Strider Posted July 3, 2008 Share Posted July 3, 2008 While Steppenwolf will always seemingly be known only for "Born to Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride"...they have a lot of other songs just as cool, if not better. I have always enjoyed "Don't Step On the Grass, Sam" and "The Pusher" more than "Born" and "Magic"...but, by far, my favourite Steppenwolf song is "Monster". For a song that was written in 1970, it is amazing how it seems like it could have been written yesterday...by the way, the best version of this is found on the 1971 album, "Steppenwolf Live". Here are the lyrics, so you can see for yourself: "MONSTER" written by John Kay and Jerry Edmonton Once the religious, the hunted and weary Chasing the promise of freedom and hope Came to this country to build a new vision Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope Like good Christians, some would burn the witches Later some got slaves to gather riches But still from near and far to seek America They came by thousands to court the wild And she just patiently smiled and bore a child To be their spirit and guiding light And once the ties with the crown had been broken Westward in saddle and wagon it went And 'til the railroad linked ocean to ocean Many the lives which had come to an end While we bullied, stole and bought our a homeland We began the slaughter of the red man But still from near and far to seek America They came by thousands to court the wild And she just patiently smiled and bore a child To be their spirit and guiding light The blue and grey they stomped it They kicked it just like a dog And when the war over They stuffed it just like a hog And though the past has it's share of injustice Kind was the spirit in many a way But it's protectors and friends have been sleeping Now it's a monster and will not obey The spirit was freedom and justice And it's keepers seem friendly and kind It's leaders were supposed to serve the country But now they won't pay it no mind 'Cause the people got fat and grew lazy Now their vote is like a meaningless joke You know they talk about law, about order But it's all just an echo of what they've been told Yeah, there's a monster on the loose It's got our heads into a noose And it just sits there watchin' Our cities have turned into jungles And corruption is stranglin' the land The police force is watching the people And the people just can't understand We don't know how to mind our own business 'Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us Now we are fighting a war over there No matter who wins, you know we can't pay the cost 'Cause there's a monster on the loose It's got our heads into a noose And it just sits there watching America where are you now? Don't you care about your sons and daughters? Don't you know we need you now We can't fight alone against the monster America where are you now? Don't you care about your sons and daughters? Don't you know we need you now We can't fight alone against the monster America! © Copyright MCA Music (BMI) All rights for the USA controlled and administered by MCA Corporation of America, INC Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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