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​In The Name Of Rock And Roll

This song is by Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix and appears on the album The New Worlds Fair (1975).

Playin' in a band, you don't understand where the time goes
Asleep on your feet in front of a crowd wearing strange clothes
In the name of rock and roll
In the name of rock and roll

If you're gonna play guitar, play it like you're gonna cry
If you're gonna play the drums, play 'em like you're gonna die
And I'll lean back on my bass guitar
And dream about the day I'm gonna be a star
Playin' in a band you don't understand where the time goes
In the name of rock and roll
In the name of rock and roll

What you gonna do when the ruins start rollin' over you?
And the woman you live with has left you to the mercy of the Lord
And those fairground freaks, ooh yeah, they're tryin' to freeze you out
And you feel so low, you can't even reach for the floor

You can take what you want
You can take what you need
You can take my dressing room star
But please don't take my Fender guitar
In the name of rock and roll
(Don't take my Fender guitar)
In the name of rock and roll
(Don't take my Fender guitar)
In the name of rock and roll

Playin' in a band you don't understand where the time goes
Asleep on your feet in front of a crowd wearing strange clothes
In the name of rock and roll
In the name of rock and roll

Play another song just like the one before
Lay it on strong if you're gonna lay it on at all
And I'll lean back and I'm cruisin' slow
Dreamin' of a time I could let it go

Playin' in a band you don't understand where the time goes
In the name of rock and roll
In the name of rock and roll

(Don't take my Fender guitar)
In the name of rock and roll
(Don't take my Fender guitar)
In the name of rock and roll
(Don't take my Fender guitar)
In the name of rock and roll
(Don't take my Fender guitar)
In the name of rock and roll

Written by:

Graham Charnock