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Motörhead Rock n Roll Album

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Release Date: 
September 5, 1987
Album Description: 

Rock 'N' Roll is Motörhead's the eighth studio album. Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor was back in the drumming seat and the line up with Lemmy, Würzel and Philip Campbell, lasted another five years from 1987 until 1992. Recorded at Master Rock Studios Redwood, London it reached 34 in the UK Album Charts.

The song "Eat the Rich" was written for Peter Richardson's 1987 film Eat the Rich starring the cast of The Comic Strip and Lemmy himself as evil henchman "Spider". It was released as a single in 1987, in 7" and 12" vinyl pressings. Both formats featured the b-side "Cradle to the Grave", and the 12" also included "Just 'Cos You Got the Power".

Michael Palin who co-owned Redwood studios narates a sermon at the end of the last song of the original album "Stone Deaf In The USA" - "Oh Lord, look down upon these people from Motörhead...".

The band moved to Los Angeles shortly after the albums release.

Rock n Roll original track listing

All tracks composed by Michael (Würzel) Burston, Phil Campbell, and Lemmy (Ian) Kilminster except where noted.

  1. "Rock 'n' Roll" – 3:49 See lyrics
  2. "Eat the Rich" – 4:34 See lyrics
  3. "Blackheart" – 4:03 See lyrics
  4. "Stone Deaf in the U.S.A." – 3:40 See lyrics
  5. "The Wolf" – 3:28 See lyrics
  6. "Traitor" – 3:17 See lyrics
  7. "Dogs" – 3:48 See lyrics
  8. "All for You" – 4:10 See lyrics
  9. "Boogeyman" – 3:07 See lyrics

CD reissue bonus tracks

  1. "Cradle to the Grave" – 4:05
  2. "Just 'Cos You Got the Power" – 7:30
    • Tracks 10 and 11 originally released as B-sides of Eat the Rich.

Bonus CD

In 2006, the album was re-issued with a bonus CD, containing Motörhead's performance at the Monsters of Rock festival, recorded on August 16, 1986:

  1. "Iron Fist" (Eddie Clarke, Lemmy, Taylor)
  2. "Stay Clean" (Clarke, Lemmy, Taylor)
  3. "Nothing Up My Sleeve" (Clarke, Lemmy, Taylor)
  4. "Metropolis" (Clarke, Lemmy, Taylor)
  5. "Dr. Rock" (Clarke, Lemmy, Taylor)
  6. "Killed by Death" (Campbell, Würzel, Lemmy, Pete Gill)
  7. "Ace of Spades" (Clarke, Lemmy, Taylor)
  8. "Steal Your Face" (Campbell, Würzel, Lemmy, Gill)
  9. "Bite the Bullet" (Clarke, Lemmy, Taylor)
  10. "Built for Speed" (Campbell, Würzel, Lemmy, Gill)
  11. "Orgasmatron" (Campbell, Würzel, Lemmy, Gill)
  12. "No Class" (Clarke, Lemmy, Taylor)
  13. "Motorhead" (Lemmy)

This was a BBC Radio One recording and had been broadcast on the Friday Rock Show and had not been commercially available until this 2CD 'Expanded' edition.


  • Lemmy – bass, vocals
  • Phil Campbell – guitar, slide guitar on "Eat the Rich"
  • Würzel – guitar, slide guitar on "Stone Deaf in the USA"
  • Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor – drums
  • Joe Petagno - sleeve artwork
  • Produced by Motörhead and Guy Bidmead
  • Engineered by Guy Bidmead
  • Assisted by Roland Herrington, Arabella Rodriguez, Caroline Orme, and Phil Dane
  • "Eat the Rich" originally recorded by Bill Laswell and Jason Corsaro, remixed by Guy Bidmead
  • Mixed at Britannia Row, Eden Studios, and The Roundhouse, London.
  • Mastered at CBS Studios, London.

1. Rock 'n' Roll


Well here, babe, look at you, and you with someone else,

Turned out like all the others, leave me by myself,

That's how it works I guess, and you like all the rest

Guess I can handle it, if that's the way it is


'Cos I'm in love with rock 'n' roll, satisfies my soul

If that's how it has to be, I won't get mad

I got rock 'n' roll, to save me from the gold

And if that's all there is, it ain't so bad

Rock 'n' roll


I never been a one to have no stedy girl,

I love the way I live, runnin' round the world

I like to fool around, love to tear 'em down

And if I leave, you love to miss me when I'm gone




I can't imagine growin' old with anyone

Marching to a different drum, I hear a different song

I swear I love 'em all, I don't care if they're small

I don't care if they're tall, love 'em anyway


2. Eat The Rich


They say music is the food of love,

Let's see if you are hungry enough,

Take a bite, take another, just like a good boy would,

Get a sweet thing on the side,

Home cooking, homicide,

Side order, could be your daughter,

Fingerlicking good


Come on baby, eat the rich,

Put the bite on the son of a bitch,

Don't mess around, don't give me no switch,

C'mon baby eat the rich

C'mon baby eat the rich


Sittin' here in a restaurant,

Tell the waiter just what you want

Is that the meat, you wanted to eat,

How would you ever know?

Hash browns an' bacon strips,

I love the way that you lick your lips,

No fooling, I can see you drooling,

Feel the hunger grow




Eat up, eat you, eat me,

Eat two, get one free

Shetland pony, extra pepperoni

Just pick up the phone,

Eat greek, or eat chinese,

Eat salad, or scarf up grease

You're on the shelf, maybe eat yourself,

Come on, bite my bone




3. Blackheart


Two sides to all of us, with me you get 'em both,

My good side's wonderful, tho' I don't like to boast,

Better not cross over 'cos the other side's a beast

But don't expect the most if you can't take the least


Blackheart, what you think of me,

Blackheart, you want to believe,

The dark side's all you want to see

Blackheart, Blackheart

What you wanna do,


You know it's always true

Give back what I get from you,



I know the ones I win, I know the ones I lose

I can't apologise, I know I paid my dues

I can't be sorry, if I ain't always a saint

Like to be a nice guy, but don't blame me if I ain't




So that's the story, what you see is what you get,

No doubt there's better men than me

But I ain't met one yet

No doubt the dancer calls the tune,

So you can call on me

I'm all I''ve got, and what I am is what I'll be


Pay your money, take your choise, everybody's free,

I know nobody's perfect and if they are it won't be me

I'll be the bad guy in the movie of your life

Just thank your lucky stars I didn't use a knife


Blackheart, what you think of me, Blackheart,

You want to believe

The dark side is all you want to see



4. Stone Deaf In The USA


Crossed the ocean in a silver bird,

Flying into another world,

Flying down the Pacific coast,

Flying up in a silver ghost

Love to be back in Los Angeles

L.A.X. what a sight to see,

Stone fox women, crazy days,

Table hopping at the Rainbow, babe,


Stone Deaf in the U.S.A.

Stone Deaf in the U.S.A.


Coming back to New York City

Just as crazy, ain't so pretty,

People running like crazy fools

Know you got to break the rules

You can have yourself a real good time

You can have yourself a life of crim

Hit the Limelight, make my day

Get me back to J.F.K.




Been to Texas, can't get enough

Gold Virginia, fell in love

Detroit where the bad boys are

See Chicago, make you a star

Boston, Cleveland and Buffalo

Another shake, another show

Shake your ass, San Francisco Bay,

I hate to leave, I want to stay




5. The Wolf


We never see the evil deed,

Nobody cares as long as they got what they need

Don't look for help, under attack,

Blind eyes are daggers, gonna stab you in the back

The wolf is at your door,

The wolf


This ain't the time, to talk of love

That word's forgotten when the fist is in the glove,

Don't you rely, on passers by,

They'd sooner look, the other way, and let you die

The wolf is at your door,

The wolf


Don't ask for why, don't ask for help,

Don't ask for anything, that you can't do yourself

The wolf is here, he's at your side

You better fight him, or it's you that's gonna die,

The wolf is at your door,

The wolf




6. Traitor


You stand accused of treason, you offer no good reason

You are a bloody liar, yours is the stake the fire,

You say you are innocent, but you be caught and spent

And now you pay the price, for avarice, your vice

Intrigue your sole desire, you sold your wife, your child

You sell your oldest friends, you sold your countrymen

And yet we know your name, traitor, traitor


And now your face is shown, and so your fate is known,

We have discovered you, we have uncovered you,

You say you were led astray, fall on your knees and pray,

Pity is not for you, we'll make things hot for you,

Our hearts we make to harden, for you there is no pardon,

For you the spike awaits, upon the traitors gate,

And crows will eat your eyes, traitor, traitor


Delight we find in you, as we are binding you,

You look in vain for friends, you only find revenge

We give you blood and steel, we break you on the wheel

The ones you hope to sell, will send you straight to hell,

As we dismember you, we shall remember you,

You are abomination, you that betray the nation

You shall take long to die, traitor, traitor!!!


7. Dogs


Here we are in confusion

Could be it's all an illusion

Who knows the times to come

The years to face, the race to run

We believe in graven image

We believe in the fight to the finish

We desire the almighty dollar

The pound of flesh, the golden collar

Lick the hand, we give our land to dogs


Here we are in the years

The blood, the sweat, the tears

Have made us bondage slaves

In a world that we never made,

The politicians lick our bones,

The tacticians, hearts of stone

They turn us against our brothers

Make us fight and kill each other

Locked in lust we put our trust in dogs


Here we are again,

The dead still look the same

Who cares they're soon forgotten

Nobody loves corpse that's rotten

Your fathers, mothers, daughters, sons

Have been taken by the chosen ones

But don't forget you made the choise,

You made your mark, you raised your voice,

They're all the same, you're all to blame

You're dogs


8. All For You


Still can't believe it, can't stand to leave it

But I know the rules

We were doomed babe, too much too soon babe

Acting like fools


Tried to fly and climbed too high

We saw it all, we had to fall

But I swear it's true, was all for you

I swear it's true, was all for you


Making love all the time,

Never let the day go by, or a night

Sweet music in the dark

You always found the spark to light my light




The only one babe, to ever break my heart

Was you, such a shame,

Though guys never cry, but that'll be the day I die,

Speaking your name




9. Boogeyman


You know everybody's scared,

Everybody better beware

Scared of spiders, scared of rats,

Scared of being crossed by cats

Scared of everything that moves,

Scared of things with cloven hooves


I ain't scared, live my life allright

I ain't scared, to stand and fight

I ain't scared, 'cos I believe

Ain't scared, to wear my heart on my sleeve

Ain't scared to show my hands

But I'm scared of the boogeyman


You can't boogie with the boogeyman,

You can't boogie with the boogeyman,

You can't boogie with the boogeyman,

You can't boogie with the boogeyman,

Hold out any way you can,

But don't mess with the boogeyman


He's hiding underneath your bed,

He's hiding inside your head

He's hiding behind your eye

He be there until you die

Ridin' shotgun in your new transam

Slide over for the boogeyman


Chorus twice


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.