen musicians have been full-time members. Since June 2015, it has consisted of guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon Davison, and bassist Billy Sherwood. Yes have explored several musical styles over the years, and are most notably regarded as progressive rock pioneers.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Joe Lynn Turner “Endlessly”

GIRL,
I WANT YOUR LOVE
YOU’RE EVERYTHING I’M DREAMING OF
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE…
A PART OF ME
LOST INSIDE YOUR TOUCH
FOUND I NEVER FELT SO MUCH
HOLD ME IN YOUR ARMS…
LOVE ME TENDERLY

I BELIEVE…
I WILL ALWAYS BE
LOVING YOU ENDLESSLY
CAN’T YOU SEE…
ALL I NEED IS TO LOVE YOU
ENDLESSLY
OH DARLING

GIVE YOUR HEART TO MINE
‘TIL THE END OF TIME
FOREVER WE WILL FIND
OUR LOVE WILL BE-ENDLESSLY

I BELIEVE…
I WILL ALWAYS BE
LOVING YOU ENDLESSLY
CAN’T YOU SEE…
ALL I NEED IS TO LOVE YOU ENDLESSLY
OH BABY, BABE

LONELY HEARTS CAN DREAM
WHAT LOVERS’ EYES HAVE SEEN
BUT I ALWAYS BE…
OH DARLING
IN LOVE WITH YOU
ENDLESSLY…
ENDLESSLY…

YOU KNOW TOGETHER
WE WILL BE FOREVER
ENDLESSLY

I WILL ALWAYS BE LOVING YOU ENDLESSLY
ENDLESSLY…ENDLESSLY…
TOGETHER OUR HEARTS BEAT…
FOREVER…ENDLESSLY

*Songwriters: Joe Turner / Caroline Newman

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Joe Lynn Turner (born Joseph Arthur Mark Linquito, August 2, 1951) is an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer. He is known for his work in the hard rock bands RainbowYngwie J. Malmsteen and Deep Purple.  During his career, Turner fronted and played guitar with pop rock band Fandango in the late 1970s; and in the early 1980s, he became a member of Rainbow, fronting the band and writing songs with guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore and bassist, and producer, Roger Glover. After Rainbow had disbanded (the first time) in March 1984, he pursued a solo career, released one album, Rescue You, and then later did session work, singing background vocals for the likes of Billy JoelCher, and Michael Bolton. On the advice of Bolton, Turner began recording jingles for radio and television. Other songs he had composed or through collaboration with songwriters like Desmond Child and Jack Ponti were being recorded and released by international recording artists Jimmy BarnesLee Aaron, and Bonfire. Turner had a short-lived association with neoclassical metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and then Deep Purple. From the mid-1990s, he resumed his solo career, releasing an additional nine studio and two live recordings. Turner did other session work, appearing as lead vocalist on tribute albums and working on projects involving various musical groups including progressive rock band Mother’s Army; Bulgarian hard rock band Brazen Abbot; funk rock duo Hughes Turner Project; and classic rockprogressive rock band Rated X. In 2006, Frontiers Records approached Turner to become involved with the AOR side project Sunstorm. By 2016, four albums under the Sunstorm name had been released. That same year, Turner released The Sessions via Cleopatra Records featuring a veritable who’s who of classic rock royalty as guest musicians, before resuming his seemingly constant touring schedule back in Europe.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: The La’s “There She Goes”

There she goes
There she goes again
Racing through my brain
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she blows
There she blows again
Pulsing through my veins
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes
(There she goes again)
There she goes again
(There she goes again)
Racing through my brain
(There she goes)
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes
There she goes again
She calls my name
She pulls my train
No one else could heal my pain
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes
(She calls my name)
There she goes again
(She calls my name)
Chasing down my lane
(She calls my name)
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes
(There she goes again)
There she goes
(There she goes again)
There she goes
There she goes
There she goes again
Racing through my brain
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes
There she goes again
Pulsing through my veins
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes
(There she goes again)
There she goes again
(There she goes again)
Racing through my brain
(There she goes)
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes
There she goes again
She calls my name
She pulls my train
No one else could heal my pain
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes
(She calls my name)
There she goes again
(She calls my name)
Chasing down my lane
(She calls my name)
And I just can’t contain
This feeling that remains

There she goes
(There she goes again)
There she goes
(There she goes again)
There she goes

*Songwriters: Lee Mavers

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The La’s were an English rock band from Liverpool, originally active from 1983 until 1992. Fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Lee Mavers, the group are best known for their hit single “There She Goes“. The band was formed by Mike Badger in 1983 and Mavers joined the next year, although for most of the group’s history, the frequently changing line-up revolved around the core duo of Lee Mavers (vocals, guitar) and John Power (bass, backing vocals) along with numerous other guitarists and drummers including Paul Hemmings, John “Timmo” Timson, Peter “Cammy” Cammell, Iain Templeton, John “Boo” Byrne, Chris Sharrock, Barry Sutton and Neil Mavers

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Dare “Sea Of Roses”

In the fading light of the autumn sun
By the water I saw you again
And you whispered your dreams
To the rose on the sea
And the sky was on fire again

And you stayed with me ‘neath the fire in the sky
And we watched the dawn together
And I’ll stay with you if it takes a sea of roses
I will stay, I will stay with you

I could feel the breath of heaven
The wind and the moon ‘cross the sky
And she kissed the rain to the one she loved
And I whispered my dreams to the rose on the sea
And you stayed by my side ’til the morning sun

And you stayed with me ‘neath the fire in the sky
And we watched the dawn together
And I’ll stay with you if it takes a sea of roses
I will stay, I will stay with you

And I’ll stay with you if it takes a sea of roses
I will stay, I will stay with you

And you stayed with me ‘neath the fire in the sky
And we watched the dawn together
And I’ll stay with you if it takes a sea of roses
I will stay, I will stay with you

*Songwriters: Bartok / Transc. By Benjamin Suchoff

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Dare is an English rock band from Oldham, England, fronted by former Thin Lizzy keyboard player Darren Wharton. They formed in 1985 and have released ten albums to date, nine studio and one live.

*source: Wikipedia

Rock Ballad of the Week: Pangea “The One To Last”

How on earth did you find me?

Was it easy or not?

Did you search every corner of the world or not?

Kings have tried and queens have failed

How come you and I have it all?

Say, why I am I the one to last?

*

Could you tell the moment that you saw me or not?

Was there ever a minute that you doubted or not?

They say that love is blind

Whatever told you I was mister right?

Say, why I am the one to last?

Say, why am I the one to last?

*

I feel so lucky to have you

Do you know or not?

I would bring any sacrifice for you, my love

I may run but never wild

I’m always guided by your light

Say, why am I the one to last?

Say, why am I the one to last?

*lyrics by Torben Lysholm

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What would ultimately become Pangea started in 1983 when singer Torben Lysholm met drummer Tony Olsen on a train where Tony was talking to a mutual friend and then member of Tony’s band Lizard. He had seen Torben in a transmission on tv playing with his band Axa at the Aalborg Festival in ’83. Torben was brought in as a third guitar player and singer. Shortly after Carsten Neumann, a good friend of Torben’s and already gaining a reputation as a good musician, joined the band, replacing the previous bass player. A few personnel changes occurred and the band gained some local recogition as a heavy metal band.

Four things ensured the initial local success. One was Tony’s energy and showmanship with twirling sticks, big kits and his very heavy feel. Another was Carsten’s slap bass. Amongst other heavy rock musicians it was absolutely unheard of playing slap bass in this kind of music. Thirdly Torben got reckognized for his liquid style of playing as one of very few hard rock guitarists in the area plus his very melodic approach.

The fourth thing was the band’s first little taste of a hit song. Locally their song “Insecure Love” became very popular. A simple melody line over a simple riff on an acoustic guitar that evolves into a power ballad with a big guitar solo piece and a falcetto song ending. After having performed the song many many times the band dropped the song from the set. The song fell too far from the other material. The bands style did however soften a bit over the next few years and by ’87 the style was more in the classic american hard rock.

In ’87 the band took the name Pangea after Torben had read about the old mother continent in the danish Science Illustrated (Illustreret Videnskab) and thought it would illustrate music as a universal language brining people together. Many have since gotten the same idea which can sometimes clutter up searches in various databases in (web)shops. The two candidates for new band name was Pangea and Ragged Edge. Carsten Neumann had gotten that Idea from watching “Days Of Thunder” and thought Ragged Edge could be a reminder to the band itself to constantly challenge itself and keep moving forward even when times get tough.

*source: Melodichardrock.com

Rock Ballad of the Week: Dan Lucas “Love Is The Answer”

Do you remember

So many things they come and they go

And you surrender

Ehen there are times you don´t really know

What´s wrong or right

When you lose your hopes and dreams

Baby, I´ll be by your side

And I´ll show you what love can mean, cause

Chorus:

Love is the answer

Love makes things better

You´ll always need it

You just have to believe it

Baby, love is the answer to your prayer

Love don´t come easy

Love never falls from heaven above

You just gotta find it

You gotta know it´s really love

Or just a game

And we can´t just say we want it

It can only stay the same

If we lay all our power on it

Chorus:

Love is the answer

Love makes things better

You´ll always need it

You just have to believe it

Baby, love is the answer to your prayer

I thought I´d never know

What love can do to me

Since the day I fell in love I know

I´ll love you till eternity

Love is the answer

Love makes things better

You´ll always need it

You just have to believe it

*songwriter – Dan Lucas

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Dan was born in Germany. His first guitar he got at the age of 11 and when he was 15 he played and sang in the band of his school. After attending Potsdam University he seized Anglistics and Slavic studies to become a teacher for English and Russian languages. In the early seventies he started writing his first own songs and in the year 1981 he became a professional musician. After leaving the GDR during a tour over Western Germany in 1985 he settled down in West Berlin. As the frontman of the Hardrock Band “KARO” he went on tour over Europe together with MEAT LOAF. After moving to Munich the Record deal at Marlboro Music brought him to Vancouver / Canada, where he worked together with the musicians of the legendary Group LOVERBOY and MANNY CHARLTON, guitarist and Producer of NAZARETH. The album “CANADA” was released in 1992. One year later he won the European Song Contest in Istanbul / Turkey with his song “Canadian Dream”. Afterwards Dan went over to Los Angeles / California, where he stayed a couple of months. He met the best musicians of America there to play on his album “2000!”. Even the well known Songwriter DESMOND CHILD, who is responsible for songs for bands like Bon Jovi and Aerosmith and many more, took the time to write a song together with Dan (Close your eyes and say goodbye).

In 1996 McDonald´s chose Dan´s song “Heart of America” for their publicity campaign on the occasion of the Olympic Games at Atlanta. The song became a big hit and is still on the playlist of many radio stations. Another album “NEWS” and a “Best of DAN LUCAS” – album where released afterwards.

Currently Dan is singer ans guitarist of the Classic Rock Group “Helter Skelter“. In 2018/19 he won the first season of The Voice Senior.

*source: danlucas.eu