Contraband: Contraband [1991]

Released: May 6th, 1991

Label: Impact Records/EMI records
Produced by: Kevin Beamish and Randy Nicklaus
Recorded at: American Recording Studio, Woodland Hills, CA
Mixed at: Cornerstone Studio in Chatsworth, CA and Soundcastle Recording Studios, LA

Richard Black : Vocals (Shark Island)
Tracii Guns : Guitar (L.A.Guns)
Michael Schenker : Guitar (MSG)
Share Pedersen : Bass (Vixen)
Bobby Blotzer : Drums (Ratt)

Track listing

  1. “All the Way from Memphis” (Ian Hunter) – 4:56
  2. “Kiss by Kiss” (Thompson/Spiro) – 4:19
  3. “Intimate Outrage” (Spiro/Huff/Nash) – 4:57
  4. “Bad for Each Other” (Black/Sercombe/Diamond) – 4:28
  5. “Loud Guitars, Fast Cars & Wild, Wild Livin'” (Fulkerson/Spears/Black) – 4:26
  6. “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (Brown) – 3:23
  7. “If This Is Love” (Pasch/Krizan/Black) – 5:03
  8. “Stand” (Feehan/MacLeod) – 4:04
  9. “Tonight You’re Mine” (Pash/Krizan) – 4:43
  10. “Hang on to Yourself” (Bowie) – 2:47

Lyrics

1. All The Way From Memphis

Forgot my six-string razor and hit the sky
Halfway to Memphis before I realized
Well, I phoned the information, my axe was cold
They said she rides the train to Oreole

Now, it’s a mighty long way down the dusty trail
And the sun burns down on the cold steel rail
And I look like a bum and I crawl like a snail
All the way from Memphis

When I got to Oreole, you know, it took a month
And there was my guitar, electric junk
Some dude said rock’n’rollers, you’re all the same
Hey man, you play that thing, I felt so ashamed

Now it’s a mighty long way down rock’n’roll
Through the Bradford Cities to the Oreoles
You look like a star but you’re still on the dole
All the way from Memphis

(Solo)

Yeah, it’s a mighty long way down to rock’n’roll
From the Liverpool Docks to the Hollywood Bowl
And you climb up the mountains and you fall down the holes
All the way from Memphis

Well it’s a mighty long way down to rock’n’roll
And your name gets hot and your heart grows cold
And you’ve got to stay a young man, you can never be old
All the way from Memphis

Now, it’s a mighty long way down rock’n’roll
From the Bradford Cities, to the Oreole
And you look like a star but you’re out on parole
All the way from Memphis

2. Kiss by Kiss

Better pull up a chair, sit back
Lemme tell you how it all comes down
Oh, yeah

You gotta treat her like a lady
Talk her like a baby
Stimulate her inside out
Oh, yes

It’s not a question
Of how many times you try
If you wanna get the honey
You gotta do it right

And you get her
Kiss by kiss
Give her every little thing she wants
And don’t resist
You’ll have it made (made)
Have it made (in the shade)
But it’s gonna be a little bit of work
That’s what I say

A little romance
Won’t hurt you
Gotta tell her when she’s lookin’ fine
Whoa, yeah

Gotta do a little more
Than a push of the door
Do it for her all the time

It’s not a question
Of how many times you try
If you wanna get the honey
You gotta do it right

And you get her
Kiss by kiss
Give her every little thing she wants
And don’t resist
You’ll have it made (made)
Have it made (in the shade)
But it’s gonna be a little bit of work
That’s what I say

It’s time you live your dream,
Tonight
Better get used to the fact she makes it alright

(Solo)

It’s not a question
Of how many times you try
If you wanna get the honey
You gotta do it right

And you get her
You get her
Kiss by kiss
Give her every little thing she wants
And can’t resist
You’ll have it made (made)
Have it made (in the shade)
But it’s gonna be a little bit of work

You get her
Kiss by kiss
Give her every little thing she wants
And can’t resist
You’ll have it made (made)
Have it made (in the shade)
But it’s gonna be a little bit of work

You get her
Kiss by kiss

3. Intimate Outrage

4. Bad for Each Other

Your head on my shoulder
Seems like a crime
Why are we so drawn to each other
When we know it’s not right

We should know better
But our love is blind
For we can’t let go
And it hurts me so
To know deep inside

We’re bad for each other
It’s sad, but it’s true
We’re bad for each other
So why’s it have to feel so good
Lying next to you

You know how to hurt me
I know where you’re weak
We take advantage, ah
When we let our anger speak

You start a fire
In this heart of mine
And all of my good sense
It disappears again
When I look in your eyes

We’re bad for each other
It’s sad but it’s true
We’re bad for each other
So why’s it have to feel so good

So many times I wish I could
Break these chains
But the feeling inside me
Just gets in the way

(Solo)

We’re bad for each other
It’s sad, but it’s true
And all of my good sense
Disappears again
When I look in your eyes

We’re bad for each other
It’s sad, but it’s true
We’re bad for each other
So why’s it have to feel so good

(Bad for each other)
(It’s sad, but it’s true) sad, but it’s true
(Bad for each other) bad for each other
So why’s it have to feel so good
Lying next to you

5. Loud Guitars, Fast Cars & Wild, Wild Livin

6. Good Rockin’ Tonight

Have you heard the news
There’s good rockin’ tonight
Well, have you heard the news
There’s good rock tonight
Gonna squeeze my baby as tight as I can
Tonight gonna show you, I’m your man
Have you heard the news
There’s good rockin’ tonight, oh yes

Gonna meet me in the alley right behind the bar
Don’t be afraid, I’ll won’t do you no harm
Bring along your tap dance shoes
Tonight I’m gonna rock away all your blues
Have you heard the news
There’s good rock tonight, alright
C’mon, rockin’ tonight

(Solo)

Oh, oh, oh
Well, clap your hands, let’s have some fun
Me and you, everyone
Clap your hands and stomp your feet
Gonna knock you off your seat
Have you heard the news
There’s good rockin’ tonight, oh yes
There’s good rockin’
Tonight
Tonight

(Solo)

Have you heard the news
Tonight, yeah
There’s good rockin’ tonight
Oh, hit me

7. If This Is Love

There was a time when
I never needed anyone
I walked alone
Until the day that I’d become
Aware of how it felt
How it felt to be yours
Then when I found it
I knew you’d be the one
And I’ll keep you with me
Through the good and bad times too
Even when I’m sure that we
Still can make it through

So baby, if this is love
I tell ya, darling
Why it hurt so much
Oh, so tell me if this is love
We’ll last forever
We’ll never surrender
If this is love

Sometime it’s easy
We may lose our way
I can’t imagine
Livin’ without you here today
So hold tightly
Don’t you ever let it go
It’s you and me together
Forever, don’t you know
And I will always be
The one that cares for you
You need to believe me
My love will still be true, oh

So, baby, if this is love
Tell me, darlin’
Why it hurt so much
Oh, so tell me, if this is love
We’ll last forever
We’ll never surrender
If this love

It don’t come easy
So let’s not promise in vain
I love you dearly
We will be together, someday

(Solo)

So, baby, if this is love
Tell me, darlin’
Why it hurt so much
Oh, so tell me, if this is love
We’ll last forever
If this love

So, baby, if this is love
Tell me, darlin’
Why’s it hurt so much
Oh, so tell me, if this is love
We’ll last forever
And never surrender
If this love

8. Stand

9. Tonight You’re Mine

Many nights I’ve spent
Watching you/you’re heaven sent
Waiting for a chance to make you mine
You’re captured inside of my mind
I wanted you so much
Couldn’t wait to feel your touch
Couldn’t wait to hold you
And look you in the eyes

[Chorus]
Tonight you’re mine, tonight
How could something be wrong
When it feels so right
Tonight you’re mine, tonight
There’s no place where you can hide
Tonight you’re mine, tonight

Remember how we met
Face to face on the platform deck
Waiting for the next train to arrive
I was just wasting time
I took one look at you and knew
You’d make all my dreams come true
It was just a moment til you were in my heart

Tonight you’re mine, tonight
How could something be wrong
When it feels so right
Tonight you’re mine, tonight
I found a place where you can hide
Tonight you’re mine, tonight

All I really want to say is
Don’t you ever walk away
I want you by my side
I need you here tonight

Tonight you’re mine, tonight
How could something be wrong
When it feels so right
Tonight you’re mine, tonight
I found a place where you can hide
Tonight you’re mine, tonight

Tonight you’re mine, tonight
How could something be wrong
When it feels so right
Tonight you’re mine, tonight
There’s no place where you can hide

10. Hang on to Yourself

1,2
Well she’s a tongue twisting storm, she will come to the show tonight
Praying to the light machine
She wants my honey not my money she’s a funky-thigh collector
Layin’ on ‘lectric dreams

So come on, come on, we’ve really got a good thing going
Well come on, well come on, if you think we’re gonna make it
You better hang on to yourself

We can’t dance, we don’t talk much, we just ball and play
But then we move like tigers on vaseline
Well the bitter comes out better on a stolen guitar
You’re the blessed, we’re the spiders from Mars

So come on, come on, we’ve really got a good thing going
Well come on, well come on, if you think we’re gonna make it
You better hang on to yourself

Come on
Ho

So come on, come on, we’ve really got a good thing going
Well come on, well come on, if you think we’re gonna make it
You better hang on to yourself

Come on, come on, we’ve really got a good thing going
Well come on, well come on, if you think we’re gonna make it
You better hang on to yourself

Come on, ah, come on, ah
Come on, ah, come on, ah
Come on, ah, come on, ah
Come on, ah, come on, ah
Come on, ah, come on, ah
Come on, ah, come on, ah
Come on, ah, come on, ah
Come on, ah, come on, ah
Come on, ah, come on, ah
Come on, ah, come on, ah
Come on, ah, come on, ah
Come on, ah, come on, ah

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