Judas Priest – Living After Midnight

Anyone who follows my posts knows I don’t follow heavy metal but a cool riff is a cool riff. I liked this one the first time I heard it.

John Lennon has a distant connection to this song. Judas Priest was renting Tittenhurst Park (John Lennon’s former home) in 1980 to record their album British Steel. As they were watching television…guitarist Glenn Tipton said they saw John Lennon’s Imagine video and were in the very same room where it was filmed… he said they could imagine the piano and the white walls…and how surreal it was…

Rob Halford actually got the inspiration for the lyrics for Living After Midnight as his bandmates kept him awake by blasting out riffs and drum beats in the studio below.

He came downstairs to complain and said, Hey, guys, come on. It’s gone midnight…and they wrote the song.

 

Living After Midnight

Living after midnight, rockin’ to the dawn
Lovin’ ’til the morning, then I’m gone, I’m gone

I took the city ’bout one A.M, loaded, loaded
I’m all geared up to score again, loaded, loaded
I come alive in the neon light
That’s when I make my moves right

Living after midnight, rockin’ to the dawn
Lovin’ ’til the morning, then I’m gone, I’m gone

Got gleaming chrome, reflecting steel, loaded, loaded
Ready to take on every deal, loaded, loaded
My pulse is racing, I’m hot to take
This motor’s revved up, fit to break

Living after midnight, rockin’ to the dawn
Lovin’ ’til the morning, then I’m gone, I’m gone

I’m aiming for ya
I’m gonna floor ya
My body’s coming
All night long

The air’s electric, sparkin’ power, loaded, loaded
I’m getting hotter by the hour, loaded, loaded
I set my sights and then home in
The joint starts flying when I begin

Living after midnight, rockin’ to the dawn
Lovin’ ’til the morning, then I’m gone, I’m gone
[repeat and fade]