Billy Squier - Signs of Life

01 All Night Long 4:49
02 Rock Me Tonite 4:57
03 Eye on You 4:40
04 Take a Look Behind Ya 5:03
05 Reach for the Sky 5:31
06 (Another) 1984 4:54
07 Fall for Love 4:50
08 Can’t Get Next to You 4:33
09 Hand Me Downs 4:20
10 Sweet Release 6:15

Produced by Billy Squier and Jim Steinman for Obsidian Productions, Inc.
Recorded by Tony Platt at the Power Station, N.Y.C., assisted by Gary Rindfuss
Additional recording and mixing: Battery Studio I, London…
Tape-op: Anjati Dutt
Mastered at Sterling Sound by George Marino
Album coordination: Roger R. Vitale, Don Ketteler
Production assistant: John Jansen
Technical supervision & maintenance: Frank Levi

Billy Squier: Vocals, Guitars, Synclavier
Bobby Chouinard: Drums
Alan St. Jon: Keyboards & Synthesizers, Backing Vocals
Jeff Golub: Guitar & Slide
Doug Lubahn: Bass, Backing Vocals

Additional musicians–
Brian May: Guitar Solo in "1984"
Alfa Anderson: Backing Vocals "1984"
Rory Dodd, Eric Troyer: Backing Vocals "Reach for the Sky", "Fall for Love"
Jimmy Maalen: Miscellaneous Percusion
Larry Fast: Synthesizers
…synchronization – J.B. Moore

Cover Design & Illustration — Bill Smith (racket)
Rear Cover Collage — John Van Hamersveld…
Photography — Norman Seeff

All songs written by Billy Squier

For further information send a self-addressed stamped envelope to P.O. box 2402, Hollywood, California 90028

Special thanks to the staff at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, N.Y.C.

Label Capitol Cat.No. CDP 7 46481 2 Format CD Year 1984 Country CA

All Night Long

(don’tcha wanna live?)
(don’tcha wanna live?)
Night
(don’tcha wanna live?)

I get up–
I run through the world like a fire
Heat it up–
I swim in the flames of desire

Chase it if you care–take it if you dare–it’s there in the air…
Answer to the gun–dance in the sun–run boy run…
Run for your life–you’re movin’ on and on
The art of survival is turnin’ me on

And I’ll be chasin’ it all night long (don’tcha wanna live?)
Said all night long (don’tcha wanna live?)
Chasin’ it all night long (don’tcha wanna live?)
Chasin’ it all night long (don’tcha wanna live?)

I get out–
I roam through the streets like a tiger
Ooh, let it out–
I swing like a bird on a wire

Everywhere you go everybody knows–oh don’tcha know…
Everythin’ you do–anybody new–they’re all on to you…
Fight for your life–turn it all round
The art of survival isn’t gettin’ me down

But I’ll be chasin’ it all night long (don’tcha wanna live?)
I said all night long (don’tcha wanna live?)
Chasin’ it all night long (don’tcha wanna live?)
Chasin’ it all night long (don’tcha wanna live?) ....

Run for your life–you’re movin’ on and on
The art of survival is turnin’ me on

Chasin’ it all night long (don’tcha wanna live?)
Taking all night long (don’tcha wanna live?)
Oh takin’ it all night long (don’tcha wanna live?)
Makin’ it all night long (don’tcha wanna live?) ....

Ooooh
(don’tcha wanna live?)
Yeah yeah
(don’tcha wanna live?)
(don’tcha wanna live?) ....

Rock Me Tonite

I’m rockin’ tonite–I’m walkin’ on air
Gonna find me some trouble–gonna grab my share
I want ya tonite–I want ya with me
Make me guilty of love in the first degree, yeah

(you want it all right)… we’re goin’ in style
Say you walk right–you talk right–and your hair’s so wild
(Snow-white)–hey, that’s not what I mean
We go down in the shadows and crawl between

Moonlight in the city brings the magic to your eyes
Freezin’ a moment–leave me paralyzed
Breathe an emotion, set it dancin’ in my ear
Bring on the rhythm when I hold you near

Take me in your arms–roll me through the night
Take me to your heart–rock me tonite

(you do it all right)–you’re passion to see
You been schooled in the art of romancin’ me
(hold tight)–you’re in for a ride
Can you feel the blood poundin’ way down inside?

No one’s stoppin’ us now
We go down, down where the music’s loud
(if it’s all night)–hey, that’s all right by me
Go and play on my love–play it all for me

Life’s never easy, we can make it if we try
Takin’ our chances–face ‘em side by side
Live for the moment, on that we can agree
Come and take me where I long to be

Take me in your arms–roll me through the night
Take me to your heart–rock me tonite
Take me in your arms–it’s all right, so right
Take me to your heart–rock me tonite

A time for all… and all in time
To slip beyond the border line
Of who we are and where we long to be, yeah

When every night you hear the sound
Of wakin’ up and breakin’ down
You find a chance and heave it all away

C’mon baby
Take me in your arms–roll me through the night
Take me to your heart–rock me tonite (down, down)
Take me in your arms–it’s all right, so right
Take me to your heart–c’mon take me, rock me tonite (down, down)

Take me in your arms–don’t be too polite
Take me to your heart–rock me, rock, rock, rock and rock me
Rock, rock, rock and roll me
Oooooh
(down, down)
It’s all right
Yeah yeah
Yeah yeaaah
Yeah you’re dynamite....

Eye on You

I watch you on the TV
You’re with me every place I go
I’m caught up in the daydream
I’m into everyone you know

Turn on the action–grab every minute
Learn every lesson–then live to regret it
I’m so distracted–my mind’s disengaged
Sharin’ the moments when you’re all the rage

I got my eyes on–got my eye on you…
I got my eyes on–got my eye on you…

Those overnight conditions
Always get the best of you
You’re fuelin’ my suspicions
I’m taken by the sneak preview

You got the numbers–you got no limits
One day you’re out but the next day you’re in it
You find the answers–you know what to say
Give us our reason for livin’ today

I got my eyes on–got my eye on you…
I got my eyes on–got my eye on you…
I got my eyes on–got my eye on you…
I got my eyes on–got my eye on you....

We share the laughter and pain when you’re in it
Bring on disaster–cause we know you’ll win it
We’re all believers–so watch what you say
Turn on those feelin’s–I can’t look away

I got my eyes on–got my eye on you…
I got my eyes on–got my eye on you…
I got my eyes on–got my eye on you…
I got my eyes on–got my eye on you....
[repeat]

Take a Look Behind Ya

There’s trouble on the rise
You can see it in the eyes of the livin’
There’s an order to defy
There’s a room at the back of your mind

Word gets out–what’s it all about?
Some take it in and some can do without
Don’t hang out in the shadow of a doubt
It’s time you split before they sign you out
They’ll have you sing the blues

Take a look behind ya
Take it on the run
Take a look behind ya
Look into the risin’ sun

You can dance, you can sing
But it doesn’t mean a thing without rhythm
You can slip–slide–
Stumble through the rest of your life

Time won’t stop–never gonna stop ya
You push the limit ’til the day you drop
Time don’t stop–race against the clock
You shun the risk–can you stand the shock
You got a lot to lose…yeah

Take a look behind ya
Take it on the run
Take a look behind ya
Look into the risin’ sun

Yeah, take a look behind ya
Take it as it comes
Take a look behind ya
Don’t forget the things you done....

You can run, you can hide
But you never put aside what you’re feelin’
Keep your balance, keep your stride
Let it run through the rest of your life

Time don’t stop–ready or not
You got to give it everything you got
Life don’t stop–take it to the top…
You miss a step–feel the anchor drop
It all comes back to you…

Now take a look behind ya
Take it on the run
Take a look behind ya
Look into the risin’ sun

Yeah, take a look behind ya
Take it as it comes
Take a look behind ya
Don’t forget the things you done....

Yeah, take a look behind ya
Yeah, take a look behind ya
Don’t forget the things you done
Alright....

Reach for the Sky

A spark of life, a beat in time
A lonely light that longs to shine
An open road that knows no end
A ray of hope around the bend

You got a dream, you wanna fly
You got an urge you can’t deny
Within your heart you found a voice
It’s callin’ you to make the choice

Reach for the sky
Reach for the sky
Some men will quiver, some men will cry
Some deliver–and some will reach for the sky

You may be right, you can go wrong
You find the strength to carry on
Run satellite, your star unknown
And chase the light that guides you home

Live for the fight, fight to be free
You’re facin’ down reality
Where others fall you take your stand
Answer the call–your heart’s command

Reach for the sky
Reach for the sky
Some men will quiver, some men will cry
Some deliver–and some will reach for the sky

Fight the fight day by day
Sing your song come what may
Race the storm, turn the tide
Some can never be denied.....

You walk alone through rings of fire
You never lose your one desire
Look for the sight that’s hard to see
And know that all is meant to be

You take your dream and make it real
And see the truth it must reveal
And in your heart that truth will shine
Your cause will stand the test of time

Reach for the sky
Reach for the sky
Some men will vanish, some will survive
Some are restless–and some will reach for the sky

Reach for the sky....

(Another) 1984

From over the air comes a voice without care
Says we’re down all right
But day out and day in from what he’s been sayin’
We’re in for a fight

I glance at myself and the world rushin’ by
I can see for myself and the fear comes alive
Shade of termination–we’re dyin’ to survive

1984 (another nineteen eighty …)
1984

Machine is the mind, it will rule by design,
So you’re never alone
We store information without confirmation–
Accept the unknown

I think to myself of the times we have tried
To be true to ourselves and to live with the lie…
Avoid the contradictions–just keep yourself alive

1984 (another nineteen eighty …)
1984 (another, another, another)
1984 (another nineteen eighty …)
1984

I can’t help it…
I can’t help it…
I can’t help it…
Life is your decision, we choose to do or die
Can you live with the reality of 1985…?

[ guitar solo: Brian May ]

Polite conversation ain’t no consolation
For blanks in your eyes
Amid the confusion there lives the illusion
That love will survive

But I got a chance with myself if I try
To be sure of myself and myself choose to try
Fight for stimulation and love to stay alive

1984 (another nineteen eighty …)
1984 (another, another, another)
1984 (another nineteen eighty …)
1984 (another, another, another) ....
[repeat]

Fall for Love

You know sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night…
And I get to thinkin’ about all the crazy things we do in life just to get by…
Somehow somethin’ always seems to escape me…
I find myself holdin’ on to nothin’ more than a dream…
And it keeps hauntin’ me… over and over and over again…

In a darkened sky of blue
I’m thinkin’ of you…
As the pieces come unglued
I’m reachin’ for you…

Love can change the days in your life
Heartbeats and whispers in the dead of night
The sound of a hand–the touch of an eye
Visions are callin’ that you can’t deny

And I fall for love…
Say I fall for love… (fallin’, fallin’)
Yeah I fall for love… (fall for love)

So everyday I’m out on the street tryin’ to make some sense of it…
You know sometimes it feels so close–I can almost reach out…
But it always slips away… I keep tellin’ myself…
I can’t stop tryin’… not ever…

’Til I see that dream come true
Baby with you…
If it’s the final thing I do
I’m waitin’ for you…

Loneliness and love will collide
The body’s breakin’ but the spirit’s alive
And just when you think it’s all been a lie
Visions are callin’ and you never can deny

Ooh, I fall for love…
Say I fall for love… (fallin’, fallin’)
Take a fall, take a fall… (fall for love) ....

I’m gonna keep on tryin’…
Said I’m gonna keep on tryin’…
Oh baby when I’m cryin’ sometimes

Ooh, take fall for love… (fallin’, fallin’)
Take a fall for love… (fallin’, fallin’, fall for love)
Oooh (fall for love) ....

Can’t Get Next To You

Say, I can’t get next to you
Doesn’t matter what I do
You charge me up and wring me through
No, I can’t get next to you

I feel the heat… you turn it on
I feel the beat poundin’
You make me weak… you trip me up
I feel my heart boundin’

Make it so hard on me
Make me too blind to see
Turn on your light… make it so right
Don’t leave me lonely… I get so lonely

I know I can’t get next to you
It doesn’t matter what I do
You won’t deliver and I can’t get through
No, I can’t get next to you

I climb the walls you’re buildin’ up
I find your halls alarmin’
You know my weakness… you suck it up
Take my heart and chuck it

Gimme one chance to see
Gimme one dance for free
Gimme one night… make it so right
Don’t leave me lonely… I get so lonely....

Said, I can’t get next to you
No, I can’t get next to you
You warm me up and wring me through
And now I can’t get next to you

Said I’m bruised, I’m battered
What can I do?
I know I can’t get next to you

Well, said I’m drawn, I’m tellin’
What can I do?
I know I can’t get next to you

Oh, I’m shown, I’m shattered’
I’m feelin’ blue
Oh, I can’t get next to you....

Hand Me Downs

Look to your left, look to your right
Look to yourself, look for a fight
If looks could kill I’d be dead on sight
Ooh yeah–you’re dynamite

Pushin’ yourself, think you’re so nice
Foolin’ yourself, never think twice
Everything goes, keep me on ice
Your kind of love cuts me down like a knife
I see your demons marchin’ into my life

Don’t want your hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs

Play it all wrong, say it’s all right
Play on too strong, play it too tight
Take it too far, do it in spite
Ooh yeah–you’re such a fright

(spirit lives on) in the past
(passion ignites) you been movin’
(movers move on) much too fast
(soldiers must fight)
Shakin’ me up, move to indict
We’re bound to lose when you start to fight
I see your secrets steppin’ into the light

Don’t want your hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs....

Say it’s all wrong, say it’s good night
Say it’s so long, take a big bite
Say what you will, say it just right
Ooh yeah–get out of sight

(gonna hang tough) ooh yeah
(gonna hang tight) should I lose ya
(ya wanna play rough) I don’t care
(we’ll do it up right)
I read the news… I seen the light
I got to move when the time is right
Get me my ticket I’m outa sight

Don’t want your hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs

Look to your left, look to your right
Look to yourself, take a bit bite

Hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs
Don’t want your hand-me-downs, alright....
[adlibs to end]

Sweet Release

Destiny’s a road we ride
Sight unseen, our thoughts untried
Through the years, a million miles
A trial of errors, a life of trials

There’s a sign along the highway
There’s a candle by my bed
There’s a face in the doorway
There’s a price on my head

Sweet release… come in peace
Sweet release… won’t you carry me on?
Sweet release… my falls increase
Sweet release… I’m not that strong

Sex machine will break you down
Strip you clean and take your crown
Wasted nights rise and fall
One-way lights, they hide it all

Now I stand before the mirror
Hold the candle to my face
I can feel the scars burnin’
But they don’t leave a trace

Sweet release… rest in peace
Sweet release… I toss and turn
Sweet release… come and teach me
Sweet release… we never learn, oh now, oh take me....

Black and white is black and red
None are right but some are dead
Through every life the war drags on
Our hopes and dreams lie ripped and torn

Sweet release… give us peace
Sweet release… won’t you carry me on?
Sweet release… will it never cease?
Sweet release… can’t you see I’m not that strong…?