Raw Deal

Album: Sin After Sin (1977)

Songfacts®:

  • This song was written by guitarist Glenn Tipton and singer Rob Halford. The lyrics hinted at Rob's hidden homosexuality. In a 2000 interview, he spoke about the song: "'Raw Deal' was a very open song for me. Yeah, that was like really a moment that I thought people might grasp onto, but it just went vvvrrrrrooomm right over the top of people's heads. But I mean I've never cheapened the music in so much as using it as a platform for my own personal gain. A lot of my lyrics are subjective. A lot of my lyrics don't have a gender placed on them. It's never 'he and she', because I've always felt that that way it just opens up the listener's possibility to accept it from whatever they want to take it from." >>
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    Jon - Sweden
  • I made the spike about 9 o'clock on a Saturday
    All eyes hit me as I walked into the bar
    The spikey leather guys were foolin' with the denim dudes
    A couple cards played rough stuff, New York, Fire Island


    The hamlet of Fire Island Pines on New York's Fire Island has been a notorious gay hang out for many decades. Speaking with Nikki Preston of 96.7 KCAL Rocks!, Halford recalled that he was concerned he was going too far with his references to gay guys in a Fire Island bar. But when he presented the lyrics to his bandmates, their response was, "This is great. The words fit with the mood and the atmosphere with the song."

Comments: 2

  • Anthony from Parsippany, NjGood job, Kev82, I agree. While this song is about gayness to the nth power, that never bothered me. This song is a killer and Rob is still one of the greatest singers in history.
  • Kevin from Frederick, MdI don't really care about any "Homosexual Incantations", this song is about attitude, period. At least this is the meaning for me...Halford rules always will, always has!!!!!
    -Kevin82
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