Lita Ford: Living Like a Runaway [2012]

Released June 4, 2012 (Europe)
June 19, 2012 (North America)
Recorded Wazoo Music Studio, Pelham, New Hampshire and Metronome Studio, Brookline, New Hampshire, 2011-2012
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 40:56
Language English
Label SPV/Steamhammer
Producer Gary Hoey, Lita Ford, Bobby Collin

Living Like a Runaway is the eighth studio album from American rock-musician Lita Ford, released in June 2012. This is the first album of Lita’s to be released on SPV/Steamhammer Records.[1] “SPV gets who I am, my work, and what it takes to bring this project to life. I’m very excited to have them on my team,” says Lita.[2]

The album was co-written and produced by rock guitarist Gary Hoey and represents a return to form for Lita, who drew inspiration from her “ugly divorce” from Nitro singer Jim Gillette.

Gary Hoey and I wanted to approach this record by getting back to basics,” she said. “We want to strip away all the electronics and plug-ins and keep it to vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. Going back to basics is going back to what punk, metal and The Runaways was for me.”

She added, “[The album title] Living Like a Runaway means freedom and empowerment. To do what I want and to pursue my dreams while answering to no one.”

Since its release, Living Like a Runaway has been met with positive reviews. Reviewer William Clark of Guitar International.com gave the album a positive review, saying “If you take a step back from the powerful storyline, the music itself is classic Lita Ford, and that’s what really brings Living Like a Runaway over the top”.

Track listing

  1. “Branded” (Lita Ford, Gary Hoey) – 3:47
  2. “Hate” (Ford, Michael Dan Ehmig, Hoey) – 3:55
  3. “The Mask” (Ford) – 4:09
  4. “Living Like a Runaway” (Ford, Ehmig, Hoey) – 4:47
  5. “Relentless” (Ford) – 3:48
  6. “Mother” (Ford) – 2:55
  7. “Devil in My Head” (Ford, Ehmig, Hoey) – 5:22
  8. “Asylum” (Ford, Hoey) – 4:34
  9. “Love 2 Hate U” (Ford, Ehmig, Hoey) – 3:45
  10. “A Song to Slit Your Wrists By” (Nikki Sixx, David Darling) – 3:54 (58 cover)
  11. “Boiling Point” (Ford, Ehmig) – 4:09 (iTunes bonus track)
  12. “Bad Neighborhood” (Ford, Doug Aldrich) (digipak bonus track) – 3:43
  13. The Bitch Is Back(Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 3:39 (digipak bonus track, Elton John cover)

Lyrics

1. Branded

I don’t wanna fight with you no more
Unless you put your fist through the wall
I don’t wanna hear you screaming my name
I’m so tired of playing the same old game

I don’t wanna fight with you no more
Unless you put your fist through the wall
I don’t wanna hear you screaming my name
I’m so tired of playing the same old game

Yeah you left your mark on me
That you know is branded
It was an insecurity
So you had me grounded
You really got your hooks in deep
Now didn’t you?

I took a little ride
On your hell-bound train
It was a really bad trip
It nearly drove me to my grave
And too much time was going by
And you’re still here
It’s time for me to fly

You never wanted me to leave
So you had me branded
Your love was just skin deep
So you had me branded
Tought I’d be yours for eternity
So you had me branded
You really got your hooks in deep
Now didn’t you?

When we first met
You said let down your wall
Let me into your heart
We can have it all
You were a real smooth talker
I opened up my heart
So you can rip it apart
Oh-oh
Just like Satan
Obsession, possesion forever

You never wanted me to leave
So you had me branded
Your love was just skin deep
So you had me branded
Tought I’d be yours for eternity
So you had me branded
You really got your hooks in deep
Now didn’t you?
Yeah
Branded!

2. Hate

He was born on an average day,
Looked like any other baby
Neighbors said “what a lovely boy you have,” yeah
Through the years he could’ve been
Most anybody’s kid,
Never did anything to show
The madman living in his soul
Never know he was going crazy
A little bit at a time.

Hate, don’t you love it?
The world can’t seem to get enough of it
Hate, don’t you want it?
You love the way you feel when you’re on it
Hate, hate.

All through his high school days
He kept himself hid away
Never let anybody close
He was just the quiet one
Slowly coming undone
Who knew there was something missing from his soul?
Like a spider building up a web
A little bit at a time

Hate, don’t you love it?
The world can’t seem to get enough of it
Hate, don’t you want it?
You love the way you feel when you’re on it
Hate, hate.

Last night on the evening news,
I heard his name and it turned my head
Something ’bout a local boy
And fifteen people dead
He thought he was a guardian angel
Gonna put this world at peace
He was talking ’bout happiness
Like it was some kind of disease

He died on an average day
At the state penitentiary
They laid him in his grave
The camera’s rolled and the people waved

Hate, don’t you love it?
The world can’t seem to get enough of it
Hate, don’t you want it?
You love the way you feel when you’re on it
Hate, don’t you love it?
The world can’t seem to get enough of it
Hate, don’t you want it?
You love the way you feel when you’re on it
Hate
I can’t get enough, don’t you love it?
Hate!

3. The Mask

I don’t have a death wish, you have to remorse
You have no reflection
Dragging me off course.
You’ve drained me of my life
Drinkin’ all my blood
Who are you, what do you want.
Am I your desire? Higher.
Take off your mask, and let me see what’s underneath
Something from the past, it’s been … waiting me
I got to see what’s really inside
I will never know (never know)
His one big surprise you shackled and hide.
Under your mask
You think you got everyone fooled
They think you got class, all you do is
Ridicule
I will never know what’s buried inside
You wont let it show
It’s one big disguise you shackled and hide

Shackled and hide.
I wont the silver crown
It burns a whole right through my heart
His words nothing worth
Hey, til death do us apart.
Ye-yeah!

I don’t have a death wish, you have to remorse
You have no reflection
Dragging me off course.
You’ve drained me of my life
Drinkin’ all my blood
Who are you, what do you want.
Am I your desire?

I will never know what’s buried inside
You wont let it show
It’s one big surprise, you shackled and hide
Shackled and hide.
I gotta see under the mask.
Yeah, you schackled and hide.

4. Living Like A Runaway

I was running crazy, I was running wild.
Living on the edge, yeah I was living in the skies.
My hands starts shaking like the streets of Hollywood.
My mind was wasted, I still did the best I could.

One day I left town with just the shirt on my back.
And a guitar on my shoulder, yeah I wasn’t coming back.
I had to break the spell that my heart was under
So I rolled out of town on wheels of thunder.

And I will never forget what my mother said. She said;

[Chorus:]
Run baby run, cross New York City
Run baby run, to the streets of L.A.
Run baby run, yeah you can’t slow down.
You can never stay when you’re living like a runaway.

I remember when I was seventeen. Riding in the back of a black limousine.
I used to stare at the sun, and ask for God to please guide me.
In the right direction. I didn’t know where I was going.
I didn’t know where I was gonna stay.
All I knew I was going far far away.
And it still feels like yesterday, when he says;

[Repeat chorus]

[Guitar solo]

I left each town with a wink and a kiss. That maybe I’ll be back real soon.
A lot of memories from fans like you. People that made my dreams come true.
And I can still hear them saying:

[Repeat chorus]

Run baby run. [Repeat until song ends]

5. Relentless

Every door slamed in my face,
Told me a girl needs to know her place,
I never listen, proved them all wrong
Hard rocked their asses from here to Hong Kong.
I’m not invited, but I’m coming anyway.

I am relentless like a freight train coming to the driving rail
Relentless like a fighter in arena I don’t feel pain,
I am relentless, all you try to do is drive me insane
And you’re never gonna keep me down,
I am relentless.

You try to brake me and take my crown
Run my name into the crowd
Life’s what you make it, no one’s to blame
And all that matters in the price of faith.
You try to spot me but I’m coming anyway.

I am relentless like a freight train coming to the driving rail
Relentless like a fighter in arena I don’t feel pain,
I am relentless, all you try to do is drive me insane
And you’re never gonna keep me down,
I am relentless.

[Solo]

Never got the cover of the Time magazines
And I play guitar like a … ever seen
Can play the records hanging on my wall
The bigger they are you know the harder they fall.
I’m not invited, but I’m coming anyway.

I am relentless like a freight train coming to the driving rail
Relentless like a fighter in arena I don’t feel pain,
I am relentless, all you try to do is drive me insane
Oh yeah, (relentless) yeah yeah, hey

I am relentless like a freight train coming to the driving rail
Relentless like a fighter in arena I don’t feel pain,
I am relentless, all you try to do is drive me insane
And you’re never gonna keep me down, yeah!
I am relentless!

6. Mother

I am your mother,
Your flesh and blood, your family, yeah
And like no other
Until they bury me 6 foot deep
No matter what the future holds
And even know you just began to grow
Just know you’ll always have your mother

The damage is done,
I never wanted things to work out this way
My little ones, how do I say how sorry I am
Some day you’ll see the truth
And you’ll come running back to me
Just know you’ll always have your mother
You’ll always have your mother

He lies to you, and
He tries to find
Should be crucified, left to die
He paints an ugly picture of you and die
It’s so far from truth
see only when you hurt me
But my love for you
I am your mother
Please understand why I had to leave
Pain was deep,
He was hurting me,
When you look in the sky at a shinning star
Listen to your heart and know who you are
And I’ll always be your mother
I’ll always be your mother
I’ll always be a part of you.

7. Devil In My Head

There’s lighting in the distance
The wind begins to howl
There’s thunder at my window
I’m going out for a prowl
It seems to me when lightning strikes
Knocks me off my feet
The trouble I’m in is black as sin
But your touch feels so sweet

Love don’t come easy for a lonely soul like me
I find myself in trouble on the road to misery
I try to do the right thin but I’m easily misled
I’m drawn to the dark side, and the devil in my head

Ain’t an alibi left in town
House of cards comes tumbling down
9 lives and counting as the reaper makes its choice
It seems to me when lightning strikes
Knocks me off my feet
The trouble I’m in is black as sin
But your touch feels so sweet

Love don’t come easy for a lonely soul like me

I find myself in trouble on the road to misery
I try to do the right thin but I’m easily misled
I’m drawn to the dark side, and the devil in my head

Sometimes the angels are watching over me
To rescue me,
And sometimes I feel lucky to be alive
I don’t know why I keep coming home
To the devil in my head
Yeah, I keep coming home
To the devil in my head, alright

[Guitar solo]

In the ghost of a blind man, see in the mirror of time
Does the soul of a thief steal mercy from the scene of the crime

Love don’t come easy for a lonely soul like me
I find myself in trouble on the road to misery
I try to do the right thin but I’m easily misled
I’m drawn to the dark side, and the devil in my head.

8. Asylum

Walking through these halls
Filled with anger
Screaming for my life
But no one answers
And in my head the voice are doomed
The walls are cold and I sit true
I’m forever lost, in the asylum

The scars of your love on my wrist
The scars of madness on your fist
I tried to save the ones I love
I prayed for love of god above
I’m forever lost, in the asylum

No one will believe, the story I tell
No one could imagine such a lonely hell

No one seems to help me now
As though my words were all blacked down
And reaching on the walls, of the asylum, yeah

Instead I turn those tables round
You knock me down on hallow ground
Our wedding vows we pronounce, into the asylum

The whispers of the ghosts of dreams
The way I hoped my life would be
One day I know you’ll realize
Our love was meant to die
I don’t wanna die, in the asylum
The writing on the wall, in the asylum.

9. Love 2 Hate U

You gave me diamonds,
You built me mansions
You gave me everything a girl could want
You bought my first tattoo

I’ve sent you flowers, oh and flowers
I gave you everything your heart desired
And your little too

[Chorus]
I know love’s a sacrifice no doubt
Something we can’t live without
Yeah, I think I’ve worked it out
Why I love 2 hate u,
Why I love 2 hate u

I’ve bought you leather, black leather
I’ve bought you everything a girl could want
I bought you the first guitar

I gave you loving, your first real loving
In the back seat, on the night
I bought your first real car

[Chorus]
I know love’s a sacrifice no doubt
Something we can’t live without
Yeah, I think I’ve worked it out
Why I love 2 hate u,
Why I love 2 hate u

But there’s just something that’s missing
Must be your heart and soul
There’s an emptiness inside you
No matter what I say, no matter what I do
I just love 2 hate u

[Chorus]

10. A Song To Slit Your Wrists By

[originally by 58]
[written By Nikki Sixx]

Distorsion out of face
Washes over my sour face
My life is thru, I guess I owe it all to you
Check me out.
You left me wondering what I’m about
You sucked dry and you spit me out,
There still one thing I can do
So I wrote this tune just for you!
A Song To Slit Your Wrists By,
A song my health, a twist
A Song To Slit Your Wrists By
A song my goodbye kiss!
Yeah!

Black tears, white towel
My face check out the cloud
The dark faith I’m thru

I just keep writing this tune for you.
A Song To Slit Your Wrists By,
A song my health, a twist
A Song To Slit Your Wrists By
A song my goodbye kiss!
Yeah!

Distorsion out of face
Washes over my sour face
My life is thru, I guess I owe it all to you
A Song To Slit Your Wrists By,
A song my health, a twist
A Song To Slit Your Wrists By
A song my goodbye kiss!
Yeah! It’s so good!

A song my goodbye kiss!
Oh, kiss this!

11. Boiling Point

[iTunes Bonus Track]

Caught in the sights of a killing fire
On streets filled with ashes and smoke
Flames reaching up to a dirty sky
Like some kind of sick deadly joke

[Chorus:]
Can’t stop what hate started
There’s no cooling down
I’m past the boiling point now

Every day my TV screen
Is pushing me to make somebody bleed
The chains ’round your neck got me wondering
How you’ll ever get the freedom that you need
Can’t turn this world into heaven
By burning it down to the ground

I’m on fire
I’m burning up
My temperature’s rising, point of no return
Watch out or you just might burn

[Chorus]

The walls fall down like dominoes
Nobody’s left to pay what’s due
Too many crazy people running round
Starting wars between me and you

[Chorus]

I’m on fire
I’m burning up
My temperature’s rising, point of no return
Watch out or you just might burn

12. Bad Neighborhood

[Bonus Track]

13. The Bitch Is Back

[Bonus Track]

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