The House Of Blue Light

1987 Polygram Records



Bad Attitude

(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord)

take a look at
these dirty hands
take a look at this face these blazing eyes
do you see me as a broken man
tell me
are you really that blind

you got yourself a load of trouble now
you got yourself a bad deal
you say I've got a bad attitude
how d'you thinkIfeel

you got me locked in a paper cage
you think I'm chained up but I'm just tied down
step aside get out of my way
I won't hurt youIhad enough being pushed around

you got yourself a load of trouble now
you got yourself a bad deal
you say I've got a bad attitude
how d'you thinkIfeel

don't want a number
I got a name
take a look at my face
talk about a bad attitude
things have got to change

The Unwritten Law

(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Paice)

listen to  me
I've got a  warning for  you
you've got to  learn to take  more care
'cos if you swim in  dirty water
be careful how you dry  your hair
in a room within a room
in a hole within a hole
you've got to learn to share  your secrets
or you'll lose your soul

I've got the evidence
Iknow you broke the unwritten law
another town another one night stand
you know you broke the law

it's so hard to hold back
when the fire is in your eyes
a silver dollar in my pocket
Idon't like surprises
I've got your souvenir
is that the price I've got to pay
it ain't been that long
since the last charade

Iknow you're guilty
but I'm carrying the blame
Itook out much more thanIput in
andIfelt the pain
in a dirty little room
with nowhere left to hide
you told the truth with your eyes
but you lied inside

Call Of The Wild

(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord)

operator I'm looking for a girl
you've got to help me get through
Idon't know much about her
so I'm relying on you
she got rhythm but no sense of timing
she likes living but she's got no  address
operator you've got to get me out of  this mess
let me tell you about her

she ain't got a face
she ain't got a name
she ain't got a leg to stand upon
she's out of touch
but not out of mind
and I've got to see again that gypsy  child
operator this is the call of the wild

she's a hitch hiker never gets a ride
but you can bet she's on time
she's always around but so hard to  find
she causes trouble she never takes  offence
dirty mind a heart of gold
operator don't you put me on hold

Mad Dog

(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)

don't look too
long in myface
it could be a  big mistake
I'm hanging on a  thread so fine
Ineed a little space
Ishouldn't say butI knowImust
I've had enough of pain
I'm pissed off standing in  the rain

it makes me feel like a mad dog
Igot nothing to lose mad dog
you got nothingIcan use
mad dog howling at the moon
a mad dog

Ineed no friends
I'm on the edge of a broken dream
laughing at the pain but it makes me want to scream
Ishould have known she'd be no good
she tore my heart in two butIdon't need to talk to  you

you make me feel like a mad dog
Igot nothing to lose
mad dog
you got nothingIcan use
mad dog howling at the moon
a mad dog

she said a hard man is good to find
and then she raised a doubt
all thatIcould give she took
and then she threw me out
wellIdon't careIdon't care anymore
I'm going to lose my grip
I'm going to let it rip

Black &Amp; White

(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord)

read all about it tell me
have you heard the news
captain bob he don't pay no dues
you know he's looking in my window
he's stepping on my toes
don't want the truth and it goes to show

Igot a joker up my sleeve
Iknow what to believe
it ain't right just because it's in black and
  white

find yourself a hero
treat him like a friend
you build him up and tear him down again
it don't hold a candle hold it to the light
check it out is it wrong or right
is this the news of the world
it's just a pretty girl
she's all the news that's fit to print in
  black and white

inside information taken down note by note
a silent footstep that's all she wrote
shit that's all she wrote
no need to worry the baby's gone to bed
dreaming dirty dreams in black and white  and read
nowIgot nothing to fear
is this the scoop of the year
headlines on my bathroom wall in black and white

Hard Lovin' Woman

(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)

she walked into the room
her hand upon her hip
said look out boy
I'll make your backbone slip
she looked straight at me
the devil in her eye
Iknew whatIwas getting but took it by surprise
no fooling
she really knocked the stuffing out of me
some woman a hard lovin' woman
she chewed me up and spat me out

some woman
she's a hard lovin' woman
some woman a hard lovin' woman

she didn't wear nothing but a smile  upon her face
licking her lips butIhad the taste
her temperature was rising
Iwas coming to the boil
her fires were burning  she was pouring on the oil
Ido not jest she really took me to the cleaners
some woman
Ifelt just great when she pulled her 38's

it started with a smile
it turned into a laugh
it ended with a scream
Isaid enough's enough
never heard a word she wouldn't let go
a man's a man and every woman ought to know
and thereIwas
and she was dancing
some woman here we go again

The Spanish Archer

(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)

Well there must have been a reason for the smile that you had upon your  face last night
are you the cat that got the cream did you lick your lips did you close  your eyes
can you imagine how it feels it's so hard to reveal
oh I can't get through and I'm falling
I'm getting out I'm losing ground
the spanish archer's gonna bring you down

is there someone somewhere waiting in the wings to take my place
let's not drag it out like a cagney death scene
in this season of change it's not hard to explain
like the leaves on the trees I'm falling
and as you turn don't look away
the spanish archer's gonna make you pay

do you remember when the sky was blue we used to talk for miles
and now we drive along in this thundering silence
it's such an obvious lie with that easy smile of yours
I'm letting go and I'm falling
I'm getting out losing ground
the spanish archer's gonna bring you down

well is there somethingIcan say as we stumble to the edge have we gone  too far
why don't we call it a day before we call it a nightmare darlin'
if we made a mistake then all that it takes to be free
is the wave of a hand and you're falling and as you turn don't look away
the spanish archer's gonna make you pay

Strangeways

(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)

strange strange
Iwas born into  confusion
my mother said to me when you
become a man you'll understand
but it's still a mystery
and if you want to get ahead
get some decent clothes
the only way to make it
dress the part
that gets right up my nose

and it think to myself in this river of doubt
this is somethingIcan do without
but strangeways is whatIgot

the indians are coming
Isaw it on tv
they're 20,000 strong
but they always get depleted by the cavalry
salvation is at hand it's guaranteed
just send a donation straight to god 1-800 toll free

andIthink to myself in this academy of fear
where amIgoing what amIdoing here
but strangeways is allIgot

have you seen the headlines
princess engaged
3 million out of work
but that's on the 2nd page
the alien has landed
finger in his ear
can't hear a wordIam saying
but that ain't such a bad idea

andIthink to myself in this cradle of
  lust
ashes to ashes and dust to dust
but strangeways is all you  get

MitzIDupree

(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)

flying to salt  lake city
seats 3a and b
Iwas down and needed  a window
but in 3a sat mitzIdupree
she said hiIam mitzi
the queen of the ping pong
where you going boy
Isaid nowhere
she said I'm movng on
Ithought what is this
Icannot resist
here she is
and I've always wanted a girl
with a name
a name like mitzIdupree

she said what do you do
Isaid I'm a singer in a band
she said ya I'm an entertainer
reached out and took my hand
she was going to a mining town
way up north to do her show
Isaid it must be cold up there
she said depends on who you know
oh that look in her eye
Ican tell you no lies
I'm just a man
she made me feel like a king in my mind
Ilove you mitzIdupree

Isaid what is this queen of the ping pong business
she smiled what do you think
it has no connection with china
Isaid oow have another drink
wellIknew right away
that I'd seen her act before
in a room behind a kitchen in bangkok
and three or four times more in singapore
she may not be the first
butIknow she ain't the worst
she was mine butIran out of time
Imiss youIlove you mitzIdupree
my darling mitzIdupree

Dead or Alive

(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)

don't turn off the light
you might draw the queen of spades
don't shut the door
you don't need to be alone
Iwon't bring you no food
there might be some poison in your meat
I've got to know are you dead or alive
don't shut the door are you dead or alive
dead or alive
pick your window you're leaving

don't look in the mirror
with a dollar up your face
you've got money to burn
you're cheap at half the price
oh don't powder your nose
don't blow your brains just for the the  crack
I've got to know are you dead or alive
just for the crack are you dead or alive
dead or alive
pick your window you're leaving

you're running so fast
but you know you're standing still
I'm afraid of your shadow
and the knife in it's hand
you're dancing with death
to the tune of the dealer
and he don't care
don't give a toss
don't want to know if  you're dead or alive
don't want to know if  you're dead or alive
dead or alive pick your window
you're leaving