Lyrics: (She Made It) New For Me

(She Made It) New For Me (written by Elliot Easton and Jules Shear, ©1985)

You know I may as well have been asleep

Sealed myself away for good

Thought of what I used to want to do

I believed I never would

 

She made it new for me

All that I thought was over has now just begun

She made it new for me

Nothing stood out from nothing ’til she was the one

 

No more flavors that were new to taste

No more color left to see

Little time left that was fun to waste

The old news of war is all I read

 

She made it new for me

All that I thought was over has now just begun

She made it new for me

Nothing stood out from nothing ’til she was the one

 

She made it new for me

All that I thought was over has now just begun

She made it new for me

Nothing stood out from nothing ’til she was the one

 

She made it new for me

Aye die da die die die die

She made it new for me

Aye die da die die die die

She made it new for me

Aye die da die die die die

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Elliot said:

elliotparisRegarding “Let’s Go”: “The ‘ow, ow, ow’ parts are on a Sequential Prophet keyboard synth. Here’s something funny: When the Roland Jupiter 8 [keyboard synthesizer] came out, they had a sound called ‘Cars Synth,’ and that was the sound. Greg (Hawkes) is a master.” — Guitar Player magazine, February 1986

Lyrics: Help Me

Help Me by Elliot Easton (written by Elliot Easton and Jules Shear, ©1985)

Up above my dreams someone was waiting

And the situation was creating, unknowingly, a meeting place for you and me

And you don’t have to tell me ’bout the last one

Why should you explain to me ’cause that’s done and he feels bad but you’ve got to remember that

 

There’s a hurt you can find in a thousand different faces

Help me

And though love didn’t work I think we can help erase it

Help me, help me to make it better for you

 

And I’m not sweeping you away with a wicked grin

And I’m not trying to make you forget about him, now he’s gone and something makes you go on

 

There’s a hurt you can find in a thousand different faces

Help me

And though love didn’t work I think we can help erase it

Help me, help me to make it better for you

 

It’s not a case of  lost or won

How long can you run

Without the hurt you can find in a thousand different faces

Help me

And though love didn’t work I think we can help erase it

Help me, help me to make it better for you

To make it better for you

To make it better for you

In the studio with D.M.C.!

Yes, folks, that’s D.M.C. (Darryl Matthews McDaniels) of Run-D.M.C. fame: the hip hop pioneers largely credited for breaking the hip hop sound onto the mainstream music charts, as well as being the likely force that kick-started Aerosmith’s late 80s musical comeback with their joint cover of “Walk This Way.” Growing up in that decade, I love a poppy rap song as much as anyone (I still have Rob Base and Kid ‘n Play in my running tunes), but I confess that I never thought I would come across Elliot’s name in association with a rap album.

If anything, this discovery further cements my belief that Elliot Easton can play any music anytime with anyone — and completely nail the performance.

A quick background (although there is SO much to D.M.C.’s story): In 2004, a couple of years after the official disbanding of Run-D.M.C., McDaniels began working on his own solo project, which coincided with some deep soul-searching over the experiences in his life. The result was a 13-track album entitled Checks Thugs and Rock n Roll (no punctuation on purpose, which makes me twitchy). It featured a couple of guest artists, including, among others, Sarah McLachlan and Kid Rock, and EE, of course!

While Darryl’s overall effort was received with lukewarm reviews, Elliot’s guitar playing on D.M.C.’s interpolation of Jimi Hendrix’s (Bob Dylan’s) “Watchtower” creates a 5 alarm fire. Even if you are not a fan of rap, at least take a listen to about the first 25 seconds of this song, and see if that ripping guitar doesn’t leave you eager to hear the rest.

 

Elliot said:

elliotparis“You know as a guitarist I always considered it my role… or my duty…  or my honor or whatever, to frame the song. I’ve always been one of those guitarists that just tries to play for the song. I’m not trying to show off or anything like that. I get my spots to shine in the music.” — Rock Solid interview, July 31, 2014

Lyrics: Shayla

Shayla by Elliot Easton (written by Elliot Easton and Jules Shear, ©1984)

 

Shayla, I don’t understand you

Seems it’s harder now than when we met

You were grabbing all your thrills and he was grabbing and

 

Shayla, you took some getting used to

But you looked so in love and he’s my friend

That meant you were my friend, too

 

I never knew what makes you so illogical, what motivates you to go

and trade him for a silhouette of a stranger that you don’t know

 

Shayla you say it could have been us

and I say you’re foolish but I know that the signals were too strong

and too wrong, my Shayla

 

What makes you so illogical? What motivates you to go

and trade him for a silhouette of a stranger that you don’t know?

 

Shayla, I don’t understand you

Seems it’s harder now than when we met

Shayla… oh Shayla