Rebel Yell

by Billy Idol

Duration:
4:48
Released:
Oct 24, 1983
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Lyrics for Rebel Yell by Billy Idol:

Verse 1
Last night a little dancer came dancing to my door
Last night a little angel came pumping on my floor
She said, "Come on, baby, I got a license for love
And if it expires, pray help from above"
Because

Hook
In the midnight hour she cried more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more - Wow!
In the midnight hour, babe, more, more, more
With a rebel yell more, more, more
More, more, more

Verse 2
She don't like slavery, she won't sit and beg
But when I'm tired and lonely, she sees me to bed
What set you free and brought you to me, babe?
What set you free? I need you here by me
Because

Hook
In the midnight hour she cried more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more - Wow!
In the midnight hour, babe, more, more, more
With a rebel yell
More, more, more

Bridge
He lives in his own heaven
Collects it to go from the 7-11
Well he's out all night to collect a fare
Just so long, just so long it don't mess up his hair

Rowah! Ow!
Guitar Solo

Verse 3
I walked the world with you, babe
A thousand miles with you
I dried your tears of pain, babe
A million times for you
I'd sell my soul for you, babe
For money to burn with you
I'd give you all, and have none, babe
Justa, justa, justa, just to have you here by me
Because

Hook
In the midnight hour she cried more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more - Wow!
In the midnight hour, babe, more, more, more
With a rebel yell she cried more, more, more
More, more, more

Outro
Ooh yeah, little baby
She want more
More, more, more, more, more
Oh yeah, little angel
She want more
More, more, more, more

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Song Facts

At a televised performance of VH1 Storytellers Billy Idol said that he had attended an event where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones were taking swigs from a bottle of “Rebel Yell” bourbon whiskey. He was not familiar with the brand, but he liked the name and decided to write a “Rebel Yell” song.

The song was co-written by guitarist Steve Stevens. The instrumental introduction, which sounds like a combination of electric guitar and electronic keyboard, is performed by Stevens on guitar alone, who intended it to sound this way. Stevens states that he was inspired by acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke’s style.

“Rebel Yell” was named as the 79th best rock song by VH1 in 2009.

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