Rock n Roll Salvation

by The Four Chords

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Initially when I was writing the songs, I was thinking that there were too many songs about rock n roll, and too many ones that sounded like "mission statement" songs, but then the mindset switched to the question: "why can't every song be a mission statement and/ or about rock n roll?". Though the overall concept is to be saved through music, I've also wanted to have a deeper cause for an album for a while now, and i'm proud to say that half of the proceeds of this record will go to The Salvation Army--truly giving salvation to those who need it in unfortunate times.

With this release, I wanted to make a quick, loose and spontaneous album that was just guitar/ drums/ bass/ vocals/ keys, with a minimum of takes and tracks, to keep the energy high. It is addition by subtraction by keeping the writing/ playing simple. It's a much more aggressive and faster album in tempo than past ones, but the rule for making this was that it still has to be highly melodic and has to have a good pop sense to it. If it was just rock for rock's sake, it hit the trash bin.

Thematically, it's an album that's mostly just the rock n' roll/ cars/ girls axis, but I feel that with all the doom and gloom that's going around today, that a fun album is a needed escape. I just wanted to kick back, relax, and make the music that I had wanted to make when I was a kid. Influences are MC5, Chuck Berry, Flamin' Groovies, Ramones, Cheap Trick, Jason and the Scorchers, Stones, Hellacopters, Rocket From The Crypt and Suzi Quatro among others.

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released January 1, 2017

all songs, performances and production by Royce Williams; 2017.

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Inspired by the history of pop/ rock/ powerpop, The Four Chords have a keen pop sense and combine multi-part vocal harmonies with a large dose of over the top rock n' roll--power chords, big guitar solos and guilty pleasure arena rock. Influences include The Who, Cheap Trick, Beatles, Big Star, Dwight Twilley, Replacements, Tom Petty, Manic Street Preachers, Ramones, Redd Kross and many others. ... more

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Track Name: Born A Rocker
when I was about four years old
I saw a guitar and I was real sold
didn't wanna be a 9 to 5 o' clocker
it's for some, but not for me, I was born a rocker

in music class, they made me play the flute
they didn't ask me if it was my suit
and though I know, it may be a shocker
it's for some, but not for me, I was born a rocker
aww, take it home!

I wasn't any kind of jock of sorts
and I didn't like playin' sports
had rock posters hangin' in my locker
it's for some, but not for me, I was born a rocker

washin' dishes wasn't fun for me
delivered papers up and down the street
I've washed floors, and was a shelf stocker
it's for some, but not for me, I was born a rocker
one more time!

well I didn't ever like to fish
and looking back, I must have got my wish
because I know I'm not a bored gawker
it's for some, but not for me, I was born a rocker
it's for some, but not for me, I was born a rocker
it's for some, but not for me, I was born a rocker
it's for some, but not for me, I was born a rocker
Track Name: Rock n Roll Salvation
we're dedicated to the cause
the perfection and the flaws
a call to arms to get behind
delivered, sealed and signed
we don't give a damn for trends
or the way the story ends

it's a rock n roll salvation
it's a rock n roll salvation
we're gonna rock across the nation,
'cause it's the loudest assed vacation
it's a rock n roll salvation to me.....alright

solo

we're gonna turn the amps up loud
we hope you all are somehow wowed
we're out of style, but that's okay
old school in our own way
you play the records over again
the needle skips as it's worn out, then

it's a rock n roll salvation
it's a rock n roll salvation
we're gonna rock across the nation,
'cause it's the loudest assed vacation
it's a rock n roll salvation to me.....ah yeah

solo

it's a rock n roll salvation
it's a rock n roll salvation
we're gonna rock across the nation,
'cause it's the loudest assed vacation
it's a rock n roll salvation to me.....ah yeah
Track Name: Berry Is The King
The Great 28 changed my life one day
never sounds old, no matter what you say
hit after hit, he don't give a shit
'bout your AutoTune and what's on EBay

kickin' ass and takin' names
he don't ever play no games
he puts 'em all, all to shame, 'cause

Berry is the king
Berry is the king of rock n roll
Berry is the king
Berry is the king

he came from St. Louis, as a man with a plan
cuttin' hair or playin' in a band
wrote his own songs, played his own guitar
knew that one day he's gonna be a star

kickin' ass and takin' names
he don't ever play no games
all the songs sound the same, 'cause

Berry is the king
Berry is the king of rock n roll
Berry is the king
Berry is the king

solo

Berry is the king
Berry is the king of rock n roll
Berry is the king
Berry is the king
Track Name: Right Kinda Girl
she's got manners and has tattoos
she's not careless, but she still cuts loose
she likes her loud, fast rock n roll
that's her aim, that's her goal

hangin' out is fun, she's one of the guys
but you know what? she still cleans up nice
I'm not sure it's forever or where we'll be
she's the right kinda girl for me

she's always up for a good high five
enjoys life, she loves to be alive
she'll help you out and have your back
but she won't take no slack

hangin' out is fun, she's one of the guys
but you know what? she still cleans up nice
I'm not sure it's forever or where we'll be
she's the right kinda girl for me

solo

hangin' out is fun, she's one of the guys
but you know what? she still cleans up nice
I'm not sure it's forever or where we'll be
she's the right kinda girl for me
she's the right kinda girl for me
she's the right kinda girl for me, can't you see?
she's the right kinda girl for me
Track Name: Ode To Junk Food
bring it on, no matter how big or small
carbs 'n calories, I tell 'ya, I like 'em all
the finest flavours that you have to offer me
deep fried, salted and sugary

maybe I shouldn't, but I feel fine
it's the way that I like to dine
I never feel like I'm crossing any line
you got your cigarettes, you got your wine
so you're in no fair state to opine
you got your vices, well, I've got mine

I've always liked take out and fast food
I'd do it at home if it tasted that good
a slice of pizza or something with a lot of grease
keep it coming with a second or third piece

maybe I shouldn't, but I feel fine
it's the way that I like to dine
I never feel like I'm crossing any line
you got your cigarettes, you got your wine
so you're in no fair state to opine
you got your vices, well, I've got mine

maybe one day, I'll change my ways
but that day ain't today
it's a rush of sugar, and I'm flyin' high
I do what I do to get by

solo

maybe I shouldn't, but I feel fine
it's the way that I like to dine
I never feel like I'm crossing any line
you got your cigarettes, you got your wine
so you're in no fair state to opine
you got your vices, well, I've got mine
Track Name: Never Fast Enough
I turn the key and sit right back
in my Superbee that's painted black
I see the revs climbing higher
she's got the thunder, she's got the fire

never, never, never, ever fast enough
never, never, never, ever fast enough
never, never, never, ever fast enough
never fast enough...

it's exhiliarating, it's a big bad thrill
on the highway looking for the next kill
you're in my mirror, now you're just a blur
if you're not the driver, you're a passenger

never, never, never, ever fast enough
never, never, never, ever fast enough
never, never, never, ever fast enough
never fast enough

I burn some rubber, big cloud of smoke
I go for it all, go, go for broke
I grip the wheel and feel the power
I'll be good as gone within the hour

never, never, never, ever fast enough
never, never, never, ever fast enough
never, never, never, ever fast enough
never fast enough
Track Name: Drivin' Around
I don't ever wanna stop
I don't ever wanna stop
I don't ever wanna stop drivin' around

turn the key and it comes alive
check the gauges and put it in drive
feel the torque and watch it really haul
pedal's down to the floor
I hear the cubic inches roar
there's just something about it all

I don't ever wanna stop
I don't ever wanna stop
I don't ever wanna stop drivin' around
I don't ever wanna stop
I don't ever wanna stop
I don't ever wanna stop drivin' around

cam and heads and 4.10 gears
it's what I've wanted to do for years
ever since I was a little kid
it turns heads wherever it goes
it looks cool, everyone knows
makes me feel glad that I did

I don't ever wanna stop...
I don't ever wanna stop...
I don't ever wanna stop drivin' around...

repeat chorus X3
Track Name: Another Bottle, Another Road
I've lived out of a suitcase pretty much since I was a man
never stopped touring, it would have broke up the band
grew up on the road, payin' bills and payin' dues
you know I aim to win, but I was born to lose

well I've gone without sleep for the last 20 hours
and I've wandered these streets again and again
and I've played every city if there ever was one
another bottle, another road that's done

I've earned the accolades, but I'm not rich like they say
I'm just another guy making his way
I remember the faces even if I don't remember the names
every highway and hotel room, I tell 'ya, it looks the same

well I've gone without sleep for 60 hours
and I've wandered these streets again and again
and I've played every jukebox if there ever was one
another bottle, another road that's done
another bottle, another road that's done

solo

well I've gone without sleep for 80 hours
and I've wandered these streets again and again
and I've played every heart if there ever was one
another bottle, another road that's done
well I've gone without sleep for a hundred hours
and I've wandered these streets again and again
and I've played every table if there ever was one
another bottle, another road that's done
Track Name: Every Day Is Saturday Night
all the invites are already sent
all the money, is already spent...ahh
just let the good times roll on and on
and let the bad times be long gone...gone

we have it all within our sight
gonna get drunk, gonna get in a fight
gonna have fun, try as I might, alright
everyday is Saturday night

roll down the window and feel the cool night air
can't hardly wait, we're almost there...ahh
we'll find some girls and have a night on the town
I'll catch you later, I'll see you around....yeah

we have it all within our sight
gonna get drunk, gonna get in a fight
gonna have fun, try as I might, alright
everyday is Saturday night...

repeat chorus
Track Name: Another Late Night
I gotta finish something I started
was half done, before I was bombarded
I got sidetracked, lost my train of thought
but I never completely lost the plot

I'd turn the clock back, if that'd be the key
but I know that it's really five after three (five after three)

it's another late night
just like the one before
and you know it's alright
I'll be back for more and more

delirium's full price is steep
you waste the day, then steal from sleep
it's an arrest by the Dream Police
a few more palms that you have to grease

I'd turn the clock back, if that'd be the key
but I know that it's really five after three (five after three)

it's another late night
just like the one before
and you know it's alright
I'll be back for more and more

repeat chorus X3