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KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND

BILLY IDOL KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND LYRICS

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BITTER PILL

Written by Billy Idol, Eric Bazilian and Glen Goss
Riding down this road
Like I’ve ridden down a million
I’ve run through every road block in this town
I laughed at all the signs that say “speed’ll kill ya”
It took you to slow me down

I’d forgotten how to fly
But I’ll remember before I die

It’s a crooked line I follow
It’s a rocky road I ride
It’s a bitter pill I swallow
Just to keep you by my side

A white man sings the blues
Like there just ain’t no tomorrow
‘cause misery is always colorblind
I’ve taken every remedy for ignorance and sorrow
Something to cure this wicked mind

And I’d forgotten how to fly
But I’ll remember before I die

It’s a crooked line I follow
And a rocky road I ride
It’s a bitter pill I swallow
Just to keep you by my side
Just to keep you satisfied

I’ve forgotten the reasons why
But I’ll remember before I die

It’s a crooked line I follow
It’s a rocky road I ride
It’s a bitter pill I swallow
Just to keep you by my side
Just to keep you satisfied
Just to keep you by my side

Satisfied
Satisfied

It’s a wicked world, baby

Riding down this road
Like I’ve ridden down a million
I’ve run through every road block in this town
I laughed at all the signs that say “speed’ll kill ya”
It took you to slow me down

CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN

Written by Billy Idol, Greg Kurstin and Dan Nigro
The devil’s house in the shape of a chapel
You hid the knife in the core of an apple
Burn me, try to hurt me
Try to hit me when my back was turning

I saw you wait where the shadows are growing
You’re talking straight
But your colors are showing
Burn me, try to hurt me
Try to get me when my head was turning

You want to rain on my survival story
You’re crazy baby ‘cause I’ve never had a doubt
I’m singin’ songs about love and glory
Oh oh oh

Your gun went
BANG BANG BANG
You shot me to the ground
But you can’t break me down

BANG BANG BANG
You tried to knock me out
No, you can’t break me down

It’s just my natural reaction
When I hit the floor
I’m the original assassin
I come up for more

You put me up so you can watch me crumble
I always knew you were some kind of trouble
Lurking, you can’t hurt me
‘cause I see just how your evil’s working

A silver tongue with the best of intentions
But you’re a child with the cruelest inventions
Burning, you’re just hurtin’
I know somewhere deep in hell you’re workin’

You want to rain on my survival story
You’re crazy baby ‘cause I never had a doubt
I’m singing songs about love and glory
Oh oh oh

Your gun went
BANG BANG BANG
You shot me to the ground
But you can’t bring me down

BANG BANG BANG
You try to knock me out
No, you can’t break me down

It’s just my natural reaction
When I hit the floor
I’m the original assassin
I come up for more

You don’t know what you started
You hit but missed the target

BANG BANG BANG
You shot me to the ground
But you can’t break me down

BANG BANG BANG
You tried to knock me out
No, you can’t break me down

It’s just my natural reaction
When I hit the floor
I’m the original assassin
I come up for more

SAVE ME NOW

Written by Billy Idol, George William Lewis and Greg Kurstin
I trusted a priest
I fell to his feet
And he raised me up there
Then cut me off at the knees

I trusted the law
They didn’t help me at all
I wound up black, blue, screwed
In the back of his car

I don’t want to wake up alone
I need you to hear me now
I don’t want to do it alone
I need you here with me now

I don’t want to wait for your love
I need you to save me now

They got me and I’ll never give up
But I need you to save me now

Well they feed upon the poor
My head is banging on the floor
Yes it’s over, yes it’s over
They’re lying

I don’t want to wait for your love
I need you to save me now
Save me now

I once had a girl, I gave her my world
But she played around, put me down
Still wanted the pearl

So I went to a priest
Yes I fell to his feet
And he just raised me up
To cut me off at the knees

I don’t want to wake up alone
I need you to hear me now
I don’t want to do it alone
I need you here with me now

I don’t want to wait for your love
I need you to save me now
They got me and I’ll never give up
But I need you to save me now

‘cause the priest and the law
Truth is pounding at the door
Yes it’s over, yes it’s over
They’re dying

I don’t want to wait for your love
I need you to save me now
Save me now

I don’t want to wake up alone
I need you to hear me now
I don’t want to do it alone
I need you here with me now

I don’t want to wait for your love
I need you to save me now
They got me and I’ll never give up
But I need you to save me now

Well they feed upon the poor
My head is banging on the floor
Yes it’s over, yes it’s over
They’re lying

I don’t want to wait for your love
I need you to save me now
Save me now

ONE BREATH AWAY

Written by Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and Billy Morrison
If I had a world to give
If I had a life to live
Would you come to me?
Would you come to me?

And if I had the time in hand
Spelt out in grains of sand
Would you be with me?
Would you be with me?

You see that everything I do
Still leaves me lost and alone for you

If I could find some time
And a place to hide
I could sit right down and free my mind
One breath away
One breath away

And I know the past is dead and gone
Wasted emotions carry on
One breath away
One breath away, my dear

Girl, when you took me by the hand
You touched the child inside the man
And I was free
Yes I was me
But then love took a different turn
And now the child begins to burn
‘cause I’m angry
‘cause I can feel

You see that everything I do
Still leaves me lost and alone for you
And I was free
And I was free

If I could find some time
And a place to hide
I could sit right down and free my mind
One breath away
One breath away

And I know the past is dead and gone
Wasted emotions carry on
One breath away
One breath away, my dear

Here comes the pressure
And it’s coming down hard
My spirit is fading
But I’m still gonna fight

Here comes the pressure
And it’s coming down hard
My spirit is fading
But I’m still gonna fight

If I could find some time
And a place to hide
I could sit right down and free my mind
One breath away
One breath away

And I know the past is dead and gone
Wasted emotions carry on
One breath away
One breath away, my dear

One breath away
And that’s the hardest breath to take, my dear

POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST

Written by Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and Billy Morrison
If the world keeps turnin’
And my mind keeps burnin’
Can you feel the passion?
Can I make it happen once again?

Now I’m running
In times that are frightening
But I won’t let that break me
I won’t let that take me down again
No

So you know my story
Well I’ll tell you a secret
Inside I was hurtin’
Inside I was cryin’ out for more

Now I’m rolling
Through streets that are empty
To find my destination
Will you touch my fascination once again?

It’s like a memory that will last
Like a postcard from the past
Yesterday is history
It’s there for all the world to see

Like a memory that will last
Like a postcard from the past
My future seems wide open
And tomorrow’s never broken
So come on!

I’m twice the man I used to be
Through the journey of discovery
And it’s more than a feeling
It’s there inside the meaning

Of the man who is speaking
To all of your emotions
And now I’m holding
The keys to our future in my hand

It’s like a memory that will last
Like a postcard from the past
Yesterday is history
It’s there for all the world to see

Like a memory that will last
Like a postcard from the past
My future seems wide open
And tomorrow’s never broken
So come on!

You don’t understand that I won’t shake
You don’t realize that I won’t break
‘cause I could be so strong
For you, my love
We can live it once again

So you know my story
Well I’ll tell you a secret
Yesterday is history
It’s there for all the world to see

Like a memory that will last
Like a postcard from the past
Yesterday is history
It’s there for all the world to see

Like a memory that will last
Like a postcard from the past
My future seems wide open
And tomorrow’s never broken

Like a memory that will last
Like a postcard from the past
My future seems wide open
And tomorrow’s never broken
So come on!

KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND

Written by Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and Billy Morrison
Born in a time
That wasn’t made to last
In 1977 – it went fast

Johnny told us to rise
Not to give a shit
And then “Kiss Me Deadly”
And we had a hit

Last night in the Roxy
We made love on the floor
We shot up in the bathroom
And said we were bored

If you are here tonight
And you hear these sounds
We are still kings & queens of the underground

I don’t mean to be profound
But if I’m still around
We are still kings & queens
Of the underground

1984 and “Rebel Yell” had the floor
All they said, was “more more more”
Well I touched you with
My “Eyes Without A Face”
I was “Hot In The City”
Yes, I thought I was ace

I didn’t know then
When I was in your front room
On MTV, baby
I was high as the moon

If you are here tonight
And you hear these sounds
We are still kings & queens
Of the underground

I don’t mean to be profound
But if I’m still around
We are still kings & queens of the underground

Ooh, ooh, golden years

Sold all my vinyl
It went up my arm
And I thought rock and roll
Couldn’t do me no harm

Now I’m rolling a joint
And I’m dressed in black
If we lose the music baby
We can never go back

And if you’re here tonight
And you hear these sounds
We are still kings & queens of the underground
I don’t mean to be profound
But if I’m still around
We are still kings & queens
Of the underground

Jonesy said, “Bill, don’t be profound,
If you are still a king of the underground”
If you hear my voice
And you dig these rebel sounds
Still kings & queens of the underground

Here tonight
I wanna dig these sounds
I’m still a king of the underground
If you hear my voice
Dig these rebel sounds
We’re still kings & queens of the underground

Ooh, ooh, golden years

EYES WIDE SHUT

Written by Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and Billy Morrison
You call me crazy
As you call my name
But your temptations
Drive me insane

A golden silence
With the lights so low
An invitation that I’ll never know

Queen of the scene
But you’re so obscene
With your long black hair
And you just don’t care

The tears I cried
And the truth I denied myself

You know I fell for you
With my eyes wide shut

The tears I cried
And the truth I denied myself
I should have walked away
With my eyes wide shut

Spiral staircase
And a flowing robe
Eyes of fire
That give me hope

But through the airways
A sign so clear
There’s someone else that you hold dear

Changing your mind
In the blink of an eye
And forgettin’ your lies
It was no surprise

The tears I cried
And the truth I denied myself
You know I fell for you
With my eyes wide shut

Tears I cried
And the truth I denied myself
I should have walked away
With my eyes wide shut

Worldwide chaos girl
People love and hate
A nationwide panic, yeah
And the future quakes

The social network
Betrayed my dreams
You with another guy
My mind starts to scream

Tears I cried
And the truth I denied myself
You know I fell for you
With my eyes wide shut

You call me crazy
As you call my name
You call me crazy

The tears I cried
And the truth I denied myself
You know I fell for you
With my eyes wide shut

The tears I cried
And the truth I denied myself
I should have walked away
With my eyes wide shut

GHOSTS IN MY GUITAR

Written by Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
Tommy cashed it in down on Avenue A
Didn’t have a reason
Didn’t have much more to say

Well, last time I saw him he was
Looking green
Y’know, some people never make it
Out of this scene

Like, Rudy took a hit around Chapter 9
Adios my friend, we had one hell of a time

When I think of you
There’s a voice in my head
That says without fire
We’re better off dead
And I thank you all

I’ll never forget
The ghosts in my guitar

Terry told me that she loved me true
Next time I looked around
She’d run off with you
Well, I was out there playing
‘round the world
No time to think about another lost girl

When I think of you
There’s a voice in my head
That says without fire
We’re better off dead
And I thank you all

I’ll never forget
The ghosts in my guitar
Ghosts in my guitar

Billy is my name
And you know me well
I’ve played every game and yes,
I walked into hell
And yes, down on my luck
I played the fool
Had you to live for
Now I’m back here for good

When I think of you
There’s a voice in my head
That says without fire
We’re better off dead
And I thank you all

Yes, I’ll never forget
The ghosts in my guitar
Ghosts in my guitar

The ghosts in my guitar
Will only take me so far
The ghosts in my guitar
‘cause I’ve got to walk on

NOTHING TO FEAR

Written by Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and Billy Morrison
When you are small
They make you crawl
They make you run away
And then you grow tall
Like a skyscraper, you start to fall

There was a time
When the sun would always shine
Now there’s a day
When the pain just won’t go away

Dreams are made and broken
In my mind
Do you feel the same inside?

Nothing to fear
Nothing to fear (but fear itself)
I’m making it clear
That I am not afraid

Nothing to fear
I say the future is here (so heal yourself)
It’s a new frontier
There’s nothing to fear
In my world

I had a girl
She was young, like a summer wind
But seasons they change
And the cold, began comin’ in

Now if I feel bad
I stop, and I turn around
I tell myself it’s me
Or this crazy town

Dreams are made and broken
In my mind
Do you feel the same inside?

Nothing to fear
Nothing to fear (but fear itself)
I’m making it clear
That I am not afraid

Nothing to fear
Nothing to fear (so heal yourself)
I’m making it clear
There’s nothing to fear
In my world

When you walk alone
You’re not on your own
If you realize
What’s behind my eyes

So please understand
I’m holding your hand
I’m leading you blind
Inside my mind
So let your troubles fly, yeah

Dreams are made and broken
In my mind
Do you feel the same inside?

Dreams are made and broken
In my mind

Nothing to fear
Nothing to fear
I’m making it clear
That I am not afraid

Nothing to fear
I say the future is here
It’s a new frontier
There’s nothing to fear

Nothing to fear
Nothing to fear
I’m making it clear
That I am not afraid

Nothing to fear
You’ve faced the new frontier
So sound the ‘all clear’
There’s nothing to fear
But fear itself

LOVE AND GLORY

Written by Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and Billy Morrison
Baby, don’t you know
How long I’ve been waiting?
Oh my soul

Girl, don’t you know
How long I’ve been thinking?
Oh oh oh

Guess I’m spinning my wheels
Going nowhere fast

‘cause every love I’ve ever had, girl
It just don’t last

I don’t know what it means
‘cause I’m living all my dreams
But I’m still waiting patiently for you

Girl, don’t you know
How long I’ve been falling on the ground
Waiting for a chance
To turn my world around

For in another universe
Where the planets are reversed
Would I still be waiting patiently for you?

Love and glory
That’s the story
That’s the way I want to live my life

Love and glory
That’s the story
Of you and me, of all our lives
All my life, to learn, oh yeah

Now I see your face
I need your loving embrace
For a life turned upside down, babe
Don’t let it go to waste

And now I can see
Everything it could be
So I’m still waiting patiently for you, yeah

Love and glory
That’s the story
That’s the way I want to live my life

Love and glory
That’s the story
Of you and me, of all our lives

Love and glory
That’s the story
In my world there ain’t no black or white

Love and glory
That’s the story
Of you and me, of all our lives

Time won’t stop me dreaming of someone
Won’t stop me dreaming of someone now

Ain’t gonna lose it this time
Yeah yeah yeah

WHISKEY AND PILLS

Written by Billy Idol and Brian Tichy
The sun you know it rots my brain
The way I walk is with a cane
The wind it blows it takes me in
And times it turns it makes me thin

My life is going down the drain
My wife you know she went insane
My kids are messed up in the brain
But when I’m high I feel no shame

When my mind won’t hold still
When I feel the sickening chills
When I feel I’ve had my fill
And every voice I hear is shrill
I calm myself with whiskey and pills
I calm myself with whiskey and pills

The people I know
Their number’s changed
Their view of me is rearranged
The way I see they’re really strange
I’ve got no reason to play their games, yeah

They look at me with eyes a stare
I look at them but I don’t care
I tell them all, what’s fair is fair
And here and there and everywhere

When my mind won’t hold still
When I feel the sickly chills
When I feel I’ve had my fill
And every voice I hear is shrill
I call upon my friends
Whiskey and pills
I call upon my friends
Whiskey and pills
Ooh, ooh, whiskey and pills

When you see me
I’m a-roaming around
My face hits the pavement
Yes I’m on the ground
Turn me around, see if I’m okay
Check out this smile
That’s on my face

I never thought I was gonna die
Until I stared into God’s eyes
He said to me “well, come on son,
better shape up boy, your days are done”

Up my mind I got the chills
Even though he talked with skill
Of the voice I heard the shrill
It was a sound I had to kill
I turned around and grabbed
The whiskey and pills

Can’t say goodbye to
Whiskey and pills
I call upon my friends
Whiskey and pills

I calm myself with
Whiskey and pills

HOLLYWOOD PROMISES

Written by Billy Idol and Brian Tichy
BONUS SONG ON ITUNES EDITION

I need a name
A place in the game
A way to sustain
My stake in the frame
Then Hollywood
You come callin’

Oh, fickle fate
Will it happen too late?
With the morning sun
Will I be done, or in Hollywood?
And she starts bawlin’

I’m talkin’ ‘bout the weatherman
With his golden tan
Has a master plan
He’s talkin’ ‘bout Hollywood
Hollywood promises

Now I live in the hills
On whiskey and pills
And inside my head
I vanquish the dead
And Hollywood
She’s rewardin’

Well I’m riding the wave
Yes, and rock and roll saves
And right to the top
And down I’ll drop
And Hollywood
You come crawlin’

Talkin’ ‘bout the actor man
Who needs a chance
But he’s cleaning vans

I’m talkin’ ‘bout hooker bars
And the crazy cars
Searchin’ for the stars

I’m talkin’ ‘bout Hollywood
Hollywood promises

Hollywood promises is it a dream?
Hollywood promises, another crazy
Hollywood promises is it a dream?
Hollywood promises, another crazy
Star star star
You’re a star star star
You’re a star star star
You’re a star!

Am I inside a trap?
Just a star on the map?
Am I failin’ in my dreams?
Torn apart at the seams
In Hollywood
And she’s still callin’

Talkin’ ‘bout
The screamin’ fans
Holdin’ out their hands
It’s all empty man

I’m talkin’ ‘bout the city fools
And the swimming pools
Get the crazy blues

I’m talkin’ ‘bout the studio head
Telling me I’m dead
Get out of Babylon, yeah
Talkin’ ‘bout Hollywood
Hollywood promises