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Locomotive

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Locomotive

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:57 am


LOCOMOTIVE
Album:
Use Your Illusion II, 1991, track no. 9.

Written by:
Slash and Axl Rose.

Musicians:
Drums: Matt
     Bass: Duff
     Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Slash
     Piano: Dizzy
     Percussion: Matt, Duff
     Vocals: Axl

Live performances:
'Locomotive' was played live for the first time at Shoreline Amphitheatre, USA, on July 19, 1991. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {LOCOMOTIVESONGS} times.
Lyrics:
Gonna find a way to cure this loneliness
       Yeah I'll find a way to cure the pain
       If I said that you're my friend
       And our love would never end
       How long before I had your trust again
       I opened up the doors when it was cold outside
       Hopin' that you'd find your own way in
       But how can I protect you
       Or try not to neglect you
       When you won't take the love I have to give
       I bought me an illusion
       An I put it on the wall
       I let it fill my head with dreams
       And I had to have them all
       But oh the taste is never so sweet
       As what you'd believe it is-
       Well I guess it never is
       It's these prejudiced illusions
       That pump the blood
       To the heart of the biz

You know I never thought
       That it could take so long
       You know I never knew how to be strong
       Yeah, I let you shape me
       But I feel as though you raped me
       'Cause you climbed inside my world
       And in my songs
       So now I've closed the door
       To keep the cold outside
       Seems somehow I've found the will to live
       But how can I forget you
       Or try not to reject you
       When we both know it takes time to forgive

     Sweetness is a virtue
       And you lost your virtue long ago
       You know I'd like to hurt you
       But my conscience always tells me no
       You could sell your body on the street
       To anyone whom you might meet
       Who'd love to try and get inside
       And bust your innocence open wide

     'Cause my baby's got a locomotive
       My baby's gone off the track
       My baby's got a locomotive
       Got ta peel the bitch off my back
       I know it looks like I'm insane
       Take a closer look I'm not to blame
       No

     Gonna have some fun with my frustration
       Gonna watch the big screen in my head
       I'd rather take a detour
       'Cause this road ain't gettin' clearer
       Your train of thought has cut me off again
       Better tame that boy 'cause he's a wild one
       Better tame that boy for he's a man
       Sweetheart don't make me laugh
       You's gettin' too big for your pants
       And I's think maybe you should
       Cut out while you can
       You can use you illusion-
       Let it take you where it may
       We live and learn
       And then sometimes it's best to walk away
       Me I'm just here hangin' on
       It's my only place to stay at least
       For now anyway
       I've worked too hard for my illusions
       Just to throw them all away

     I'm taking time for quiet consolation
       In passing by this love that's passed away
       I know it's never easy
       So why should you believe me
       When I've always got so many things to say
       Calling off the dogs a simple choice is made
       'Cause playful hearts
       Can sometimes be enragedYou know I tried to wake you
       I mean how long could it take you
       To open up your eyes and turn the page

     Kindness is a treasure
       And it's one towards me you've seldom shown
       So I'll say it for good measure
       To all the ones like you I've known
       Ya know I'd like to shave your head
       And all my friends could paint it red
       'Cause love to me's a two way street
       An all I really want is peace

     But my baby's got a locomotive
       My baby's gone off the track
       My baby's got a locomotive
       Got ta peel the bitch off my back
       I know it looks like I'm insane
       Take a closer look I'm not to blame
       No

     Affection is a blessing
       Can you find it in your sordid heart
       I tried to keep this thing together
       But the tremor tore my pad apart
       Yeah I know it's hard to face
       When all we've worked for's gone to waste
       But you're such a stupid woman
       And I'm such a stupid man
       But love like time's got its own plans

     'Cause my baby's got a locomotive
       My baby's gone off the track
       My baby's got a locomotive
       Got ta peel the bitch off my back
       I know it looks like I'm insane
       Take a closer look I'm not to blame
       Yeah
       If love is blind I guess I'll buy myself a cane

     Love's so strange


Quote:
My next home [in 1989] was a house Izzy and I rented up in the Hollywood Hills, and that lasted for about a month. (...) We had fun while we were there and I also managed to write a lot; I wrote 'Coma' and the two of use wrote 'Locomotive' in that house; there was some creativity going on [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York. p. 252]
'Locomotive' is played on an Explorer. What I do is turn the tone knob down [Guitar For The Practising Musician, April 1990]
[Picking technique] is probably my weakest point. 'Locomotive' has this ongoing riff; I have to be really consistent with it. If I don't concentrate on my right hand - really watch the angle - I can lose it [Slash - The Man Behind The Hype, Guitar Player, December 1991]

Audio of 'Locomotive' performed February 20, 1992 at Tokyo Dome, Japan:

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