Bad English: Backlash [1991]

Released August 27, 1991
Recorded Conway Studios, Secret Sound L.A., Can-Am Recorders and Zoo Studios
Genre Rock
Length 48:22
Label Epic
Producer Ron Nevison

Backlash, is the second and final album by American AOR supergroup Bad English, released in 1991.

Track listing

  1. “So This Is Eden” (John Waite, Jonathan Cain, Russ Ballard) – 5:09
  2. “Straight to Your Heart” (John Waite, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Mark Spiro) – 4:09
  3. “Time Stood Still” (John Waite, Ricky Phillips, Jesse Harms) – 5:23
  4. “The Time Alone with You” (John Waite, Diane Warren, Jonathan Cain) – 4:41
  5. “Dancing Off the Edge of the World” (John Waite, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon) – 4:54
  6. “Rebel Say a Prayer” (John Waite, Jonathan Cain, Russ Ballard) – 4:23
  7. “Savage Blue” (John Waite, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon) – 4:33
  8. “Pray for Rain” (John Waite, Mark Spiro, Jonathan Cain) – 5:03
  9. “Make Love Last” (John Waite, Jonathan Cain) – 5:19
  10. “Life at the Top” (John Waite, Jonathan Cain, Mark SpiroTim Pierce) – 4:51

Lyrics

1. So This Is Eden

(Na na nanana nana, na na nanana nana na) – Eden
(Na na nanana nana, na na nanana nana na) – Yeah
Too far gone to turn around
As I make it into town
I said driver take my suitcase
Where’s that good time goin’ down
Hit the freeway to the skyline
Need some faster ecstasy
If she’s got a prize
Then I’ve got the money
She said for you the first one’s free
And I thought I saw Jesus
in the hotel room
As we made love on the balcony
With a drink in my hand
Like they said it would be yeah
So this is Eden
So this is Eden
And baby I knew it
That you’d lead me to it
I don’t want to get out
(Na na nanana nana,
na na nanana nana na)
Eden
Feel the pressure
rise in the elevator
Make our way down to the street
Soul sister sing a song for me
Drunks and junkies shuffle their feet
It’s a three ring circus
Downtown Babylon
We’re crashing and burning
For twenty-four hours the party goes on yeah
So this is Eden
So this is Eden
And baby I knew it
That you’d lead me to it
Nobody gets out
(Na na nanana nana, na na nanana nana na)
Eden nobody gets out
(Na na nanana nana, na na nanana nana na)
of Eden no no
Breathe in
Breathe out
Check in
Check out
It’s a wild weekend
Ghost train ride to the other side
It’s a funhouse suicide
It’s making me feel more dead than alive yeah
So this is Eden
So this is Eden
And baby I knew it
That you’d lead me to it yeah
(Na na nanana nana, na na nanana nana na)
Eden, nobody gets out
(Na na nanana nana, na na nanana nana na)
Of Eden no no no no…
(Na na nanana nana, na na nanana nana na)
(Na na nanana nana, na na nanana nana na)
Check in
You won’t check out

2. Straight to Your Heart

I can’t reach behind your eyes, you always look away
You hide behind your alibis, and change your mind from day to day
If there’s something I can do, then I’ll be there
Outside your broken world, you’ll see it’s me who cares

Take me straight to your heart, ”cause this time’s real and real lasts forever
I know where you are, ”cause you know I’ve been there before
Straight to your heart

I watch you move, and I watch you dance, I watch you drift away
And I’d give anything for you, and you know that’s bad, when it gets that way
You can’t go on like this, and I don’t want to fight again
I don’t give a damn anymore, right or wrong, you’re gonna let me in

Straight to your heart, ”cause this time’s real and this time’s forever
I know where you are, ”cause baby I’ve been there before
Straight to your heart, this time, this time
Baby I know where you are, ”cause you know I’ve been there before

Then maybe I’ll break down the walls, and my love will go
Straight to your heart

(Instrumental break)
Inside, take me inside, yeah
Straight to your heart, ”cause this time’s real and real lasts forever
I know where you are, ”cause this time we’re goin’ all the way
Straight to your heart, this time, this time
Baby it’s straight, yeah yeah yeah yeah
This time it’s straight to your heart, oh yeah, ”cause this time it’s real

3. Time Stood Still

The first time that I saw you
You were dancin’ on the beach
Poetry in motion
But you seemed so out of reach
And the waves
were breakin’ ’round you
In the California sunset
I made a wish to know you
And touch your golden hair
You turned around and looked at me
And paradise was there
Baby I remember the way you took my hand
Yesterday
Time stood still
As we walked into the night together
The memory is locked in our hearts forever
It seems just like yesterday
Time stood still
We found a little seaside bar
High above the rocks
You were drinking white wine
And I was doing shots
I wondered if you’d stay the night
You just took my hand and led the way
Time stood still
As we made love through the night together
The memory is locked in our hearts forever
Time stood still
Time stood still
The memory is locked in our hearts forever
Oh yeah
I thought that I’d seen love before
But what you showed me
Well that’s something more
Love found two strangers walking on the shore
We threw our watches in the sea
I looked at you you looked at me
And time stood still
We made a fire on the beach that night
And watched the seagulls circle in the morning light
Maybe there are some things
we’re not meant to understand Anyway
Time stood still
But love goes on forever
The memory is burned in our hearts forever
Oh yes
Time stood still
The moment’s gone forever
But I will love you till
Time stands still in our hearts forever
Oh yeah
Time stood still
Time stood still
Time stands still in our hearts forever
Seems just like yesterday
Time stood still
Time stands still
Time stood still
Oh yeah
Time stood still
Forever…

4. The Time Alone With You

When everything is cloudy, and the sun won’t shine for me
And it seems like nothing’s goin’ right, there’s a place I want to be
Just laying there beside you in the shelter of your room
I leave the world outside your door, lose myself in you

When you’re in my arms, I find all that I need
I could never live without the heaven that you showed me

I’ve been waiting all my life, just to look into your eyes
Only for the time alone with you
And when I climb the stairs to find you, and we reach for the light
I thank God I’ve got this time alone with you

Your kiss can captivate me, and your touch can set me free
I count the hours, baby, till you are next to me
And it’s taken such a long time, to find someone that understands
When I reach out for love now, I reach out for your hand

When I feel your heart beat, it makes me come alive
I don’t want to live without something that is so right

[Chorus:]
I’ve been waiting all my life, just to look into your eyes
Only for the time alone with you
”cause everytime I see your face, all my troubles fade away
Only for the time alone with you
And when I climb the stairs to find you, and we reach for the light
I thank God I’ve got this time alone with you

(Instrumental break)
[chorus]
Oh, this time alone with you

5. Dancing Off the Edge of the World

In the rhythm of the street
The steam is rising
You can feel the heat
She puts on her make-up
Puts shoes on her feet
She’s going down tonight
You can feel it from a distance
Like a nuclear bomb
She knows she’s looking good
With the new dress on
And all the guys with the X-ray eyes
Check her out as she walks on by
She’s a primitive girl
No jewel like money’s buyin’
A slave to the rhythm
A rhythm machine
I want to make that girl
Make that scene
There’s a heatwave on the floor tonight
Watch her move
Watch her melt the ice
She’s in ecstasy
She spins and she whirls
Dancing off the edge
Off the edge of the world
I’m looking for a hot romance
How am I gonna get that girl
When she’s dancing off the edge of the world
Dancing off the edge
Watch her move
In the rhythm of the beat
She motions her body
She becomes complete
With the rock ‘n roll music
It’s indiscrete
It’s sexual
You’d better cut her some space
Give her some air
You can try if you like
But I wouldn’t dare
She don’t know it yet
But this is a love affair
She’s mine
All mine
She’s a primitive girl
No jewel like money’s buyin’
A slave to the rhythm
A rhythm machine
I want to make that girl
Make that scene
There’s a heatwave on the floor tonight
Watch her move
Watch her melt the ice
She’s in ecstasy
She spins and she whirls
Dancing off the edge
Off the edge of the world
I’m looking for a hot romance
How am I gonna kiss that girl
When she’s dancing off the edge of the world
Just look at that girl
Watch her move, yeah
Watch her groove
Everyone sees me smile
From a million miles away
All the gigolos try and try their best move
She just walks on by
There’s a heatwave on the floor tonight
Watch her move
Watch her melt the ice
She’s in ecstasy
She spins and she whirls
Dancing off the edge
Off the edge of the world
Dancing off the edge
The edge of the world yeah
Dancing off the edge
The edge of my world
Dancing off the edge

6. Rebel Say a Prayer

In the midnight rain
Johnny throws a stance
Says “love me tender love me true”
And in the doorway there
She looks up at him
And she says
“you know i do”
But johnny’s on the run
Cause he stole a gun
He needs to disappear
Johnny shot a man
And now he’s scared
She whispers in his ear
Rebel say a prayer
That there’s a place somewhere
Where rock and roll goes on
And we’ll be free
There’s glory waiting there
Can feel it in the air
Rebel say a prayer
(rebel say a prayer rebel say a prayer)
I’ll meet you there
(rebel say a prayer)
Johnny pulls her close
Says i’ve got to go
Cause they’ll come for me tonight
And he turns to leave
But she won’t let go
And they stand there in the light
Baby where you go
That’s where i will go
Love never seemed so clear
If it’s the last thing in the world we do
We’ve gotta get out of here
Rebel say a prayer
That there’s a place somewhere
Where rock and roll goes on
And we’ll be free
Where cadillacs have wings
A place where elvis sings
For you and me
So baby take my hand
We’ll find the promised land
Above the stars tonight
There’s graceland waitin’ there
Believe it if you dare
And rebel say a prayer
And the cops are waiting down the street
They both know that there’s no way out
Johnny pulls his gun
And all hell breaks loose
She cries “i¹ll remember this”
As they¹re cut down in the final kiss
Rebel say a prayer
That there’s a place somewhere
Where rock and roll goes on
And we’ll be free
Where cadillacs have wings
A place where elvis sings
For you and me
So baby take my hand
We’ll find the promised land
Above the stars tonight
There’s graceland waitin’ there
Believe it if you dare
And rebel say a prayer
(rebel say a prayer rebel say a prayer)
Rebel say a prayer
(rebel say a prayer rebel say a prayer)
Above the stars tonight
(rebel say a prayer rebel say a prayer)
If you dare
(rebel say a prayer)
Rebel say a prayer
(rebel say a prayer rebel say a prayer)
And i’ll meet you there
(rebel say a prayer rebel say a prayer)
Rebel say a prayer
(rebel say a prayer rebel say a prayer)
I’ll meet you there
(rebel say a prayer)
Yeah

7. Savage Blue

When I hold you in my gaze
When there’s nothing else to say
I can still find you when you look away
You can say to me we’re through
You can say that you are free
But you fool yourself
You belong to me
The more you want to run
You can’t make it to the door
Took a chance on love
Now we both want more
And tonight goes on forever
I can feel it in my life
I can see it in your eyes
Going through this world together
Finding paradise with you
Into the savage blue
The savage blue with you
When the storm has passed us by
And the crowd has come and gone
I will be with you
Cause our love goes on
And we share a quiet place
That no one else can touch
Spirits live as one
And our souls are free
I will wait for you
Now my heart’s an open door
Tell me that you’ll stay
Don’t want to lose you anymore
And tonight goes on forever
I can feel it in my life
I can see it in your eyes
Going through this world together
Finding paradise with you
Into the savage blue
Baby come with me
And tonight goes on forever
I can feel it in my life
I can see it in your eyes
Going through this world together
Finding paradise with you
Into the savage blue
(Tonight goes on forever)
When I’m alone with you
(Tonight we are together)
Oh yeah
(Tonight goes on forever)
Into the savage blue
(Tonight goes on forever)
When I’m alone with you
(Tonight we are together)
Makin’ love to you
(Tonight goes on forever)
Into the savage blue
(Tonight goes on forever)
(Tonight we are together)
(Tonight goes on forever)
(Tonight goes on forever)
(Tonight we are together)
(Tonight goes on forever)
(Tonight goes on forever)
(Tonight we are together)
(Tonight goes on forever)

8. Pray for Rain

Listen to the rain come down on the roof
Someone needs a miracle, and I’m the livin’ proof
Drink, light a cigarette, and let me count the ways
But I can hear a whisper in our haunted house these days

She won’t set me free, she won’t let me go, she won’t leave my soul alone

[Chorus:]
She just leads me to the river, as my heart goes down in flames
‘Til she comes back to me, I’ll have to pray for rain
Wrap yourself around me, only you can pull me through
Through this desert that I call my heart, I’ll pray for rain to you

To you, to you
I can see the firelight reflected on her skin
She was smooth as alabast, with a taste of salt and sin
Slave to a servant, a prisoner to a kiss
Addicted to temptation, and we did not resist

Now I can’t get free, ’cause she won’t let go, she won’t leave my soul alone

[Chorus]

Now I’m a stranger to myself, now my life is not my own
She won’t leave my soul alone

[Chorus]

(Lead me to the river) Lead me to the river, I’ll pray for rain
(Lead me to the river, pray for rain) She comes back to me again
(Lead me to the river) Lead me down, take me down
(Lead me to the river, pray for rain) Pray for rain

(Lead me to the river, lead me to the river
(Lead me to the river, pray for rain)
[Repeat]

9. Make Love Last

Now the sun is shifting through your life
The hands of time are twisting to your days
A captured moment in your kiss, like winter snow, it’s gone, melted away

There’s a chapel on the edge of town
Baby take my hand before they tear it down
‘Cause now we find nothing’s what it seems
Let me hold you close through these drivin’ dreams

‘Cause the world is turning much too fast
And time won’t wait, gotta make love last
‘Cause the fields are burning, and there’s no returning
Till the future finds the past, we gotta make love last, make love last

Like a rose exploding in the sun, a precious time to live before it’s gone
Tears fall on the ocean from different skies
Inside your kiss I wake and find the dawn

In temporary ways we give, but eternally, our hearts will live
For now we find nothing’s what it seems
You better run with me through these drivin’ dreams

‘Cause the highway’s fading much too fast
And time won’t wait, we gotta make love last
‘Cause the fields are burning, and the season’s turning
Till the future finds the past, this time, we gotta make love last

‘Cause the world is turning much too fast
And time won’t wait, we gotta make love last
‘Cause the fields are burning, and the season’s turning
Till the future finds the past, this time, we’re gonna make love last
We gotta make love last

‘Cause the highway’s fading, and the world is turning much too fast
We gotta make love last, make love last

10. Life at the Top

He looks like Deniro, she’s his Brigitte Bardot
And that’s enough to hang around with those who think they know
But if you’ve got the image, and symbols of success
You must be doing something right, to keep up with the Jones’s

They made it from the castin’ couch, the sex was rock an’ roll
They’re everybody’s business, inquiring minds must know
Every slummy little detail, every superficial move
And you can buy it retail, in pink and black and blue

She said, take me walking where the surf is slow
He said, what’s wrong with right here, I got places to go

[Chorus]
Life at the top, down on your knees, don’t stop, don’t stop, give it to me
Life at the top, where nothing is free
It’s alright, alright, baby won’t you live it with me

If you get up on the table, you’re gonna lose your place
In the city of angels, where fame’s a state of grace
If you need a plastic surgeon, honey, I know an ace
You can’t change your past, but he can change your face

She said, take me walking where the surf is slow
He said, what’s wrong with right here, I got places to go

[Chorus]

He said, baby, take me far away from here
She said, you already arrived, can’t you see yourself clear

Life at the top (alright, alright)
Shakin’ the money tree (alright, alright)
Give it everything you got (alright, alright)
Shake it one time for me (don’t stop, don’t stop)

[Chorus]

(Life) at the top, down on your knees, alright, alright, baby live it with me
(Life at the top) This stealin’ thing you got, in the land of the free
(Don’t stop, don’t stop) So come on baby why won’t you
Why don’t you steal from me
(Life at the top) My my my my my my yeah
(Life at the top) It’s alright (life at the top) it’s alright, in real life
(Life at the top) alright, yeah

In the city of the angels, you can get it where you want it
Get it where you want it, get where you want to, want it, want it to be

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