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Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee and Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister

Motörhead are an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by Ian Fraser Kilmister.

Song lyrics[edit]

Motörhead, remember me now Motörhead, alright

All lyrics written by Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, unless noted.

Motörhead (1977)[edit]

  • Motörhead, remember me now Motörhead, alright
  • One day one day, they'll go for the sun,
    Together they'll slide, on the eternal run,
    Wasted forever, on speed bikes and booze,
    Yeah tramp and the brothers, all born to lose,
    On Iron Horse he flies, on Iron Horse he gladly dies,
    Iron Horse his wife, Iron Horse his life
    • Iron Horse/Born to Lose, written by Phil Taylor, Mick Brown and Guy "Tramp" Lawrence
  • World in prison screams in pain,
    There are no leaders you can blame,
    Human greed destroys your sphere,
    And there's no room for you out here,
    You're on your own now.
    • The Watcher

Overkill (1979)[edit]

I always knew, the only way,
Is never live, beyond today,
They proved me right,
They proved me wrong,
But they could never last this long
  • Only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud,
    So good you can't believe it's screaming with the crowd,
    Don't sweat it, get it back to you,
    Overkill, Overkill
  • So you see, the only proof,
    Of what you are is in the way you see the truth,
    Don't be scared, live to win,
    Although they're always gonna tell you it's a sin,
    In the end, you're on your own,
    And there is no-one that can stop you being alone, Stay Clean.
    • Stay Clean
  • I always knew, the only way,
    Is never live, beyond today,
    They proved me right,
    They proved me wrong,
    But they could never last this long,
    My life, my heart, black night, dark star, Capricorn
    • Capricorn

Bomber (1979)[edit]

Television screams,
your face turning green,
Don't listen to the news,
Don't know what you hear,
they never make it clear,
They like to keep your state confused,
Propaganda time, the official line,
You're hungry, you get fed
  • My Father, he used to be a Preacher,
    Never taught me nothing but scorn,
    If I ever catch him on the street, yeah,
    I'll make him wish he'd never been born,
    He was Poison,
    Guess he poisoned my life
    He was Poison,
    I wish my mother wasn't his wife, no!
    • Poison
  • Television screams, your face turning green,
    Don't listen to the news,
    Don't know what you hear, they never make it clear,
    They like to keep your state confused,
    Propaganda time, the official line,
    You're hungry, you get fed,
    Everlasting smile, you must convey their style,
    But they're just a Talking Head
    • Talking Head

Ace of Spades (1980)[edit]

I don't share your greed,
the only card I need is
The Ace Of Spades
  • If you like to gamble, I tell you I'm your man,
    You win some, lose some, all the same to me,
    The pleasure is to play, makes no difference what you say,
    I don't share your greed, the only card I need is
    The Ace Of Spades
  • I know it's hard, a natural drag,
    It's a hassle to fight,
    If you don't wanna be a slag,
    If you believe you're right,
    They've got the power now,
    But soon it's our hour now,
    We all know where we been,
    All we do is Live To Win
    • Live to Win
  • Another town another place,
    Another girl, another face,
    Another truce, another race,
    I'm eating junk, feeling bad,
    Another night, I'm going mad,
    My woman's leaving, I feel sad,
    But I just love the life I lead,
    Another beer is what I need,
    Another gig my ears bleed,
    We Are The Road Crew
    • (We Are) The Road Crew

Iron Fist (1982)[edit]

You know me, evil eye
You know me, prepare to die
You know me, the snakebite kiss
Devil's grip, the Iron Fist
  • You know me, evil eye
    You know me, prepare to die
    You know me, the snakebite kiss
    Devil's grip, the Iron Fist
  • I'm a loser
    I'm a loser, that's what they said
    That's what they said
    Now I got their women in my bed
    You buy me a drink and you wish that I was dead
    • Loser
  • People gonna make ya wonder if you're right
    Keep ya wide awake and worried late at night
    Why don't ya tell'em to beat it
    Why don't ya tell'em to eat it
    Just a bunch of clowns
    Don't let'em grind ya down
    • (Don't Let 'em) Grind Ya Down
  • Don't need no time for prayer
    Don't save no knee-pads for me up there
    If your head's alright, ya don't need binoculars to see the light
    Ya don't need no miracle vision
    Bet your life you don't need religion
    • (Don't Need) Religion

Another Perfect Day (1983)[edit]

Rock'n'roll music
gonna stop the world
Can't lose it
It'll make your toenails curl
Can't defuse it
  • Rock'n'roll music gonna stop the world
    Can't lose it
    It'll make your toenails curl
    Can't defuse it
    Let me hear it all the time
    It's the only way
    Gonna make ya feel alright
    You can't excuse it
    • Rock It
  • Another battle's over, it's a million soldiers
    Never rise again, we lost a million friends
    Don't try to understand, if you weren't there
    You felt different then, marching off to war
    • Marching Off to War

Orgasmatron (1986)[edit]

Don't you listen to a single word
Against rock'n'roll
The new religion, the electric church
  • Mother earth, mother earth enfold you in her cold embrace
    Sinking down, killing ground, worm crawling on your cold white face
    Win or lose, nought to choose, all men are equal when their memory fades
    No one knows, friends or foes, if Valhalla lies beyond the grave
  • Don't you listen to a single word
    Against rock'n'roll
    The new religion, the electric church
    The only way to go
    I don't give a good goddamn
    My life's been alright
    I'm gonna crazy out of my mind
    Every single night.
    • Built for Speed
  • I am the one, Orgasmatron, the outstretched grasping hand
    My image is of agony, my servants rape the land
    Obsequious and arrogant, clandestine and vain
    Two thousand years of misery, of torture in my name
    Hypocrisy made paramount, paranoia the law
    My name is called religion, sadistic, sacred whore.

Rock 'n' Roll (1987)[edit]

So that's the story,
what you see is what you get,
No doubt there's better men than me
But I ain't met one yet
  • So that's the story, what you see is what you get,
    No doubt there's better men than me
    But I ain't met one yet
    No doubt the dancer calls the tune,
    So you can call on me
    I'm all I've got, and what I am is what I'll be
    • Blackheart
  • Don't ask for why, don't ask for help,
    Don't ask for anything, that you can't do yourself
    The wolf is here, he's at your side
    You better fight him, or it's you that's gonna die,
    The wolf is at your door,
    The wolf
    • The Wolf
  • Here we are in the years
    The blood, the sweat, the tears
    Have made us bondage slaves
    In a world that we never made,
    The politicians lick our bones,
    The tacticians, hearts of stone
    They turn us against our brothers
    Make us fight and kill each other
    Locked in lust we put our trust in dogs
    • Dogs

1916 (1991)[edit]

The prince of wounds,
the lord of flies
Evil within ourselves
We need nobody else
We tell ourselves the best of lies
  • I make love to mountain lions,
    Sleep on red-hot branding irons,
    When I walk the roadway shakes,
    Bed's a mess of rattlesnakes,
    Voodoo child, black cat bone,
    Scratch your back, hear you moan,
    Get me up, you go down, tall building, single bound
    • I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)
  • Politicians kissing babies for good luck
    T.V. preachers sell salvation for a buck
    You don't need no golden cross to tell you wrong from right
    The world's worst murderers were those who saw the light
    • No Voices in the Sky
  • The prince of wounds, the lord of flies
    Evil within ourselves
    We need nobody else
    We tell ourselves the best of lies
    • Nightmare/The Dreamtime
  • I heard my friend cry and he sank to his knees
    Coughing blood as he screamed for his mother
    And I fell by his side and that's how we died
    Clinging like kids to each other

    And I lay in the mud and the guts and the blood
    And I wept as his body grew colder
    And I called for my mother and she never came
    Though it wasn't my fault and I wasn't to blame

    • 1916

March ör Die (1992)[edit]

Evangelistic Nazis,
you cannot frighten me
The name you take in vain
shall judge you for eternity
  • Forget you're blood & bone
    Stand like you're made of stone
    • Stand
  • Evangelistic Nazis, you cannot frighten me
    The name you take in vain shall judge you for eternity
    • Bad Religion
  • In all the years you spend between your birth and death
    You find there's lots of times you should have saved your breath
    It comes as quite a shock when that trip leads to fall
    • I Ain't No Nice Guy
  • I'm living on an endless road
    Around the world for rock and roll
    Sometimes it feels so tough
    But I still ain't had enough
    I keep saying that it's getting too much
    But I know I'm a liar
    Feeling all right in the noise and the light
    But that's what lights my fire
    • Hellraiser, written by Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde
  • Hellraiser, In the thunder and heat
    Hellraiser, Rock you back in your seat
    Hellraiser, And I'll make it come true
    Hellraiser, I'll put a spell on you
    • Hellraiser
  • I tell you we are doomed my friends
    Our time is come, our time is come
    We live within a charnel house
    Rotten to the core
    We glorify lust, greed & pain
    We drown our hope in poison rain
    We point the finger, shift the blame
    Ambition makes us whores
    • March ör Die

Bastards (1993)[edit]

I saw the millions,
the naked and the dead
I saw the city streets running bloody red
I saw a thousand bombers
circle in the sky
I saw the firestorm fifty stores high
  • Shut up, I'm talkin' to you
    It's on television so it can't be true
    But I can't believe their lies no more
    Watch out, I'm coming through
    Boogey man gonna bite you too
    I know what the blind man sees
    On your feet or on your knees
    • On Your Feet or on Your Knees
  • I will be the one you can't be
    I will see the things that you can't see
    Demons blind your eyes
    • Burner
  • I am not the only one to walk into the fire
    I would rather burn than let them make me a liar
    I cannot be beaten, I cannot be like you
    I cannot be otherwise, no matter what you do
    • Burner
  • I saw the millions, the naked and the dead
    I saw the city streets running bloody red
    I saw a thousand bombers circle in the sky
    I saw the firestorm fifty stories high

    I saw a hundred thousand scream and burn
    I saw the armored wheels grind and turn
    Universal soldier, doomed to live to tell
    Fight and die forever, burn in bloody hell

    • Death or Glory
  • Born to raise hell, Born to raise hell
    We know how to do it and we do it real well
  • And so Daddy lies by his daughter's side
    And he sleeps deep and well
    No nightmares come to him tonight
    Though his daughter lives in hell

    For his seed is sown where it should not be
    But the beast in his mind don't care
    And the only sound are tears that fell
    Little girl turns her face to the wall

  • Why the world is wicked
    I know the reason why
    Why the world is wicked
    I know that it's allowed
    I can never leave it the way it was before
    I can never disobey - the law
    • Liar
  • We are your children grown and strange
    We are your children unashamed
    You breed contempt we mock you now
    We bring the shake to rock you now
    • We Bring the Shake

Sacrifice (1995)[edit]

And so the path is made for us,
And so we bring the plague with us,
We are the ones you made of us,
You'll never understand,
We bear your names but not your guilt,
We do not like the world you built,
Poisoned, ruined to the hilt,
In a bastard land.
  • Why do they not believe
    I have not lied, even for this,
    Now no-one can conceive
    The lie becomes the loving kiss,
    But I would not,
    Fall in love,
    Like this.
    • Sacrifice
  • Don't look for maturity-
    don't you even dare!
    We are our own security,
    and we don't even care!
    • Sex & Death
  • We know all the rules!
    We know more than you would like-
    (cuz) we ain't in your school!
    • Sex & Death
  • The answer to life's mystery
    is simple and direct:
    Sex and Death!
    • Sex & Death
  • Ridin fast out of the sunset,
    Devils and horses advance,
    Thunder and lightning and honour,
    The army of saber and lance,
    Every man somber and focused,
    Each man looks to the fore,
    Death is the life we are living,
    Hungry for battle and war
    • War for War
  • You must be much braver boy,
    Than you ever dreamed,
    Or your world will be destroyed,
    By the small and mean,
    You must stand, and fight them hard,
    You must never run,
    You must be a shining star,
    Do what must be done,
    Don't you ask me why and how,
    You must lift the spell,
    Life could be much more than this,
    Unless we've Gone to Hell.
    • All Gone to Hell
  • And so the path is made for us,
    And so we bring the plague with us,
    We are the ones you made of us,
    You'll never understand,
    We bear your names but not your guilt,
    We do not like the world you built,
    Poisoned, ruined to the hilt,
    In a bastard land.
    • Make 'Em Blind
  • Don't chase after money, you are gonna lose your soul,
    Same for religion, out of control,
    Don't fall for money, or heroine again,
    Needles for your enemies, bullshit for your friends,
    The way we're going, same as we came,
    Bought the fucking picture and we're playing for the frame.
    Everybody asking you when they gonna die,
    I think that they should be askin' why.
    • Don't Waste Your Time
  • You better find a reason why you should be alive.
    If you're just a taker, then you might as well check out, that's all.
    • Don't Waste Your Time

Overnight Sensation (1996)[edit]

Listen to your heart,
Listen all your life
Listen to your heart,
and then you'll be alright
Don't you see, the truth is always close
  • Children learn to kill
    Bet your ass you'll pay the bill
    Season of the dog
    The dollar takes the place of God
    • Civil War
  • I have been where none have been
    In the empty howling rooms
    I have everything I need
    I have everything you stand to lose
    I have seen the diamond worlds
    I have seen the shape of space
    I have nothing but the world
    I have nothing to take its place
    I don't believe a word
    • I Don't Believe a Word
  • Shake the world, I swear I hate the world
    I smell its rotten breath
    Blood and souls and mind control
    The world desires our death
    Shake the world, I swear I love the world
    The world know what I crave
    More confusion, abuse and disillusion
    The world defiles the brave
    • Shake the World
  • Listen to your heart, Listen all your life
    Listen to your heart, and then you'll be alright
    Don't you see, the truth is always close
    • Listen to Your Heart

Snake Bite Love (1998)[edit]

The tales they tell,
of how we stood this day
We few that know the law
Will last a thousand years
Hear now the dogs of war
  • The tales they tell, of how we stood this day
    We few that know the law
    Will last a thousand years
    Hear now the dogs of war
    • Dogs of War
  • Politician swine, you make me wanna puke
    Waste my money, waste my time,
    going by the book
    Education fails no need to teach the poor
    They just get in the way, until we have a war,
    until we have a war...
    • Take the Blame
  • Out of the night comes a song that I know
    Twisted and ruined and black
    I can remember the people they were
    Nobody knows if they ever come back
    Lost in the ashes of time they still sing
    Echoes of romance gone bad
    • Dead and Gone
  • People talkin' but they just don't know
    Ain't got no pride no more
    Want to be on TV so bad
    They give away all the honour they had
    Ain't no way I can see that people gonna listen to me
    But I know what I know
    And I'll see more than you'll ever show
    • Don't Lie to Me

We Are Motörhead (2000)[edit]

We fight authority, we glorify free will
We are the ones you heard of,
but you never heard
We are electric prophets,
here to twist the world
We are the flame at night,
the fire in the trash
We are Motörhead
  • When your name is spoken
    Then Your soul awakes as well
    And there is no limit to the power of the spell
    You can never leave it
    You can never let it lie
    You must find the speaker
    For one of you must die
    • Wake the Dead
  • Both your eyes wide open
    You see the shape I'm in
    It wasn't of my choosing
    It's only bones and skin
    And I will plead no contest
    If loving you's a crime
    So go on and find me guilty
    Just one more fucking time
    • One More Fucking Time
  • Hey, what the hell
    Get out of your shell
    Time to get back to when truth was all true
    Get me some danger
    Get me a stranger
    Time to be counted and pay up my dues
    Stand or fall
    Get ourselves something that we can believe
    Fight or crawl
    Use what you find in yourself to succeed
    Stand or fall
    Wearing your heart on your sleeve
    • (Wearing Your) Heart on Your Sleeve
  • We fight authority, we glorify free will
    We are the ones you heard of, but you never heard
    We are electric prophets, here to twist the world
    We are the flame at night, the fire in the trash
    We are Motörhead, we are Motörhead
    • We Are Motörhead

Hammered (2002)[edit]

The government is coming and it wants to be your friend, it wants to show you how to be a snitch. Inform upon your children, the inevitable end, is everyone's a victim but the filthy fucking rich.
  • The government is coming and it wants to be your friend,
    It wants to show you how to be a snitch
    Inform upon your children, the inevitable end,
    Is everyone's a victim but the filthy fucking rich,
    And religion, like the monster that it is
    Keeps telling you to turn the other cheek
    God is on your side, but I don't think that you're on his,
    If Jesus showed up now he'd be in jail by next week
    • Brave New World
  • And so you unearth a sense of futility in your miserable life,
    And after all why are you surprised,
    You know nothing nor care to know anything,
    And so the world is going to fuck with you.
    Dead heroes who fell in countless wars,
    Who gave their tomorrows for your today mean nothing to you,
    And I am certain that they are truly sorry for their sacrifice.
    So if you feel that the world is treating you badly just remember,
    They're probably coming back from the dead to haunt you,
    For the rest of your putrid, fucking life.
    Ha ha ha ha ha...!
    • Voices from the War
  • Repent ye fool, God will hear,
    Christmas carol, midnight clear
    Otherwise, pits of fire
    Punishment for base desire,
    Satan waits, goatee beard,
    Long old tail, nasty spear,
    If you believe these tales they tell
    Then you deserve to burn in Hell.
    • No Remorse
  • I am the black dead nightmare.
    I bring a light so bright;
    To illuminate the path we take;
    I show the way that all hearts break,
    And I will see the old world's back be broken

    As we descend into the awful

    Howling,

    Night.

    • Serial Killer

Inferno (2004)[edit]

Truly our days are darker now,
We lie and cheat, to our own selves,
If we do this, I ask you how,
Can we speak truth to someone else,
There is no way, no road at all,
We are destroyed, by our own plan,
The air we breathe will kill us all,
And no one left to give a damn
  • The red queen is sleeping, lost in a dream
    She wakes and she sleeps all alone
    All of her fears are crowded in here
    Laughing they pick at her bones
    All roads lead here, none lead away
    Are we quite certain we're here anyway
    Have we been wise or are we despised
    Have we the time for our final demise
    • Terminal Show
  • Truly our days are darker now,
    We lie and cheat, to our own selves,
    If we do this, I ask you how,
    Can we speak truth to someone else,
    There is no way, no road at all,
    We are destroyed, by our own plan,
    The air we breathe will kill us all,
    And no one left to give a damn
    • Suicide
  • King of frustration, Vampire de Luxe,
    Keys To The Kingdom, God hates your guts,
    Out of the heavens a blessing might fall,
    But the Keys To The Kingdom mean nothing at all
    • Keys to the Kingdom

Kiss of Death (2006)[edit]

God's face is, hidden, all unseen,
You can't ask him what it all means
He was never on your side,
God was never on your side
  • Let the voice of reason shine,
    Let the pious vanish for all times,
    God's face is, hidden, all unseen,
    You can't ask him what it all means
    He was never on your side,
    God was never on your side
    Let right or wrong, alone decide,
    God was never on your side.
    • God Was Never on Your Side
  • See the ten thousand ministries,
    See the holy righteous dogs,
    They claim to heal
    but all they do is steal,
    Abuse your faith, cheat & rob.
    If god is wise, why is he still,
    When these false prophets
    call him friend,
    Why is he silent, is he blind,
    Are we abandoned in the end?
    • God Was Never on Your Side
  • If you can't see what bloody fools we were,
    Then you were also born a bloody fool,
    Listen to the hundred million dead,
    They didn't know it, but they died for you,

    All you know is that you're young & tough,
    Don't you think those millions thought the same,
    If you don't know where it all went wrong,
    You'll just make the same mistake again & again & again.

    • Sword of Glory
  • Read the books, learn to save your life,
    How can you find the knowledge if you don't,
    All the brave men died before their time,
    You'll either be a hero, or you won't
    • Sword of Glory

Motörizer (2008)[edit]

You are the future, it's your time,
You and you and you,
Stay together this is yours and mine
  • Go up on the mountain,
    Speak to gods and men,
    See if they can tell you why they died,
    Ask them when we stop the greed,
    Ask them why we have to bleed,
    They will tell you "brother, when the eagle screams we die."
    • When the Eagle Screams
  • Hear the music coming, loud as you can stand,
    You will never be the same again,
    Let the beat into you, let it turn you 'round,
    Let it be your best friend,
    You are the future, it's your time,
    You and you and you,
    Stay together this is yours and mine,
    What we're gonna do.
    • Rock Out
  • You are the people, now you shine,
    You and you and you,
    Stay together, let me speak the line,
    What you gonna do?
    • Rock Out
  • Now even though I'm old and weird,
    I remember what she said,
    I always knew she was right,
    So I kept it in my head,
    I never tried to hurt the world,
    Never was drove by greed,
    Believe I mostly did my best,
    What more do you want from me?
    • One Short Life
  • Nobody ever wants to hear the truth,
    Too much like taking blame,
    The way we are we are the living proof,
    Bad news boogie and sunk in shame.
    • The Thousand Names of God

The Wörld Is Yours (2010)[edit]

We are worse than animals,
we hunger for the kill.
We put our faith in maniacs
the triumph of the will,
We kill for money, wealth and lust,
for this we should be damned.
We are disease upon the world, brotherhood of man.
  • We are trapped in luxury, starving on parole,
    No one told us who to love, we have sold our souls.
    Why do we vote for faceless dogs? We always take the bait.
    All things come to he who waits, but all things come too late.
    • Get Back in Line
  • I know where the black flags fly,
    I know where immortals die,
    I have heard the mountain giants tread,
    I have seen the death of worlds,
    I know the wizards words,
    I hear the devils in my head.
    • Devils in My Head
  • Rock n Roll music is the true religion.
    Never let you down you can dance to the rhythm.
    Stay home and watch it on your television, walk out across the sky.
    Rock N Roll even gonna set you free.
    Make the lame walk and the blind to see.
    Gonna take you back to where you wanna be,
    Do it till the day I die.
    • Rock 'n' Roll Music
  • We are worse than animals, we hunger for the kill.
    We put our faith in maniacs the triumph of the will,
    We kill for money, wealth and lust, for this we should be damned.
    We are disease upon the world, brotherhood of man.
    • Brotherhood of Man

Aftershock (2013)[edit]

You really have no choice
You have to make a noise
Silence ain't an option now
We have to hear your voice
We got to hear your voice
  • Politics, religion
    Rotten to the core

    Nobody saw
    The holy concubine
    Dancing with the devil
    At the end of time

    • End of Time
  • You must do what you desire
    You must save your soul entire
    You must figure out what works
    And don't you be a liar
    Can't be a liar
    • Keep Your Powder Dry
  • You really have no choice
    You have to make a noise
    Silence ain't an option now
    We have to hear your voice
    We got to hear your voice
    • Keep Your Powder Dry

Other[edit]

  • If you squeeze my lizard
    I'll put my snake on you
    I'm a romantic adventure
    And I'm a reptile too
    • Killed By Death, from the 1984 compilation album No Remorse.

Quotes about Motörhead[edit]

  • Years ago I was making a transition to becoming this bad guy, and they wanted me to change my music. We had our music guy Jim Johnston working on it, and it wasn’t the sound I wanted, I kept saying, ‘I want it more raw, more gritty,’ and I kept saying, ‘Think Motörhead, think Motörhead.’ So finally Jim was like, ‘Why don’t we just get Motörhead to do it?’ They were into it, and they did the song for me, and they came to one of the shows, and Lem and I just hit it off. They’ve played me to the ring a few times.

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