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Running free / Run to the hills
Phantom of the opera
Running free
Running free
Murders in the rue morgue
Run to the hills
Phantom of the opera
Losfer words
Listen with Nicko part VII
Running free


Just sixteen, a pickup truck, out of money, out of luck.
I've got nowhere to call my own, hit the gas, and here I go.

I'm running free yeah, I'm running free.
I'm running free yeah, Oh I'm running free.

Spent the night in an L. A. jail, and listened to the sirens wail.
They ain't got a thing on me, I'm running wild, I'm running free.

I'm running free yeah, I'm running free.
I'm running free yeah, Oh I'm running free.

Puller here at the Bottle Top, whiskey, dancing, disco hop.
Now all the boys are after me, and that's the way it's gonna be.

I'm running free yeah, I'm running free.
I'm running free yeah, Oh I'm running free.



Out of the route came a warhorse of steel. 
I've never killed a woman before, but I know how it feels. 

I know you'd have gone insane if you saw what I saw. 
So now I've got to look for sanctuary from the law. 
So give me sanctuary from the law and I'll be alright. 
Just give me sanctuary from the law and love me tonight, tonight. 

I met up with a stranger last night to keep me alive. 
He spends all his money on gambling and guns to survive. 

I can laugh at the wind, I can howl at the rain. 
Down in the Canyon or out in the plain. 

Murders in the rue morgue


I remember it as plain as day
although it happened in the dark of the night.
I was strolling through the streets of Paris
and it was cold it was starting to rain.
And then I heard a piercing scream
and I rushed to the scene of the crime
but all I found was the butchered remains
of two girls lay side by side.

Murders in the Rue Morgue
someone call the Gendarmes
Murders in the Rue Morgue
run before the killers go free

There's some people coming down the street
at last there's someone heard my call
I can't understand why they're pointing at me
I never done nothing at all.
But I must have got some blood on my hands
because everyone's shouting at me
I can't speak French so I couldn't explain
and like a fool I started running away.

Murders in the Rue Morgue
someone call the Gendarmes
Murders in the Rue Morgue
am I ever gonna be free.

And now I've gotta get away from the arms of the law.
All France is looking for me.
I've gotta find my way across the border for sure
down the south to Italy.

Murders in the Rue Morgue
someone call the Gendarmes
Murders in the Rue Morgue
I'm never going home.

Well I made it to the border at last
But I can't erase the scene from my mind
Anytime somebody stares at me, well
I just start running blind
Well I'm moving through the shadows at night
Away from the staring eyes
Any day they'll be looking for me
'Cause I know I show the signs of...

Murders in the Rue Morgue
running from the Gendarmes
Murders in the Rue Morgue
running from the arms of the law

Murders in the Rue Morgue
running from the Gendarmes
Murders in the Rue Morgue
am I ever gonna be free

It took so long and I'm getting so tired
I'm running out of places to hide
Should I return to the scene of the crime
Where the two young victims died
If I could go to somebody for help
It'd get me out of trouble for sure
But I know that it's on my mind
That my doctor said I've done it before.

Murders in the Rue Morgue
they're never gonna find me
Murders in the Rue Morgue
I'm never going home.

Run to the hills


White man came across the sea
Brought us pain and misery
Killed our tribes killed our creed
Took our game for his own need

We fought him hard we fought him well
Out on the plains we gave him hell
But many came too much for Cree
Oh will we ever be set free?

Riding through dustclouds and barren wastes
Galloping hard on the plains
Chasing the redskins back to their holes
Fighting them at their own game
Murder for freedom a stab in the back
Women and children and cowards attack

Run to the hills run for your lives
Run to the hills run for your lives

Soldier blue on the barren wastes
Hunting and killing their game
Raping the women and wasting the men
The only good Indians are tame
Selling them whisky and taking their gold
Enslaving the young and destroying the old

Run to the hills run for your lives

Phantom of the opera


I've been looking so long for you now you won't get away from my grasp
. You've been living so long in hiding in hiding behind that false mask.
And you know and I know that you ain't got long now to last.
Your looks and your feelings are just the remains of your past.

You're standing in the wings, there you wait for the curtain to fall.
Knowing the terror and holding you have on us all.
Yeah, I know that you're gonna scratch me, maim me and maul.
You know I'm helpless from your mesmerising cat call.

Keep your distance, walk away, don't take his bait.
Don't you stray, don't fade away.
Watch your step, he's out to get you, come what may.
Don't you stray, from the narrow way.

I'm running and hiding in my dreams you're always there.
You're the Phantom of the Opera, you're the devil, you're just out to scare.
You damaged my mind and my soul it just floats through the air.
Haunt me, you taunt me, you torture me back at your lair.

Losfer words



Listen with Nicko part VII
...oh, hey! What! Dave, is that you? Yeah? What day is it? Saturday. Saturday? What do
you mean, I've been in here a week? I have? I don't remember.... I did number four or five
the other week and I... you know, it was the other week, wasn't it? It's too f.... I was in here
for a couple of days then. Eh? What do you mean, stop pissing in the corner? Well if you'd
let me out of this f'king room I wouldn't have to piss in the corner, would I? You're lucky I
didn't take a laxitive or something like that! In fact I ain't had no nookie... I ain't had no...
none of the other, or anything like that for a week! ...(unintelligible)... Wot? I know, yeah
allright, I know Rod said "get it done, at any cost". Well there, that's going a bit too far, isn't
it. Oh, oh no.... tape's rolling! You... tosspot! Anyway! Well in that case, what'ho you lot out
there! Hah! Jesus, you heard that didn't ya? Eh? Well I'm sorry you had to hear all this
business, he started running that tape.... I've just been sitting in here on my own, being
variously.... twiddling various parts of the body, thinking about what's going on. And he's run
that fricking tape! 

Welcome to Nicko's Not Alot Of People Know That, Part 7! You lucky, indespically
lucky, debauched! Oooooh, you've got your hands on Running Free, Sanctuary,Murders
in the Mooo Rooooga... oah, The Rue Morgue, all live! Not only that but you've got a
bumper package of serious songs.... live! Goodness! Released the 23rd of September 1985,
and they got to a chart position of number 19. Hmmm... Not alot of people remember that.
But, I do! Cause I played on them! Hah! Si! Now look, Murders in the Rue.... Oh by the
way, you've got on the other side of that lovely little package in your hands, you've got Run
To The Hills, Phantom Of The Opera, and Losfer Words, or in other words Big 'Orra!
Ah! Now, however you want to pronounce it, "BIG ORRA" or "big orra", you know, Losfer
Words will do. That little lot was released 2nd of December 1985, and it's chart position was
number 26. So stuff it again, where... you know where, or whatever you like. Put it where
you want, I don't care as long as you grease it first... very sore if you don't. 

Now! The first two tracks, as we've said, Running Free and Sanctuary, were recorded at
Long Beach. And I was there, so was Dave, Adrian, Steve, and Bruce. Haha! Good job
too, or else we'd have had a piece of black vinyl! Mmmm. So. Now, these gigs we did were
at Long Beach, and they were all sold out. Mmm hmmm, the very first and only... well
maybe not only, but we were the first and only band at that particular point in time to sell out
four nights in a row at the Long Beach arena in Los f'king Angeles. Somewhere close
anyway, a stone's throw down the road. Nevertheless! Powerslave tour! Hmmmm. By the
way, Running Free... the photograph on the front of this single was by a man none other
than Ross Halfing. He upstaged Derek Riggs for this one. Riggsy, hmmm, he didn't do any
artwork cause Halfing did the photograph. And that, so the only shot of the band, live shot
on any one of the singles we've ever had and ever probably will. So, not alot of people know
that. Now you do, so! What a useless piece of trivia that is. 

Nevertheless! Uhhh, yes, what was I saying? Uhh, Running Free, Sanctuary, Murders....
you lucky lot! As I said, Run To The Hills, Phantom, and Losfer Words. Two songs right
there, Murders and Losfer Words, you will not have heard anywhere else, even on the Live
After Death offering, because it is not recorded on the vinyl, CD, or video. Now you are
very lucky, double-bubble so, because you have got this stuff in your hands. Uuuh! Yes.
Talking of which, the fourth side of the Live After Death, Wrathchild, 22 Acacia Avenue,
Children Of The Damned, Die With Your Boots On, or whatever you like, and Phantom
Of The Opera. All on the extra fourth side, or... not on the extra fourth side, I mean you've
got two frigging albums you dummy, you've got two sides a piece, haven't you, you fool! I
mean, it's not like your going to have five sides to an album, is it? Silly billy... Anyway, fourth
side... only recorded on the album. Mmmm Hmmm! Good stuff! 

Now, what can I say? You lot... you lot want to know a little story, something sort of about
the time we were making this Powerslave album. Or, we'd actually made the album, should
I say, and we were rehearsing the tour, you see, we were rehearsing for the tour in Miami.
Well, a place called Fort Lauterdale, which is just a stone's throw from this very sickly
horribly smelling disgustingly debauched studio I'm sitting in, talking to you from. Well, I was,
because it's recorded so you know... I did this a couple of... whenever it was... moons and
eons ago before this. So, just up the road from Fort Lauterdale. There we are. We were
rehearsing... or there we were... we were rehearsing and all of a sudden, all of a sudden just
like that, we get a phone call. You see. Lauren, I mean, I'm sorry... Lorraine, sorry Lorr.
Lorraine... 'Arry Harris, bomber Harris, Mrs. Bomber Harris, was expecting 'Arry Harris'....
Mrs. Bomber Harris' first nipper. You see! So! She was... the call of nature was coming and
descending rather swiftly, so Steve and I... poor old codger, he didn't want to fly all on his
own... you know he doesn't like flying, I dunno if I told you about that, he hates it doesn't he?
So, having all the experience of the (unintelligible) behind me, I said to Steve, "well look here,
why don't I come back with you?" I mean, I like a couple of weeks in Jersey. 

So Steve and I flew out of Miami to London Heathrow, and it was a Sunday... well, it was a
Saturday when we left Miami, it was a Sunday morning when we arrived. So, we got
absolutely f'king smashed to smithereens on the plane, right! Get's off the plane, staggers
through customs, "Allright, excuse..." oh no, he says, (east Indian accent) "could you please
excuse me, would you come over here," this guy said to Steve Harris, and he's going... he
looked at me, he said "what did I f'king tell you?" He said, "I f'king tell you, everytime I go
through the f'king customs... I'm the straightest one out of the band, I don'f f'king smoke...I",
well he does drink, but uh, whatever. You know. (unintelligible)... all the fricking time,
Murphey's Law, there he is, custom's man.... "What, please... come over here please, where
have you just come from?" 'Arry's going, "Whoah look, f'king not that it's any of your
business!" Well no, he didn't say that but, I mean he shoulda done. And he would have
probably got in... got out of there quicker! Anyway, he didn't. So the guy said, "what do you
have in this here bag?" And 'Arry said, "it's a f'king video, what do you think it is, what does
it look like?" "Where did you get this from?" He said, "Oh, I f'king don't know, I got it in the
States somewhere." "Do you have a f'king reciept?" 'Arry said, "I f'king don't!" "Oooh,
goodness! I have you! You are nicked, at that proverbially up the creek shit with the paddle
now!" And I said, allright frigging what am I gonna do now? So he's standing there, an hour
and a half goes by! I'm... no, it wasn't quite an hour now, I lie, I kid you not though, it was
about one hour fifteen minutes, cause I timed him! You know, I dunno when I started, I
know I was pretty close. Because, as you know boys and girls, the liscensing laws in
England permit.... prevent you from having a liquid libation after two o'clock in the morning, I
mean in the afternoon... and the morning. But, we wanted to make it to the pub to have a pint
of real bear, because we'd been starved, we'd been eating them... drinking them poof drinks
down in Nassau, which I told you all about, remember? By the way, it was Nassau Bahamas
and not Jersey where the Traveller's rest was, see! So, there we were, standing at customs
an hour fifteen minutes. I said... he comes out, he going "I f'king don't believe this," he said,
"did you see what that geezer was asking?" I said "well, no, I just saw your feet underneath."
I kept looking, I thought they'd run away with him, I was gonna call out the dog's and
everything. You know, get on the phone with the lawyer... 'Arry's been arrested or
something. We could... he was standing there hour and fifteen minutes. 

So we gets in the limo, mind you we got to go to Gatwick to get a plane to Jersey. So we
thought, we've got enough time to stop off in the proverbial boozer. So we said, yeah, fair
enough. So the limo guy's going "I dunno if you're going to make this," it was like 1 o'clock
when we left Heathrow. So I says, "Yes we will, if you put your boot to that... down to the
floor, we can get down to the pub." So we did, we got to the Devonshire Arms, just on the
(unintelligible) round-about, down there on the old A-4. So, we pops in there, had a quick
swift half... then it was a pint... then it was a pint and a half.... then it was two... they were all
in one pint glasses mind you. 'Arry's on the phone with the wife, "Got here allright," he says,
ten past one. So we, you know... twenty past two, hahaha, we got a four o'clock plane to
catch at Glas... at uh Glasgow, uuhh you wish... at Gatwick, see? Guy says, "I think you'd
better leave if you're gonna make the plane." I says, (drunken voice) "ok... can I take a beer
with us, gov'nor?" This guy, Michael and his wife, I don't know, they're not there anymore.
So he says, "yeah look, take one of these flaggons... one of them little flaggons, they've got
four and a half pints of beer in it, you know, little plastic jobs, take... carry that." So we got in
this car, proceeded to go to Gatwick. Got on the plane to Jersey, gets on the plane and
opens up this bottle, don't we. The pair of us, sitting right at the back of this 727, or
whatever it was, DC-9. There we are, gargling back the old liquid nectar. Girl comes up and
says "I'm sorry, you can't do that!" We said, "F'king too bad! Watcha gonna do, throw us
off?" She said, "I'll f'king have you arrested!" We said, "Go ahead! We're having our drink
anyway." We'd already finished half by this... we were 'faced! 

Gets off at Jersey.... yes, you guessed it! God done over by customs, the pair of us, didn't
we? So there we are standing there, "Hello hello hello! What you been up to, you naughty
boys?" "We just had a couple of beers on the plane, gov'ner." "Yeah, well, that took you a
little bit of time to get pissed, it's only an hour flight..." "But we... we got on the plane in
Miami!" Hah! "Ok," he says, "let's have a look in your bags." So, we got turned over again.
That night, we carried on drinking, a whole 24 or 48 hours worth of boozing. 'Arry comes
home... I left, I threw the towl in at 12 midnight, I couldn't handle it. We went to this place
called Loberts in Jersey, man we got 'faced there, I mean we was gone when we got there.
So I've given... thrown the towel in at 12 o'clock. Harris came back, must have been about
half past two in the f'king morning, how he done it I've no idea. Five thirty, "oh God, gotta
have a word with the gov'ner on the big white telephone, I'll be back in a minute." Two hours
later, poor bloke he was green. I got up, I felt terrible, I says "Yeah, what's the matter with
you?" "What do you f'king think?" He said, "What do you think?" I said, "aah, you ain't too
well are ya?" 

Three days later... three days later, this is the first week of July by the way folks. About three
or four days later... we must have got there around the 30th of June. Anyway, what a great
ending, Steve got rid of his hangover, he get's a phone call from the wife, "I'm having it! I'm
having it!" "Ok, I'll be right there!" Oh, he hops to the airport, gets on a plane, and uh, it was
July the 6th actually, not alot of people know that, but Lauren, his very first daughter... he's
got three daughters now... uh uhh and uhh and uhh... she was born, I don't know what time
in the day, but he got there allright and he was at the birth. And of course he's not looked
back... looked back ever since. So, there you go... there's a little story from that period of
time. I've got to go... I've got to go, I really do mean this, I've... (farting noise)... Jeez, I'll see

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