Y&T always started off with a strong cut.
This was even more important in the CD era as there was only one side and a lot of people never made it to the end of the album.
The AC/DC style groove kicks it off, first in clean tone, and then with no holds barred distortion rock and roll.
Kings and queens and presidents
Are tryin’ to take the world in hand
Jokers and freaks and Arab sheiks
Are fightin’ over chunks of sand
The same problems that exist today never really went away. We have people in charge who only have their own self-interest at heart, and they are more than capable of spinning and selling a story.
A journalist was beheaded and decapitated in the Saudi embassy, the Middle East is in flames because one outside government backs one side and another outside government backs another side. And once you throw religion into the mix, you get a tar baby, a difficult problem that is only aggravated by attempts to solve it.
So does everyone retreat back into their borders and allow people of their own nations to sort themselves out?
It makes sense that they do.
But corporations from democratic countries have vested interests in these poorer countries. So money talks, freedom walks and the fighting continues forever and a day.
Rock & Roll’s gonna save the world
Don’t you know that’s the way we’re gonna change it?
Rock & Roll’s gonna save the world
Rock & Roll
We believed we could change the world.
Then we got jobs and got loans and became exactly what the institutions wanted us to be. Slaves by choice, because we believed that if we worked hard enough, we would be debt free.
And when life got too much, we would turn the lights off, drop the needle and let the music soothe the soul. That’s how rock and roll will save the world. By giving each person their own unique listening and connecting experience to survive and grow.
Tin soldiers march around the world
No matter what the people say
One man makes all the policies
While the rest of us get blown away
It’s exactly what our leaders are fighting about right now.
Who should make the policies?
Who should tell others what to do?
And democratically elected leaders want to dictate to others how people should live and then take up arms against dictators. Ironic isn’t it. Especially when you take into account the amount of surveillance which happens in democracy, which dwarves the surveillance network and files from the communist era states.
Also as much as the media and the news outlets detest the ones in power, all they do is solidify the support for these leaders, for not everyone comes from the same backgrounds and cultural classes as the newspapers. But what everyone can agree on is money.
If you are in government or the opposition and you tell the person to vote for you because you are going to take away a tax loophole you see as not fair, well, expect to lose, because no one wants to lose their money or access to get money back.
Now’s the time to lift our voices from a whisper to a scream.
6 thoughts on “Rock And Roll’s Gonna Save The World”
WhenI think of Y&T starting off with a strong cut Meanstreak would be the one fro me. What a steamroller of a track.
100% agree on meanstreak
I was disappointed Y&T didn’t play this song, in a 2+ hour set no less, when I saw them at the Fillmore in 2017.
This song shouldn’t leave the set in my opinion. Lol
Yep, I assumed they would play everything from the 1985 MTV special … I had my friend, who was unfamiliar with the band, crank that song in the car afterward. I wanted him to understand how rock n roll is gonna save the world from the jokers and freaks and Arab sheiks, fighting over chunks of sand.
Lol I guess those same old problems never really went away