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Foreigner

℗ 1981 Atlantic Records SD 16999 / WEA Music

℗ 1999 Atlantic Records 250 796 / Warner Brothers Records

Foreigner  1981  4

Over the course of their first three, late 70s albums, Foreigner had firmly established themselves (along with Journey and Styx) as one of the top AOR bands of the era. But the band was still looking for that grand slam of a record which would push them to the very top of the heap. 1981s 4 would be that album. In producer Robert John "Mutt" Lang fresh off his massive success with AC/DC's Back in Black guitarist and all-around mastermind Mick Jones found both the catalyst to achieve this and his perfect musical soul mate. Lang's legendary obsessive attention to detail and Jones' highly disciplined guitar heroics (which he never allowed to get in the way of a great song) resulted in a collaboration of unprecedented, sparkling efficiency where not a single note is wasted. "Nightlife" is only the first in a series ("Woman in Black," "Dont Let Go," the '50s-tinged "Luanne") of energetic, nearly flawless melodic rockers; and with "Juke Box Hero," the band somehow managed to create both a mainstream hit single and a highly unique sounding track, alternating heavy metal guitar riffing, chorused vocals and one of the ultimate wanna be a rock star lyrics. As for the mandatory power ballad, the band also reached unparalleled heights with "Waiting for a Girl Like You." One of the decades most successful cross-genre tear-jerkers, it has since become a staple of soft rock radio and completely eclipsed the albums other very lovely ballad "Girl on the Moon" in the process. And last but not least, the surprisingly funky "Urgent" proved to be one of the bands most memorable and uncharacteristic smash hits thanks to Junior Walker's signature saxophone solo. Through it all, vocalist Lou Gramm does his part, delivering a dazzling performance which confirmed his status as one of the finest voices of his generation. Three years later, Foreigner would achieve even greater success on a pop level with the uneven Agent Provocateur, but by then the Jones and Gramm were locked in an escalating war of egos which would soon lead to the bands demise. All things considered, 4 remains Foreigner's career peak. Ed Rivadavia.

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Night Life

(Gramm - Jones)

Wake up in time to see the sun going down
Turn on the six o'clock news
See what's happening in this town
I take a walk down to the corner
I meet those bad girls hanging around
Never doing what they oughta

Ooh yeah, I get caught up in the action
Gotta find the main attraction now
Gotta get some satisfaction
You better take me to the heart of that

Night life, looking for some
Night life, need a little
Night life, living in the daylight
Just don't agree with me
Ooh night life

Stealing through the night like a wolf on the prowl
Not a bird, not a plane, I'm just a mean old night owl
Watch me, hit, run, gotta move on
Going wild in the night
'Cause I'm hooked on the neon

Ooh yeah, I'm looking for some action
I gotta find my main attraction now
'Cause I need some satisfaction
Ooh, won't you take me to the heart of that

Night life, a little bit of
Night life, ooh I need some
Night life, full of bright lights and noise
Time to separate the men from the boys

Night life...

Juke Box Hero

(Gramm - Jones)

Standing in the rain, with his head hung low
Couldn't get a ticket, it was a sold out show
Heard the roar of the crowd, he could picture the scene
Put his ear to the wall, then like a distant scream

He heard one guitar, just blew him away
He saw stars in his eyes, and the very next day
Bought a beat up six string in a secondhand store
Didn't know how to play it, but he knew for sure

That one guitar, felt good in his hands
Didn't take long, to understand
Just one guitar, slung way down low
Was one way ticket, only one way to go

So he started rockin'
Ain't never gonna stop
Gotta keep on rockin'
Someday he's gonna make it to the top

And be a juke box hero, got stars in his eyes
He's a juke box hero
He took one guitar, juke box hero, stars in his eyes
Juke box hero, he'll come alive tonight

In a town without a name, in a heavy downpour
Thought he passed his own shadow, by the backstage door
Like a trip through the past, to that day in the rain
And that one guitar made his whole life change

Now he needs to keep rockin'
He just can't stop
Gotta keep on rockin'
That boy has got to stay on top

And be a juke box hero, got stars in his eyes
He's a juke box hero, got stars in his eyes
Yeah, juke box hero, got stars in his eyes
With that one guitar he'll come alive
Come alive tonight

Yeah, he's gotta keep rockin'
He just can't stop
Gotta keep on rockin'
That boy has got to stay on top

And be a juke box hero, got stars in his eyes
He's a juke box hero, got stars in his eyes
Just one guitar, put stars in his eyes
He's just a juke box hero, aah aah aah
Juke box hero, juke box hero, he's got stars in his eyes
Stars in his eyes

Break it Up

(Gramm - Jones)

Made myself a prisoner
I locked myself away
Can't remember the last time
I saw the light of day
Don't want to face life
Feel I've been betrayed
I want you tell me
Where our love went astray

So can't you wait one more minute
Why can't you wait one more day
Let's get it straight
'Cause it's a big mistake
We better think about it

I don't want to break it up
Why do we have to break it up?
Never ever want to break it up oh no
I only wanna make it up tonight

You say you've thought about it
But you sound so cold
You make it look like our love
Can be bought or sold
You won't listen
You say it's way too late
That something is missing
And now you just can't wait

Why can't you wait one more minute?
Why can't you wait? give me one more day
Let's get it straight
This is a big mistake
We better think about it

I don't want to break it up
Why do we have to break it up?
Never ever want to break it up
Ooh no, I only wanna make it up tonight

So don't say break it up, break it up
I wanna hear you say we'll make it up, make it up
I don't want to break it up
Oh baby, why can't we make it up tonight?
Make it up tonight, make it up tonight

And I ask myself
What's wrong with me?
How could I be so blind?
I know she tried to give me everything
But I still couldn't see
Now as I watch our love slip away
I'm begging you, begging you, please

Don't break it up, break it up
Take a little time and make it up, make it up
I don't want to break it up
Oh no, I only wanna make it up tonight

I don't want to break it up
Baby let me make it up
Oh no no, no no
I, don't break it up, no no
Tonight, make it up, make it up
Ooh yeah, make it up, make it up

Waiting for a Girl Like You

(Gramm Jones)

So long
I've been looking too hard, I've waiting too long
Sometimes I don't know what I will find
I only know it's a matter of time
When you love someone
When you love someone

It feels so right, so warm and true
I need to know if you feel it too

Maybe I'm wrong
Won't you tell me if I'm coming on too strong?
This heart of mine has been hurt before
This time I wanna be sure

I've been waiting for a girl like you
To come into my life
I've been waiting for a girl like you
A love that will survive
I've been waiting for someone new
To make me feel alive
Yeah, waiting for a girl like you
To come into my life

You're so good
When we make love it's understood
It's more than a touch or a word we say
Only in dreams could it be this way
When you love someone
Yeah, really love someone

Now, I know it's right
From the moment I wake up till deep in the night
There's no where on earth that I'd rather be
Than holding you, tenderly

I've been waiting for a girl like you
To come into my life
I've been waiting for a girl like you
And a love that will survive
I've been waiting for someone new
To make me feel alive
Yeah, waiting for a girl like you
To come into my life

I've been waiting, waiting for you, ooh
Ooh, I've been waiting
I've been waiting, yeah
I've been waiting for a girl like you
I've been waiting
Won't you come into my life?
My life?

Luanne

(Gramm - Jones)

Luanne, Luanne
Why do you run and hide?
Luanne, Luanne
Don't keep your love inside

I wait around for you after school
You slip away and I don't see you
Don't know what I'm gonna do
If you can't see how much I need you
We met, one day, and then, you ran away
I've searched the whole town looking for you
I know you're there somewhere

Luanne, Luanne
Why do you run and hide?
Luanne, Luanne
Don't keep your love inside

I write letters that I never send
I keep the words to whisper to you someday
I don't know where and I don't know when
Luanne I'm gonna get to you someway
I want to feel your love so close to me
Give me just half a chance
To prove myself, I need to

Luanne, Luanne
Why do you run and hide?
Luanne, Luanne
Don't keep your love inside

These days true love is so hard to find
Someday I know you're gonna be mine
Luanne, Luanne, Luanne, ooh

Luanne, Luanne, Luanne, Luanne
Why do you run and hide?
Luanne, Luanne, Luanne, Luanne
Don't keep your love inside

Luanne, Luanne
Don't need to run and hide
Luanne, Luanne
Don't keep your love inside

Luanne, Luanne, Luanne, Luanne
I wanna be beside you, can't you understand?
Luanne, Luanne, Luanne, Luanne
Give me a little love, I know you can
Luanne, Luanne
Can't you hear me calling?
Luanne

Urgent

(Jones)

You're not shy, you get around
You wanna fly, don't want your feet on the ground
You stay up, you won't come down
You wanna live, you wanna move to the sound

Got fire in your veins
Burnin' hot but you don't feel the pain
Your desire is insane
You can't stop until you do it again

But sometimes I wonder as I look in your eyes
Maybe you're thinking of some other guy
But I know, yes I know, how to treat you right
That's why you call me in the middle of the night

You say it's urgent
So urgent, so oh oh urgent
Just wait and see
How urgent my love can be
It's urgent

You play tricks on my mind
You're everywhere but you're so hard to find
You're not warm or sentimental
You're so extreme, you can be so temperamental

But I'm not looking for a love that will last
I know what I need and I need it fast
Yeah, there's one thing in common that we both share
That's a need for for each other anytime, anywhere

It gets so urgent
So urgent
You know it's urgent
I wanna tell you it's the same for me
So oh oh urgent
Just you wait and see
How urgent our love can be
It's urgent

You say it's urgent
Make it fast, make it urgent
Do it quick, do it urgent
Gotta rush, make it urgent
Want it quick
Urgent, urgent, emergency
Urgent, urgent, emergency
Urgent, urgent, emergency
Urgent, urgent, emergency
So urgent, emergency
Emer... emer... emer...
It's urgent

I'm Gonna Win

(Jones)

Another dark night, in the city
And my prospects lookin' thin
The survival, of the fittest
Is the law, in the world that I live in

I was not born, to be a fighter
But now's the time I have to learn
To keep my head, above the water
Gotta play with fire, but not get burned

I gotta stand up, I gotta face it
Don't want to lose it
I want to taste it while it's hot
Don't want to waste it, I need it so bad

I'm gonna win, yeah
I'm gonna win
You see it's a matter of pride
Deep down inside
I'm gonna win, yeah
I'm gonna win

I got no time, to sit and wonder
I got myself, to reckon with
Yeah and life won't drag me under
Even if it takes, all I have to give
I'll give it all

I gotta stand up, I gotta face it
Don't want to lose it
Ooh I want to taste it while it's hot
Don't want to waste it, my mind's made up

I'm gonna win
I'm gonna win
I tell you, see when it comes down to the crunch
I've gotta beat life to the punch
I'm gonna win
Somehow I know I'm gonna win
You know
I've got to fight to stay alive
Kick it in to overdrive
I'm gonna win, ooh, ooh, ooh
I'm gonna win

I'm gonna win
I'm gonna win
You see it's a matter of pride
Deep down inside
I'm gonna win
Gonna win, gonna win
Ooh, I'll pay the price
Gonna win
No more Mr. Nice
Gonna win
Hey, just watch me roll the dice
I'm gonna win, win, win
I'm gonna win, win, gonna win
I'm gonna win
I know I'm gonna win

Woman in Black

(Jones)

I knew the moment
I walked through that door
I felt so close to a burning sensation
It got so warm
As I moved across the floor
My body aching with anticipation

I saw a dark silhouette, at the table
I tried to talk, but I was unable
She drew me in right under her spell
I was hypnotized by the sudden temptation

Of that woman in black, she's a mystery
She's everything a woman should be
Woman in black, she's got a hold on me
She's in control, she won't set me free

She is a woman
She's not a girl anymore
The kind that stirs up a young man's imagination
She's dressed to kill
And I'm so ready to fall
Into her world full of strange fascination

I see that dark silhouette, at the table
I can't resist, my body's not able
She draws me in, but she teaches me well
I never need any explanation

From that woman in black, she's a mystery
She's everything a woman should be
I said, woman in black, got a hold on me
She's in control, she won't set me free

Ooh, woman in black
It's too late now
I can't turn back
'Cause I'm a fool for that woman
Woman in black
Ooh, ooh, woman in black

Ooh, that woman in black, she's a mystery
She's everything a woman should be
That woman in black, she's got a hold on me
She's in control, she won't set me free

She's my mysterious mistress
But she leaves me so helpless
My woman in black
She's a dark seorita
My woman in black
No Sunday school teacher
My woman in black
We're keeping it a secret
We meet in the night
We're partners in silence
Strangers in daylight

Girl on the Moon

(Gramm - Jones)

It's night, again
Time for my mind to go wandering
Off on a journey, through space and time
In search of a face I can never find
So I close my eyes and look inside

I can't forget
The night that I saw her we never met
She felt so close to me as I reached for her hand
She drifted away like the desert sand
It was her and she was gone

I wish she'd come back tonight
Like a star shining bright
I don't know where she's from

She's like a girl on the moon
A girl on the moon
She's like a girl on the moon
A girl on the moon

Yeah it's night, once again
And that same old feeling is setting in
It all seems so familiar but I hope this time
That the girl on the moon will soon be mine
All mine, tonight

Am I asking too much
Should I leave my dream untouched
Should I even know where she's from

My, girl on the moon
She's my girl on the moon
Girl on the moon
My girl on the moon
Girl on the moon
My girl on the moon
Girl on the moon
Girl on the moon
Girl on the moon
Fille sur la lune
Girl on the moon
Fille sur la lune

Don't Let Go

(Gramm Jones)

Another long day, another long night
I try to make it home before it gets light
I'm working hard so some day we can play
When I try to explain you just push me away
Don't push me away, you say

I don't spend enough time with you
Or take an interest in things you do
We call it quits almost every other day
And the rare times we're going strong
We let our pride get in the way

Seems like it's always in the way

But don't let go, don't let our love go
Don't let go, just let our love grow
Sometimes we might drift away, don't let our love go
But don't let go of our love when it feels right

This kinda life can put us both to the test
But it's not a question of who knows best
Our love's a ship that has its sails a little torn
All we need to do is sew 'em up
And we can weather the storm

Gonna ride that storm

So don't let go, don't let our love go
Don't let go, just let our love grow
Sometimes we might drift away, don't let our love go
But don't let go

No, no, don't let go, don't let our love go
Don't let go, just let our love grow
Sometimes we might drift away, don't let our love go
Don't let go of our love when it feels right

I don't see you for days
When you leave me in the dark
My imagination runs away
Just throw me a line
And I'll still hold on
I'll still hold on
I'll still hold on
And I won't let go

Don't let go, don't let our love go
Baby don't let go, just let our love grow
Oh, no, don't let our love fade away
And don't let go of our love when it feels right, oh no
Don't let our love go
Don't let go
Just let our love grow
Sometimes we might slip away
Don't let our love go
But don't let go of our love when it feels right

Juke Box Hero [nearly unplugged]

(Gramm Jones)

Standing in the rain with his head hung low
Couldn't get a ticket, it was a sold out show
Heard the roar of the crowd, he could picture the scene
Put his ear to the wall, then like a distant scream

He heard one guitar, just blew him away
Saw stars in his eyes and the very next day

Bought a beat up six string in a secondhand store
Didn't know how to play it but he knew for sure

That one guitar felt good in his hands
Didn't take long to understand
Just one guitar, slung way down low
Was a one way ticket, only one way to go

So he started rockin', ain't never gonna stop
Gotta keep on rockin'
Someday gonna make it to the top

And be a jukebox hero (Got stars in his eyes)
He's a jukebox hero
He took one guitar, jukebox hero (Stars in his eyes)
Jukebox hero (Stars in his eyes)
He'll come alive tonight

In a town without a name in a heavy downpour
Thought he passed his own shadow by the backstage door

Like a trip through the past to that day in the rain
And that one guitar made his whole life change

Now he needs to keep a-rockin', he just can't stop
Gotta keep on rockin', that boy has got to stay on top

And be a jukebox hero (Got stars in his eyes)
He's a jukebox hero (Got stars in his eyes)
Yeah, jukebox hero (Stars in his eyes)
With that one guitar (Stars in his eyes), he'll come alive
Come alive tonight

Yeah, he's gotta keep a-rockin'
He just can't stop
Gotta keep on rockin'
That boy has got to stay on top

And be a jukebox hero (Got stars in his eyes)
He's a jukebox hero (Got stars in his eyes)
With just one guitar, jukebox hero
With stars in his eyes
Oh, he's just a jukebox hero

Jukebox hero
Jukebox hero, he's got stars in his eyes
Stars in his eyes

Waiting for a Girl Like You [nearly unplugged]

(Gramm Jones)

So long
I've been looking too hard, I've been waiting too long
Sometimes I don't know what I will find
I only know it's a matter of time
When you love someone
When you love someone

It feels so right so warm and true
I need to know if you feel it too
Maybe I'm wrong
Won't you tell me if I'm coming on too strong?
This heart of mine has been hurt before
This time I wanna be sure

I've been waiting for a girl like you
To come into my life
I've been waiting for a girl like you (Waiting for a love)
And a love that will survive
I've been waiting (I've been waiting) for someone new
To make me feel alive
Yeah, waiting for a girl like you (Waiting for a girl)
To come into my life

(Ha)
(Ha)

You're so good
When we make love, it's understood
It's more than a touch or a word we say
Only in dreams could it be this way
When you love someone
Yeah, really love someone

Now, I know it's right
From the moment I wake up 'til deep in the night
There's nowhere on earth that I'd rather be
Than holding you, tenderly

I've been waiting for a girl like you
To come into my life
I've been waiting for a girl like you (Waiting for a love)
And a love that will survive

I've been waiting (I've been waiting) for someone new
To make me feel alive
Yeah, waiting (Waiting) for a girl like you (Waiting for a girl)
To come into my life

(Ha)
(Ha)
I've been waiting (Ha)
Waiting for you (Ha)
(Ha) Ooh
(Ha) I've been waiting
(Ha) I've been waiting
(Ha) Yeah

(I've been waiting for a girl like you)
(I've been waiting) Won't you come into my life?
My life
So long (Waiting for a girl like you)