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220 Volt - Mind Over Muscle

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220 Volt'1985

Mind Over MuscleRelease by: CBS Records

220 Volt - Mind Over Muscle
The length can be different in the booklet, in the player and on the different disks.
1. The Tower

(04:08)

2. In the End

(03:30)

3. Electric Messengers

(03:51)

4. Power Games

(03:39)

5. Blessed by the Night

(03:43)

6. Secret Dance (Xymania)

(03:57)

7. It's Nice to Be King

(03:56)

8. Mind Over Muscle

(04:03)

9. Whiter Than White

(03:36)

10. Touch of Fire

(04:04)

11. Halloween

(03:00)

12. Pavement Song

(03:44)

Bonus(es):
13. High Heels

(03:54)

14. Dreams

(03:00)



 
The Tower
So many miles through the unknown forests
Side by side through wind and rain
Desperate thoughts and fear in their eyes
They didn't really want to go
The tales and the stories were spread around
Well know to every man
Fools-they kept trying
Lord knows they kept dying
By the tower walls

The tower was strong and the enemies few
For the glory they tried
For the glory they died
The tower

No mercy was given, no feelings showed
The human tracks along the wall
Screams of anger, blood and tears
Echoes from the underground
Despite the losses despite the fear
They gathered for one last attack
Fools-they kept trying
Lord knows they kept dying
By the tower walls

Chorus

What was the price of the glory
Now it seems so far away
No more blood will be spilled there
But the memories remain
The tower
 
 
In the End
On the horizon, I cry
Why is it my time to die
I can see what I've done
All the victories I left unsung
Might wonder why it's black
And how we lost the track
In our gardens of troy towns

Have mercy on the lonely ones
For the lonely ones I pray

In the end - with the changing of the season
Another day - I don't want to die

By the rivers of truth
People I knew passing through
There are losers and winners
Religious freaks and beginners
All day and late at night
I can and I just might
Take the same road again

Have mercy on the crazy ones
For the poor ones I pray

In the end - with the changing of the season
Another day - I don't want to die
 
 
Electric Messengers
Ol' mama was astonished
The air was cold and damp
The men outside her window
Were no ordinary tramps
They stopped upon the highway
Their heads fell to the ground
The house ol' mama lived in,
Just barely stood the sound

Ol' mama thought her life was over
What she had seen was so unreal
She closed her eyes and thought
"I'm getting older"
She didn't know they'd just begun

The radio was silent
The sheriff just left town
A shadow in the doorway
Not a human soul around
Neighbour Nellie had a runway
Couldn't stand the main attraction
Ol' mama kicked the shadow out
And headed for the action

She ran out and said "Now it's over"
You've been too long in this unknown land
Then she found out they were rock'n rollers
Now she knew they'd just begun

She loves'em, needs'em-electric messengers
Listen to the barrier of sound
Sparkling power-electric messengers
The pressure wave will life you from the ground

Ol' mama loved the way they sounded
'Cause what she heard was so unreal
She closed her eyes and thought
"I'm getting younger"
And she knew they'd just begun
 
 
Power Games
Fooled again by the same old song
Every day a new game is played
Start to wonder everybody wonders
What fool's gonna kill us one day
Wake up. You say you don't worry
The drugs won't keep you alive
Love it or leave it. Anyway you want it
Can't you see you're a victim of circumstance

A human brain will fail again
And then we all will receive
The products of a modern society
We've only got ourselves to blame
Wake up. You know that you're dreaming
The drugs won't keep you alive
Love it or leave it. One day you'll receive it
Bang, bang, you're dead

Power games: pushed to the limit
Power games: built to destroy
Power games: ashes to ashes
Power games: dust to dust

Wake up. You say you don't worry
The drugs won't keep you alive
Love it or leave it. Anyway you want it
Well, it's up to you now

Power games: pushed to the limit
Power games: built to destroy
Power games: ashes to ashes
Power games: dust to dust
Power games: played to the limit
Power games: out of control
Power games: if there's no way to stop it
Power games: we've only got ourselves to blame
 
 
Blessed by the Night
Step out of the light and into the blue
The day is since long gone
Do you sleep at your job
C'mon join the zoo
Strangers in the night
We'll take my star cruiser
And leave the day behind us
The stars are passing by
And I want more

No arrogant boss can reach me here
And I can't see his face
He calls me a dreamer
While he is a steamer
Going on and on
He's got no star cruiser
He hasn't got the faith
He'll stay here
In daylight
And I don't care

Blessed by the night
By stars and city lights
Blessed by the night
And I'll take you higher
Blessed by the night
No sign of the morning sun
Blessed by the night
Could stay forever and ever

While passing Saturn, a red alert
Something is on the move
I look to the left, I look to the right
Nothing to be seen
Approaching steps
I feel the water coming
I fall and he stands there
Back to work
 
 
Secret Dance (Xymania)
Years of hunger, years of sweat
Live my time on earth, so far away
Far from the world we already know
Time passes by in the secret dance

Days of day, days of care
No more tears of sorrow or pain
Close to the world we never will see
Time's standing still in the secret dance

Centuries of love, centuries of pain
Is this real or a never ending dream
Love the dimension we never will feel
Travel through time with the secret dance
 
 
It's Nice to Be King
As a problem child I couldn't understand
Why my daddy threw me out
To hit the streets at an early age, wasn't easy
Some friends of mine kinda helped me out
Got well known in the city
"The harder they come, the harder they fall", no way
We found the easiest way to the money
Just reach out to a helping hand and cut it off
"A damned disgrace" is what the sheriff said
A few red lights and here I am

It's nice, nice, nice to be a king
It's nice, nice, nice to be a king

Now, hoppin' and boppin' with the beautiful people
At the parties in Hollywood
And I don't care what people say
All the beautiful girls, they stare at me
And I'm high for the rest of the night
"Oh boy, you really made it this time"
Still know the fastest way to the money
Just reach out for a helping hand and cut it off
"A nice kid" is what the sheriff said
No red lights and here I stand, here I am

It's nice, nice, nice to be a king
It's nice, nice, nice to be a king

I'm alone here - with big shiny cars
I'm alone here - with all my money
I'm alone here - Are you for sale? Are you for sale?
I'm alone here - Come on honey, let's go
 
 
Mind Over Muscle
Throughout the nation with whips and chains
Success with wicked minds
No point in saying what's right or wrong
Action speaks louder than words
They buy your soul with dirty deeds
They try to lock your minds
Spread the word, tell'em in the backyard
We've crossed the worlds to send'em back
Down to where they came from
Action in the night

Mind over muscle
Take a breath and scream it out
Mind over muscle
Hey

Subway battles, with flashing knives
The thrill of the game
Mass confusion, so hypnotizing
The thrill of the money
When the whistle blows through burning skies
Try to put a stop to killing lies
It was written back in the early days
Aliens landed just to say
Action every day

Mind over muscle
Take a breath and scream it out
Mind over muscle
Hey
 
 
Whiter Than White
Man, I don't need your statistics,
Your care or your concern
Where your jungle lies
Promises, promises. "To live or to burn"
Is strange advice

Your dice are rolling, you've placed your bet
You lost control over your own life
So your living on the edge of the knife
Croupiers don't forget

Whiter than white - pure insanity
What's the matter with you
Those hollow needles cut your life in two

Death all around you, why don't you react
When you're standing so close to the flame
Do you remember when you were intact
And the songs that we sand were the same

The dice are rolling with you inside
The vultures are ready to take a bite
On the final turn of the stairway you might
Think of your pride

Whiter than white - pure insanity
What's the matter with you
Those hollow needles cut your life in two
 
 
Touch of Fire
I knew - though amazed by the grace
I lied to myself
I crawled - behind the remain of my shadow
In a cold sweat

Make your move, brother
What are you trying to prove, brother
I walked the wire, ready to jump

Bought myself a ticket to nowhere
To watch the world turn

Touch of fire
Had no idea where I was going
Just living in a nightmare
Lost in time and space

The sky
Another sky
Among the clouds of gold and diamonds

I rode
On wings of steel
Just waiting to be shot down

Welcome home, brother
Now you're on your own, brother
On my way to the queen
I looked over my shoulder

For the price of a ticket
I watched the world burn

Touch of fire
The flames are gone. A new day's dawning
And now the falling rain
Will wash the sins away

Touch of fire
I live again. A new world's rising
Another story goes to prove
I'm still alive
 
 
Halloween
The moon is full and the streets are crowded
Halloween is back and the summer's gone
Patrolling eyes, looking for sidewalk shadows
The same procedure every year
One or two missing but no one hears
The terrifying screams of pain and pleasure
Where is this man we're looking for
Listen to every step you take

Watch out - halloween
He'll set the world on fire tonight
Watch out - halloween
Ready to strike

Special secret agents
With every nerve aware
Ready to pull the trigger on command
Will they succeed tonight, this rotten night
Will they take his life, his wicked life
He wants to see them pumpkins roll tonight
Where is this man we're looking for
Listen to every move you make

Can you hear the steps behind you
Who do they belong to? Friend or foe?
 
 
Pavement Song
Dawn breaks, I've been up all night again
My boss' words are jumping around in my brain
How can the fool say "This is the wrong way"
When we're heading for the top
I've been foolin' myself again

I'm standing alone in a corner
Don't know which way to turn
When will I ever learn
He tells me this and promises that
And suddenly I'm out. That's why
I'm singing my pavement song

Friday night, the circus is back in town
I hate it! I don't need it. I'm just another clown
A big black limo, he really enjoys his life
But still he doesn't know what I did to his wife

He'll be standing alone in a corner
When I'm finished, when I'm through
When does he know 'bout Rock'n Roll
I need some time 'til tomorrow
Will tomorrow ever come? Don't know
That's why I'm singing my pavement song
 
 
High Heels
 
 
Dreams
 
Lineup:
Joakim Lundholm (Jocke Lundholm) - vocal, back-vocal
Peter Olander - guitar, back-vocal
Mats Karlsson - guitar, keys, back-vocal
Mike Krusenberg (Larsson) - bass guitar, back-vocal
Peter Hermansson - drums

Guests:
 
Produced by Thomas Witt.
Reissued by Metal Rendezvous in 2000 with the bonus tracks.



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