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Billy Idol - Rebel Yell


Billy Idol - Rebel Yell - Meaning of the song


Billy Idol got the title for this song from the Rebel Yell brand of bourbon whiskey, which has been around since 1936. On an episode of VH1 Storytellers, Idol explained that he was at an event where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones were taking swigs of Rebel Yell straight from the bottle. This gave him the idea for the title, and he wrote the song around it.


He also wrote this song with his guitarist, Steve Stevens, who came up with some unique sounds on the track. The ray-gun effect on the solo he created using a Lexicon PCM 41 digital delay processor, but he later figured out a way to get a more distinctive sound using an actual ray-gun. By tweaking a toy ray-gun, he was able to hold it to his pickups and generate these strange sounds. His "ray gun guitar" became one of the most popular spots of a Billy Idol concert.


Rebel Yell - Lyrics


Last night a little dancer came dancin' to my door Last night a little angel came pumping on the floor She said "Come on baby I got a license for love And if it expires pray help from above" Because In the midnight hour she cried - "more, more, more" With a rebel yell she cried - "more, more, more" In the midnight hour babe - "more, more, more" With a rebel yell - "more, more, more" More, more, more She don't like slavery, she won't sit and beg But when I'm tired and lonely she sees me to bed What set you free and brought you to me babe What set you free I need you here by me Because In the midnight hour she cried - "more, more, more" With a rebel yell she cried - "more, more, more" In the midnight hour babe - "more, more, more" With a rebel yell - "more, more, more" He lives in his own heaven Collects it to go from the seven eleven Well he's out all night to collect a fare Just so long, just so long it don't mess up his hair I walked the world with you, babe A thousand miles with you I dried your tears of pain, babe A million times for you I'd sell my soul for you babe For money to burn with you I'd give you all, and have none, babe Just to, just to, just to, to have you here by me Because In the midnight hour she cried - "more, more, more" With a rebel yell she cried - "more, more, more" In the midnight hour babe - "more, more, more" With a rebel yell she cried "more, more, more" More, more, more Oh yeah little baby She want more More, more, more, more, more Oh yeah little angel She want more More, more, more, more






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