Jan 192003
 

From FROM THE INSIDE
Written by Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, Bernie Taupin & David Foster

It is a rock song full of heavy guitars (Dick Wagner, Steve Lukather, Jay Graydon…) and with a strong vocal performance by Cooper, but being a Foster production, it is also classy and perfectly arranged like other of his more rock oriented productions like “Stranded” or “Sweet Body” on “Airplay”, or the whole second side of Hall & Oates’ “Along The Red Ledge” (which was released the same year).The Foster fans will find typical signs of his presence like the piano intro, the complex and refined backing vocals arrangements sung by the great Bill Champlin, a nice touch of strings and the overall clean sound of the production.

Alice Cooper said recently that “the combination of Cooper/Taupin and David Foster resulted in what I consider my classiest-sounding album” and you can definitely hear it in the title track. Foster wrote it in 1978, that year he also wrote timeless ballads like “After The Love Is Gone” and “We Both Tried”, R&B anthems like “Got To Be Real” and “In The Stone” and uptempo pop tunes like “It’s The Falling In Love”, rock, soul, pop, r&b…..talking about versatility !


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Lead Vocals: Alice Cooper
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitars: Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray, Steve Lukather, Rick Nielsen, Jay Graydon & Dick Wagner
Drums: Jim Keltner
Bass: Kenny Passarelli & David Hungate
Percussion: Jim Keltner
Backing Vocals: Bill Champlin, Kiki Dee, Marcy Levy & Bobby Kimball
Produced and Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

I got lost on the road somewhere
was it Texas or was it Canada
Drinkin’ whiskey in the mornin’ light
I’d work the stage all night long
At first we laughed about it
My long hair drunken friends
proposed a toast to Jimi’s ghost
I never dreamed that I would wind up
on the losin’ end

I’m stuck here on the inside
lookin’ out
I’m just another case
where’s my make-up
where’s my face
(on the inside)

You all got your kicks
from what you saw up there
eight bucks even buys a folding chair
I was down in…on another flight
and I worked that stage all night long
You were screamin’
for the feelin’ up there
and I was much obliged
the old road
sure screwed me good this time
It’s hard to see
where the vicious circle ends

I’m stuck here on the inside
I’m lookin’ out
That’s no big disgrace
where’s my make-up
where’s my face
(on the inside)
(on the inside)

I’m stuck here on the inside
lookin’ out
I’m just another case
where’s my make-up
where’s my face
(on the inside)
I’m stuck here on the inside
I’m lookin’ out
That ain’t no big disgrace
where’s my make-up
where’s my face
(on the inside)