Steppenwolf - Monster

Steppenwolf - Monster


Steppenwolf - "Monster/Suicide/America"




Monster is the fourth studio album by Canadian-American rock band Steppenwolf. The album was released in November 1969, by ABC Dunhill Records. It was their first LP with new lead guitarist Larry Byrom instead of Michael Monarch. The album was Steppenwolf's most political album, making references to important issues at the time, such as the Vietnam War. The album was the first Steppenwolf album not to feature a US top ten hit, though two singles from the album cracked the top 40: "Move Over" and "Monster".


This biting and often overlooked protest song tackles then-current issues such as the Vietnam War, draft resisters, and the decay of justice in America. The lyrics written in 1969 are still quite relevant.



Personnel:

John Kay – vocals, harmonica, guitar Larry Byrom – lead guitar Nick St. Nicholas – bass Goldy McJohn – Hammond organ, piano Jerry Edmonton – drums







Lyrics



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 But she just patiently smiled, and bore them a child To be their spirit, and guiding light And once the ties with the crown had been broken Westward in saddle and wagon they went And till 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 But she just patiently smiled, and bore them a child To be their spirit, and guiding light The blue and gray they stomped it They kicked it just like a dog And when the war was 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 Suicide The spirit was freedom and justice And it's keepers seemed generous and kind It's leaders were supposed to serve the country But now they won't, pay it no mind 'Cause the people grew fat and got lazy Now their vote is a meaningless joke They babble about law and 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 the noose And it just sits there watchin' The 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 world's got to be just like us Now we are fighting a war over there No matter who's the winner, we can't pay the cost 'Cause there's a monster on the loose It's got our heads into the noose And it just sits there, watching America 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, 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, 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

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