Take No Prisoners - 1975

David Byron - Take No Prisoners (1975)
Released March 1975
Recorded February 1975 in Morgan Studios and Roundhouse Studios, London, England
Mixed at the Roundhouse Studios

Produced: Produced by: Peter Gallen and David Byron

Engineer:
Ashley Howe 
Assistant Engineers:
Dave Harris (at Morgan), Trevor Hallesy & John Gallen (at Roundhouse)

Label: Repertoire


Line up:

David Byron - Vocal
Mick Box - Guitars
Lou Stonebridge - Keyboards
Denny Ball - Bass
Lee Kerslake - Drums & Percussion
   except Steamin' Along, Midnight Flyer, Silver White Man and Sweet Rock 'N' Roll

Other credits:

Pete Thompson - Drums 
Chanter Sisters, Martha Smith, Neil Lanchaster, Chas Mills and Russ Stone - Backing Vocals 
Ken Hensley - Acoustic Guitar
John Wetton - Mellotron

Side A:
1. Man Full Of Yesterdays (Byron/Box/Stonebridge) 5:38
2. Sweet Rock 'n' Roll (Stonebridge/McGuinness) 2:53
3. Steamin' Along (Byron/Box/Ball/Thompson/Stonebridge) 5:12
4. Silver White Mam (Byron) 3:30
5. Love Song (Byron/Box/Kerslake/Stonebridge) 2:58

Side B:
1. Midnight Flyer (Stonebridge/McGuinness) 5:47
2. Saturday Night (Stonebridge) 2:15
3. Roller Coaster (Byron/Box/Ball/Kerslake/Stonebridge) 4:00
4. Stop (Think What You're Doing) (Byron/Stonebridge/McGuinness) 4:17
5. Hit Me With A White One(Byron/Box/Stonebridge) 3:52

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Man Full Of Yesterdays
(Byron/Box/Stonebridge)

He wanted to go to the sun
He wanted to swim in the rain
He waisted his time
Drinking whisky and wine
But now heís come back again

Heís tried so hard to forget
What others would make him regret
But if I were he Iíd listen to me
And keep myself in my head

Keep myself in my head ...

A man full of yesterdays
Climbing the ladder once again
But he can feel the strain
Heís got to make it through
Forget the mistakes of his youth

Heís come back again ...

A man full of yesterdays
Climbing the ladder once again
But he can feel the strain

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Sweet RockíN Roll
(Stonebridge/McGuinness)

Sweet Rockín Roll - thrill me to my soul ...

When I was a kid, doing the things I did
Iíd hear the music playing on the radio
On the D.J. show Iíd hear the jockey saying

Hereís a song that will turn you on
You ainít heard nothing like it
Itís the latest thing, make you wanna sing
Iíd knew Iíd have to try it

Sweet Rockín Roll - thrill me to my soul
Make my life whole ...

Now that Iím a man, doing the best I can
Singing rock music
Itís the same old beat, gets them on their feet
I guess theyíll always choose it

Itís nothing new but Lord itís true
We canít do without it
ĎCause itís my life and that is why
Iíve really, really got to shout it

Sweet Rockín Roll - thrill me to my soul
Make my life whole, make my life whole

And when Iím dow, I hear that sound
That takes me higher

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Steamin' Along
(Byron/Box/Ball/Thompson/Stonebridge)

Sing me a song about love and affection
While I'm driving alone in my car
Sing me a song about a cool reception
When you think you're being bizarre

Just keep on going till the end of the day
And work yourself up untill
The sweat is running down your face

The feelin' of it all is there to be found
So while you're all sittin' around
We're just steamin' along - steamin' along

It's just across town to a knee high dive
Where everybody's jumpin' about
The temperature gets to about one O'five
But nobody's trying to get out

The guitar's blazing like a bolt from the sky
And everybody looks like they're kinda naturally high

So come on in if you feel in the mood
But let's make it understood
We're just steamin' along - steamin' along

It's just across town to a knee high dive
Where everybody's jumpin' about
The temperature gets well over one O'five
But nobody's trying to get out

The guitar's blazing like a bolt from the sky
And everybody looks like they're
Kinda, kinda, kinda naturally high

We're just steamin' along - steamin' along ...

Steamin' ...

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Silver White Man
(Byron)

Just looking around the sky and trying to reason
Why the feeling is right for someone to appear
Heís never been seen before
But heís somewhere out there, Iím sure
And he talks in a whisper that most donít even hear

A silver white man on a silver white horse
And I think that Iím going to meet him
A silver white man on a silver white horse
And Iíll hope Iíll be able to greet him

He watches us night and day, whatever we do or say
His only concern is rightning all the wrong
Because of the way they decreed
He must stay on his silver white steed
Try to find out the people who belong

A silver white man on a silver white horse
And I hope that heís coming to see me
A silver white man on a silver white horse
And I hope heíll be able to see me

He watches us night and day, whatever we do or say
His only concern is rightning all the wrong
Because of the way they decreed
Heís gonna stay on his silver white steed
And try to find out the people who belong

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Love Song
(Byron/Box/Kerslake/Stonebridge)

If you love me like I love you
Then nothing else should matter at all
ĎCause the feeling and the meaning
Should last right from winter till fall

And then go on and on and on
Till everything has really gone
And all thatís left is you and me and love

When Iím crying, it means Iím trying
Not to miss you more with each single day
ĎCause with some sorrow maybe tomorrow
I can love you in a whole different way

Itís the only way for me to learn
Just sit and watch the others burn
Then we can share the game of life and love

Try to sing, try to sing
Try to sing our love song ...

Love song, love song, love song
Nothing can go wrong
Just you and me like it was meant to be
I love you, babe I love you ...

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Midnight Flyer
(Stonebridge/McGuinness)

Can you hear it coming in the midnight sky
Can you hear it running, feel it getting nearer
In the cold night air, can you feel the fear there

It's the midnight flyer, so you'd best beware
It's the midnight flyer

Can you feel the power taking you away
It's the darkest hour, ain't no use in fighting
You might just as well give in
It's as fast as lightning

It's the midnight flyer
So you'd best, you'd best, you'd best beware
It's the midnight flyer

Give him a chance and he'll steal your soul
Cast him a glance and your blood runs cold
You can run, you can hide, but you know deep inside
That you'll ride the midnight flyer

Midnight flyer ...
Take me higher ...

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Saturday Night
(Stonebridge)

Oh well, the week is over and the weekend's here
I can almost taste that icecold beer
I ain't so tall but I'm really high
When you see me on a Saturday night

We got a gallon jar for the ride to town
We'll hit those bars before the sun goes down
We ain't so tall but we're really high
When you see us on a Saturday night

And when the bars are closed, we're on to farmer Joe's
You ought to see us when we dozy doe
He's got the finest pickers in the land
Everybody's heard of Joe's good time band

And those country girls are known just everywhere
But leave me the one with the yellow hair
She ain't so tall but she really gets high
When you see her on a Saturday night
She's allright

And when the bars are closed, we're on to farmer Joe's
You ought to see us when we dozy doe
He's got the finest pickers in the land
And everybody's heard of Joe's good time band

And those country girls are known just everywhere
But leave me the one with the long yellow hair
She ain't tall but she's really high
When you see her on a Saturday night ...

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Roller Coaster
(Byron/Box/Ball/Kerslake/Stonebridge)

I'm speeding on a roller coaster
And I've got my ticket to ride
I'm dreaming on a roller coaster
And I'm looking for somewhere to hide

Cause when get left flat by a woman like that
The heat that was sweet
Is just another nail into your heart
But I had to get smart

I'm riding to a destination
And I don't care where I'm gonna go
I'm riding to another station
Ain't taking no one in tow

I never bothered with a bottle by my side
I never bothered but that woman was still my prize
Filled with booze one night I took to using a gun
Now the only thing left for me to do is run

I gotta run, gotta run
I gotta run, 'cause I used the gun ...
I gotta keep on runnin', keep on gunnin'

And the gun went ...

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Stop (Think What You're Doing)
(Byron/Stonebridge/McGuinness)

Girl, you think I'm blind
That I don't know what's going on
Huh - Let me tell you something
I know who's calling 'round when I'm gone

Now some men, you can fool them
Cause they just won't open up their eyes
But me, I'd rather face facts
Than to live a life that's a lie
Great big lie

Baby baby baby baby baby
Don't you know you're causing me pain
You'd better stop right there
And think what you're doing
'Cause our love's in ruins again

I've told you time and time before
You got to quit your messing around
Cause I ain't gonna go on
Being your plaything just like a clown

So baby if you don't want me
Don't please, don't leave me lying in the dirt
Cause I ain't gonna take it, oh, no more
If you keep acting the big town flirt
So I said:

Baby baby baby baby baby
Don't you know you're causing me pain
You'd better stop right there
Just think what you're doing
Our love's in ruins again
I tell you once again, babe

Our love's in ruins again ...

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Hit Me With A White One
(Byron/Box/Stonebridge)

Ain't many places to hide
It's almost too long ago to remember
This cowboy's had a long ride
And he yells out Mr. Bartender

Hit me with a white one on the rocks
And treat yourself to a double
I'm looking for a man in these parts
'Cause I owe him plenty of trouble

We used to ride the banks
And the trains till someone
Filled my guts full of lead
And when he saw those ugly stain
I guess he kinda left me for dead

So hit me with a white one
I'm gonna need my throat warm and wet
Hit me with a white one
I'm gonna need all the help I can get

I gotta get even ...

We grew up in a bad part of town
We both decided to do it together
We promised Ma we'd never let her down
We didn't say how, didn't want to upset her

But what he did wasn't right
'Cause it was me he was leaving
Bartender, if you see him tonight
Just tell him that I want to get even

Bartender, just give me one more
I don't need no help from your law
I've waited a long time
To get to this place
Now I wanna meet that man face to face
Just one more white one, that'll be all I need
Then I'll sneak off into the night
And do my deadly deed

Hit me with a white one ...