White Lion: Pride [1987]

Released June 21, 1987
Genre Hard rockglam metal
Length 44:09
Label Atlantic
Producer Michael Wagener

Pride was the second studio album by the American/Danish hard rock band White Lion, released on June 21, 1987, by Atlantic Records. The album featured the two top ten hits “Wait” and “When the Children Cry“. It peaked at number 11 on The Billboard 200 and remained in the Billboard Top 200 for a full year, selling two million copies in the US alone.

The album’s first single, “Wait”, was released on June 1, 1987, but did not make waves until MTV began airing the video in January 1988, seven months after its release, pushing the single to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. In August 1988, more than a year after the album’s release, the second single “Tell Me” hit #58. Pride’s third single, a gentle acoustic ballad titled “When the Children Cry”, made it all the way to #3, again with heavy MTV rotation of the video, marking Pride one of just 20 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits. The album peaked at #11 on the album charts. Pride would remain on the top 200 Billboard album charts for a full year.

The success of “When the Children Cry” would eventually push sales of Pride over the two million mark in the US, achieving double platinum status.[3]In addition, guitarist Vito Bratta was recognized for his instrumental talents by racking up Best New Guitarist awards with both Guitar World magazine and Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine.

The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley‘s 80’s band Frehley’s Comet. The next year and a half was filled with constant touring, opening for such bands as AerosmithOzzy OsbourneKISS in December 1987. In January 1988 White Lion landed the opening slot for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video American tour. They’d end the tour opening for Stryper in the summer of 1988.[4]

While touring with AC/DC, the Pride album and “Wait” single finally charted, due in no small part to MTV airing the “Wait” music video in regular rotation – nearly seven months after the single’s release. Also, during the time they were opening for AC/DC. In February 1988, a show at the Ritz in New York City was filmed for an MTV concert special.

In the spring of 1989, the Pride tour finally ended, but rather than take a break, they instead chose to record the next album, a decision the group later came to regret due to the effects of fatigue from heavy touring on the final product.

Track listing

  1. “Hungry” – 3:55
  2. “Lonely Nights” – 4:11
  3. “Don’t Give Up” – 3:15
  4. “Sweet Little Loving” – 4:02
  5. “Lady of the Valley” – 6:35
  6. Wait” – 4:00
  7. All You Need Is Rock ‘n’ Roll” – 5:14
  8. Tell Me” – 4:28
  9. “All Join Our Hands” – 4:11
  10. When the Children Cry” – 4:18

All songs written by Vito Bratta and Mike Tramp

Lyrics

1. Hungry

Baby, baby look so fine
Let me know that you’ll be mine
Cause I don’t wanna be alone tonight
Pick me up and take me home
Let your love be all I own
Just be my baby through the night
Baby take off your leather
And show me all your lace
Gimme loving one thousand ways

Cause I’m hungry
Yes, I’m hungry
Oh so hungry
Hungry for your love

Keep your engine running high
When you take my love inside
But hold the trigger on my loaded gun
Show me that your touch is right
And take to the top tonight
Hurt me baby but don’t let me cry
Cause your touching gets me crazy
And your teasing drives me wild
I need your love like a little child

Cause I’m hungry
Yes I’m hungry
Oh so hungry for your love

Cause your love is wild
I’m begging like a child
Needing all of you
When your love is mine
I’ll be feeling fine
All through the night

Keep your engine running high
When you take my love inside
But hold the trigger on my loaded gun
Baby take off your leather
And show me all your lace
Gimme love one thousand ways

Cause I’m hungry…

2. Lonely Nights

The little girl standing in the rain
On the corner of 42nd street
And she’s all alone on the bad side of town
Cause there was a little boy
That she loved with all her heart
But he’s far away with another girl
Now she’s searching for a friend
Just to hold her when she cries

In her lonely nights, lonely nights
Where no one seems to care
In her lonely nights, lonely nights
You better beware

But baby you try and you try
But it seems that it doesn’t work
Cause love is a game that they play
So baby hold on to your heart
When they tell you that they care
Yeah now that you know that the winner
Takes what he wants
But she’s searching for a friend
Just hold her when she cries

In her lonely nights, lonely nights
Where no one seems to care
In her lonely nights, lonely nights
You better beware

And somewhere in the night
There’s a little cry
A girl who says
Hey I wanna die
There’s no one here who cares
But if there’s someone here who understands
Just someone here who’ll try to lend a hand
And bring her home tonight, tonight

In her lonely nights…

3. Don’t Give Up

Are you tired of working 9 to 5
And are you fed up with your boring life
When your master tells you what to do
Years you wasted looking back at you
When life is driving you crazy
You feel your losing your mind

Don’t give up, don’t give up
When the road gets rough
Don’t give up, don’t give up
Even when it’s tough

Making money you never have enough
Never-ending bills are building up
And the tax man stalking at your door
Never giving always wanting more
You feel like changing the times
To get some peace in your mind

Don’t give up, don’t give up
When the road gets rough
Don’t give up, don’t give up
Even when it’s tough

Don’t give up, don’t give up
When the road gets rough
Don’t give up, don’t give up
Even when it’s tough

Don’t give up,don’t give up
Don’t you ever give up
Don’t give up, you can make it
Don’t give up, you can do it tonight
Don’t give up, you can tell ’em
Don’t give up, you can show ’em alright
Don’t give up, don’t give up, don’t give up
Don’t you ever give up

4. Sweet Little Lovin’

Little miss dee’s got a dirty mind
All around the boy’s she’s one of a kind
If you wanna good time you can take her home
Cause everyone knows she is good in bed
In a minute or two she’ll make your dreams come true
She takes you to the top, you never wanna stop

Sweet little loving
Sweet little loving
Sweet little loving
Sweet little loving

Late night work in the sleezy bars
Driving down the boulevard in the fancy cars
She don’t care what her daddy says
Cause all that matters is how much it pays
For two hundred down you get a hell of a time
She takes you to the top you never want to stop

Sweet little loving
Sweet little loving
Sweet little loving
Sweet little loving

I wonder why she never cries
I wonder why she never cries

Sweet little loving
Sweet little loving
Sweet little loving
Sweet little loving

5. Lady Of The Valley

Lady of the valley
Can you hear me cry
In the stillness of the night
I have lost my brother
In the fights of the war
And my heart has broken down

In the night I cry but no one seems to hear
I step into the light but all I feel is fear

Lady of the valley
Can you bring him back
To the days when we were kids
Once we were together
We stood young and strong
now it seems so long ago

The golden key is at the end of the chain
How it hurts oh lady free me from this pain

In the night I cry to the lady of the valley
Cause I’ll die without the lady of the valley
In the night I call to the lady of the valley
On my knees I fall before the lady of the valley

In the valley lies the treasure
And the lady guards it well
He who bears all the pressure
Is the one to break the spell
There’s a sign that I’ve followed
And it has led me to your seat
I have brought my fallen brother
And I’ve laid him, yes I’ve laid him
At your feet

In the night I cry to the lady of the valley
Cause I’ll die without the lady of the valley
In the night I cry to the lady of the valley
Cause I’ll die without the lady of the valley
In the night I call to the lady of the valley
On my knees I fall before the lady of the valley

6. Wait

Wait just a moment before our love will die
Cause I must know the reason why we say goodbye
Wait just a moment and tell me why
’cause I can show you loving that you won’t deny

Wait and show your loving like it was before
Cause I won’t let that feeling walk out through the door
Yeah wait just a moment and try once more
Cause babe I need to hold you like I did before

So if you go away I know that I will follow
Cause there’s a place inside my heart that tells me
Hold out, hold out, hold out

Wait – wait
I never had a chance to love you
Wait – wait
If only our love could show you
Wait – wait
I never wanna be without you
Wait – wait
No I never had a chance to love you
Now I only wanna say I love you
One more time

[solo]

Wait – wait
I never had a chance to love you
Wait – wait
If only our love could show you
Wait – wait
I never wanna be without you
Wait – wait
No I never had a chance to love you
Now I only wanna say I love you
Wait…

7. All You Need Is Rock N Roll

Are you feeling down
Are you all alone
Have your dreams been shattered
Have you lost all hope
All you need is music
It’s your destiny, it sets you free

Whoh, oh, oh, oh
All you need is rock’n’roll
Whoh, oh, oh, oh
Whoh, oh, oh, oh
All you need is rock’n’roll
Whoh, oh, oh, oh

You can raise your hands
You can stomp your feet
Get down and turn around
You can do it all cause there ain’t no rules
When you feel the music
Just move your feet, to that heavy beat

Whoh, oh, oh, oh
All you need is rock’n’roll
Whoh, oh, oh, oh
Whoh, oh, oh, oh
All you need is rock’n’roll
Whoh, oh, oh, oh

Whoh, oh, oh, oh
All you need is rock’n’roll
Whoh, oh, oh, oh
Whoh, oh, oh, oh
All you need is rock’n’roll
Whoh, oh, oh, oh

8. Tell Me

We held each other tight
And ran away into the night
Oh baby you were so afraid
We knew we couldn’t stay
Our parents didn’t understand
The love we had together

We were teenagers
Far away from home
We were cold and all alone

Tell me baby all through the night
That you’ll never let me go
Tell me baby cause I want the world to know

Together we were one
We found the place where dreams are made
And hearts never broken
We said we’d never leave
You know we couldn’t turn around
And face that we had left behind

We were young in love
Out on the run
We were cold and all alone

Tell me baby all through the night
That you’ll never let me go
Tell me baby cause I want the world to know
Tell me baby I’m the only one
And you ever need
Tell me baby that you’ll never let me go

Tell me baby all through the night
That you’ll never let me go
Tell me baby cause I want the world to know
Tell me baby I’m the only one
And you ever need
Tell me baby that you’ll never let me go

Oh baby, you know we couldn’t turn around
Cause we were young up against the world
So tell me, tell that you’ll never let me go
Cause I need your love, and I need it all the time

9. All Join Our Hands

Children crying from the heat
Don’t they know they belong
People fighting can’t compete
Don’t they know that they’re wrong
Time is standing
Still all around
Yes time takes us on a trip
Round’n’round our minds
Pictures of a dream
All it does is cloud all the lies

So let’s all join our hands
Raise them together
We can fight for the lives that are real
Yeah lets all join hands
Raise them together
It’s a fight for the right that we feel

Nations plan hearts are weak
Don’t they know that we belong
Years of growing reach the peak
Don’t they know that they’re wrong
Life surrounds us
In many different ways
All we see
Are switches there to take it all away
Pieces of a dream
All it does is cloud all the lies

So let’s all join our hands
Raise them together
We can fight for the lives that are real
Yeah lets all join hands
Raise them together
It’s a fight for the right that we feel

Is this the way
We treat one another
Days filled with hope
Lives filled with fear
Why must we live
At war with our brothers
When we could live
Our future at last

So let’s all join our hands
Raise them together
We can fight for the lives that are real
Yeah lets all join hands
Raise them together
It’s a fight for the right that we feel

10. When The Children Cry

Little child
Dry your crying eyes
How can I explain
The fear you feel inside
‘Cause you were born
Into this evil world
Where man is killing man
And no one knows just why

What have we become
Just look what we have done
All that we destroyed
You must build again

When the children cry
Let them know we tried
‘Cause when the children sing
Then the new world begins

Little child
You must show the way
To a better day
For all the young
‘Cause you were born
For the world to see
That we all can live
With love and peace

No more presidents
And all the wars will end
One united world under God

When the children cry
Let them know we tried
‘Cause when the children sing
Then the new world begins

What have we become
Just look what we have done
All that we destroyed
You must build again

No more presidents
And all the wars will end
One united world under God

When the children cry
Let them know we tried
‘Cause when the children sing
The new world begins

What have we become
Just look what we have done
All that we destroyed
You must build again

No more presidents
And all the wars will end
One united world under God

When the children cry
Let them know we tried
‘Cause when the children fight
Let them know it ain’t right
When the children pray
Let them know the way
‘Cause when the children sing
Then the new world begins

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