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Motörhead Snake Bite Love Album

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Album Type: 
Studio
Release Date: 
March 10, 1998
Label: 
CMC
Album Description: 

Snake Bite Love is Motörhead's fourteenth studio album, recorded at The Valley Studios and released on March 10, 1998 to mixed reactions. Lemmy is quoted as saying "Six weeks before we recorded it, we didn't even even have one song. But when it came time, we put it together very quickly. Unfortunately, I was sick for some of the rehearsals, and when you leave two guys together who aren't singers, you end up with some weird arrangements."(from "White Line Fever: the Autobiography" Lemmy Kilmister, Janiss Garza [View on Amazon])

No singles were released from this album but you can view a live performance of track one "Love for Sale".

Snake Bite Love reached No.171 in the UK album charts, 47 in Germany and 49 in Sweden.

Motörhead didn't return to the studios for another four years when they recorded We are Motörhead

Album track listing

  • All tracks written by Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee, unless otherwise stated.
  1. "Love for Sale" – 4:52 See lyrics
  2. "Dogs of War" - 3:38 See lyrics
  3. "Snake Bite Love" - 3:30 See lyrics
  4. "Assassin" - 4:48 See lyrics
  5. "Take the Blame" - 4:03 See lyrics
  6. "Dead and Gone" - 4:18 See lyrics
  7. "Night Side" - 3:37 See lyrics
  8. "Don't Lie to Me" (Lemmy) – 3:59 See lyrics
  9. "Joy of Labour" - 4:52 See lyrics
  10. "Desperate for You" - 3:27 See lyrics
  11. "Better off Dead" - 3:42 See lyrics

Credits

  • Lemmy – bass, vocals
  • Phil Campbell – guitar
  • Mikkey Dee – drums
  • Joe Petagno – sleeve artwork
  • Recorded in The Valley
  • Produced by Howard Benson
  • Co-produced by Motörhead
  • Recorded and mixed (at Jake's Place) by Mark Dearnley
  • Assistant engineered by Chris Morrison and Greg D'Angelo
  • Mastered at Futuredisc by Kris Solem

1. Love For Sale

Looking good, stepping out, looking for romance

Crazy arms, crazy legs, save me the last dance

Hold me tight, make me warm, give me shelter

Treat me right, in from the storm, helter skelter

You know the way, the game is tough

Need some motivation, to help you get it up

 

Cause it's only, love for sale,

Heart of gold and hard as nails

I can't believe it's legal,

To send it through the mail

Only love for sale

 

Call me up, call me back, call me what you want to

Shoot your shot, shoot the moon, nothing that you can't do

All for me, one for all, shoulder to shoulder

Here and gone, sure like to ball, rock n' roller

You know the way, stuff goes around,

You need a half nelson, to help you get it down

Rip it up, rip it out, Shake your money maker

 

Feels so good, in and out, real earth shaker

Get up close, stroke your bones, get a grip babe

Take a trip, take me home, feel the earth shift babe

You know the way, so get it right

You don't need an airplane, to get you through the night

 

2. Dogs Of War

Stand or fall, live or die (Stand)

Strong and true to the end (Now)

Fly the flag, let them see (Sky)

We will never bend the knee (Don't fail)

We are the last of all (Here)

If we give way we lose (No)

So can you stand with me? (We can)

Will you now pay your dues (Hai)

 

The tales they tell, of how we stand this day

We that defend our cause

Will last a thousand years

Come now the dogs of war

 

Break or hold, die or kill (Live)

Try or fail, or succeed (Fight)

We must be an iron wall (Hold)

When the heart receives the call (We go)

We are the least of them (Fight)

We are few, but we are brave (Yes)

So can you stand with me (We Will)

 

The tales they tell, of how we stood this day

We few that know the law

Will last a thousand years

Hear now the dogs of war

 

Sun is set, darkness falls (See)

Now comes the enemy (Beware)

Draw sword and shield defy (Hai)

All their wives must scream and cry (Stand fast)

We are the last hope now (Last)

Of all our people fair, so will you die with me (We do)

Will you now do your share (Hai)

 

The tales they tell, of what we do this day

We that guard the door

WIll last a thousand years

Let go the dogs of war

 

3. Snake Bite Love

In the zoo, in the zoo

I wanna see the snakes

I don't want to see the lions

Or the gorillas or the apes

I want to see a python

Squeeze somebody tight

Or a Boa Constrictor

In the middle of the night

 

Snake hips boy, gonna lay you down

Gonna spoil your fun

Don't tread on him when he's around

Don't tread on him when he's around

He'll squeeze you 'til you fit real good

Snake bite love, snake bite love

In the jungle, in the jungle

I don't wanna see the trees

I don't wanna see the flowers

Or the beetles or the bees

I wanna see an Anaconda

Coiled in the gloom

Suffocate an alligator,

Beneath a tropical moon

 

Snake hips boy, gonna lay you down

Gonna bite your ass

Don't tread on him when he's around

Don't tread on him when he's around

Slide over, you're just like a glove

Snake bite love, snake bite love

n the summer, in the summer

I don't wanna see the plants

I don't wanna see the termites

Or the rabbits or the ants

I wanna see a cobra,

Inflate his scary hood

And bite the unsuspecting,

I think that's really good

 

Snake hips boy, gonna lay you down

Gonna lose his skin

Don't tread on him when he's around

Don't tread on him when he's around

He'll squeeze you 'til you fit real good

Snake bite love, snake bite love

Don't tread on him when he's around

Don't tread on him when he's around

Forked tongue make you feel so good

Snake bite love, snake bite love

 

4. Assassin

Die now, no more time

I am death. The hand is mine

Great honour comes to thee

 

Tonight in my reach

Assassin, Assassin, Assassin, Assassin

Your years all dust, speak my name.

 

Assassin, Assassin, Assassin, Assassin

We shall see, as before, you are marked, my heart is pure

 

Great honour falls to me. I come tonight, the hand is mine

Assassin, Assassin, Assassin, Assassin

Your years all dust, speak my name.

Assassin, Assassin, Assassin, Assassin

 

Assassin, Assassin, Assassin, Assassin

Desert be thy grave

 

Thy life be mine to take or save

Mine eye upon thee

I taste thy death

 

I am assassin

Look well, see my face, I am death, I will not wait.

 

Great armies shall bow to me. I come tonight, the hand is mine

Assassin, Assassin, Assassin, Assassin

Your years all dust, speak my name.

Assassin, Assassin, Assassin, Assassin

 

Assassin, Assassin, Assassin, Assassin

 

Desert be thy grave

Thy life be mine to take or save

Mine eye upon thee

I taste thy death

I am assassin

 

And many be thy sins

Thy life be forfeit, the heart within, should flinch now dog

and freeze thy spine, I want thy life, the hand is mine

Now blood, is satisfied

 

I ride by night, to make thee die

My hand upon thee, my heart is pure

I am assassin

I smiled, I dreamed thy fear

My arm is long to reach thee here

All men shall tremble, their houses fall

I am assassin

 

5. Take The Blame

You can see the way we do it here

You will be alright if you can change

You can be a rich man, you can start to climb.

Get into the rhythm, step into the line.

 

Politicians eat your words

Prohibition that's a joke

Exhibition of the criminally insane

 

You can take the money,

but can you take the blame

You can take the money,

but can you take the blame

 

You can be the new arising star

You can be the super new-wave boy

You can be a tyrant, you can rule by fear

That's the way they like it, stick it in their ear

 

Politicians eat your words

Prohibition that's a joke

Put your own children in Jail with a shame

 

You can take the money,

but can you take the blame

You can take the money,

but can you take the blame

 

Politician swine, you make me wanna puke

Waste my money, waste my time.

going by the book

Education fails no need to teach the poor

They just get in the way, until we have a war.

until we have a war...

 

You will never sorrow for your friends

You will never miss them for a day

You will be a hero, you will be a king

Get into the money, get into the swing

 

Politicians eat your words

Prohibition that's a joke

You can't fool everybody, you should be ashamed

 

You can take the money,

but can you take the blame

You can take the money,

but can you take the blame

 

See you on TV, you talk and talk and talk

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah

Liars, thieves and dorks

You may be in control,

so how come you're so scared

Is it because you feel, the hatred everywhere,

the hatred everywhere

 

6. Dead And Gone

Woke up insane today

Dreamed I was blown away

Ten thousand called my name

Asleep at the wheel again

 

Turn me down, turn me down

Take my head and turn it around

Turn me on, turn me on

Everything I do is wrong

 

Woke up in hell today

Spoke to the devil, he turned away

All of my friends were there

They didn't have no time to spare

Turn me down, turn me down

Step back and I hit the ground

Turn me on, turn me on

Everything I do is wrong

 

Out of the night comes a song that I know

Twisted and ruined and black

I can remember the people they were

Nobody knows if they ever come back

Lost in the ashes of time they still sing

Echoes of romance gone bad

 

I can remember them better than you

I shared the darkness they had

Dead and gone, dead and gone

 

Woke up in my grave today

I dreamed I heard you say

All of eternity was pain

I laid my head back down again

 

Turn me down, turn me down

Your lips move but you make no sound

Turn me on, turn me on

Everything I do is wrong

 

Out of the night comes a song that I know

Twisted and ruined and black

I can remember the people they were

Nobody knows if they ever come back

Lost in the ashes of time they still sing

Echoes of romance gone bad

I can remember them better than you

I shared the nightmares they had

Dead and gone, dead and gone, dead and gone

So long, so long, so long

Dead and gone

 

7. Night Side

Horror stalks the dark night

Keeps the world from our sight

We can't see all of the silent ones coming

To take the ultimate bite

No lucky charm will suffice

To keep the monsters at bay

No clove of garlic or crucifix ever

Kept the vampires away

 

Nightside, nightside

Open wide, open wide

Nightside, hell-born

Nightside, devil-spawn

 

Darkness, in our poor eyes

Helps the night to disguise

The legions of crawling &

Hopping black horrors

Who come to aid our demise

No lucky charms ever help

To keep us safe while we sleep

No incantation or pentacle ever

Kept the strong from the weak

 

Nightside, nightside.

Open wide, open wide

Nightside, hell-born

Nightside, devil-spawn

Nightside, nightside.

Demons ride, demons ride

Nightside, ripped and torn

Nightside, devil-spawn

 

Terror, afraid of the dark.

Hear the devil dog bark.

You cannot hope you can

Ever outrun them

And their teeth are ever so sharp

 

No way to save your poor self

No way to keep you immune

No magic ever produced will assist you

To outlive the full of the moon

 

Nightside, nightside

Open wide, open wide

Nightside, hell-born

Nightside, devil-spawn

Nightside, open wide

Nightside, devil-spawn

Nightside, nightside

 

8. Don't Lie To Me

People talking but it ain't the truth

Lyin' ain't no substitute

You ought to be ashamed of yourself

Try to put the blame on somebody else

Ain't no reason I know

To stop you reaping what you sow

You must know right from wrong

Don't make out, you don't know what's going on.

A man's gotta do it right

And if we gotta fight all night

That's alright. I got time.

And fighting liars suits me just fine

A man oughta tell it true

According to his point of view

And whatever you want to be

Don't lie to me, don't lie to me

People talking round and round

Whisper rumours try to bring you down

You can't make shit into gold

And nothing's over 'til the story's told

People talking all around the world

Eating facts and throwing up words

Turn around so I can see your face

I don't care if you need your space

 

A man's gotta be a man and you can see just what I am

There ain't no room for mistakes

Everybody knows the moves they ought to make

A man's gotta tell the truth.

And if it's good, he don't need proof

And whoever you think you see

Don't lie to me, don't lie to me.

 

People talkin' but they just don't know

Ain't got no pride no more

Want to be on TV so bad

They give away all the honour they had

Ain't no way I can see that people gonna listen to me

But I know what I know

And I'll see more than you'll ever show

 

A man's gotta play the game

And save the worth of his name

Cause waiting out there on the edge

Is everything you need to make a fool of yourself

And if you want to know the score

It that's what you're waiting for

Don't look at me, I won't tell

You better get out and see yourself

Don't lie to me, don't lie to me

Don't lie to me

You know I hate that shit baby

Don't lie to me, don't lie to me

Uh-huh honey, can't you see

Don't lie to me, don't lie to me

 

9. Joy Of Labour

Woke up dead, you know I woke up dead

Give me time to get it through my head

They hanged me by the neck, I heard the devil laugh

I was a nervous wreck, I was the first in line

 

Do you want to look right in the devil's face?

You must have seen the ground where we upheld the Law

I was a young man then, I was a young man then

Spending time on the killing floor

Do as you would want to be

Joy of labour, sets you free

 

Woke up scared, you know I woke up scared

Give me time to show you, how I wound up there

They put me in a cell, I heard the ghost in there

I wasn't feeling well, I was the first in line

 

Do you want see right through the devil's eyes?

You must have seen the ground where they all stood before

I was a young man then, I was a young man then

Spending time on the killing floor

Be more than you seem to be

Joy of labour, sets you free

 

Woke up dead, you know I woke up dead

I was the only one, that saw the road ahead

They beat me with their fists

I did the devil's work

And I was on their list, I was the first in line

 

Do you even know what the devil does

He drives a man 'til he can't take no more

I was a young man then, I was a young man then

Spending time on the killing floor

 

10. Desperate For You

What's up? What's up? What's up motherfucker?

I think I call your bluff

Who's there? Who's there?

I think I know, but I don't think I care

Came in on the Flyer honey, 1952.

I ain't for hire for money so I'll tell you what I'll do

I'm gonna be a gangster, a gangster of love

I might not be Al Capone, but I think I'll be quite good

I'm all I got right now, so what are we gonna do

I think I'm a desperado, desperate for you

 

Way cool. Way cool.

I don't talk like this, but I like to bend the rules.

Too bad, it's too bad.

To think of the face of a man whose woman you had

Came in on the Silver Streak, 1964.

 

I ain't for hire for money, but it sure beats being poor

I'm gonna be an outlaw, just like Jesse James

Rob all of your banks

And the occasional train

And if Bobby Ford should shoot me, I know just what you'd do

That's why I'm a desperado, desperate for you.

 

I'm gonna blow your brains out, just like Sirhan Sirhan

You might not remember him, but believe me I sure can

Gonna be a national hero, gonna be a household name

Gonna be like a roaring wind, like a hurricane

You'll never see it coming, might not hear it too

You know I'm a desperado, desperate for you

 

Desperate man, you know that's me

 

Baby

 

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen

But it can be arranged

 

11. Better Off Dead

Don't you believe in me now?

Now that you found a new friend

Anything goes but the truth

Messages we never send

 

Anything goes when the angels sing

Dance on volcanoes

Wait see what tomorrow brings

Better of dead, better of dead

Better of dead, than your ass in a sling

 

Why can't you open the door?

I got the key in my hand

I guess we're breaking the law

I guess I don't understand

 

Anything goes, but I must refuse

Show me some action

Wait 'til you see the news

Better of dead, better of dead

 

What is the problem here

Get with the program

Why do you stand accused

Better of dead, better of dead

Better of dead

Like to see you walk a mile in my shoes

 

What is the voice we don't hear

Is it still talking to you

I hope it's speaking real clear

I hope it's pulling you through

Anything goes, but I have to be fair

Teach you a lesson

Wait 'til I know you care

Better of dead, better of dead

Come and dance in your wheelchair

Show me some traction

 

Let me know when you get there

Better of dead, better of dead, better of dead

Keep all your love in your head

 

 

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.