The House of Blue Light

Album released 1987

Bad Attitude
The Unwritten Law
Call Of The Wild
Mad Dog
Black & White
Hard Lovin' Woman
The Spanish Archer
Strangeways
Mitzi Dupree
Dead or Alive


Bad Attitude
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord)
	Take a look at
	these dirty hands
	take a look at this face these blazing eyes
	do you see me as a broken man
	tell me
	are you really that blind

	You got yourself a load of trouble now
	you got yourself a bad deal
	you say I've got a bad attitude
	how d'you think I feel

	You got me locked in a paper cage
	you think I'm chained up but I'm just tied down
	step aside get out of my way
	I won't hurt you I had enough being pushed around

	You got yourself a load of trouble now
	you got yourself a bad deal
	you say I've got a bad attitude
	how d'you think I feel

	Don't want a number
	I got a name
	take a look at my face
	talk about a bad attitude
	things have got to change
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The Unwritten Law
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Paice)
	Listen to me
	I've got a warning for you
	you've got to learn to take more care
	'cos if you swim in dirty water
	be careful how you dry your hair
	in a room within a room
	in a hole within a hole
	you've got to learn to share your secrets
	or you'll lose your soul

	I've got the evidence
	I know you broke the unwritten law
	another town another one night stand
	you know you broke the law

	It's so hard to hold back
	when the fire is in your eyes
	a silver dollar in my pocket
	I don't like surprises
	I've got your souvenir
	is that the price I've got to pay
	it ain't been that long
	since the last charade

	I know you're guilty
	but I'm carrying the blame
	I took out much more than I put in
	and I felt the pain
	in a dirty little room
	with nowhere left to hide
	you told the truth with your eyes
	but you lied inside
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Call Of The Wild
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord)
	Operator I'm looking for a girl
	you've got to help me get through
	I don't know much about her
	so I'm relying on you
	she got rhythm but no sense of timing
	she likes living but she's got no address
	operator you've got to get me out of this mess
	let me tell you about her

	She ain't got a face
	she ain't got a name
	she ain't got a leg to stand upon
	she's out of touch
	but not out of mind
	and I've got to see again that gypsy child
	operator this is the call of the wild

	She's a hitch hiker never gets a ride
	but you can bet she's on time
	she's always around but so hard to find
	she causes trouble she never takes offence
	dirty mind a heart of gold
	operator don't you put me on hold
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Mad Dog
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)
	Don't look too long in my face
	it could be a big mistake
	I'm hanging on a thread so fine
	I need a little space
	I shouldn't say but I know I must
	I've had enough of pain
	I'm pissed off standing in the rain

	It makes me feel like a mad dog
	I got nothing to lose mad dog
	you got nothing I can use
	mad dog howling at the moon a mad dog

	I need no friends
	I'm on the edge of a broken dream
	laughing at the pain but it makes me want to scream
	I should have known she'd be no good
	she tore my heart in two but I don't need to talk to you

	You make me feel like a mad dog
	I got nothing to lose mad dog
	you got nothing I can use
	mad dog howling at the moon a mad dog

	She said a hard man is good to find
	and then she raised a doubt
	all that i could give she took
	and then she threw me out
	well I don't care I don't care anymore
	I'm going to lose my grip
	I'm going to let it rip
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Black & White
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover/Lord)
	Read all about it tell me
	have you heard the news
	captain bob he don't pay no dues
	you know he's looking in my window
	he's stepping on my toes
	don't want the truth and it goes to show

	I got a joker up my sleeve
	I know what to believe
	it ain't right just because it's in black and white

	Find yourself a hero
	treat him like a friend
	you build him up and tear him down again
	it don't hold a candle hold it to the light
	check it out is it wrong or right
	is this the news of the world
	it's just a pretty girl
	she's all the news that's fit to print in black and white

	Inside information taken down note by note
	a silent footstep that's all she wrote
	shit that's all she wrote
	no need to worry the baby's gone to bed
	dreaming dirty dreams in black and white and read
	now i got nothing to fear
	is this the scoop of the year
	headlines on my bathroom wall in black and white
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Hard Lovin' Woman
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)
	She walked into the room
	her hand upon her hip
	said look out boy
	I'll make your backbone slip
	she looked straight at me
	the devil in her eye
	I knew what I was getting 
        but took it by surprise no fooling
	she really knocked the stuffing out of me
	some woman a hard lovin' woman
	she chewed me up and spat me out

	Some woman
	she's a hard lovin' woman
	some woman a hard lovin' woman

	She didn't wear nothing but a smile upon her face
	licking her lips but I had the taste
	her temperature was rising
	I was coming to the boil
	her fires were burning she was pouring on the oil
	I do not jest she really took me 
        to the cleaners some woman
	I felt just great when she pulled her 38's

	It started with a smile
	it turned into a laugh
	it ended with a scream
	I said enough's enough
	never heard a word she wouldn't let go
	a man's a man and every woman ought to know
	and there I was
	and she was dancing
	some woman here we go again
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The Spanish Archer
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)
	Well there must have been a reason for the smile 
        that you had upon your face last night
	are you the cat that got the cream did you lick your lips 
        did you close your eyes
	can you imagine how it feels it's so hard to reveal
	oh I can't get through and I'm falling
	I'm getting out I'm losing ground
	the spanish archer's gonna bring you down

	Is there someone somewhere waiting in the wings 
        to take my place
	let's not drag it out like a cagney death scene
	in this season of change it's not hard to explain
	like the leaves on the trees I'm falling
	and as you turn don't look away
	the spanish archer's gonna make you pay

	Do you remember when the sky was blue 
        we used to talk for miles
	and now we drive along in this thundering silence
	it's such an obvious lie with that easy smile of yours
	I'm letting go and i'm falling
	I'm getting out losing ground
	the spanish archer's gonna bring you down

	Well is there something I can say 
        as we stumble to the edge have we gone too far
	why don't we call it a day before 
        we call it a nightmare darlin'
	if we made a mistake 
        then all that it takes to be free
	is the wave of a hand and you're falling 
        and as you turn don't look away
	the spanish archer's gonna make you pay
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Strangeways
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)
	Strange, strange, I was born into confusion
	my mother said to me 
        when you become a man you'll understand
	but it's still a mystery
	and if you want to get ahead
	get some decent clothes
	the only way to make it dress the part
	that gets right up my nose

	And it think to myself in this river of doubt
	this is something I can do without
	but strangeways is what I got

	The indians are coming
	I saw it on tv
	they're 20,000 strong
	but they always get depleted by the cavalry
	salvation is at hand it's guaranteed
	just send a donation straight to god 1-800 toll free

	And I think to myself in this academy of fear
	where am i going what am I doing here
	but strangeways is all I got

	Have you seen the headlines
	princess engaged
	3 million out of work
	but that's on the 2nd page
	the alien has landed
	finger in his ear
	can't hear a word I am saying
	but that ain't such a bad idea

	And I think to myself in this cradle of lust
	ashes to ashes and dust to dust
	but strangeways is all you get
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Mitzi Dupree
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)
	Flying to salt lake city
	seats 3a and b
	I was down and needed a window
	but in 3a sat mitzi dupree
	she said hi I am mitzi
	the queen of the ping pong
	where you going boy
	I said nowhere
	she said I'm movng on
	I thought what is this
	I cannot resist
	here she is
	and I've always wanted a girl
	with a name
	a name like mitzi dupree

	She said what do you do
	I said I'm a singer in a band
	she said ya I'm an entertainer
	reached out and took my hand
	she was going to a mining town
	way up north to do her show
	I said it must be cold up there
	she said depends on who you know
	oh that look in her eye
	I can tell you no lies
	I'm just a man
	she made me feel like a king in my mind
	I love you mitzi dupree

	I said what is this queen of the ping pong business
	she smiled what do you think
	it has no connection with china
	I said oow have another drink
	well I knew right away
	that I'd seen her act before
	in a room behind a kitchen in bangkok
	and three or four times more in singapore
	she may not be the first
	but I know she ain't the worst
	she was mine but I ran out of time
	I miss you I love you mitzi dupree
	my darling mitzi dupree
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Dead or Alive
(Blackmore/Gillan/Glover)
	Don't turn off the light
	you might draw the queen of spades
	don't shut the door
	you don't need to be alone
	I won't bring you no food
	there might be some poison in your meat
	I've got to know are you dead or alive
	don't shut the door are you dead or alive
	dead or alive
	pick your window you're leaving

	Don't look in the mirror
	with a dollar up your face
	you've got money to burn
	you're cheap at half the price
	oh don't powder your nose
	don't blow your brains just for the the crack
	I've got to know are you dead or alive
	just for the crack are you dead or alive
	dead or alive
	pick your window you're leaving

	You're running so fast
	but you know you're standing still
	I'm afraid of your shadow
	and the knife in it's hand
	you're dancing with death
	to the tune of the dealer
	and he don't care
	don't give a toss
	don't want to know if you're dead or alive
	don't want to know if you're dead or alive
	dead or alive
	pick your window you're leaving
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Deep Purple Mk5:
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar)
Ian Gillan (vocals)
Roger Glover (bass)
Jon Lord (keyboards)
Ian Paice (drums)


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