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Rock Ballad of The Week – Warrant “Heaven”

Got a picture of your house and you’re standing by the door
It’s black and white and faded and it’s looking pretty worn
I see the factory that I worked silhouetted in the back
The memories are gray but, man, they’re really coming back
I don’t need to be the king of the world
As long as I’m the hero of this little girl

Heaven isn’t too far away
Closer to it every day
No matter what your friends might say, we will find our way

How I love the way you move and the sparkle in your eyes
There’s a color deep inside them like a blue suburban sky
When I come home late at night and you’re in bed asleep
I wrap my arms around you so I can feel you breath
I don’t need to a superman
As long as you will always be my biggest fan

Heaven isn’t too far away
Closer to it every day
No matter what your friends might say
We’ll find our way yeah

Now the lights are going out, along the boulevard
Memories come rushing back and it makes it pretty hard
I’ve got nowhere left to go, no one really cares
I don’t know what to do but I’m never giving up on you

Heaven isn’t too far away
Closer to it every day
No matter what your friends might say, yeah

Find our way
Heaven, far away
Heaven, far away
Heaven, isn’t too far away
Is not far away
Is not too far way
Is not too far way
Is not too far

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SONGWRITERS
ERIC BENJAMIN TURNER, JANI LANE, JERRY L DIXON, JOSEPH ALAN CAGLE, STEVEN J CHAMBERLIN

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Heaven is a song by American glam metal band Warrant. It was released in July 1989 as the second single from Warrant’s debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. The song was Warrant’s most commercially successful single, spending two weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 (kept from the top spot by Milli Vanilli‘s ‘Girl I’m Gonna Miss You’), and reaching number one in Rolling Stone, and number three on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.  The track’s commercial success has led it to becoming one of the best known songs by the band.

Warrant is an American glam metal band formed in 1984 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, that experienced success from 1989 to 1996 with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. The band first came into the national spotlight with their Double Platinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, and one of its singles, “Heaven,” reached No. 1 in Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] The band continued its success in the early 1990s with the Double Platinum album Cherry Pie which provided the hit album titled song and music video.

Following the critically acclaimed Gold album Dog Eat Dog the band started to experience frequent changes to the line-up and despite the drop in popularity with the arrival of grunge, they released Ultraphobic in 1995 and a successful best of album in 1996. The band also changed their musical direction with the release of the grunge influenced Belly to Belly in 96, but returned to their roots very quickly by the end of the decade. The band experienced highs and lows in the 2000s with successful tours, a new covers album Under the Influence, lead singer Jani Lane leaving, a brand new Born Again album with new singer Jaime St. James and a brief reunion of the original line up. Into the new decade former lead singer and main songwriter Jani Lane died.

After over 30 years, the band is still recording music and performing, now with ex-Lynch Mob lead vocalist Robert Mason.

*source: wikipedia


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Rock Ballad of the Week: Kingdom Come “Now and Forever After”

It ‘s perfect when we touch
The signs are shining bright
We just can ‘t get enough
This much we know

[Chorus]
Oh, it ‘s so right
Time has come, it ‘s
Now, forever after
Now, sharing our laughter
For better or worse
Until we die
Now, forever after
Now, sharing our laughter
Until the end of time

There ‘s magic in our eyes
Which no one else can see
A flame that will not die
Shedding it ‘s glow

We ‘re wiser now by far
Our hearts are bound so tight
We know what we must do
Where we must go

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SONGWRITERS
WOLF, LENNY / KOTTAK, JAMES / WOLFF, MARTIN

Kingdom Come is a German heavy metal/hard rock band fronted by Hamburg-born vocalist Lenny Wolf (born as Frank Wöllschlager). The group’s first album, Kingdom Come is to date the band’s most internationally popular and biggest selling recording.

The group was formed in 1987 after the breakup of Wolf’s moderately successful rock project Stone Fury. Wolf recruited Pittsburgh-based lead guitarist Danny Stag, Louisvillians Rick Steier (guitar) and James Kottak (drums) and Ravenna, Italian-born Johnny B. Frank on bass and keyboards. Stag and Frank had previously been members of the bands Industrials (CBS Int’l), produced by Kim Fowley; WWIII;[1] and Population 5, which included bassist Prescott Niles (The Knack) and future Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum. Frank was also at one point the keyboard player for Josie Cotton. Kingdom Come marked the first band where Wolf sang without playing guitar. The frontman later admitted that, for a while, it was a very awkward adjustment.


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Rock Ballad of The Week: Amberian Dawn “My Only Star”

After a day turns into a night
I will light up my light in the sky
Don’t she’d a tear on the ground I once laid
Cause I’ll be here

From your tears I’ll make a crystal necklace
To surround my heart and my chest
I’ll be up here and walk by your side
Day and night

[Refrain:]
Look at me
Me here among the stars
Walking on milky way
Part of the eternity
Shining bright in the dark blue sky
Shining your love – my light
Waiting for you to shine by my side
Look, I am a star

Meet me in dreamland
Come, take my hand
I will guide your way
Don’t be afraid
Hold me in your arms never let go
And be my own

Just for tonight I’ll be in your dreams
Then I’ll exist only in star streams
Remember me when you look at the sky
As time goes by

[Refrain:]
Look at me
Me here among the stars
Walking on milky way
Part of the eternity
Shining bright in the dark blue sky
Shining your love – my light
Waiting for you to shine by my side
Look, I am a star

Amberian Dawn is a Finnish metal band, formed in 2006 by Tuomas Seppälä and Tommi Kuri. Their fifth album Re-Evolution (a re-recorded compilation with new singer) was released on KHY Suomen Musiikki & Encore Music in summer 2013. Their latest album Innuendo was released on October 23 of 2015 via Napalm Records.

Amberian Dawn classified themselves as “melodic, dramatic and powerful metal with female classical vocals” and ex-lead singer Heidi Parviainen has called their music “fast tempo, guitar driven metal with purely classical female vocals”,  while several other sources classify them as symphonic power metal, which the band has agreed sums it up, but also points out that there are many different styles that vary from song to song. In a September 2010 interview, Seppälä defines their music: “Amberian Dawn’s music is melodic metal, and the roots lie in the Metal and Rock music of the 70s and 80s and maybe a little bit of the ’90s. There are a lot of technical skills within the band, so everyone who’s not scared of serious guitar and keyboard shredding should listen to our music.

*source: wikipedia

photo credit: amberiandawn.com


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Rock Ballad of The Week: Simple Plan “I Can Wait Forever”

You look so beautiful today
When you’re sitting there it’s hard for me to look away
So I try to find the words that I could say
I know distance doesn’t matter but you feel so far away
And I cant lie
Every time I leave my heart turns gray
And I want to come back home to see your face
And I
‘Cause I just cant take it

Another day without you with me
Is like a blade that cuts right through me
But I can wait
I can wait forever
When you call my heart stops beating
When you’re gone it wont stop bleeding
But I can wait
I can wait forever

You look so beautiful today
It’s like every time I turn around I see your face
The thing I miss the most is waking up next to you
When I look into your eyes, I wish that I could stay
And I cant lie
Every time I leave my heart turns gray
And I want to come back home to see your face
And I
‘Cause I just cant take it

Another day without you with me
Is like a blade that cuts right through me
But I can wait
I can wait forever
When you call my heart stops beating
When you’re gone it wont stop bleeding
But I can wait
I can wait forever

I know it feels like forever
I guess that’s just the price I gotta pay
But when I come back home to feel your touch
Makes it better
‘Till that day
There’s nothing else that I can do
And I just cant take it
I just cant take it

Another day without you with me
Is like a blade that cuts right through me
But I can wait
I can wait forever (I can wait forever)
When you call my heart stops beating
When you’re gone it wont stop bleeding
But I can wait
I can wait forever
I can wait forever
I can wait forever

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Written by Pierre Bouvier • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Simple Plan is a Canadian rock band from Montreal, Quebec. The band has released five studio albums: No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls (2002), Still Not Getting Any… (2004), Simple Plan (2008), Get Your Heart On! (2011), and Taking One for the Team (2016).[8] The band has also released an EP titled Get Your Heart On – The Second Coming! (2013), in addition to two live albums: Live in Japan 2002 (2003) and MTV Hard Rock Live (2005).

The band performed at the Vans Warped Tour every year from 2001 to 2005, and in 2011, 2013, and 2015.[9][10][11] The band also performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony,[12] along with The X Factor Australia.[13] In December 2012, the band performed at Mood Indigo, the college festival of IIT Bombay in Mumbai, India.[14][15] In 2004, the band participated in the movie New York Minute, starring the Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley. Simple Plan also performed at the 2016 NHL Winter Classic.

*source: wikipedia

 


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Rock Ballad of The Week: Firehouse “Christmas With You”

Made a Christmas list
Sent it off to you
I put it in the mail
I hope that it gets through
This time of year
No one should be alone
I’m not asking for that much
I just wish that you’d come home
(To me)
It seems like Christmas
Ain’t what it used to be
And it don’t mean a thing
If you’re not here with me
What’s the point in celebrating?
Ain’t no happy holiday
When the only one I’m wantin’
Is a million miles away
I don’t need no presents
Underneath my tree
Santa Claus, don’t bring me nothin’ new
And I don’t need my stockin’ stuffed
To have you here is more than enough
Cause all I want is Christmas with you
You’re the one thing
That could make my dreams come true
I could have it all
But all I want is you
What’s the point in celebrating?
Ain’t no happy holiday
When the only one I’m wantin’
Is a million miles away
I don’t need no presents
Underneath my tree
Santa Claus, I don’t need nothin’ new
And I don’t need my stockin’ stuffed
To have you here is more than enough
Cause all I want is Christmas with you
All I want is Christmas with you
I don’t need no presents
Underneath my tree
Santa Claus, don’t bring me nothin’ new
And I don’t need my stockin’ stuffed
To have you here is more than enough
Cause all I want is Christmas
You’re all that’s on my wish list
All I want is Christmas with you
Christmas with you
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Songwriters: LEVERTY/SNARE
Christmas With You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Full Circle is the eighth studio album by American hard rock band, FireHouse. It was released in 2011 featuring 10 out of the 11 songs as rerecorded material from earlier releases. It features all original members excluding bassist Perry Richardson, and replacing him with ex-Jani Lane bassist Allen McKenzie. The album failed to chart anywhere and has sold only 200,000 copies. It consists of 5 tracks from their debut, FireHouse, 3 tracks from their sophomore effort, Hold Your Fire 1 track from their 3rd release aptly titled 3, 1 track from their acoustic release, Good Acoustics, and 1 new track.[2][3][4] The album spawned a late tour covering the United States, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Peru, Korea, Portugal, and India.
*source: wikipedia
photo credit: mp3xl.org


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Rock Ballad of The Week: John Mellencamp “Lonely Ol’ Night”

 

She calls me home
She says baby it’s a lonely ol’ night
I don’t know
I’m just so scared and lonely all at the same time
Nobody told me
She was gonna work out this way no no no no no no
I guess they knew
We’d work it out in our own way

It’s a lonely ol’ night
Can I put my arms around you?
It’s a lonely ol nigh
Custom made for two lonely people like me and you

Radio playin’ softly
Some singer’s sad sad song
He’s singing about
Standing in the shadows of love
I guess it feels awfully alone
She says I know
Exactly what he means yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
And it’s a sad sad sad sad feeling
When you’re living on those in betweens
(But it’s OK)

It’s a lonely ol’ night
Can I put my arms around you?
It’s a lonely ol nigh
Custom made for two lonely people like me and you

She calls me baby
She calls everybody baby
It’s a lonely ol’ night
But ain’t they all?

It’s a lonely ol’ night
Can I put my arms around you?
It’s a lonely ol nigh
Custom made for two lonely people like me and you

Girl like me and you
Yeah like me and you

*SONGWRITERS

MELLENCAMP, JOHN

*PUBLISHED BY
LYRICS © SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC

Lonely Ol’ Night” is a rock song written and performed by singer-songwriter John Mellencamp. It appeared on his 1985 album Scarecrow, and was released as a single, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number 1 on the Top Rock Tracks chart, staying at the top spot for five weeks.

The title of “Lonely Ol’ Night” was inspired by a scene in the 1963 film Hud starring Paul Newman, based on a book by Larry McMurtry. Mellencamp had seen the film many times as a young man, and its portrayal of Newman’s character’s strained relationship with his father affected Mellencamp deeply, inspiring many of his song ideas.

The recording of “Lonely Ol’ Night” occurred on April 9, 1985, according to the “Scarecrow” liner notes. The song was recorded at Belmont Mall in Belmont, Indiana, was produced by Mellencamp (under the alias “Little Bastard”) and Don Gehman, engineered by Gehman and Greg Edward. Backing Mellencamp were Kenny Aronoff (drums), Toby Myers (bass), Larry Crane (guitar), and Mike Wanchic (guitar, background vocals)

*source: wikipedia


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Rock Ballad of The Week: Bryan Adams: Heaven

Oh thinkin’ about all our younger years
There was only you and me
We were young and wild and free

Now nothin’ can take you away from me
We’ve been down that road before
But that’s over now
You keep me comin’ back for more

Baby, you’re all that I want
When you’re lyin’ here in my arms
I’m findin’ it hard to believe
We’re in heaven

And love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart
It isn’t too hard to see
We’re in heaven

Oh once in your life you find someone
Who will turn your world around
Bring you up when you’re feelin’ down

Yeah nothin’ could change what you mean to me
Oh there’s lots that I could say
But just hold me now
‘Cause our love will light the way

And baby, you’re all that I want
When you’re lyin’ here in my arms
I’m findin’ it hard to believe
We’re in heaven

Yeah and love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart
It isn’t too hard to see
We’re in heaven, yeah

I’ve been waitin’ for so long
For somethin’ to arrive
For love to come along

Now our dreams are comin’ true
Through the good times and the bad
Yeah I’ll be standin’ there by you

And baby, you’re all that I want
When you’re lyin’ here in my arms
I’m findin’ it hard to believe
We’re in heaven

And love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart
It isn’t too hard to see
We’re in heaven, heaven, oooh

You’re all that I want
You’re all that I need

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Written by Bryan Adams, James Douglas Vallance • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group


“Heaven” is a song by Canadian singer and songwriter Bryan Adams, originally recorded in 1983, co-written by Adams and Jim Vallance. It first appeared on the A Night in Heaven soundtrack album in the same year and was later included on Adams’ album Reckless in 1984. It was released as the third single from Reckless and reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in June 1985, over a year and a half after the song first appeared on record. The single was certified Gold in Canada in 1985.
Heavily influenced by Journey’s 1983 hit “Faithfully”, the song was written while Adams served as the opening act on that band’s Frontiers Tour, and features their drummer, Steve Smith. The song provided Adams with his first number one single and third Top ten hit on the American charts; according to Billboard magazine the song also entered the Top 25 of the most successful singles of 1985 in the U.S

*source: Wikipedia