PSYCHO CIRCUS/ KISS

Live From Earth/ Pat Benatar

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE STATE OF ROCK N' ROLL

Writers: Holly Knight/Paul Stanley/ Curt Cuomo

Looking back yeah I feel alright
Getting more than my expectations
Yeah my future looks clear and bright
I’m living up to my reputation

Yeah, I’m satisfied
Yeah, until the day I die

I gave my blood and I gave my soul
I stood my ground and I took control
The legend’s growing as the story’s told
I pledge allegiance to the state,of rock and roll
Oh yeah

I’ve been a rebel for all my life
I never cared about regulations
I only went for the things I liked
And my guitar was my inspiration

Yeah, we pay a price
Yeah, I made the sacrifice

I gave my blood and I gave my soul
I stood my ground and I took control
The legend’s growing as the story’s told
I know that heaven’s gonna wait
I pledge allegiance to the state, of rock and roll

[solo]

Yeah, I’m satisfied
Yeah, until the day I die

I gave my blood and I gave my soul
I stood my ground and I took control
The legend’s growing as the story’s told
I know that heaven’s gonna wait

I gave my blood and I gave my soul
I stood my ground and I took control
The legend’s growing as the story’s told
I pledge allegiance to the state, I pledge allegiance to the state
Of rock and roll, of rock and roll

Rock and roll.

 
Lyrics

1. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE (TO THE STATE OF ROCK N' ROLL)
 

RAISE YOUR GLASSES

Writers: Holly Knight/Paul Stanley

 

I took a ride with a one way ticket

I aimed my arrow at the mark and hit it

We all need to be somebody

Been broken down but not defeated

I kept on punching back’til I succeeded

We all need to be somebody now

We stopped at nothing even climbed barbed wire

We struck a match and set the world on fire

And if we tried we couldn’t get much higher now

 

Everyone around the nation

Raise your glasses, raise your glasses

Standing proud cos’ we’re the champions

Raise your glasses, raise your glasses

 

We pushed it all beyond the limit

We took our chances

and we jumped right in it

We all need to be somebody

Now I believe in strength in numbers

went into battle with the force of thunder

We all need to be somebody now

 

I want to shout it out with all my power

I want to scream it from the highest tower

I want to celebrate our finest hour now

 

Everyone around the nation

Raise your glasses, raise your glasses

Standing proud cos’ we’re the champions

Raise your glasses, raise your glasses

Oh you gotta give it your all

You gotta know what you’re after

Go we’ll make it over the wall together

 

I took a ride with a one way ticket

I shot my arrow at the mark and hit it

We all need to be somebody

So while all the others only talked I did it

Kept pushin’ everything beyond the limit

You play the game

You gotta play to win it

So raise your glasses, raise your glasses

 

Everyone around the nation

Raise your glasses, raise your glasses

Lift your voice in celebration

Raise your glasses

RAise your glasses

 
Lyrics

2. RAISE YOUR GLASSES
 

‘I’ve known three of the members of Kiss since I was 20. When I joined my first band, Spider, our drummer Anton Fig was starting to do sessions on the side, and he got hired to play drums on Ace Frehley’s solo record. Through our friendship with Ace we met Bill Aucoin, Kiss’s manager, who also started managing us. The first record I ever played on was ‘Kiss Unmasked’. I was visiting another band at the Record Plant and was sitting in the lounge talking to them when Gene Simmons walked in and asked me if I would put a keyboard down on one of the tunes, and one tune led to another until I realized I had pretty much played on the whole record. When the record went gold, the band was really nice and sent me a gold plaque which I still treasure in my studio. I got to know Gene and especially Paul pretty well. Fast forward to years later after I had started having hits as a songwriter, I reconnected with Paul and he asked me to write with him for several records. Our first effort was ‘Hide Your Heart'(cowritten with Desmond Child) – in addition to Kiss’s version, it was recorded by Ace Frehley, Bonnie Tyler and Molly Hatchett. Years later we worked on Psycho Circus together, and then Paul’s most recent solo record. 

I never really understood what Kiss was about til I went to see them live in the 80’s. At that point I already knew them, so seeing them dressed up in full Kiss Regalia, spitting blood and fire in huge arenas seemed surrealistic to me.  Back then no one knew what they looked liked without their makeup, but for me it was the other way around . I did have some fun times with those guys. Especially Ace because he was the most outrageous.’ –HK

 

 
 
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