Rock of Ages

Album: Pyromania (1983)
Charted: 41 16
  • Gunter gleiben glauchen globen
    All right
    I got somethin' to say
    Yeah, it's better to burn out
    Yeah, than fade away
    All right
    Ow gonna start a fire
    Come on

    Rise up gather round
    Rock this place to the ground
    Burn it up, let's go for broke
    Watch the night go up in smoke
    Rock on Rock on
    Drive me crazier, no serenade
    No fire brigade, just pyromania, come on

    What do you want, what do you want?
    I want rock 'n' roll, yes I do
    Long live rock 'n' roll
    Oh let's go, let's strike a light
    We're gonna blow like dynamite
    I don't care if it takes all night
    I gonna set this town alight, come on

    What do you want, what do you want?
    I want rock 'n' roll, alright
    Long live rock 'n' roll

    Rock of ages, rock of ages
    Still rollin', keep a-rollin'
    Rock of ages, rock of ages
    Still rollin', rock'n'rollin'
    We got the power, got the glory
    Just say you need it and if you need it
    Say yeah
    Heh heh heh heh
    Now listen to me

    I'm burnin', burnin', I got the fever
    I know for sure, there ain't no cure
    So feel it, don't fight it, go with the flow
    Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme one more for the road

    What do you want?
    What do you want?
    I want rock 'n' roll, You betcha
    Long live rock 'n' roll

    Rock of ages, rock of ages
    Still rollin', keep a-rollin'
    Rock of ages, rock of ages
    Still rollin', rock'n'rollin'
    We got the power, got the glory
    Just say you need it and if you need it
    Say yeah
    Say yeah
    We're gonna burn this damn place down
    Down to the ground Writer/s: Robert John Lange, Joseph Thomas Elliott, Richard Savage, Peter Andrew Willis, Stephen Maynard Clark, Richard John Cyril Allen
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 36

  • Rabbit Bunny from Westminster MdI love Rock of Ages! It's the best song about rock & roll!
  • Gino from HoustonI am the co-writer of Rock of Ages. As I said before, Joe Elliot dubbed me as the Mutt which was placed in Robert Lange name. The 4 words at the beginning of the song were just gibberish and mean nothing. I was actually saying 4 words of gibberish in many different ways, and Robert Lange and Joe Elliot liked a particular 4 word phrase of the gibberish. I would say that is me talking at the beginning with some vocal processor used. The gibberish turned into procrastination with Joe Elliot which led to Rock of Ages where we wrote the song. We sang the song quite different than what was recorded on the album. It was much more rock/pop rock.
  • Kris from New York, NyIn a VH-1 interview Joe Elliot lead singer of Def Leppard said when they were starting out his band were very influenced by the Arrows who wrote and recorded the original version of "I Love Rock And Roll' in the mid seventies, long before Joan Jett covered it, and he felt that though the Arrows were very influential to his band he was puzzled as to why they're so overlooked in rock music history. I agree, the Arrows are particularly ignored in the U.S. rock press. Joe Elliot certainly didn't hear the first version of "I Love Rock N Roll" by Joan Jett. He heard it in 1975 in England by the Arrows who wrote and recorded the original version, and Joe Elliot is on record in an interview stating that as fact. Joan Jett also saw the Arrows do the song on TV when she was on tour in 1976 with the Runaways which is what inspired her to do the song years later, a hit for her in the USA 1982. The Arrows never released the song in the USA in the 70s. They only released their version in England.
  • Jim from Modesto, CaTo all who think they know what is said at the very beginning: Unte Gleeben Gloten Globen means "Eenie Meenie Miney Mo" in Swedish or some similar language. After Pyromania had just came out, I heard an interview on the radio with the band and the question was asked about the meaning. And to this day I remember one of them saying it means Eenie Meenie Miney Mo. Its definitely NOT jibberish! They wouldn't have jibberish as the opener for any song!!
  • Mike from Rochester, NyThey actually got the opening "Something to say, better to burn out....." part from a t-shirt someone was wearing. A year before the song came out they visited Rochster NY and were on the Brother Wease show on 96.5 FM WCMF. Someone had a shirt on it with those words and Joe Elliot saw it and liked it not knowing what it was from so he lifted it for the song.
  • Karen from Manchester, NhThe lines "I've got something to say: it's better to burn out than to fade away" was also used in the movie "Highlander".
  • John from Henrico, VaI'll never forget hearing this song on this old LP of Pyromania that I still have at home. My older sister was the one who played it and somehow that song and "Foolin" always stood out as the most memorable Def Leppard songs for me and still are to this day. Every time I hear this song or any other song by this band it just takes me back to that time and always puts a smile on my face. This is why Def Leppard will always be one of the greatest bands in music. They truly rock my world.
  • Linc from Beaumont, TxI always think of the songs off Hysteria and Pyromania as one large album that should be played seguentially.
  • Matt from Washington Township , NjYou can hear two lighter flicks at 0:04-0:05, and a water bong rip can be heard at 3:55 just after the match strike...
  • Steve from Brisbane, AustraliaRe the opening to this song, my guess would be it's mispronunciation of German. A few sites have the opening words for Pretty Fly for a White Guy listed as: Montag Lieben Lauten Loben. These are all real German words. Literally translated on Babelfish they mean: Monday love sounds praising. I've only covered basic German at high school, but my guess would be sex on monday sounds good? All those who claimed to be German but couldn't figure out it was a mispronunciation should be able to give you the proper translation.
  • Michael from Morris County, NjDef Leppard's best song in my opinion
  • Jacob from Booneville, Msdef leppard kicks @ss
  • Michael from San Diego, CaI loved the early videos on MTV, and "Rock of Ages" is one of the better and more imaginative ones!

    I especially liked the scenes of the band all dressed as monks, Joe Elliott swinging his sword, and when Phil Collen turned his sword into a guitar and then launched into the solo!
  • Carlos from Caracas, VenezuelaThis was the first song I heard about Def Leppard. And my first leppard video too. I still remember Phil Collen making solo with his Ibanez and Rick Allen wearing his british shorts.
  • Brendan from Easton, CtThis was the LOUDEST song at their concert. My god, they put ripples in the ocean it was so loud. And I loved every second of it.
  • Thomas from Northern Germany@Joel: Even IF they´d say "Unser Leiben Rocken Rollen" - it´s still not German. Trust me, ´cause I am German.
    And "Gunter Glieben Glauben Globen" does not only mean nothing - "Glieben" and "Globen" are not even german words. "Glauben" however can be found in the german language and means either "to believe" (as a verb) or "belief/faith" (as a subject). And "Gunter" is a german name.
    But I guess Mutt Lange didn´t say these words intentional.
  • Evan from Otway, OhI never noticed how many girls like Def Leppard until I went to one of their concerts. Heavy enough for the guys, yet soft enough for the ladies, I guess. Either way, this HAS to be thier catchiest song ever; if not thier most popular. However, Songfacts is missing two great Def Leppard songs that shouldn't go unheard: Die Hard the Hunter, and High 'N' Dry. Love this song though!
  • Joel from Pensacola, FlThe actual openning phrase is "Unser Leiben Rocken Rollen" -- or, we love rock & roll.
  • Dylan from Newport, VtThis Is an awsome song but their best one is "Let Itt Go." This Song kicks butt!!!
  • Chelsea from Wichita, KsIt sounds like German,but it's not,even though everyone I know claims it is,.
  • Joni from New York, NyOne of my favorite songs. I love Neil Young, so I really like the quote from "Hey Hey My My (out of the blue)" And the begginng words. I'm listening to it now.
  • Anonnymous from Nashville, TxThis song was the first song by Def Leppard that I listened to. My dad had the Rock of Ages CD, and I had never bothered to listen to it. After I heard this song, I listened to the rest of the CD, and now I'm a diehard Leppard fan.
  • Ev from Tuscaloosa, Althe beginning to this song sounds like (and always has) Oden Glieben... instead of gunter Glieben.... Does any one else agree with me or am I loony?
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrMaybe the line, "Gunter Glieben Glauten Globen.", translates as something like, "Gunter Loves the Global Gluttons."
  • Judithann from Kalkaska, Mi"GUNTER GLIEBEN GLAUTEN GLOBEN" truly means nothing, it is pure gibberish. They have been known to say that it means something in german only as a joke. Also singer Joe ELliott forgot the words to this song while performing it on VH1's storytellers, it is the only time he has done that. (he claims)
  • Mo from Newark, NjLove the chorus
  • Kevin from Sandy, Uti've heard joe elliot on vh1 say that the 'german' at the begining roughly translated means something like, "running softly through the forest" but i cannot confirm or deniy this.
  • Amy from Dallas, Txgood song..i wonder what the band said about 'Gunter Glieben Glauten Globen'? Does anybody know what the made up?
  • Andrew from TorontoYep she sure is.Shania 100# Canadian Bacon.Yummy!
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InAlong with "Photograph" these two songs define Def Leppard as a group who knows how to rock hard!! I remember going to the county fair when this was big and hearing it blarring from whatever the hottest ride was at the time. To this day, it still gets cranked in whatever venue it happens to be playing.
  • Sue from Essex, EnglandWhen I first heard this, I thought they were singing 'Wacky Races'.
  • Mia from Wellston, MiI think this is the song that quotes neil youngs hey hey out of the blue.."its better to burn out than fade away"(joe adds some yeahs so make it def leppard-ish) also kurt cobain quoted this on his suicide letter
  • Cale from Atlanta, GaThere are more bible references in the song.

    Rock of Ages is a term for Jesus.

    "We have the power, we have the glory" is a term used expressly by GOD as In "I am the power and the Glory"

    The song was marketed as hinting at a Dark side, even though it was just clever marketing.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrI was once told, and I still believe that the song should've been named with the same title as the album, "Pyromania"!
  • Bryan from Colorado Springs, CoShania Twain, what a hottie.
  • David from Lubbock, TxMutt Lange is now the producer and husband of Shania Twain.
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