Love and Death and an American Guitar Lyrics

Jim Steinman


publisher: ©CARLIN AMERICA INC
writers: Jim Steinman
album: Track in album Bad for Good
release date: 1981-4
popularity : 13 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Pop
styles: Soft Rock/Arena Rock/Classic Rock
length: 2:39
lyricist: Jim Steinman
composer: Jim Steinman

Cover Art

Jim Steinman Bad for Good cover art
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[spoken]:
I remember everything!
I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday
I was barely seventeen, and I once killed a boy with a Fender guitar
I don't remember if it was a telecaster or a stradacaster
But I do remember that it had a heart of chrome and a voice like a horny angel
I don't remember if it was a telecaster or a stradacaster
But I do remember that it wasn't at all easy
It required the perfect combination of the right power chords
And the precise angle from which to strike
The guitar bled for about a week afterward
And the blood was ugh dark and rich, like wild berries
The blood of the guitar was Chuck Berry red
The guitar bled for about a week afterward, but it rung out beautifully
And I was able to play notes that I had never even heard before
So I took my guitar, and I smashed it against the wall
I smashed it against the floor
I smashed it against the body of a varsity cheerleader
Smashed it against the hood of a car
Smashed it against a 1981 Harley Davidson
The Harley howled in pain, the guitar howled in heat
And I ran up the stairs to my parents' bedroom
Mummy and daddy were sleeping in the moonlight
Slowly I opened the door, creeping in the shadows
Right upto the foot of their bed
I raised the guitar high above my head
And just as I was about to bring the guitar crashing down
upon the centre of the bed, my father woke up, screaming "Stop!"
"Wait a minute! Stop it boy! What do ya think you're doin'?
That's no way to treat an expensive musical instrument!"
And I said: "God dammit daddy!
You know I love you, but you got a hell of a lot to learn about rock an' roll"


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Bad for Good
  • 2 Lost Boys and Golden Girls
  • 3 Love and Death and an American Guitar
  • 4 Stark Raving Love
  • 5 Out of the Frying Pan (and Into the Fire)
  • 6 Surf's Up
  • 7 Dance in My Pants
  • 8 Left in the Dark
    7" Vinyl 2
  • 1 The Storm
  • 2 Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through