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On Parole
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Motörhead
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Overkill
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Bomber
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Ace of Spades
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No Sleep til Hammersmith
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Whats Wordsworth
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Iron Fist
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Another Perfect Day
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No Remorse
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Orgasmatron
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Rock n Roll
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No Sleep at All
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1916
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March or Die
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Bastards
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Sacrifice
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Overnight Sensation
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Snake Bite Love
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Everything Louder Than Everyone Else
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Deaf Forever
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We Are Motorhead
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The Best Of
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Hammered
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Stone Deaf Forever
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Live at Brixton Academy
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Inferno
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BBC Live And In Session
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Kiss of Death
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Better Motörhead Than Dead
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Motörizer
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The Wörld is Yours

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Album Type: 
Studio
Release Date: 
September 24, 1977
Label: 
Chiswick
Album Description: 

Despite having recorded On Parole for United Artists two years earlier this is Motörhead's earliest album release as UA were too unsure of commercial success to proceed.

The band, on the verge of giving up, decided to play a last gig at the Marquee Club in London. They asked Ted Carroll, head of Chiswick Records, to record the show for posterity. Instead he suggested they go to the Escape Studios in Kent and record a single to be released on his own label. Aware that this may well be a last chance and displaying a hard working attitude typical throughout their subsequent career they laid down a total of thirteen tracks in two days, impressing Carroll sufficiently to offer enough further time to properly engineer them to album standard.

The result was that all but two of the On Parole songs ("Fools" and "Leaving Here") were re-recorded, three of which were in themselves re-writings of tracks Lemmy wrote while he was with Hawkwind ("Motörhead", "The Watcher" and "Lost Johnny"). Two new original songs ("White Line Fever" and "Keep Us on the Road") were added, and a cover of the Tiny Bradshaw classic "Train Kept A-Rollin'".

The title track was released as 7" and 12" singles with the non-album track "City Kids" as the B side, reaching No.6 in the UK charts and the four remaining tracks were later released (1980) on the EP "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers".

"White Line Fever" is also the title of a Lemmy autobiography co-written with Janiss Garza [View on Amazon].

The album sleeve features the first outing of Joe Petagno's "War Pig" the fanged boar, iconic in its own right, that has been developed throughout Motorhead's long career. The inner sleeve carries pictures of the band, pictures of and thanks to friends, and the warning -"Achtung! This Band Takes No Prisoners"..

The Motörhead album reached 43 in the UK charts, justifying and cementing the band and paving the way for the more successful Overkill.

Original Track listing

  1. "Motörhead" (Ian Kilmister) – 3:13 See Lyrics
  2. "Vibrator" (Larry Wallis, Des Brown) – 3:39 See Lyrics
  3. "Lost Johnny" (Ian Kilmister, Mick Farren) – 4:15 See Lyrics
  4. "Iron Horse/Born to Lose" (Phil Taylor, Mick Brown, Guy "Tramp" Lawrence) – 5:21 See Lyrics
  5. "White Line Fever" (Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor) – 2:38 See Lyrics
  6. "Keep Us on the Road" (Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor, Farren) – 5:57 See Lyrics
  7. "The Watcher" (Ian Kilmister) – 4:30 See Lyrics
  8. "Train Kept A-Rollin'" (Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay, Lois Mann) – 3:19 See Lyrics

Bonus tracks

  1. "City Kids" (Wallis, Duncan Sanderson) – 3:24 See Lyrics
    • Originally released as the B-side of Motorhead.
  2. "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" (Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard) – 3:27 See Lyrics
  3. "On Parole" (Wallis) – 5:57 See Lyrics
  4. "Instro" (Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilminster, Phil Taylor) – 2:27 See Lyrics
  5. "I'm Your Witchdoctor" (John Mayall) – 2:58 See Lyrics
    • Tracks 10 - 13 were originally released as the Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers EP in 1980

Album Lyrics

1. Motörhead

Sunrise, wrong side of another day

Sky high and six thousand miles away

Don't know how long I've been awake

Wound up in an amazing state

Can't get enough

and you know it's righteous stuff

Goes up like prices at Christmas

Motörhead, you can call me Motörhead, alright

 

Brain dead, total amnesia

Get some mental anaesthesia

Don't move, I'll shut the door and kill the lights

and if I can't be wrong I could be right

all good clean fun

Have another stick of gum

Man, you look better already

Motörhead, remember me now Motörhead, alright

 

Fourth day, five day marathon

We're moving like a parallelogram

Don't move, I'll shut the door and kill the lights

I guess I'll see you all on the ice

I should be tired

and all I am is wired

ain't felt this good for an hour

Motörhead, remember me now, Motörhead alright

2. Vibrator

Larger than life, sharper than a knife

Ever ready for the time

Slick and smooth I'm bound to improve your mood

and make you feel fine

Reach for me, I'm ready and how

I'm really starting to buzz

Your feeling comes, I'm starting to hum

I can do it like nothing else does

 

You're never alone when I'm around

You can always rely on me

I'm a friend, my love won't bend

and that I can guarantee

Straight and true and all for you

I'm so eager to please

Stick with me and I'll keep you free

From any nasty disease

'Cos I'm a Vibrator

Pleased to make a start

Vibrator, with a powerpack for a heart

 

Check my heart before you start

I don't wanna blow no fuse

New battery, is that for me?

That's something I could really use

Power surge I get the urge

To do my legendary thing

The stars in your eyes don't tell no lies

I know your bells are starting to ring

'Cos I'm a Vibrator

Pleased to make a start

Vibrator, with a powerpack for a heart

 

Vibrator! Vibrator!

 

Wasn't that good, now wasn't that nice?

Now see we get along real fine

I knew I was the boy for you

When you came for the second time

Clean me up, put me away

You know you need the rest

I'll be here when next you need me

I've never ever failed the test

'Cos I'm a Vibrator

Pleased to make a start

Vibrator, with a powerpack for a heart

I'm a Vibrator

Pleased to make a start

I'm a Vibrator

and I'll never ever break your heart

 

3. Lost Johnny

You only get a single chance

The rules are very plain

The truth is well concealed inside

The details of the game

You can hear it coming

You can see it from afar

It's pale and it glimmers

Like a faded movie star

 

and out there in the castle

They're trying to make her scream

By sticking thumb tacks in her flesh

and cancelling her dreams

Can you find the Valium

Can you bring them soon

Lost Johnny's out there

Baying at the moon

 

The time has come for you to choose

You'd better get it right

Smiling girls with sharp white teeth

are waiting in the night

But you want to really get some

It surely can't be hard

There's always trouble lurking

When you leave your own backyard

 

Underneath the city

The alligators sing

Of how the fool he cannot dance

Since someone cuts the strings

Can you find the morphine

Try to be so brief

Lost Johnny's out there

Looking for relief

 

That laddie looks so evil

and you know he really tries

But every time he makes a play

That vital number dies

and Sally buys her underwear

From a store where no-one goes

She makes it big in photographs

On the strength of what she shows

 

and here inside the waiting room

The radio still screams

and we're shooting children

To murder all young things

Can you find your credit card

For god's sake make it quick

Lost Johnny's out there

Trying to turn a trick

 

4. Iron Horse / Born To Lose

He rides a road, that don't have no end

an open highway, without any bends

Tramp and his stallion, alone in a dream

Proud in his colours, as the chromium gleams

On Iron Horse he flies, on Iron Horse he gladly dies

Iron Horse his wife, Iron Horse his life

 

He lives his life, he's living it fast

Don't try to hide, when the dice have been cast

He rides a whirlwind, that cuts to the bone

Loaded forever, and righteously stoned

On Iron Horse he flies, on Iron Horse he gladly dies

Iron Horse his wife, Iron Horse his life

 

Yeah, slide it to me!

 

One day one day, they'll go for the sun

Together they'll slide, on the eternal run

Wasted forever, on speed bikes and booze

Yeah tramp and the brothers, all born to lose

On Iron Horse he flies, on Iron Horse he gladly dies

Iron Horse his wife, Iron Horse his life

 

5. White Line Fever

We can move around now

You know it's so good

But I know you wouldn't come clean now,baby

Even if you could

Because, White Line Fever (White Line Fever)

I'm the one deceiver

White Line Fever, yeah

Take me away from you

Just come to me babe

We can stay right here

But you don't remember all the lines of blow

You've done this year

I said White Line Fever (White Line Fever)

I'm the one deceiver (We're gonna make you a dreamer)

White Line Fever, yeah

Take me away from you (It's a slow death)

Bye, bye, bye baby

'cause here I come

Won't get to sleep tonight

Because the white lines turn me on

White Line Fever

We're gonna make a dreamer (Made me a believer)

White Line Fever, yeah

It's a slow death (It hasn't killed my yet)

Oh !

 

6. Keep Us On The Road

We began at the beginning

Moving high and moving fast

Machine's clean, so sweet and mean

Should have known it wouldn't last

But when I took her clothes off

I thought she would explode

Dropped another handful

Kept Us On The Road

The black things came from nowhere

But they couldn't beat the shield

They flew across the highway

But we smashed them in the field

But when I made a suggestion

I thought she would explode

Dropped another handful

Keep Us On The Road

It was round about the third day

I remember it so clear

We came across a bad vibe

Naked, blind with fear

and that was all we left there

ain't moving staring cold

Dropped another handful

Keep Us On The Road

 

7. The Watcher

We are looking in on you now

What do you think you can do now

It's very small from way out here

The last thing you will feel is fear

Give you a chance to do the right thing

Give you a chance to do the bright thing

Now our sense is all disgusted

Where you're from you can't be trusted

 

Where I come from no-one smiles

Every inch exists in miles

Still it's cool relaxed and calm

Sitting here on the Funny Farm

 

World in prison screams in pain

There are no leaders you can blame

Human greed destroys your sphere

and there's no room for you out here

You're on your own now.

 

8. The Train Kept a-rollin'

I was alone, she was a woman

I was a man, I never knew her name

and she was pretty, New York City

I just gotta let it go

The Train Kept a-Rollin' all night long

Get it on, cheap little woman get it on, on my way

Get it on, cheap little woman get it on, on my way

The Train Kept a-Rollin' all night long

The Train Kept a-Rollin' all night long

9. City Kids

Nobody knows

I know nobody cares what goes on in here

We have this door

Nobody gets in until I'm really sure

Don't creep up behind me

You know where to find me I'm always around

Turns out if you need us, before you lead us astray

 

Don't care who we meet

We're orphans here on Easy Street and we feel real mean

Cruising on speed

We've got more than we'll ever need, ain't life sweet?

We won't turn your pay down

City Kids don't lay down, we don't call so

Better get some more of that

City Kids we don't give that to you, oh no

 

Bombs go off at night

Searing heat, blinding light, you like it fine

Park the car and run

Dance all night, it was for fun, we're nasty, hahahaha!

Why do we do it

No-one can get through it we know where to run

You hear what we're saying

Time that you were praying 'cos

City Kids time, won't be long

 

Won't be long, no it won't be long!

 

10. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

If you see me walkin' down the line

With my favorite honky tonk in mind

Well, I'll be here around suppertime

With my can of dinner and a bunch of fine.

Beer drinkers and hell raisers, yeah.

Uh-huh-huh, baby, don't you wanna come with me?

The crowd gets loud when the band gets right

Steel guitar cryin' through the night.

Yeah, trying to cover up the corner fight

But everything's cool 'cause they's just tight.

Beer drinkers and hell raisers, yeah.

Huh, baby, don't you wanna come with me?

ah, play it boy.

The joint was jumpin' like a cat on hot tin.

Lord, I thought the floor was gonna give in.

Soundin' a lot like a House Congressional

'Cause we're experimental and professional.

Beer drinkers, hell raisers, yeah.

Well, baby, don't you wanna come with me?

 

11. On Parole

They locked me up, put me away

Said "You're gonna get out in forever and a day"

I didn't know what was going on

all I was doing was looking for fun

Forgot the reason, that's what I'm told

But you've gotta get it in before you get old

They thought they had me, had me for keeps

But they don't know this boy never sleeps

I'm back on the streets again

I'm back on my feet again

I'm On Parole, On Parole

 

I like laugh, I like a joke

It's not my fault if my sense of humour broke

I tried to tell them I was sick

They said they think it was some kind of a trick

alright, I would have done good

If they had listened to me like they should

I wouldn't have this loaded gun

Looking for a citizen to kill just for fun

It's good to be free again

It's good to be me again

I'm On Parole, On Parole

 

Stop me now before I kill myself

Stop me before I kill somebody else!

 

You'd better watch out, you never know

Who's going to be the next to go

Night my friend, but it ain't yours

Fixes the odds, evens the scores

Just turn around, I won't go wrong

When he hits the ground I'll be long gone

They won't suspect me, no not a soul

'Cos I'm a good boy I'm On Parole

I'm raising my sights again

I'm claiming my rights again

I'm On Parole, On Parole

 

Stop me now before I kill myself

Stop me now, or get somebody else

 

12. Instro

 

[Instrumental]

 

13. I'm Your Witchdoctor

I'm your witchdoctor, got an evil eye

I'm your witchdoctor, set souls on your fire

Gonna bring you love, in the midnight hour

Gonna feel you burning like a passion flower

I'm singing ...

Your witchdoctor, your witchdoctor

Got my eyes on you

I need a voodoo and that's at night

I'll be your voodoo in the morning light

Gonna bring you love, in the midnight hour

Gonna feel you burning like a passion flower

I'm singing ...

Your witchdoctor, your witchdoctor

Got my eyes on you

Your witchdoctor, your witchdoctor

Got my eyes on you

I got my mean old spell on you

I got my mean old spell on you

Your witchdoctor, your witchdoctor

Got my eyes on you

I'm your witchdoctor, got an evil eye

I'm your witchdoctor, set souls on your fire

Gonna bring you love, in the midnight hour

Gonna feel you burning like a passion flower

I'm singing ...

Your witchdoctor, your witchdoctor

Got my eyes on you

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.