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No Tricks

(Alice Cooper, Bernie Taupin, Dick Wagner)

No tricks up my sleeve
I kicked the downs and now I'm clean
No shakes up my spine
I beat the speed and I dumped the wine

No tracks, that was yesterday
I changed my style, the way I play
(Don't you believe it)
No blues
No depression
No more panic
Or obsession

Don't you believe
Anything he said
All them junkies talk that way
It's just as bad as it was before
I see them knockin' knockin' at his back door

Well this kid's straight
And put on ice
The street corner deals at any price
Come on and check my veins
And check my eyes

No tracks, that was yesterday
I changed my style, the way I play
(Don't you believe it)
No blues
No depression
No more panic
Or obsession

Some tricks just go away
And other tricks they're here to stay
(Oh don't you know me)
Sometimes my spirit's willin'
The flesh is weak and
That's what's killin'

Don't you believe anything he said
All them junkies talk that way
It's just as bad as it was before
I see the man knockin' at his back door

Hey now this kid's straight, put on ice
The street corner deals at any price
Come on and check my veins
And check my eyes

I tried so hard
But I'm hurting for another fix
It's just this habit
I, I can always kick
What do you say there friend?
(Don't you call me...)
It's just a game
And I can beat it any day
No matter what this lovely lady say
Hey, wanna be my friend?

Some tricks they go away
And other tricks they're here to stay
(Oh don't you know me)
Sometimes my spirit's willin'
My flesh is weak and
That's what's killin'

Oh, don't you believe anything he said
All them junkies talk that way
He's just as bad as he was before
I see the man knockin' at his back door

I said this kid's straight
And put on ice
The street corner deals at any price
Come on and check my veins
And check my eyes

Song Information

Recorded as a duet with soul singer Betty Wright, and released as a B-side to the How You Gonna See Me Now single. The song would also later show up on the Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper box set in 1999.