Montrose - Rock Candy - 1973
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Montrose - Rock Candy - 1973




The sixth track on the eponymous debut album by Montrose runs to 5 minutes 5 seconds and is a group composition: drummer Denny Carmassi, bass player Bill Church, then vocalist Sammy Hagar, and the man himself, Ronnie Montrose. It was the last song written and recorded for their 1973 debut.

Hagar left the band he continued to play the song - it remains to be seen why. Its inspiration appears to have been the Led Zepellin track "When The Levee Breaks", in particular Carmassi's experimenting with the drum introduction.


"'Rock Candy' is like a standard for bands like Def Leppard or The Cult. Over the years, anybody who wants to jam with me wants to jam 'Rock Candy' - Chad Smith, Joe Satriani, Matt Sorum, Slash. Lemmy from Motörhead came up to me at a show in England, and what did Lemmy say? 'Fucking Rock Candy, mate.'"

Ronnie Montrose (November 29, 1947 – March 3, 2012)






Lyrics


Lord oh, yeah

When you need a friend through thick and thin

Don't look to those above you

When you're down and out, ain't no doubt

Nobody wants you


But you're rock candy baby

Hard, sweet and sticky, yes

Rock candy baby

Hard, sweet and sticky


Hard, sweet

When you're seventeen reachin' for your dreams

Don't let no one reach it for you

Pull up your pants,

Stretch out take a chance

If it can be done, you can do it


'Cause you're rock candy baby

You're hard, sweet and sticky, yes

Rock candy baby

So hard, sweet and sticky oh


Sweet , so sweet

You're rock candy baby

Hard, sweet and sticky, yes

You, you're rock candy baby

Hard, sweet and sticky

You are sweet

You're candy baby

Hard, sweet and sticky

Lord you are so

You're a candy baby oh

Hard, sweet and sticky




Songwriters: Ronnie Montrose / Sammy Hagar

Rock Candy lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Records On The Wall, Inc





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