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Motörhead 1916 Album

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Release Date: 
February 26, 1991
Album Description: 

" the people we left behind - we didn't want to leave ya, but we really had to go! This album is the better for it..." - a statement made by the band on the sleeve of this album, refering to their split and ensuing legal battle with GWR records. Now with WTG the band hired Ed Stasium to produce what they hoped would be an end to the "stale" and "on the treadmill" career.

Stasium came with a credible pedigree having worked with, amongst others, Talking Heads and the Ramones (the album track R.A.M.O.N.E.S being fairly obviously included as a tribute). He was, however fired after Lemmy turned up recordings of the first four songs and discovered tambourines had been added in the background! He was replaced by Pete Solley with whom they completed the album.

1916 is Motörhead's ninth studio album, recorded in 1990 and released on February 26, 1991. It reached No.24 in the UK Album Charts and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1992, but lost out to Metallica's Metallica.

"The One to Sing the Blues" was released as a single in 7"and 12" vinyl, cassette-single, CD-single as well as a shaped picture disc. It reached number 45 in the UK Singles Chart.

Original album track listing

  • All tracks composed by Lemmy Kilmister, Würzel, Phil Campbell and Phil Taylor unless otherwise noted
  1. "The One to Sing the Blues" – 3:07 See lyrics
  2. "I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)" – 3:13 See lyrics
  3. "No Voices in the Sky" – 4:12 See lyrics
  4. "Going to Brazil" – 2:30 See lyrics
  5. "Nightmare/The Dreamtime" – 4:40 See lyrics
  6. "Love Me Forever" – 5:27 See lyrics
  7. "Angel City" (Lemmy) – 3:57 See lyrics
  8. "Make My Day" – 4:24 See lyrics
  9. "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." – 1:26 See lyrics
  10. "Shut You Down" – 2:41 See lyrics
  11. "1916" (Lemmy) – 3:44 See lyrics


  • Lemmy – bass, vocals
  • Phil Campbell – guitar
  • Würzel – guitar
  • Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor – drums, except "1916", which featured a drum machine.
  • All tracks except 3, 4, and 6 – produced and mixed by Peter Solley, and engineered by Casey McMackin
  • Tracks 3, 4, and 6 – produced by Ed Stasium, and engineered by Paul Hemingson
  • Mastered by Steve Hall at Future Disc Systems, Hollywood, USA

Album Lyrics

1. The One To Sing The Blues

Don't know what I did

To make you feel that way

I can't always say

Just what I want to say

I'm out of place again,

You're on my case again

Bringing up the past

And sling it in my face again

Put me in the frame,

So even if I win I lose,

Going down slow

Ain't the only way to go,

Listen to me honey,

Gonna tell ya something funny,

Miss me when I'm gone

You'll be the one to sing the blues,

Seems to me the good times

Ended way too soon,

Seems like faded echoes

In an empty room,

Strangers in the night,

Strangers in the light,

Seems like every word we say

Just makes us scratch and bite,

Thought we had the answers,

Sure we couldn't lose,

What you want from me,

Is all the things that I can't be

Listen to me baby,

I'm beginning to go crazy,

Miss me when I'm gone

You'll be the one to sing the blues,

More I think about it,

It's a goddamn shame,

Opposites attract

'Till they become the same,

Daggers in our eyes,

Time to say goodbye,

Time to stop pretending,

Time to stop the endless lies,

I wish you luck, babe,

I hope you find a dream

And it comes true,

What my eyes can't see

Don't make no difference to me,

Listen to me faking,

Even though my heart is breaking,

Miss you now you're gone,

Now I'm the one to sing the blues.


2. I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)

I make love to mountain lions,

Sleep on red-hot branding irons,

When I walk the roadway shakes,

Bed's a mess of rattlesnakes,

Voodoo child, black cat bone,

Scratch your back, hear you moan,

I get up, you go down,

Tall building, single bound,

War and peace and love,

Say it if you dare,

Iron fist, velvet glove,

I'm so bad, baby I don't care,

Black-hearted to the bone,

Older than The Rolling Stones,

Been to heaven, been to hell,

Bought the farm, and I won't sell,

Give and take, rise and fall,

Rise up and take it all,

Secret love, I won't tell,

Knock you up and ring your bell,

Kiss the whip, eat the gun,

Tell me it ain't fair,

Midnight victim, hit and run,

I'm so bad, baby I don't care,

I make the blind to see,

Shoot 'em full of R and B,

I make the lame to walk,

Come round and pop your cork,

Wham, bam, thank you ma'am,

Thought I heard the back door slam,

Overkill, walk the line,

Kill the lights, It's lampshade time,

On the road, on the lam,

People running scared,

I'm everything they say

I'm, I'm so bad, baby I don't care.


3. No Voices In The Sky

Nobody gives a damn about anybody else,

Think everyone should feel

The way they feel themselves,

Rich men think that happiness

Is a million dollar bills,

So how come most of them O.D.

On sleeping pills,

Eye for eye, tooth for tooth,

You all know what I mean,

What's the use of a cry for help,

If no one hears the scream,

No one hears the scream,

No voices in the sky,

Confusion blinds the eye,

Can't take it with you when you die,

No voices in the sky

The ones dedicate the flags

To make you brave,

They also consecrate

The headstone on your grave,

Ritual remembrance

When no one knows your name,

Don't help a single widow

Learn to fight the pain,

Politicians kissing babies

For a good luck,

T.V.Preachers sell salvation

For a buck,

You don't need no going cross,

To tell you wrong from right,

The world's worst murderers

Were those who saw the light.


4. Going To Brazil

Here we go again on a 747,

Looking at the clouds from the other side of heaven,

Smoking & drinking, never gonna stop,

Reading magazines stop me looking at the clock,

Wanna watch the movie, can't sit still,

Flying down to Rio, going to Brazil,


Watching all the road crew attacking little girls,

Joined the mile high club, goin' round the world,

All the booze is free, airline going broke,

Here comes the lady with another Jack 'n' Coke

Wanna watch the movie, can't sit still,

Flying down to Rio, going to Brazil,


Steve, Clem, Hobbsy, John, Crazy Dil & Pappy,

Had to travel second class, they ain't too fucking happy,

Elevator music, butter in my ears,

Think we're gonna die just the pilot changing gear,

Wanna watch the movie, can't sit still,

Flying down to Rio, going to Brazil.






5. Nightmare / The Dreamtime

Lie back and dream of me,

Red death to set you free,

We turn the screws to make you die,

Soft flesh and razor blades,

Golgotha, ace of spades,

Steel needles kiss your pretty eyes,

All mine, all mine,

Nightmare, the dreamtime,

Black terror stalks the night,

Claws to clutch and fangs to bite,

A dark and faceless crawling fear,

Despair, you can't resist,

And now the lizard's kiss,

The reptile hisses in your ear,

All mine, all mine,

Nightmare, the dreatime,

Dead voices speak through me,

Of all the things they see,

The prince of wounds, the lord of flies,

Evil within ourselves,

We need nobody else,

We tell ourselves the best of lies,

All mine, all mine,

Night mare, the dreamtime


6. Love Me Forever

Love me forever, or not at all,

End of our tether, backs to the wall,

Give me your hand,

Don't you ever ask why,

Promise me nothing, live 'till we die,


Everything changes,

Live all stays the same,

Everyone guilty, no one to blame,

Every way out,

Brings you back to the start,

Everyone dies

To break somebody's heart,

We are the system, we are the law,

We are corruption, worm in the core,

One of another, laugh 'til you cry,

Faith unto death or knife in the eye.


Love me or leave me, tell me no lies,

Ask me no questions, send me no spies,

You know love's a thief,

Steal your heart in the night,

Slip through your fingers,

You best hold on tight.


7. Angel City

I wanna grow my hair, live in Bel Air,

Lose my head, keep live snake in my bed,

I wanna backstage pass,

Drink Bon Jovi's booze for free,

I wanna be a star

And buy a hundred guitars,

Eat everything I can bite,

I wanna feel a little danger,

Feel a little stranger,

Angel City tonight,

I got a buncha boys,

We make a lot of noise,

Little bit crazy,

Playing with chemical toys,

We're such bad ass dudes,

Almost can't stand it myself,

I wanna get the crabs

In my elegant rags,

Make my mom & daddy uptight,

I wanna be an intellectual,

Heterosexual, Angel City tonight,

I'm gonna live in L.A. drinkin' all day,

Lay by the pool

And let the record company pay,

Talking to the devil on the batphone

All of the time,

I'm gonna kick ass,

I'm gonna spit broken glass,

I'm gonna shoot out all of your lights,

I wanna eat dirt,

I'm gonna eat my own shirt,

Angel City tonight,

Angel City

The way I'm used is a shame and a pity

Angel City rock'n'roll alright,

Angel City

The women here ain't got no pity,

Angel City shape up and fly right.


8. Make My Day

Listen up babe, you're no foot,

I wish L walked you home from school,

Dream lover, head tall,

Could put a lot of boys in Jail,

Tell you what, you're red hot

Let's go do it in the parking lot'

I mean every word a say,

I wish you'd stay,

Stay mean, stay clean,

Don't ever ask me where I've been,


Shine a light on me,

Come on babe, set me free,

Don't go 'way please please stay,

Roll over and make day

You're so bad honey, you're so tough,

Skin so smooth,

But your tongue's so rough,

Crazy mama, turn me down,

Watch out cause I'll be 'round

You're so bad, I'm so glad,

Best woman that I ever had,

I mean every single word

And I hope you heard,

I'm the one, to turn you on,

Stick with me and you can't go wrong,


Be the one you want it be,

Don't go anyplace far from me,

Touch me there, show you care,

Can't scare you if you can't be scared,

Know you, Know it's true,

Be alright if you know me too,

I mean every word I hear

And I hope it's clear,

Cause if you go, hope you know,

You ain't gonna see the sun no more,


9. R.A.M.O.N.E.S.

New York City, N.Y.C.,

Pretty mean when it wants to be,

Black leather, knee-hole pants,

Can't play no high school dance,

First tone, hear 'em go,

Hear 'em on the radio,


Misfits, twilight zone,





Bad boy rock, bad boy roll,

Gabba gabba, see them go,

C.J. now hit the gas,

Hear Marky kick some ass,

Go Johnny, go, go, go

Tommy o-way-o,


Bad boys then, bad boys now,

Good buddies, mau-mau-mau

Keep it up, rock'n'roll,

Good music save your soul,

Dee Dee, he left home,

Joey call me the phone.


10. Shut You Down

Pack my bags and leave today,

You read this I'll be far away,

Ain't gonna give ya no moon in June,

Never see you it'll be too soon,

One eye Jack, gotta watch my back,

See you 'round, guess I better,

Shut you down

Steal your thunder, turn you round,

Listen up 'cos I'm telling you,

Magic moments were way too few,

Like to stay, but you got too weird, Don't look right

Since you grew that beard,


Tell you babe, what I'm gonna do,

Leave this town and I'll leave you too,

Don't manna see your face no more,

Don't come 'round knocking at my door.


11. 1916

16 years old when I went to the war,

To fight for a land fit for heroes,

God on my side, and a gun in my hand,

Chasing my days down to zero,

And I marched and I fought and I bled

And I died & I never did get any older,

But I knew at the time, That a year in the line,

Was a long enough life for a soldier,

We all volunteered,

And we wrote down our names,

And we added two years to our ages,

Eager for life and ahead of the game,

Ready for history's pages,

And we brawled and we fought

And we whored 'til we stood,

Ten thousand shoulder to shoulder,

A thirst for the Hun,

We were food for the gun, and that's

What you are when you're soldiers,

I heard my friend cry,

And he sank to his knees, coughing blood

As he screamed for his mother

And I fell by his side,

And that's how we died,

Clinging like kids to each other,

And I lay in the mud

And the guts and the blood,

And I wept as his body grew colder,

And I called for my mother

And she never came,

Though it wasn't my fault

And I wasn't to blame,

The day not half over

And ten thousand slain, and now

There's nobody remembers our names

And that's how it is for a soldier.


Our thanks to Rock Music Society member Andy J for providing his understanding of the lyrics to this album which are provided for educational purposes only. Actual lyrics are the property of the copyright owners.