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Top 10 Well Written Rock Songs (Number 3: Needle and Your Pain - Lillian Axe)

Updated: Mar 25


Song Name: Needle and Your Pain

Band: Lillian Axe

Album: Psychoschizophrenia

Release Date: August 9th, 1993

Genre: Hard Rock

Background

If you have been reading our reviews at Aroundtable, you will know that I am a big fan of Lillian Axe. They were a band that hit their peak in the 90's. They never really made it mainstream though. However I always found their music well written and well played. They have quite a few studio albums under their belts. They have a few really awesome song gems like Ghost of Winter, Day I Met You and Love + War. Their sound matured as each album was released. At the beginning they sounded like a typical 80's Glam Rock group. However with each album, the writing was stronger and the arrangements less mainstream rock.

So the song that I have chosen to be third on this list is Needle and Your Pain from their fourth album Psychoschizophrenia. Yes this is a tear jerker. This is was written in honour of a kid that had cancer. The band decided to write the song in his honour. This song can be taken different ways. You can take as a dark song, as you are seeing someone else suffering and close to their last breath? You can also see it as being relieving as you see them pass on.

Lyrics

Feel like I'm loosin' again Slipping away is the faith I used to cling to Life seems too strange to be real Watching you take it all in stride Just for you I'd take the needle and your pain Away from you One for you

Time has no mind for regret Watching you bite on the bullet you were born with How do you sit there at ease While something inside steals your peace Just for you I'd take the needle and your pain Away from you I'd give you shelter from the rain Just for you One for you

No one can convince me that there's method to this madness As I watch you fade The hours tick away With the courage of a lion And the stead-fast heart of gold You gave me strength while the flames of my hope Burn so cold Feeling the heat once again Handed us hope as you rose up from the ashes Gone is the pain so be free Now in your name we can see

Just for you I'd take the needle and your pain Away from you I'd give you shelter from the rain Just for you I'd take the needle and your pain Away from you I'd give you shelter from the rain Just for you One for you

Bottomline

We have all been in this situation where are seeing someone that we care deeply about and feel helpless. We would do everything in our power to take the pain away so that they can be free from the suffering. If this is something that has not happened yet to you, it will.

There are 2 parts of the lyrics that always stuck with me.

Feel like I'm loosin' again Slipping away is the faith I used to cling to Life seems too strange to be real Watching you take it all in stride

The part above is when you feel helpless and do not know what to do. However the next part is also very true and is relieving to know that the person is not suffering anymore.

Feeling the heat once again Handed us hope as you rose up from the ashes Gone is the pain so be free Now in your name we can see

The song is very simple with an acoustic guitar. A very touching tribute to a child that had cancer.

Needle and your Pain - Lillian Axe

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