Scorpions: Humanity: Hour I [2007]

Released May 2007
(See release history)
Recorded October 2006 – February 2007
Genre Heavy metalhard rock
Length 52:58
Label BMGNew Door Records (US & Canada)
Producer James Michael & Desmond Child

Humanity: Hour I is a concept album (and sixteenth studio recording) by the German heavy metal band Scorpions, which was released in Europe on May 14, 2007 and in the United States and Canada on August 28, 2007. The leading song “Humanity” was performed by Scorpions on March 24, 2007 at Brussels, Belgium.

The album was produced by James Michael and Desmond Child, who also provide backing vocals. The first single was “Humanity“.

Also of note is the band’s logo on the album’s cover (Concept by Desmond Child and Concept /Design by Futurist Liam Carl): the text font is similar to their first two albums, as opposed to the band’s more famous logo. This marks only the third time in the band’s career (and the first time in 33 years) the less familiar font has been used. However, if one looks closely, their more familiar logo can be seen on the back of the neck of the female android.

The opening track “Hour I” has been used as the intro of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild since the 2007-08 season.

Track listing

  1. “Hour I” – 3:26 (Rudolf Schenker/James Michael/Desmond Child/John Lowery)
  2. “The Game of Life” – 4:04 (Klaus Meine/Child/Mikael Nord Andersson/Martin Hansen)
  3. “We Were Born to Fly” – 3:59 (Matthias Jabs/Eric Bazilian/Marti Frederiksen)
  4. “The Future Never Dies” – 4:03 (Meine/Child/Bazilian/Jason Paige/Russ Irwin)
  5. “You’re Lovin’ Me to Death” – 3:15 (Schenker/Child/Andreas Carlsson/Bazilian)
  6. “321” – 3:53 (Schenker/Child/Frederiksen/Paige)
  7. “Love Will Keep Us Alive” – 4:32 (Meine/Child/Bazilian/Frederiksen)
  8. “We Will Rise Again” – 3:49 (Jabs/Michael/Paige/Child)
  9. “Your Last Song” – 3:44 (Schenker/Child/Bazilian)
  10. “Love Is War” – 4:20 (Jabs/Michael/Child/Frederiksen)
  11. “The Cross” – 4:28 (Jabs/Michael/Child/Frederiksen)
  12. Humanity” – 5:26 (Meine/Child/Bazilian)
  13. “Cold”* – 3:52 (Jabs/Child/Bazilian/Frederiksen)
  14. “Humanity” (Radio Edit)* – 4:06 (Meine/Child/Bazilian)
  15. “Love Will Keep Us Alive” (Radio Edit)* – 4:06 (Meine/Child/Bazilian/Frederiksen)

* Bonus tracks available on Limited Edition, LP, and Japan releases.

Lyrics

1. Hour 1

So here we are
It’s hour one
And it’s a nightmare
There’s nothing left
And yet it’s good to be alive
There’s no use crying
Cause the universe is not fair
The wicked and the innocent
Are fighting to survive

Child stay down, stay down
You better run for cover underground
Child stay down, stay down
You better shut your mouth
Don’t make a sound

Human nature is the reason
For our downfall
And we deserve it playing God
With our machines
Our religions are a prison
That’s our fatal flaw
Bombs are flying
While we’re sleeping with the enemy

Child stay down, stay down
You better run for cover underground
Child stay down, stay down
You better shut your mouth
Don’t make a sound

Look at me, right at me
When I’m telling you to stay down
Come to me, run to me
I am begging you to stay down
Cling to me desperately
All you gotta do is stay down
Pay attention my child down

Look at me, right at me
When I’m telling you to stay down
Come to me, run to me
I am begging you to stay down
Cling to me desperately
All you gotta do is stay down
Pay attention my child

Child, stay down, stay down
You better run for cover underground
Child stay down, stay down
You better shut your mouth
Don’t make a sound

Child, stay down, stay down
You better run for cover underground
Child stay down, stay down
Stay down

2. The Game of Life

The time has come
For me to talk to you
And I don’t mean
To hurt your pride
But everybody needs a friend sometimes
To make you see the light

In the game of life
The strong survive
We’re on a one-way street
We gotta make it out alive
And never let ‘em drag us down
In the game of life
We live and die
Another breath begins
Another chance to win the fight
From the moment that you hit the ground
In the game of life

You’re born to hunt
And never run away
And then you’re hunted
By the prey
The wounded deer
Leaps highest to the sun
Until his day is done

In the game of life
The strong survive
We’re on a one-way street
We gotta make it out alive
And never let ‘em drag us down
In the game of life
We live and die
Another breath begins
Another chance to win the fight
From the moment that you hit the ground

Here comes the morning
It’s time to play
The game of life
The game of life

In the game of life
The strong survive
We’re on a one-way street
We gotta make it out alive
And never let ‘em drag us down
In the game of life
We live and die
Another breath begins
Another chance to win the fight
From the moment that you hit the ground
It’s the game of life
The game of life

3. We Were Born to Fly

Hello again
You’ve been alone awhile
And I can use a friend
Your shades are down
And I’ve been waiting here for you to come around
And it’s not about forgiveness
Cause it’s all about the love anyhow

We were born to fly
To reach beyond the sky
To carry on forever after
You and I
You keep my faith alive
With you I’m not afraid
To rise and fall and face disaster
You and I
We were born to fly

Take another breath
Just close your eyes my love let nature do the rest
Open up your wings
And with the wind we’ll rise above to higher things
We’ll forget about tomorrow
And we’ll live another day today

We were born to fly
To reach beyond the sky
To carry on forever after
You and I
You keep my faith alive
With you I’m not afraid
To rise and fall and face disaster
You and I
We were born to fly
We were born to fly

We were born to fly
To reach beyond the sky
To carry on forever after
You and I
You keep my faith alive
With you I’m not afraid
To rise and fall and face disaster
You and I
We were born to fly
We were born to fly
We were born to fly
To reach beyond the sky
To carry on forever after
You and I
You keep my faith alive
With you I’m not afraid
To rise and fall and face disaster
You and I
We were born to fly

4. The Future Never Dies

I’m lost in your eyes
Reaching out to cross the great divide
You are drifting away
Mind and soul and body day by day

Nothing’s stopping you and I
It’s do or die tonight

So tell me why I’m alone
When we’re lying here together
On a night that’s so cold
And you’re just a touch away
Baby try to hold on
Till we make it to forever
We’re alive
And the future never dies

I’ve been dying inside
Holding back the tears I never cried
Now I’m down on my knees
Cause everything you are is what I need

You’re the meaning of it all
Don’t let me fall you’ve gotta

Tell me why I’m alone
When we’re lying here together
On a night that’s so cold
And you’re just a touch away
Baby try to hold on
Till we make it to forever
We’re alive
And the future never dies
We’re alive
And the future never dies

We’ve got to come together
Cause everybody needs a heart to hold
Can’t you see it’s now or never
Cause we’ve got nowhere else to go

Tell me why I’m alone
When we’re lying here together

Baby try to hold on
Till we make it to forever
We’re alive
And the future never dies
We’re alive
And the future never dies
In your eyes
The future never dies

5. You’re Lovin’ Me to Death

It’s your move
I’m in pain
I’m a pawn
In your game
It’s your life
I just happen to be in it for a while

Oh, you’re lovin’ me to death
You’re killin’ me with kindness
What’s behind this sudden tenderness

You’re lovin’ me to death
And leavin’ me to die
You make me wanna scream
But my tongue is tied
You played me like a toy
You made my life a mess
Everybody knows
You’re lovin’ me to death

When you touch
Can you feel
Is your heart
Only made of steel
When you cry
Do you ever let emotions
Break your stride

Oh, you take away my breath
Your unexpected hunger
Makes me wonder
What the hell comes next

You’re lovin’ me to death
And leavin’ me to die
You make me wanna scream
But my tongue is tied
You played me like a toy
You made my life a mess
Everybody knows
You’re lovin’ me to death

You’re lovin’ me to death
And leavin’ me to die
You make me wanna scream
But my tongue is tied
You played me like a toy
You made my life a mess
Everybody knows
You’re lovin’ me to death
You’re lovin’ me to death
And leavin’ me to die
You make me wanna scream
But my tongue is tied
You played me like a toy
You made my life a mess
Everybody knows
You’re lovin’ me to death

6. 321

Time is a wicked master
Put your life into its hand
Close your eyes and it will crush you
Rage only spins you faster
It’s a curse born unto man
Turns your dreams into disaster

Save me
Cause the world’s gonna stop
Baby 321
Are you ready to rock
Come on and wake me
The final curtain will drop
Baby 321
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Tonight

Lies it’s the truth I’m after
Let me find it in your eyes
Quick before the moment dies
Cries in a sea of laughter
Weepin’ gently in my soul
Love’s the only thing that matters

Save me
Cause the world’s gonna stop
Baby 321
Are you ready to rock
Come on and wake me
The final curtain will drop
Baby 321
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Tonight

321
Come on and save me
Cause the world’s gonna stop
Baby 321
Are you ready to rock
Come on and wake me
The final curtain will drop
Baby 321
Are you ready to rock
Come on and shake me
Cause we’re in for a shock
Baby 321
We’re fallin’ down from the top
Come on and take me
We’re goin straight to the top
Baby 321
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Are you ready to rock
Tonight

7. Love Will Keep Us Alive

When I look at you
I can see the sadness in your eyes
In these desperate times
We get pushed and shoved from every side

I can’t love you if you won’t let me
Can’t touch me if you don’t try
I can feel you
I know that you’re ready to take it to the other side

Love will keep us alive
Let’s make the moment right
It’s now or never
Love will keep us alive
Even the darkest night
Will shine forever
Love will keep us alive
Love will keep us alive
Love, love will keep us alive

When you walk away
There’s an empty feeling in my mind
As the days go by
We get caught up in our separate lives

If you need me
You know I’ll come running
Right to you
Just give me a sign
I won’t leave you
We’ll make it together
And take it to the end of time

Love will keep us alive
Let’s make the moment right
It’s now or never
Love will keep us alive
Even the darkest night
Will shine forever
Love will keep us alive
Love will keep us alive
Love, love will keep us alive

Oh, I’ve got a lot of loving to show you
You know I’d never want to control you
I only want to be by your side

I can’t love you if you won’t let me
Can’t touch me if you don’t try
I can feel you
I know that you’re ready to take it to the other side

Love will keep us alive
Let’s make the moment right
It’s now or never
Love will keep us alive
Even the darkest night
Will shine forever
Love will keep us alive
Love will keep us alive
Love, love will keep us alive
Love will keep us alive
Love will keep us alive
Alive
Love will keep us alive

8. We Will Rise Again

Time, it needs time
To win back your love again
I will be there, I will be there
Love, only love
Can bring back your love someday
I will be there, I will be there

I’ll fight, babe, I’ll fight
To win back your love again
I will be there, I will be there
Love, only love
Can break down the wall someday
I will be there, I will be there

If we’d go again
All the way from the start
I would try to change
The things that killed our love
Your pride has built a wall, so strong
That I can’t get through
Is there really no chance
To start once again
I’m loving you

Try, try babe
To trust in my love again
I will be there, I will be there
Love, our love
I will be there, I will be there

If we’d go again
All the way from the start
I would try to change
The things that killed our love
Yes, I’ve hurt your pride, and I know
What you’ve been through
You should give me a chance
This can’t be the end
I’m still loving you
I’m still loving you, I need your loveHere I am
Writing my last song for you
Hear the words carefully
And you’ll see it’s you
I’m leaving
Don’t want to be the one to tell you
That I can’t stay another day

I’ll throw the pages on the floor
I’m starting over like before
I’ll change this stupid ending
And stay with you forever more
But when I’m lying next to you
It’s hard to bargain with the truth
Cause when you know the love is gone
The time has come to write your last song

There you are
Smiling at me from the next room
Beautiful as the first day I met you
And I’m so sorry
I couldn’t be the one to love you
The way that you deserve to be

I’ll throw the pages on the floor
I’m starting over like before
I’ll change this stupid ending
And stay with you forever more
But when I’m lying next to you
It’s hard to bargain with the truth
Cause when you know the love is gone
The time has come to write your last song

It’s hard to think of you and I
As total strangers
I’ve lived this last goodbye
A million times or more in my mind
My mind, my mind

Oh and I’m gonna miss you
But I can’t go back
Even just to kiss you
Cause I can’t exist
Just living a lie
Gotta lot of love to give
You know before I die
And as I watch you
Sing along
It’s killing me to know
That it’s your last song

9. Your Last Song

10. Love Is War

I´m a man
Trying to understand
The reason I´m lost in this world
Tonight
I was blind
I just couldn´t see the signs
Caught in your web of lies

It´s too dark to sleep
Too late to pray
Too hard to reach
Too much to save

You were once a friend to me
Now you are my enemy
Passion turns to hate and you make
Hate worth fighting for
I will re-write history
And you will not exist to me
On the day you crossed the line
I found out love is war

Life goes by
Faster than lightning strikes
Crashes before you can say
Goodbye

Too scared to run
Too proud to hide
Too far to fall
Too high to climb

You were once a friend to me
Now you are my enemy
Passion turns to hate and you make
Hate worth fighting for
I will re-write history
And you will not exist to me
On the day you crossed the line
I found out love is war

I laid down my defenses
I opened up the door
I gave you what you wanted
I couldn’t give you more
And I gave you everything
You said it’s all or nothing
To you it’s just a game
A game you’re never losing

You were once a friend to me
Now you are my enemy
Passion turns to hate and you make
Hate worth fighting for
I will re-write history
And you will not exist to me
On the day you crossed the line
I found out love is war
You were once a friend to me
Now you are my enemy
Passion turns to hate and you make
Hate worth fighting for
I will re-write history
And you will not exist to me
On the day you crossed the line
I found out love is war
Found out love is war

11. The Cross

Hey, do you remember me
I finally found the strength to face
The pain you made me feel
I always held my tongue
And all the things you’ve done to me
Are secrets to reveal

I’ll never let you do this to someone else
No I could never live with myself

How dare you use my shame
To play your wicked games
With the mask you’re wearing
And now you gotta make amends
For the demons in my head
I’ll nail you to the cross
The cross I’m bearing

You, you said you’d save my soul
And sacrificed the innocence
That I will never know
Now it’s time that you confess
They say the devil doesn’t rest
Until the truth is told

I’ll never let you do this to someone else
No I could never live with myself

How dare you use my shame
To play your wicked games
With the mask you’re wearing
And now you gotta make amends
For the demons in my head
I’ll nail you to the cross
The cross I’m bearing
The cross I’m bearing

I believed in love
I believed in trust
I believed in you
You became my God
I believed in love
I believed in trust

I was young and so naive
You were God and I believed
You made me kneel
You made me feel
Like it was all my fault
But now I know it wasn’t mine at all

How dare you use my shame
To play your wicked game
You gotta make amends
For the demons in my head
You held me down in chains
And made me take the blame
I’ll nail you to the cross

12. Humanity

Humanity
Auf wiedersehen
It’s time to say goodbye
The party’s over
As the laughter dies
An angel cries

Humanity
It’s au revoir to your insanity
You sold your soul to feed your vanity
Your fantasies and lies

You’re a drop in the rain
Just a number not a name
And you don’t see it
You don’t believe it
At the end of the day
You’re a needle in the hay
You signed and sealed it
And now you gotta deal with it
Humanity
Humanity
Goodbye
Goodbye

Be on your way
Adios amigo there’s a price to pay
For all the egotistic games you played
The world you made
Is gone

You’re a drop in the rain
Just a number not a name
And you don’t see it
You don’t believe it
At the end of the day
You’re a needle in the hay
You signed and sealed it
And now you gotta deal with it
Humanity
Humanity
Goodbye
Goodbye

Run and hide there’s fire in the sky
Stay inside
The water’s gonna rise and pull you under
In your eyes I’m staring at the end of time
Nothing can change us
No one can save us from ourselves

You’re a drop in the rain
Just a number not a name
And you don’t see it
You don’t believe it
At the end of the day
You’re a needle in the hay
You signed and sealed it
Now you gotta deal with it
Humanity
Humanity
Humanity
Goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye
Goodbye
The pa
The re

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