White Lion: Return of the Pride [2008]

Released March 14, 2008
Recorded 2007
Genre Melodic Rock
Length 57:28
Label Frontiers
Producer White Lion

Return of the Pride is the fifth studio album featuring original material by White Lion. The album was released in 2008 on March 14 (Europe), April 9 (Japan), April 29 (North America). This is the first original White Lion studio album since their 1991 album Mane Attraction and is the first studio album with the new line up which still features original lead singer Mike Tramp. The album is also a sequel to the band’s 1987 album Pride.

Following the release of the compilation album The Best of White Lion the band was mostly known as Tramp’s White Lion or White Lion 2 due to legal reasons with former members but is now once again simply known as White Lion.

The band did a world tour to support the album. White Lion toured India and played to 42,000 at Shillong, Meghalaya, and a 30,000 plus crowd at the Dimapur stadium in Nagaland. The band was invited to India by the head of the Tripura Royal Family Maharaja Kirit Pradyot Deb Burman.

Track listing

  1. “Sangre de Cristo” – 8:44
  2. “Dream” – 5:08
  3. “Live Your Life” – 4:52
  4. “Set Me Free” – 4:59
  5. “I Will” – 4:13
  6. “Battle at Little Big Horn” – 7:32
  7. “Never Let You Go” – 4:50
  8. “Gonna Do It My Way” – 4:24
  9. “Finally See the Light” – 4:55
  10. “Let Me Be Me” – 4:00
  11. “Take Me Home” (European bonus track) – 3:50

Lyrics

1. Sangre De Cristo

Searching for the truth we need to know
Questions in our mind don’t always tell us where to go
Living with the stories we’ve been told
Learning from the books and all the mysteries they hold

We want to find the answers We need to know the truth
But if we ever come to realize Two thousand years of lies

We are born then we are shown the way
Some are free to choose and others worship and obey
Some believe in heaven some in hell
Angels fly, and beasts defy Religion made to sell

Crusaders and defenders Fight the holy war
From desert sand to city streets they die- And still I wonder why

But I cease to believe It is how it was meant to be
And I know that I’ve made up my mind And follow the way that I want

If we read between the lines
Will we find the truth in time

Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel
Trouble at the Tower of Babel
Noah built his ark and sailed away
Dinosaurs walked the earth
Long before the written word
But tell me who was Mary Magdalene
Darwin and the missing link
Those who dare are free to think
Earth is turning like a big balloon
Somewhere in the universe
Far away from our story
Maybe there’s another world where everything is right

Say your prayers Save your soul today
Credit card or mail a check How do you want to pay
Saints and sinners live the way they choose
Blasphemy, profanities who can you accuse

Now who has all the answers Who is right who is wrong
Walk on water heal the sick and blind In the end what will we find

2. Dream

If you could fly like a bird in the sky
Hide in the clouds from the people below
If you could fly anywhere that you wanted
Tell me where would you go

If you could live like a fish in the ocean
And never knowing the time or the day
If you could be anything that you wanted
Even just for a day

Everyone sits and wonders
What they will never do
Now can you hear the thunder
It’s calling you

Dream when your eyes are open
Dream when you’re sound asleep
No one can ever stop you dreaming
Dream with your heart is broken
Dream when you’ve given up
Nothing should ever stop you dreaming

If you could walk on the moon like a spaceman
And look on down at the world from above
If you could travel the endless journey
And go somewhere you love

Open your heart and wonder
All that you’re gonna do
Follow the sound of thunder
It’s calling you

Dream when your eyes are open
Dream when you’re sound asleep
No one can ever stop you dreaming
Dream with your heart is broken
Dream when you’ve given up
Nothing should ever stop you dreaming

Dream when your eyes are open
Dream when you’re sound asleep
No one can ever stop you dreaming
Dream with your heart is broken
Dream when you’ve given up
Nothing should ever stop you dreaming

3. Live Your Life

You say it ain’t so and you don’t know
But what should I believe
You seem so sad you get so mad
But is it in your mind
You gotta believe
Things they happen for a reason
You gotta hold on
There ain’t nothing you can’t do

Every time it don’t work just throw it out
Every time you wanna waste it you better taste it

Anything you want
Anything you need you got it
Just open your eyes and take a good look inside
Anything you love
Anything you like just grab it
Follow your heart and don’t forget to live your life

You always want to be the best at everything you do
But is it fun when you fall down and there’s none one there
Don’t be afraid
Let the changes come and go
Don’t waste your time
Always let your feelings show

So don’t hide it anymore
Let them know just who you are
And don’t fight it anymore
You always knew it that you could do it

Anything you want
Anything you need you got it
Just open your eyes and take a good look inside
Anything you love
Anything you like just grab it
Follow your heart and don’t forget to live your life

When it gets too tough
Don’t ever think of quitting
You don’t get nowhere by sitting on your ass
Looking down that empty glass
Just wondering what ever you did wrong

Anything you want
Anything you need you got it
Just open your eyes and take a good look inside
Anything you love
Anything you like just grab it
Follow your heart and don’t forget to live your life

Anything you want
Anything you need you got it
Just open your eyes and take a good look inside
Anything you love
Anything you like just grab it
Follow your heart and don’t forget to live your life

4. Set Me Free

Early in the morning on a bright December day
I was taken from my home and many miles away
Twenty years would pass on by and I’d become a man
Living as a prisoner in a foreign land

Memories something from the past
Dreams that come but never last
Where am I now
Will I ever know
Will they ever let me go

Set me free why don’t you
I don’t need your chains to hold me
Set me free and let me go
I don’t know what I’ve done
In my cell I dream of freedom
Set me free and let me go

Foreign faces I don’t know will never be my friend
I have been here for too long when will this ever end
Take me here take me there I don’t understand
Will you find the things you seek in this broken man

Where is home, can I find my way
Will they still remember me
What am I now
Will I ever know
Everything from long ago

Set me free why don’t you
I don’t need your chains to hold me
Set me free and let me go
I don’t know what I’ve done
In my cell I dream of freedom
Set me free and let me go

Set me free why don’t you
I don’t need your chains to hold me
Set me free and let me go
I don’t know what I’ve done
In my cell I dream of freedom
Set me free and let me go

5. I Will

Let’s pack the bags and head on our way
There ain’t no reason for us to stay
We have done everything we can do
Now it’s time for me and for you

There is a big world waiting for us
I hope we find what we have lost
Look ahead and don’t be afraid
Where there is love there won’t be hate

And where there is a rescue
There shines a light
So we both can find the way
From wrong to right
And into the fire
We touch the flame
And always remember we are the same

I will
Run through your fire and into your hell
I will
Cause I am your father
And you always be my son

So much stuff that we have done
So many memories so much fun
There ain’t no limit to what we can do
And I will listen and follow you

These chains can’t be broken
These walls won’t come down
And you have a place right here
In this old town
Right from the beginning
A promise I made
That we’d be together through love and hate

I will
Run through your fire and into your hell
I will
Cause I am your father
And you always be my son

My shining star my brave little one
What would I do if you were gone
I have given my life for you
Do you know that I love you

I will
Run through your fire and into your hell
I will
Cause I am your father
And you always be my son

I will
Run through your fire and into your hell
I will
Cause I am your father
And you always be my son

6. Battle At Little Big Horn

He was made for battle Driven by the gun
Disobeying orders his ego would be on early grave
He was known amongst them by his yellow hair
Now he’ll shoot his gun for the very last time
This will be Custer’s last stand

What a great day to die
And justice will be done
And the eagle will fly
When the battle has begun
And a hero will rise
He will be the one they’ll all be talking about
In a thousand years or more

He was born a warrior One of a kind
He will always be that
Nothing could ever change his mind
The spirit can’t be broken
The heart won’t ever change
There’ll be no retreat No surrender
He will not give up the land that is his

What a great day to die
And justice will be done
And the eagle will fly
When the battle has begun
And a hero will rise
He will be the one they’ll all be talking about
In a thousand years or more

There will be no mercy
For the wounded soldiers
There is nothing they can do
But we will remember
That their bravery
Was their very last mistake

From above the battle the sun shines on the dead
All the native women are taking scalps from the soldiers heads
There is celebration there is victory
They will never fight this way again
They will never live this free again

What a great day to die
And justice will be done
And the eagle will fly
When the battle has begun
And a hero will rise
He will be the one they’ll all be talking about
In a thousand years or more

What a great day to die
And justice will be done
And the eagle will fly
When the battle has begun
And a hero will rise
He will be the one they’ll all be talking about
In a thousand years or more

7. Never Let You Go

When the bed is cold as ice
And tears are falling from your eyes
Afraid to make a move
But dying to be touched
When the night is getting long
And we are blind to what is wrong
If only you could see
With you I want to be

When the questions in your head they are killing you
Just remember what I said and promised you promised you

I know I know
I won’t ever let you go
And I will love you everyday
And I hope I pray
There won’t ever come a day
When we will say goodbye
Cause love can never die

There are times when nothing works
And all you do just getting worse
In your mind you’ve given up
But waiting to be found
When your hope is gone and lost
And you don’t know who you should trust
You’re crying out for help
You try to carry on

When the time is running out and it’s the end
Just remember what I said and I promised you promised you

I know I know
I won’t ever let you go
And I will love you everyday
And I hope I pray
There won’t ever come a day
When we will say goodbye
Cause love can never die

I know I know
I won’t ever let you go
And I will love you everyday
And I hope I pray
There won’t ever come a day
When we will say goodbye
Cause love can never die

8. Gonna Do It My Way

I have seen it
With my own two eyes
I have tasted it
Like a million times
I have walked it
For miles and miles
And in the end well I wasn’t quite sure
Just where I began

If you ask me
Was it all worth fighting for
If I told you
That I don’t know anymore

Hey, hey, hey
Gonna do it my way
Gonna do it today
Like I did yesterday
Do you hear what I say

I’ve been through it
And I barely got out
I was helpless
And I screamed and shouted
Then I gambled
And I lost it all
But when you come from the streets
Then the streets are where you belong

If you ask me
What the hell is going on
I will tell you
That it’s only just begun

Hey, hey, hey
Gonna do it my way
Gonna do it today
Like I did yesterday
Do you hear what I say

Hey, hey, hey
Gonna do it my way
Gonna do it today
Like I did yesterday
Do you hear what I say

Hey, hey, hey
Gonna do it my way
Gonna do it today
Like I did yesterday
Do you hear what I say

If you ask me
What the hell is going on
I will tell you
That it’s only just begun

Hey, hey, hey
Gonna do it my way
Gonna do it today
Like I did yesterday
Do you hear what I say

Hey, hey, hey
Gonna do it my way
Gonna do it today
Like I did yesterday
Do you hear what I say

9. Finally See The Light

Give me a car show me a road
Let me get out before I’m old
Take me away to somewhere new
Don’t wanna stay been here too long
Tired of singing the same ol’ song
Time for a change before too late

And I waited for the phone to ring
No check was in the mail
I gave it all my everything
But now I’m gonna bail

I wasted time hanging around
Let all the good ones go
The dreams I sought I never found
And now where did they go
I sacrificed I paid the price
I fought for what was right
And now I come to realize
I finally see the light

Out on my own doing alright
Don’t really care where I spend the night
What I know is I’m moving on
Day by day Town to town
You can say I get around
I should have done it long ago

I followed every word you said
But little did I know
That one day you would leave me dead
With nothing much to show

I wasted time hanging around
Let all the good ones go
The dreams I sought I never found
And now where did they go
I sacrificed I paid the price
I fought for what was right
And now I come to realize
I finally see the light

I wasted time hanging around
Let all the good ones go
The dreams I sought I never found
And now where did they go
I sacrificed I paid the price
I fought for what was right
And now I come to realize
I finally see the light

10. Let Me Be Me

I never thought I would be king
Doing my best to win
I never felt I would be anything at all
But when I take a look inside
What I see I like
I wouldn’t go and change anything at all

If only you could see me for
The person that I am
If only you could open up your mind

Let me be me
There is more than what you see
Let me be me
And you will have the best of me

I never thought I could be right
Or make a stand and fight
I always give up way before I even try
Now when I open up my eyes
It’s like a big surprise
I know that I can do anything I want

Don’t try to tell me what to do
Don’t even show me how
I’m gonna do it just the way I know

Let me be me
There is more than what you see
Let me be me
And you will have the best of me

Let me be me
There is more than what you see
Let me be me
And you will have the best of me

Let me be me
There is more than what you see
Let me be me
And you will have the best of me

11. Take Me Home

[European Bonus Track]

Stand on the outside looking at you
Trying so hard calling for you
I had been given a place in your heart
Now there is something that torn it apart
Wandering far blind to the lies
Now can’t you see that I’ve opened my eyes
Out in the rain I’m calling for you

To take me home
Out of the cold
Back in the warmth of your arms
Take me home
Love me to death
Hold me like never before

Somebody told me they saw you alone
Looking so empty eyes like a stone
Far in the distance I called out your name
Hoping that somehow you I’d do the same
Wasting the time wasting the day
Trying to reach you but you’re far away
Deep in the night Ik’m waiting for you

To take me home
Out of the cold
Back in the warmth of your arms
Take me home
Love me to death
Hold me like never before

And why was I such a fool
That really didn’t know
You tried to show me many times
And let me know
Now here I am again knocking on your door
Showing you this man is not
The way he was before

Wandering far blind to the lies
Now can’t you see that I’ve opened my eyes
Out in the rain I’m waiting

To take me home
Out of the cold
Back in the warmth of your arms
Take me home
Love me to death
Hold me like never before

To take me home
Out of the cold
Back in the warmth of your arms
Take me home
Love me to death
Hold me like never before

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