Detroit Stories


Rock'n'Roll (Reed)

Jenny said when she was just five years old
There was nothin' happ'nin' at all
Every time she turned on the radio
There was nothin' goin' down at all
Then one morning on a Detroit station,
couldn't believe what she heard at all
She started shaking to that fine, fine music
and her life was saved by rock and roll

Despite all the amputations
You could just dance to that rock and roll station
And it was all right (It's all right)
Oh, it was all right (It's all right)
Yeah, it was all right (It's all right)
All.... right

Jenny said when she was still 5 years old
"You know, my parents be the death of us all
Two TV sets, two Cadillac cars
You know they ain't gonna help me at all, not at all"
Then one morning on a Detroit station,
can't believe what she hears at all
She started dancin' to that fine, fine music,
and her life was saved by rock and roll

Despite all the compligrations
You could just dance to that rock and roll station
And it was all right (It's all right)
Ha, it was all right (It's all right)
Oh, all right (It's all right)
She said now it's all right (It's all right)

Jenny, Jenny, five years old
Nothing goin' on at all
Every time she turned on the radio
There was just nothin' goin' down at all, not at all
And then one morning on a Detroit station
She could not believe what she heard at all
She started shakin' to that fine, fine music
And her life was saved by rock and roll

Despite all the agitation
She could just dance to that rock and roll station
And it was all right (It's all right)
Oh baby it's all right (It's all right)
Oh, it's all right (It's all right)
I'll tell ya it's all right (It's all right)

(It's all right) Ohhh...
(It's all right) Turn it up, turn it up
(It's all right) Up, up, yeah...
(It's all right) More... yeah....

Go Man Go (Cooper, Ezrin, Henriksen, Kramer)

I just got outta jail (go man go)
Stole me a hellcat (go man go)
Pickin' up my baby (go man go)
She works at the gay bar (go man go)
She knows that I'm a man (go man go)
She knows that I'm a moron (go man go)
I ain't got no plan (go man go)
But that's okay (go man go)
(Go man go)
She don't care anyway (go man go)

We ride into the night
And everything's alright
I try to take it slow
But she yells go man go

They call me the "Hamtramck Hammer" (go man go)
She just Crazy Jane (go man go)
Don't care about tomorrow (go man go)
She don't know when to stop (go man go)
(Go man go)
That's when we blew past the cops (go man go)

We ride into the night
And everything's alright
I try to take it slow
But she yells go man go

We flew past a cruiser (go man go)
He lit up like a christmas tree (go man go)
I sure ain't gonna stop (go man go)
She laughs and kisses me (go man go)

We ride into the night
A train comes into sight
Do we make it, I don`t know
Should I slam on the brakes or step on the gas?
And she said "Go man go"

Our Love Will Change The World (Cooper, Ezrin, Matthew Smith)

We have very little respect for everything
Very little regard for anything
We've got something against so much
And we're only beginning

Our mind's a cynical machine now
That'll never run out of steam
We're all pessimistic creeps, or so it seems
'Cause that's how we're living

Our love will change the world
Our love will change the world
Into a strange place that you won't recognize
When you look into its eyes
Our love will change the world
Our love will change the world
You may not like it now
But, you'll get used to it anyhow

We don't have near enough time
To even dream of committing a crime
Got no future, got no reason, got no rhyme
'Cause that's all we're given

We'll kill any possibility
Or any illusion of synchronicity
'Cause that's been effective to a certain degree (Oh, ooh)

Our love will change the world
Our love will change the world
Into a strange place that you won't recognize
When you look into its eyes
Our love will change the world
Our love will change the world
You may not like it now
But, you'll get used to it somehow

So little regard, so very little regard, for anything
We've got something against so much
And it's only beginning

Our love will change the world
Our love will change the world
Into a strange place that you won't recognize
When you look into its eyes
Our love will change the world
Our love will change the world
You may not like it now
But, you'll get used to it anyhow
You may not like it now
But, you'll get used to it anyhow
You may not like it now
But, you'll get used to it anyhow
You'll get used to it anyhow
You'll get used to it somehow
(Our love will change the world)

Social Debris (Cooper, Ezrin, Smith)

I don't commit, I just collide
I won't submit, I'll just decide
On where to run or where to hide

Their eyes are everywhere
I see them spying there
At my face, at my hair

I won't plug in, to their machine
I hate the sound, I hate that scene
I sure ain't hip, I sure can't hop
I lost the script, I lost the plot

Their spies are everywhere
I feel them hiding there
On my face, in my hair

I just can't cope with all this disease
It's pushing down, down, down
Down on me
Look at me, what you see
Is social debris

You said you'd treat me, but tried to delete me
You think I'm tragic, but I know I'm magic
Your eyes are everywhere
I see you spying there
At my face, at my hair

I just can't cope with all this disease
Pushing down, down, down
Down on me
Look at me, look at me
I'm social debris

I just can't cope with all this disease
Look at me, look at me
Social debris
Look at me, look at me
Social debris
Look at me, look at me
I'm social debris

$1000 High Heel Shoes (Cooper, Ezrin, Kramer)

Sometimes I drive all day 'till there's nothing left in my tank
You know I'm breaking my back but man I'm sure not breaking the bank
I hope my ship comes in but I'm pretty sue that ship done sank
I used to draw some cash but now I just draw a blank

She slides in cool and tall
She don't wear no clothes at all
She's dancing to her own kinda rhythm and blues
In a tiny dog collar and a thousand dollar high heeled shoes

I can't pay my bills, can`t even cover all my bets
There's some guys looking for me who are wahy past idle threats
She's on the line all the time and she's amplifying all of my debts
But there ain't one single moment that I cry or feel regret

She slides in cool and tall
She don't wear no clothes at all
She's dancing to her own kinda rhythm and blues
In a tiny dog collar and a thousand dollar high heeled shoes

It seems my meager bank account's become an-absolutely obsolete
And all my hard earned money's walkin' round down on her feet

She slides in cool and tall
She don't wear no clothes at all
She's dancing to her own kinda rhythm and blues
In a tiny dog collar and a thousand dollar high heeled shoes
High heeled shoes
High heeled shoes
Thousand dollar high heeled shoes

Hail Mary (Cooper, Ezrin, Henriksen)

Every day around this time
a little vision of religion comes walking by
She kinda motivates, and lordy what she shakes
Is more then we're prepared to take

(Hail Mary) Full of grace
(Hail Mary) Whatcha doing in this place
(Hail Mary) Oh baby you're devine
(Hail Mary) Hail Mary wanna make you mine

We sit and drink and philosophize
Why's the devil doing business in her angel eyes
We're so high we could fly when she floats round
And the sun finally comes to this god forsaken town

(Hail Mary) Full of grace
(Hail Mary) Oh, whatcha doing in this place
(Hail Mary) Oh baby you're devine
(Hail Mary) Hail Mary gonna make you mine

I'm done believing losers sometimes win
And they say that if she looks your way
She just might let you in

Here she comes... and there she goes
We're captured in the rapture of her afterglow
She raises up the flag on the glory pole
She lifts my spirit and my soul

(Hail Mary) Full of grace
(Hail Mary) Oh, whatcha doing in this place
(Hail Mary) Oh baby you're so fine
(Hail Mary) Some day I'm gonna make you mine

(Hail Mary)
Mary... oh yeah...
(Hail Mary)
Hey look over here
Hey I'm me, the handsome one

Detroit City 2021 (Album Version) (Cooper, Ezrin, Garric, Roxie, Henriksen)

Me and Iggy we're giggin' with Ziggy and kickin' with the MC5
Ted and Seger were burnin' with the fever
and Suzi Q as sharp as a knife
The kid was in his crib, shady wore a bib
and the posse wasn't even alive
Shock rock choppin' block, songs to make your heart stop
Shove it in ta overdrive

Playing loud and fast
Make that guitar blast
Playing like today will be your last...

Bling town, sling town, freak town, Detroit City
Downtown, Motown, my town, Detroit City

There's a riot raging downtown
Tryin' to burn the place down
Skies a glowin' red and grey
But the grass keeps growin'
And the money keeps flowin'
And the "States" are still smokin' today

Playing loud and fast
Coz the blues are in the past
Playing like today might be your last...

Bling town, sling town, freak town, Detroit City
Downtown, Motown, my town, Detroit City

Bling town, sling town, freak town, Detroit City
Downtown, Motown, my town, Detroit City

Shake it down
Brake it down
All around
Hallowed ground
Lost and found
Homeward bound
The Detroit sound is comin' round

Lion town roarin' down
Tiger town on the mound
Hockey town shoot the puck
Take 'em down, don't give up (What?)

Drunk And In Love (Cooper, Ezrin, Dunaway)

I saw you baby and I pissed my pants
Now I'm shakin' while I'm trying to stand
Come into my cardboard box and outta the storm
You can mend my socks while I keep you warm

Falling in love
I'm falling in love
Who'd have thought I'd be drunk as a skunk
and falling in love

You see I've fallen on troubled times
I need some change, some quaters and dimes
To buy some comfort to share with you
Then we won't care about the holes in our shoes

I'm falling in love
Yes, I'm falling in love
I confess I'm a mess, who'd had guessed I'd be falling...

All those people go walkin' by
Don't give a damn if we live or die
From Woodward Avenue to old Brush Street
They couldn't care less about you or about me

Falling in love
I'm falling love
Who'd have known I'd be stone to the bone
And falling in love
(heh... guess I am)

If I black out and forget your name
You know I won't mind if you do the same
Just call me Ripple and I'll call you Rose
We can cuddle on the side walk where my buddy froze

I'm falling in love
Falling in love
Who'd have thunk I'd be drunk as a skunk
and falling in love

Ahhh... feels good
I'm fallin' baby
S'come on over here

Independence Dave (Cooper, Ezrin, Kramer)

I got no shame, I ain't to blame, I got no memory
I got no conscious on my shoulder there to bother me
I'm on a trip without a script into oblivion
I guess that's just the way I like to play, to have some fun
I don't need a toke, or have a smoke to try and clear my head
Ain't no use, already loose when I roll outta bed

I got no future, got no past, got no eternity
Don't need to go, just gotta know, that's my reality
I'm all alone, I got no phone, I don't communicate
I got no pace, ain't in race, so I'm never late
Don't need to cook or read a book, don't need to wash or shave
See, I'm free to be just me, I'm Independence Dave

(He's Dave, Independence Dave)
(He's Dave, Independence Dave)
(He's Dave, Independence Dave)

I've got a Guchi just for prove from down on St Clair Shore
But there's a brother of another knocking down my door
I got some money from a honey living way down town
And there's this one who's got a gun and's tryin'a hunt me down
I try to love 'em all but I ain't no ones slave
'cause when the rubber hits the road I'm independence Dave

(He's Dave, Independence Dave - whoa)
(He's Dave, Independence Dave - whoa)
(He's Dave, Independence Dave - whoa)

There's two subpoenas, they're so mean as to suggest that I'm
the major perpetrator of a minor crime
They got my name on the claim but anyone could see
Since I'm never anywhere it clearly wasn't me
It's not tha I'm so innocent or wellbehaved
It's just tha I'm teh one and only Independence Dave
ha ha ha

(He's Dave, Independence Dave - whoa)
(He's Dave, Independence Dave - whoa)
(He's Dave, Independence Dave - whoa)
(He's Dave, Independence Dave - whoa)
(He's Dave, Independence Dave - whoa)
(He's Dave, Independence Dave - whoa... Woo)

I Hate You (Cooper, Ezrin, Dunaway)

Neal (to Dennis):
"I hate you and your stupid bass
What's it like out there in space (DD: "You oughta know!")
I hate you and your giant kick
You make me laugh, you make me sick"

Mike (to Neal):
"I hate you and your spinning sticks
Your platform boots and your insane chicks
Your long blonde hair blowing in my face (NS: "Whatta You?")
A Platinum God, You're a big disgrace"

I Hate You!

Dennis (to Alice):
"I hate you, your spider eyes
A guillotine, oh big surprise (Alice: "surprise")
I hate your broken, pointed nose
Your big fat mouth that you never close"

Alice: (to Mike)
I hate you and that guitar pout
Those tired riffs we all laugh about
Hate your stinking, pudgy fingers on the neck
You're the 'King Of America' but you're no Jeff Beck"

I hate you
H. A. T. E. Y. O. U.
H. A. T. E. Y. O. U.
Oh yes I do

To Glen:
Dennis: "We hate you, we hate your sneer"
Alice: "The cigarettes, the smell of beer"
Neal: The mutton chops, the switchblade knife"
Mike: "Your unapologetic life"
All: "But most of all we're filled with rage at the empty space you left on stage..."
Alice: "What a Sid"

H. A. T. E. Y. O. U.
H. A. T. E. Y. O. U.
H. A. T. E. Y. O. U.
H. A. T. E. Y. O. U.
Hate you"


Wonderful World (Cooper, Ezrin, Denander, Henriksen

You cheat and steal every day
You're only human, it's okay
Don't bother with morality
It doesn't sound like fun to me

And if the truth gets in the way
Bend it. Twist it, that's what I say
I wanna get in trouble with you
I wanna hit and run with you

I'm gonna be the air you breath
I'm gonna teach you to deceive

It could be a wonderful world
If all of you could only see
It would be a wonderful world
If everyone was just like me
Just like me

This rotten place is just my style
The smell of death just drives me wild
Money's a route and that's for sure
That old disease without no known cure

So much sin, and so much pain
So many sould for me to gain
I wanna kiss and tell with you
I wanna go to hell with you

I'm gonna be the air you breath
I'm gonna teach you to believe

It could be a wonderful world
If all of you could only see
It would be a wonderful world
If everyone was just like me

It could be a wonderful world
If everyone could only see
It would be a wonderful world
If All of you were just like me
Just like me

Sister Anne (Fred Smith)

Sister Anne don't give a damn about evolution
She's a liberated woman, she got her solution
Gotta a heart of gold, save a bitch's soul
From goin' down ol' Satan's way

She can, I know she can
I know she can, she's my sister Anne

Such truth, such beauty, such purity
She wears a halo around her head
She got all the ten commandments tattooed on her arm
If she died she'd raise up from the dead
She's every man savior and mama too
If you do what she said she'd save hell from you

She can, I know she can
I know she can, she's my sister Anne

Sister, won't you tell me where I went so wrong
I used to say my prayers baby, all night long
I listen to the Gospel ringing in my ears
Come on sister Anne, save me from my fears
If you can, I know you can
I know you can, 'cause you're my sister Anne

Sister, won't you tell me where I went so wrong
I used to say my prayers baby, all night long
I'd listen to the Gospel ringing in my ears
Come on sister Anne, save me from my fears

If you can, I know she can
I know you can, 'cause she's my sister Anne
I know you can, 'cause she's my sister Anne
I know you can, 'cause she's my sister Anne
Yes she is...

She's my sister Anne
She's my sister Anne
She's my sister Anne
She's my sister Anne
She's my sister Anne
She's my sister Anne
She's my sister Anne
She's my sister Anne

Hanging By A Thread (Don't Give Up) (Cooper, Ezrin, Henriksen)

Yeah, I know you're struggling right now
We all are, in different ways
It's like a new world that we don't even know
It's hard to sleep
Even harder to dream
But look, you've got 7 billion brothers and sisters all in the same boat
So don't panic
Life has a way of surviving and going on and on
We're not fragile, and we sure don't break easy

You know it's so hard to cope
When you're just hoping there's hope

We're all hanging on by a thread
We're all staring at the razor's edge
But we're not gonna step off the ledge
No!

(Note: This verse is different from the 2020 single version)
If it could Hate it would hate you
It's a monster, a cold deadly phantom
It hides in the heart and brain, dreadful and mercilous
It has no shape or form, It's demonic and has no rules
It will confine you to a dark lifeless room if you allow it
So fight back, shine a light on it
And most of all don't give up

You know that it's right
So we just gotta fight
Yeah, we're all hanging on by a thread
We're all staring at the razor's edge
But we're not gonna step off the ledge
No!

We're all hanging on by a thread
We're all staring at the razor's edge
But we're not gonna step off the ledge
No!

This is Alice Cooper in Detroit
Let's keep fighting
Don't give up
Call the suicide prevention hotline 1800-273-8255

Shut Up And Rock (Cooper, Ezrin, Denander, Henriksen)

Don't wanna hear about your politics
I hear about it every day
Or all the talk about what makes you tick
Don't care anyway
It ain't about your body, or you face
Baby they are way okay

Just shut up and rock
Oh, shut up and rock
Please shut up and rock
Why can't you just shut up and rock

Don't wanna hear about your yoga class
Or how you spent your day
Don't want to hear about your painful past
I don't care anyway
It ain't about your lips or your perfect hips
Baby they're a-okay

Just shut up and rock
Oh, shut up and rock
Please shut up and rock
Why can't you just shut up and rock

Your opinion of the universe
or the colour of your knock off Gucci purse
I honestly can't tell you which is worse
That shouldn't come as a shock

So shut up and rock
Why can't you just shut up and rock
You, you, you really oughta just shut up and rock

Shut up and rock!

East Side Story (Bob Seger)

Beneath the bare light bulb above
She gazed into the eyes of love
Bathed in the dirty neon lights
She begged him "don't go out tonight"
If we work out somehow maybe
We could find a way out baby
And he laughed and said "I got to go"
And she cried "no"
Johnny Johnny no
Oh Johnny Johnny no

His arms were warm and strong and young
"I promise I won't hurt no one"
"Oh baby when you gonna learn,
Them folks uptown got bread to burn,
When they see me flash my knife,
They'll be fearin' for their life,
They won't give me trouble this I know"
And she cried no
Oh Johnny Johnny no
Johnny Johnny no

The night passed like a thousand years
The tenemant room had culled her tears
Then came a knock upon the door
Two men she'd never seen before
"Did you know Johnny Brown miss?
Err, we hate to tell you this but
Has he a relative you know?"
And she cried no
Oh Johnny Johnny no
Oh Johnny why'd you go?
Johnny Johnny no
And she cried no