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Road Rats (4:49)

(Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, Bob Ezrin)

We work this band 'cause they make it rock
But we're the guys that make it roll
We move the drums and amps and junk
Road rats, we're a pack, and the road's our home

On the road half my young man's life
I spend a lot of time
Ain't got no bread to show for it
Road rats, all the cash spent on whites and wine

We're the men behind the man
We're the backbone muscle clan
We do a thousand one night stands
If the stars can make it
If the band can shake it
Well, if those guys can take it we can Yeah

We work this band 'cause they make it rock
But we're the guys that make it roll
We move the drums and amps and junk
Road rats, we're a pack, and the road's our home
Road rats, we're a pack, and the road's our home
Road rats, we're a pack, and the road's our home
Road rats, we're a pack, and the road's our home

We're the men behind the man
We're the backbone muscle clan
We do a thousand one night stands
If the stars can make it
if the band can shake it
Well, if those guys can take it we can Yeah.

Alice Cooper: Lead Vocals
Dick Wagner: Guitars, Vocals
Steve Hunter: Guitars
Prakash John: Bass
Jim Gordon: Drums
Jim Maelen: Percussion, Vocals
Bob Ezrin: Keyboards, Vocals
Jozef Chirowski: Keyboards
Ernie Watts: Tenor sax, Clarinet

Song Information

"On our show a roadie doesn't just have to worry whether a tube is going to work or not. He's got to be sure that a noose is going to work, or that a prop is in the right place at the right time. My guys are experts. If they somehow fuck up or anything goes wrong, they take it personally. They're totally committed. The song "Road Rats," which (plug time) I do in the film Roadie, is my tribute to roadies. They're great. They're like bikers; they always go out wearing their colors. I'm sure they have some weird initiateion that none of us know about, like they have to eat a wrench or something. It's a whole culture unto itself. We have the absolute best. We have to. Our tours are so demanding, so intricate." (Trouser Press - July 1980)