Who Sang Great White Hope? Styx

Styx Pieces of Eight cover art
Credits
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: James Young
release date: 1978-9
genres: Rock
styles: Classic Rock/Hard Rock/Prog Rock
length: 4:24
producer: Styx
lead vocals: James Young
engineer: Barry Mraz and Rob Kingsland
guitar: James Young
synthesizer programming: Dennis DeYoung and Ed Walsh
assistant engineer: Gary Geppert and Harry Andronis
assistant producer: Barry Mraz
composer: James Young
lyricist: James Young
Written by James Young
Lead Vocals by James Young

When I was a young man, I had to kick and scratch and claw
Now it's like top gun in the Old West, everybody wants me to draw
If I had known it would be like this I might have given it a second thought
But if someone had told me to give it up, it's a line that I wouldn't have bought

Look at me
I'm the great white hope
Can't you see
I'm up against the ropes
Don't you know
It's so hard to cope
When you feel
Like the great white hope

Now you've paid your money you're sitting in your ringside seat
And I know that some of you out there, might want to see the champ get beat
If I had known it would be like this I might have given it a second thought
But real life sure isn't like school, there's some lessons that just can't be taught

Look at me
I'm the great white hope
Can't you see
I'm up against the ropes
Don't you know
It's so hard to cope
When you feel
Like the great white hope



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Great White Hope
  • 2 I’m OK
  • 3 Sing for the Day
  • 4 The Message
  • 5 Lords of the Ring
  • 6 Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
  • 7 Queen of Spades
  • 8 Renegade
  • 9 Pieces of Eight
  • 10 Aku‐Aku