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TOO LATE THE HERO

Produced by Cy Langston and John Entwistle.
Recorded at Crystal Studio Los Angeles and
Ramport Studios, London.
Musicians include: Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale and John Entwistle

Album liner notes:
Thanks to Kenny Jones and Cy Langston For their help on the demos,
 Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale, Billy Nicholls,
Bill Curbishley, Chris Chappel, Alan Rogain, Bill Harrison, Keith Smith,
Jage Jackson, Anne Weldon, Carmine Appice and Alan Ross

SIDE ONE

Try Me

Face to face but you're talking long distance
Can't stand up but you still try to dance
Qualude shuffle, up to my table
Two steps back, one step advance.

I can tell by the smile you're trapped in
You've been smoking your breakfast again
Real life specimen, Space Captain
Know where to stop but you don't know when.

Try me, I could be all that you need to get high
Try me, I don't promise to teach you to fly
Try me, I could be all that you need to get high
Try me, I don't promise to teach you to fly.

Life begins at midnight if you're feeling down
The white man's talking powder turns you round
Powder y'nose don't mean what you suppose
In this town it's inside not out.

I can tell by the smile you're trapped in
You've been smoking your breakfast again
Real life specimen Space Captain
Know where to stop but you don't know when.

Try me, I could be all that you need to get high
Try me, I don't promise to touch the sky
Try me, I could be all that you need to get high
Try me, I don't promise to teach you to fly
Try me, I could be all that you need to get high
Try me, I don't promise to teach you to fly
Try me, I could be all that you need to get high
Try me, become addicted to me
I could be all that you need to get high
Try me, I don't promise to touch the sky
Try me, I could be all that you need to get high
Try me, I don't promise to teach you to fly.


Talk Dirty/Try Me
Released on Atco 7344, 1981. (USA) Stock Copy

Talk Dirty

You talk about the weather
Sun's out - it's gonna rain
It's gonna pour down.
Take a drive - no car
Take walk - let's stay home
And fool around.

You talk about religion
Moses - Jezebel
Go to church - go to bed
Godspell - go to Hell
Why can't you talk dirty?
I like it, when you talk dirty

You talk about politics
White House - whore house
Revolution - prostitution
President - Mickey Mouse.

You talk about music
Chopin - too square
Heavy metal - too loud
Top twenty - who cares?
Why can't you talk dirty?
I like it, when you talk dirty.

Playboy, Mayfair, Penthouse - White House
Filthy naked poses - Moses
Masochism, sadism, lesbianism - communism
Suntan, striptease, can-can - Chopin.

(Guitar Solo)

You talk about painting
Van Gough - kiss my, ear
Gaugin - go where?
Van Dyke - she's queer.

You talk about Shakespeare
Romeo - or Juliet
Dickens - good idea
Oliver Twist - not quite yet
Why can't you talk dirty?
I like it, when you talk dirty.

Playboy, Mayfair, Penthouse - White House
Filthy naked poses - Moses
Masochism, sadism, lesbianism - communism
Suntan, striptease, can-can - Chopin
Talk dirty, talk dirty
Talk dirty, talk dirty
Talk dirty, talk dirty


Lovebird

She kissed me ,while I was sleeping
Goodbye in her eyes
She knew the spell had broken
It came as no surprise.

You win some, you lose some
Lady Luck has just run out on you
A new day is coming up
The black night is almost through.

As the door closed behind her
I opened my eyes
The pillow was empty
It came as no surprise.

Fly away lovebird
You're learning to fly
Now the winter, is over
So am I, so am I.

Fly away lovebird
You're learning to fly
Now the winter, is over
So am I, so am I.

(Guitar Solo)

You win some, you lose some
Lady Luck has just run out on you
A new day is coming up
The black night is almost through.

A letter on the table
With nothing much inside
Just a note saying so long
And thanks for the ride.

Fly away lovebird
You just learned to fly
Now the winter is over
So am I, so am I

Fly away lovebird
You just learned to fly
Now the winter is over
So am I, so am I..


Sleeping Man

Who's that knocking at the bottom of my door?
Who's that lying on the floor
Like a fallen meteor
It's the sleeping man.

Tomorrow just slipped away
Whatever happened to yesterday
You play you pay
Sleeping man.

Sandman please leave him alone
Let him out of the twilight zone
Just for once let him answer the phone
Sleeping man.

Sandman please leave him alone
Let him out of the twilight zone
Just for once let him answer the phone
Sleeping man.

After supper eyes shut tight
Night is day and day is night
He's not a pretty sight
Sleeping man.

Face down on the table, drink in his hand
He doesn't hear the noise of the band
With a head full of ideas and eyes full of sand
Lies the sleeping man.

Sandman please leave him alone
Let him out of the twilight zone
Just for once let him answer the phone
Sleeping man.

Sandman please leave him alone
Let him out of the twilight zone
Just for once let him answer the phone
Sleeping man.

(Guitar Solo)

Sing a long lullaby to the sleeping man
Grab some zzz's, sleeping man
Said goodnight again to the sleeping man
See you in your dreams sleeping man.


I'm Coming Back

California, I gotta warn ya
Keep thinking while I'm away,
Because I'm coming back
I'm coming back.

Shangri-la you ain't that far
Just over the rainbow bar,
 You know I'm coming back
I'm coming back
If I can find a way
I'm coming back.

It's a small world, if you seen it time after time
So many cities, you can never be everywhere
I've seen places, I've seen faces I never want to see again
Nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

(Guitar Solo)

London town don't wear that frown
I won't let you down,
You know I'm coming back
I'm coming back

Here I am again, back on the plane
Only thing that keeps me sane,
Is the fact I'm coming back
I'm coming back
I don't know exactly when,
But I'm coming back.

I'm coming back, I'm coming back
Back, back, back, back, back, back


SIDE TWO

Dancing Master

I'm gonna pull your strings
And make you do things,
That you really don't want to do
I'm gonna spin you around,
Screw you into the ground,
'Til I make a star out of you.

I'm the dancing master
I'm gonna teach you to dance.

I'll make you lose control
To my rock and roll
'Til your feet run out of space
I won't let you stop
Until you drop
You have to move to win the race.

I'm the dancing master
I'm gonna teach you to dance.

(Joe and John trade licks)

Disco here, disco there, dance
Disco here, disco there, dance
Disco here, disco there, dance
Disco here, disco there, dance.

Whether you like it or not
It's gonna get hot
When you shift the light fantastic
You got to press some muscle
To do the hustle
To the shiny muse of black plastic.

I'm the dancing master
I'm gonna teach you to dance.


Fallen Angel

Nobody loves the fallen angel
Once he's hit the ground
There's only one way to go and that's down
Nobody loves the prince of evil
Don't need him around
So Lucifer's hiding underground.

You aim high, but you hit low
He stays, and you go
Black sky, hello
Goodbye, rainbow.

(Guitar Solo)

Nobody loves a fallen idol
Failure leaves a scar
And memories only go so far
Nobody cares but everyone stares
As you stagger to the bar
That face is familiar
Didn't he used to be a star?

You aim high, but you hit low
Blue skies, Acapulco
Dark eyes, incognito
You live fast, better spend slow
Or it's goodbye, to the chateau
Hello, Skid Row.

You aim high, but you hit low
You live fast, better spend slow
Black sky, hello
Goodbye, rainbow.


Love Is A Heart Attack

Love is a pain
Love is a heart attack
It's so easy to take
But so hard to give back
The doctor told me this is a showdown
You're living too fast
You've got to slow down
You're heart can't take it
You're gonna break it
You're not gonna make it.

Love is a pain
Love is a heart attack
It's so easy to fall in
But so hard to get back
The doctor told me, you've got to choose
Between living or dying
And sex, drugs, and booze
Drugs I can handle
Booze I can quit
But giving up love, I can't take it.

Death is nature's way of telling you to stop
Love, is a heart attack
Sex is just the icing on the top
Underneath, everything is jet black.

Set your pacemaker to a boogie beat
You gotta dance, love out of your life
Set your pacemaker to a boogie beat
You gotta dance, love out of your life
Set your pacemaker to a boogie beat
You gotta dance, love out of your life
Set your pacemaker to a boogie beat
You gotta dance, dance, dance.

(Guitar Solo)

I've got one more night to live
Maybe two, if we can take it slow
One more night of love
With you, such a nice way to go
Love is a pain
Love is a heart attack.

Love is a pain
Love is a heart attack.


Too Late The Hero/I'm Coming Back
 Released on WEA Records K 74249, 1981. (UK)

Too Late the Hero

Too late the hero
It all comes to zero
And I, I wish I could stop
And start it again.

It's the end of my movie
The bad guys beat me easy
And I, I wish I could stop
And start it again.

It's easy to live in your imagination
If you can't control the situation
You just cut and start it again
It's easy to live in your imagination
You have to make an alteration
You just cut and start it again.

How I wish I could live on the silver screen
Like the stars in the movie magazines
With a happy ending as the final scene.

Too late the hero
It all comes to zero
And I, I wish I could stop
And start it again.

It's the end of my movie
The bad guys beat me easy
And I, I wish I could stop
And start it again.

It's easy, the villains always wear black
They see your guns and turn back
It only happens in the movies
It's easy, the heroes always wear white
The ladies fall off the sight
It only happens in the movies.

As the Viking ship drifts off to the sea
The black sail bursts into fire
I turn to kiss the princess
I have to pacify her
The arrows fall
The sky is red
The music gets higher and higher.

The battle's done
I'm on my way home
A hero's welcome on the shore
Single handed, all by myself
I've just won the war
It was nothing, really.


All songs written by John Entwistle
1981 Whistle Rhymes Limited


WDK 2008

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