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W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol

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W.A.S.P.'1992

The Crimson IdolRelease by: Snapper Music

(This album is dedicated tp the "Great Guiding Light" in my life, My Father, William.
Disk 1: tracls 1-11; disk 2: tracls 12-23.
Bonuses from Single B-side: tracks 11-23.)


W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol
The length can be different in the booklet, in the player and on the different disks.
1. The Titanic Overture

(03:31)

2. The Invisible Boy
    (Live in Donington'1992)

(04:15)

3. Arena of Pleasure

(04:14)

4. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)

(08:43)

5. The Gypsy Meets the Boy

(04:15)

6. Doctor Rockter

(03:53)

7. I Am One

(05:24)

8. The Idol

(08:39)

9. Hold On to My Heart

(04:22)

10. The Great Misconceptions of Me

(09:46)

11. The Story of Jonathan

(16:35)

12. Phantoms in the Mirror

(04:36)

13. The Eulogy

(04:16)

14. When the Levee Breaks
    (by Led Zeppelin.)

(07:06)

15. The Idol
    (Live Acoustic)

(04:35)

16. Hold On to My Heart
    (Live Acoustic)

(04:23)

17. I Am One
    (Live in Donington'1992)

(04:58)

18. Wild Child
    (Live in Donington'1992)

(05:53)

19. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Mourge)
    (Live in Donington'1992)

(08:24)

20. I Wanna Be Somebody

(06:14)

21. The Invisible Boy
    (Live in Donington'1992)

(04:15)

22. The Real Me
    (by Pete Townshend. Live in Donington'1992)

(03:41)

23. The Great Misconceptions of Me
    (Live in Donington'1992)

(09:44)



 
The Titanic Overture
(Instrumental)
 
 
The Invisible Boy
(Live in Donington'1992)
 
 
Arena of Pleasure
I don't know where I'm going, but I can't wait to get there,
All I know is, I'm just going
I ran away from home last night, gone forever
I was running for my life
And I've heard the words of what I should be
Live, Work, Die, I am the orphan of the night

Take me down, I'm coming home, the road to ruins
Inside the pleasure dome
Take me down, I'm coming home, arena of pleasures
Where I belong

I'm in the eye of my rage, where no hurricane dies
I'm in the eye of my rage, where the hurricane lies
Oh, a storm's in my eyes
And like the beast that's in my soul, I'm the restless child
Ah mama, I'm running for my life

I was sixteen going nowhere, will I see seventeen alive
And I was running from the nightmare
I stand at the promised land with fire in my eyes
I'm at the crossroad of my destiny and desire
Oh, God, what will I be
And my obsession is the gasoline to feed my fire
Oh it's burning in me

Don't waste the tears on my wasted years
Mama I'm outta here
 
 
Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Morgue)
Charlie to Jonathon
O.K. boy now here's your deal
Will you gamble your life?
Sign right here on the dotted line
It's the one you've waited for all of your life

Jonathon to Charlie
Ah - will it feed my hunger
If I swallow lies right down my throat?
Or will it choke me till I'm raw?
And tomorrow when I'm gone
Will they whore my image on?
I'll will my throne away, to a virgin heir and Charlie's slave

Jonathon
Murders, murders in the new morgue
Murders, murders in the new morgue
See old Charlie and the platinum armys
Making me their boy
Murders, murders in the new morgue
Murders, murders in the new morgue
He'll make ya scream for the cash machine
Down in Chainsaw Charlie's morgue

Charlie to Jonathon
We'll sell your flesh by the pound you'll go
A whore of wrath just like me
We'll sell ya wholesale, we'll sell your soul
Strap on your six string and feed our machine

Jonathon to Charlie
Ah - will it feed my hunger
If I swallow lies right down my throat?
Or will it choke me till I'm raw?
And tomorrow when I'm gone
Will they whore my image on?
I'll will my throne away, to a virgin heir and Charlie's slave

Charlie to Jonathon
Welcome to the morgue boy
Where the music comes to die
Welcome to the morgue son
I'll cut your throat just to stay alive
Ah, trust me boy
I won't steer you wrong
If you trust me son
You won't last very long

Charlie to Jonathon
I'm the president of showbiz, my name is Charlie
I'm a cocksucking asshole, that's what they call me
Here from my Hollywood tower I rule
I'm lying motherfucker, the chainsaw's my tool
The new morgue's our factory, to grease our lies
Our machine is hungry, it needs your life
Don't mind the faggots, and the ruthless scum
Before we're done, son we'll make you one
I'm the tin man, I've never had a heart
I'm the tin man, But I'll make you a star
I'm the tin man, I've never had a heart
I'm the tin man, but I'll make me the star
 
 
The Gypsy Meets the Boy
Jonathon
The tarot is fate, said the Gypsy Queen
And she beckoned me, to glimpse my future she'd seen

Gypsy to Jonathon
She said, do you see what I see?, Be careful to choose
Be careful what you wish for, cause it may come true
When I lay the card down will it turn up the fool?
Will it turn up sorrow? If it does then you lose

Jonathon to the Gypsy
I'm the lost boy can you help me
Yeah, I'm the lost boy can you help me

Jonathon
Then the illusion was real, a crimson idol I saw
But the higher he'd fly, then the further he'd fall

Jonathon to the Gypsy
I'm the lost boy can you help me
Yeah, I'm the lost boy can you help me

Jonathon to the Gypsy
I just wanna be, I just wanna be, I just wanna be
The crimson Idol of a million
I just wanna be, I just wanna be, I just wanna be
The crimson Idol of a million eyes
Of a million
 
 
Doctor Rockter
Jonathon
He's the king of sting, Mr. Morphine my friend
Uncle Slam, the medicine man
And I'm a junkie with a big King Kong sized monkey
Crawling up and down my back

Doctor Rockter
Oh, I'll help ya son to rearrange your mind
Oh, I'll help ya son but ya gotta buy this time
I'm your doctor

Jonathon to Doctor
Help me please, oh Doctor, help me please
Doctor Rockter, you know I need you
Doctor please, my M.D., fix me in my time of need
But, can ya see the fire that's in my eyes

Jonathon
It's the mirror from the wall, that's on the table
Feeding me little white lies
And I'm wasted in a waste land, I'm a junk man
I got tombstones in my eyes

Ah, help me Uncle Slam, the beast claims another man
Cocaine, Codine, 714, a Tuinol blindfold just what I need
Help me, help me, help me

Help me please, oh Doctor, help me please
Doctor Rockter, you know I need you
Doctor please, my M.D., fix me in my time of need
But, can ya see the fire that's in my eyes
 
 
I Am One
Demolition, mission-man
The old boy is hating me
I've become the one, they warned me about - oh he's gonna die before me
Oh I am one
Love I am one
I got something to prove
And nothing to lose
Oh I am one

18 bloody roses, each a year that bled my soul
18 and numb, I'm somebody's son
Mama, look what I've become

Will he take me down to the gallows
And kill the boy inside the man
I'm just a rock and roll nigger
I know he don't know what I am

I don't see my face in the mirror
And more, or understand
Why am I the chosen one
I'm the crimson man
Long live, long live, long live the king of mercy
Long live, long live
Is there no love, I am one
The side you see, is the nasty me
 
 
The Idol
If I could only stand and stare in the mirror would I see
One fallen hero with a face like me
And if I scream, could anybody hear me
If I smash the silence, you'll see what fame has done to me

Kiss away the pain and leave me lonely
I'll never know if love's a lie
Ooh - being crazy in paradise is easy
Can you see the prisoners in my eyes
Where is the love to shelter me
Give me love, love set me free
Where is the love, to shelter me
Only love, love set me free
Set me free
 
 
Hold On to My Heart
There's a flame, flame in my heart
And there's no rain, can put it out
And there's a flame, it's burning in my heart
And there's no rain, ooh can put it out
So just hold me, hold me, hold me

Take await the pain, inside my soul
And I'm afraid, so all alone
Take away the pain, that's burning in my soul
Cause I'm afraid that I'll be all alone
So just hold me, hold me, hold me

Hold on to my heart, to my heart, to me
Hold on to my heart, to my heart, to me
And oh no, don't let me go cause all I am
You hold in your hands, and hold me
And I'll make it through the night
And I'll be alright, hold on, hold on to my heart
 
 
The Great Misconceptions of Me
Jonathon to the audience
Welcome to the show the great finale's finally here
I thank you for coming into my theatre of fear
Welcome to the show, you're all witnesses you see
A privileged invitation to the last rights of me

Jonathon to his mother
Remember me? You can't save me
Mama you never needed me
No crimson king, look in my eye, you'll see
Mama I'm lonely, it's only me, only me

Jonathon to all
I don't wanna be, I don't wanna be, I don't wanna be
The crimson idol of a million
I don't wanna be, I don't wanna be, I don't wanna be
The crimson idol of a million eyes, of a million

Jonathon to all
I am the prisoner of the paradise I dreamed
The idol of a million lonely faces look at me
Behind the mask of sorrow, four doors of doom behind my eyes
I've got their footprints all across my crimson mind

Jonathon to the king of mercy
Long live, long live, long live the king of mercy
Long live, long live

Jonathon to all
There is no love, to shelter me
Only love, love set me free
No love, to shelter me, only love, love set me free
I was the warrior, with an anthem in my soul
The idol of eight thousand lonely days of rage ago
And remember me when it comes your time to choose
Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true

Jonathon to the king of mercy

Jonathon to all

Jonathon to his father
Red, crimson red, am I the invisible boy
The strap on my back
Red, crimson red, no I was never to be
Only one crimson son, no it never was me

Jonathon to all
Living in the limelight little did I know
I was dying in the shadows and the mirror was my soul
It was all I ever wanted, everything I dreamed
But the dream became my nightmare and no-one could hear me scream
With these six-strings, I make a noose
To take my life, it's time to choose
The headlines read of my suicide, of my suicide

Jonathon to the king of mercy
Oh sweet silence, where is the sting
I am no idol, no crimson king
I'm the imposter, the world has seen
My father was the idol, it was never me
I don't wanna be, I don't wanna be, I don't wanna be
The crimson idol of a million
I don't wanna be, I don't wanna be, I don't wanna be
The crimson idol of a million eyes

Jonathon to all
No love, to shelter me, only love
Love set me free
No love, to shelter me, only love
Love set me free
 
 
The Story of Jonathan
Narration:
I was born Jonathon Aaron Steel, to the parents of William and Elizabeth steel.
I am a Leo, born under the sign of the lion and I was raised in a lower middle
class family with only one brother Michael whom I love dearly. He was
five years my senior. My father's nickname was Red which I could never
understand why because his hair was sandy blond. Nevertheless, the name stuck.
So when my brother was born my father became Big Red and my brother Little Red.

I should have known from the first time when I realised their special connection,
that I just didn't fit in to my father's plans. And as I grew older the constant
comparison between my brother and myself left little doubt who was the image
of perfection in my father's eye. To him, my brother could do no wrong and I became
The Invisible Boy, the proverbial 'black sheep' and I soon figured out that red
and black don't mix. The beatings I received became more and more frequent
to the point where I would ask my father "Am I the orphaned son you would never need"?
But oddly enough I worshipped the ground my father walked upon.

My brother and I were a strange mixture, as different as daylight and dark.
Looking back, it's hard to imagine we came from the same parents. I sometimes
wondered if we had the same father, but I always dismissed that idea as my
mother was far too religious, my father as well, to ever even think of such
a thing. But my brother who had always sensed my parent's instilled
insecurities tried his best to encourage me. For I was born different and he
knew it. He often told me when I was born an angel flew over my bed and
christened me with a magic wand and said "You shall be the one." And I had
no idea what 'The one' was, but as I grew older I began to understand. Most
boys put their mother on a pedestal and worship them like the Virgin Mary but
with her too my relationship was different and not for the good. She was
opinionated, uneducated, sometimes prejudiced, overbearing, believed
everything she read, true or not, and when it came to religion was over-zealous
to say the least. A mind boggling combination but she was pretty, very pretty
and I would often wonder, bordering on complete confusion, how a person of
this description could rationalise life.

This was a series of characteristics that many times in my life I would look
back on in bewilderment and the women I sought after when I was older would
be nothing like her. In the pain of youth, the misery of my neglect, would
manifest itself in many ways; depression - my enemy, fear - my friend, hatred
- my lover, and anger - fuel for my fire. These four characteristics of my
personality would become the guiding force of my life and would control
everything I did or was to become. I shall explain later in the story about
them which I call my Four Doors of Doom.

The mirror, the great plaything for man's vanity. The mirror was to become, at
times, my altar of refuge and other, my alter ego and its magnificent
obsession with a relentless pursuit of attention. It served as a chilling
reflection of my own wretchedness and my greatness. It was the one place I
could go to see inside myself, to find love, in an otherwise loveless household
where I could be great, where I could be anything or anyone I wanted to be -
one hundred percent pure escapism until I discovered its precious secret. The
mirror lives, it breathes, it talks, it lies, it has a personality all its own.
It is a genie that grants all the wishes you could ever dream, at least in my case - all except two.

It was my 14th birthday, the day that changed my life forever. My brother Michael,
the one person who was my guiding light, my friend, my hero, was
killed by a drunk driver in a head-on collision. He died instantly. I couldn't
even bring myself to go to his funeral. My agony was so great I just couldn't
come face to face with him that one last time. My failure to attend intensified
my parents' resentment for me even more. But from that moment on, nothing
seemed to matter, especially that living hell called 'home'. For one year
after his death I roamed the streets in a fog barely conscious of anything or
anyone. I discovered alcohol, and girls, drugs and in general a life I had
never known which was exciting, frightening and wonderfully dangerous. And it
was then as I staggered through a down town city street in one of my drunken
rages I stumbled across a small music shop and in the window stood the
instrument, the fiery tool that would become the object of my new found desire.
The instrument of my passion, my obsession, the blood-red six string. It was
like I'd known the thing all my life.

I soon found it was the only way I could truly express myself. It was a way to
vent all my frustrations and all my pain - completely opened all my Four Doors
Of Doom and I found myself going to the mirror for counsel less and less.
Because of this my songs seemed to write themselves and I knew my destiny was
in my music but I was going to have to get out of this backwards town I was in
if I was ever going to succeed. I was 16 going nowhere and the only thing my
parents knew was 'live, work, die.' And if I stayed there that was exactly
what was going to happen to me - I was gonna die. So I ran away to the big
city with the lights, excitement and danger and a chance for me to finally
live and do my music without the persecution I had known for so long.

I hitchhiked all the way with a suitcase in one hand and my guitar in the
other and as I stood at the edge of the city the magic of the place was
incredibly intense. It was to be my new home the place I would call the 'Arena
Of Pleasure'. I lived and struggled in the arena for two years trying to get
a break in music and make a record and that's when I ran across a delightful
business man named Charlie. He had been a lawyer for 25 years before he
discovered he could fuck over more people in the recording industry then he
ever could in a court of law and he was the president of one of the biggest
record companies in the world. The music business to Charlie was nothing more
than a sacrificial lamb to be led to slaughter and the weapon of choice was
his record company that he'd wield like a mighty sword. The great tool he
would lovingly refer to as 'The Chainsaw'. The morgue, Charlie said, was the
music business where everyone sells out. Where all the artists will eventually
whore themselves to commercialism, the place where the music comes to die. And
through him I learned everything I needed to know about the music business and
even things I didn't want to know. He said he could make me a star, one of the
biggest things the world had ever seen. The big time was calling and I was on
my way. He introduced me to an aspiring young manager named Alex Rodman and
together we took on the whole fucking world and kicked it square in the ass.

Just before the release of my first album I was sitting on the steps in front
of my apartment when a gypsy woman passed by. She stopped and asked me if I
would like my fortune read and I had never had it done so I was more than
happy to say yes. She revealed a deck of Tarot cards and began to tell me of
my past in which she went into great detail about the pain of my youth, my
brother and my parents. She saw my present with my great struggle to succeed
and fulfillment of my dreams and new found happiness but after about ten
minutes she stopped and I wanted to know of my future and pleaded for her to
go on and finally she spoke. She showed me a very disturbing vision of where
I was going. I told her that I wanted a phenomenal wealth and fame and in the
cards she saw a fallen hero and looked at me and said "Be careful what you
wish for - it might come true, for the face of death wears the mask of the
King of Mercy." I asked her if she was sure of what she had seen and with a
blank stare she turned and walked away leaving me with the cards and a
haunting that would follow me the rest of my life.

Success agreed with me with amazing ease. The more records I sold the more
excess I had of everything - friends, money, women, cars, houses. It was at
one of my nightly hedonisms where a flash individual entered the room. He
introduced himself as the Doctor. I asked him what kind of doctor and he
smiled and said, "meet my friend Uncle Sam." The mirror that was once on the
wall, my alter ego, was now talking to me from the table and the next three
years were a blur. Drugs became the new candy and alcohol became the new
Coca Cola and Doctor Rockter was my new best friend and I never heard the
mirror speak again until tonight.

I was at the peak of my career and the world saw me as I had always wanted it,
The Idol, the Great Crimson Idol. Now I had everything it seemed, everything
but the one thing that would have meant more to me than anything. The pain
that manifested itself into my obsession, the acceptance of me by my father
and mother, who I had not spoken to since I had left home.

One morning my manager Alex came in and broke up one of our nightly Easy
Rider Parties. An Easy Rider Party was when everybody would come over to my
house, the band, the doctor, hot and cold running women etc. And we'd watch
the movie and do everything going on the film only a lot more. And he
threatened to leave me if I didn't clean up. It was not that he cared about
me as a person he was only interested in my talent and what I could do to
further his own career as a true showbiz mogul. But it was then I realised
just how far things had gone. So I sat there alone in my palace of pain and
I was just numb from the alcohol and the drugs but equally as intoxicated by
my own fame and I had just enough courage to pick up the phone and dial the
number. My mind went into a whirlwind thinking of what would happen and the
fear overcame me and I started to put down the phone but before I could a
voice at the other end rang out and it sent a chill through me that I had
never known. It was my mother. It was hard for me to speak, my heart pounding
out of my chest but when I did I did the best I could. She was very cold. But
I knew the shock of suddenly hearing from me after all these years was
overwhelming and I was hoping that all the time that had passed would heal
the deep wounds between my parents and me but...I desperately wanted them to
approve of me, to accept me - it was all I ever wanted. I hoped my success
would finally prove my worthiness and they would welcome the prodigal son
home. All I wanted was for them to be proud of me but less than 50 words
were spoken. The last four were "We have no son."

Some wounds never heal and mine had scarred me for life. A great star fell from
the sky that night and with its descent left a scorched path in its way - a
great path of self-destruction before burning out. And on this night the great
finale is finally here. 'Be careful what you wish for - it may come true.'

Long live, long live the King of Mercy.
 
 
Phantoms in the Mirror
 
 
The Eulogy
 
 
When the Levee Breaks
(by Led Zeppelin.)
 
 
The Idol
(Live Acoustic)
 
 
Hold On to My Heart
(Live Acoustic)
 
 
I Am One
(Live in Donington'1992)
 
 
Wild Child
(Live in Donington'1992)
 
 
Chainsaw Charlie (Murders in the New Mourge)
(Live in Donington'1992)
 
 
I Wanna Be Somebody
 
 
The Invisible Boy
(Live in Donington'1992)
 
 
The Real Me
(by Pete Townshend. Live in Donington'1992)
 
 
The Great Misconceptions of Me
(Live in Donington'1992)
 
Lineup:
Steven Duran (Blackie Lawless) - vocal, guitar, bass guitar, keys
Bob Kulick - guitar
Frankie Banali - drums

Guests:
Stet Howland - drums
 
Produced by Blackie Lawless.



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