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Rock of Ages

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This article is about the song. For the 2005 compilation album, see Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection.

"Rock of Ages" is a song by Def Leppard and is the seventh track on their 1983 album Pyromania. It was also released as the second single from that album, coming out in May 1983 and reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #19 on the Cash Box Top 100. It also hit #1 on the Top Tracks Rock chart.

In 2012, the band re-recorded the song, along with "Pour Some Sugar on Me", under the title "Rock of Ages 2012". Both were released digitally on 4 June 2012.

Track ListingEdit

7": Vertigo / VER6 (812 858-7) (UK)Edit

  1. "Rock of Ages"
  2. "Action! Not Words"

12": Vertigo / VERX6 (812 293-1) (UK)Edit

  1. "Rock of Ages"
  2. "Action! Not Words"

7": Mercury / 812 604-7 (US)Edit

  1. "Rock of Ages"
  2. "Billy's Got a Gun"

LyricsEdit

Gunter glieben glausen globen
Alright
I got something to say
Yeah
It's better to burn out
Yeah
Then to fade away
Alright, Oww
Gonna start a fire
C'mon
Rise up gather round
Rock this place to the ground
Burn it up, let's go for broke
Watch the night go up in smoke
Rock on, (rock on)
Drive me crazier
No serenade, no fire brigade, just pyromania
C'mon, (what do ya want?)
What do ya want?
(I want rock n' roll)
Yes I do
Long live rock n' roll
Oh let's go let's strike a light
Gonna blow like dynamite
I don't care if it takes all night
Gonna set this town alight, c'mon
(What do ya want?)
What do ya want?
(I want rock n' roll)
Alright
Long live rock n' roll
Ohhhhhh, yeah, yeah
Rock of ages, rock of ages
Still a-rollin', keep a-rollin'
Rock of ages, rock of ages
Still a-rollin', rock n' rollin'
We got the power, got the glory
Just say you need it
And if you need it say yeah (yeah)
Woah yeah, heh heh heh heh
Now listin to me
I'm burnin', burnin'
I got the fever
I know for sure, there ain't no cure
So fill it don't fight it
Go with the flow, ah
Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme one more for the road
Yeah, (what do ya want?)
What do ya want?
(I want rock n' roll)
You betcha
Long live rock n' roll
Ah, yes
Rock of ages, rock of ages
Still a-rollin', keep a-rollin'
Rock of ages, rock of ages
Still a-rollin', rock n' rollin'
We got the power, got the glory
Just say you need it
And if you need it say yeah (yeah)
Say yeah
We're gonna burn that damn place down
Woo hoo, down to the ground
Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh


LengthEdit

  • Album version/2012 re-recording: 4:09
  • Melody: 8:40
  • Live: 4:54

PersonnelEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The song begins with "Gunter glieben glausen globen", a German-like nonsense phrase introduced by Mutt Lange, who is of German descent. According to the official Def Leppard FAQ:
These four words that you hear at the start of "Rock of Ages", mean nothing, though the band sometimes jokingly claims it means "running through the forest silently". It's actually just German-sounding gibberish, said by producer Mutt Lange during one of the later takes of the song. Lange was a perfectionist and would often do dozens & dozens of takes, and after repeatedly beginning so many with the standard count, "One, two, three, four" he simply started saying nonsense words instead, the band liking this one so much that they included it on the album.
  • As the song's melody begins, Elliott speaks the lines, "All right/I've got something to say/It's better to burn out/Than to fade away"; the second two lines are a reference to Neil Young's song "Hey Hey, My My (Out of the Blue)". Def Leppard's four-line version was quoted in the 1986 movie Highlander by the film's villain, the Kurgan. Young's line would later become immortalized in rock history when it was used in the suicide note of grunge pioneer Kurt Cobain.