Tricks Up My Sleeve 2012

by 'Steele'

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After a long (but mostly hidden) history, 'Steele' is now fully independent. We're done dealing with middlemen taking their cut and somehow "forgetting" to pass on ours - buying this album supports the artists and ONLY the artists.

If you like Dokken, Lynch Mob, Whitesnake, Blue Murder, Van Halen, Ozzy, Skid Row, Def Leppard, and other bands like those, you will like 'Steele'. Pretty much guaranteed!

Includes 12-page PDF booklet and a bunch of exclusive images like the original 1996 CD cover art and inside photo collage, plus super-rare photos of Jeff and Steve.

credits

released 06 March 2012

Produced by Phil Hardy & Michael Mueller, and Jody Gray
Recorded at:
The Barge Studios, NJ 1990/1991 Engineer: Jim Barg
Millbrook Studios, NY 1996 Engineer: Paul Orofino

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Track Name: Tricks Up My Sleeve
I've been standing behind you so long
I can't get out of your shadow
Keeping me silent, using my strength
Making you look like a hero

(Chorus)
I've got a couple of tricks up my sleeve
I'm making magic and you better believe
I'm rollin' -- as soon as I get the chance

I've got a couple of tricks up my sleeve
The more you talk big the faster I leave
I'm tired of your song and dance


Give me that smile while you chain down my hands
Tell me I'm makin' the difference
Now I've discovered, your plan's plain as day
I know I don't need your assistance

(Chorus)
I've got a couple of tricks up my sleeve
I'm making magic and you better believe
I'm rollin' -- as soon as I get the chance

I've got a couple of tricks up my sleeve
The more you talk big the faster I leave
I'm tired of your song and dance

See ya!!

(Solo)

All your mistakes coming right back to you
Still you accuse me of treason
Watch as your empire just crumbles away
Look in the mirror and you'll see the reason

(Chorus)
I've got a couple of tricks up my sleeve
I'm making magic and you better believe
I'm rollin' -- as soon as I get the chance

I've got a couple of tricks up my sleeve
The more you talk big the faster I leave
I'm tired of your song and dance

(Repeat Chorus Out)
Track Name: Love Ain't Gonna Change Me
Knick-knack paddy whack, always jumpin' in the sack, givin' the dog a bone
You see I've got to be free, don't need no chains around me
I may be single but I'm never alone

--Now I'm a nasty boy--
And I know you think my motives ain't too pure
--Yeah I'm a nasty boy
And you think you'll change my story
but there's one thing for sure

(Chorus)
Love ain't gonna change me

Wham bam, thank you ma'am, always gettin' in a jam
Takin' my business home
You see I stay up all night, I get my share of delight
Don't bother calling, I don't answer my phone

--Now I'm a nasty boy--
And I know you think my motives ain't too pure
--Yeah I'm a nasty boy
And you think you'll change my story
but there's one thing for sure

(Chorus)
Love ain't gonna change me

(B-Section)
And let me tell you something else...
Don't want your pity
Don't want your sympathy
Don't want you sittin' home a-cryin' over me
Pick up your pretty head and look me in the eye
Tell me you won't miss me 'cause I'm sayin' goodbye

(Solo)

Shell-shock, round the clock, I'll be drummin' down your block
To see if your lights are on
You see I do what I please, yes I'm as free as the breeze
Don't say tomorrow 'cause tonight I'll be gone

--Now I'm a nasty boy--
And I know you think my heart will come around
--Yeah I'm a nasty boy--
And I hate to disappoint you but there's one thing I've found...

(Chorus)
Love ain't gonna change me

You can't get under my skin, no no

(Repeat Chorus Out)
Love ain't gonna change me
Track Name: 700 Miles
Time goes by, and it seems I'm going nowhere
There's no end to this road I'm walkin' down
It's a cloudy sky, yeah it seems its always rainin'
I can't find a way to get me out of this town

But I know where to go
It's only 700 miles, and I'm leavin' in the morning
700 miles
And I'm comin' home to you

Well, I've been all around
Workin' hard to keep from goin' under
I don't mind -- if the sun don't shine today
Livin' on the run I've come to realize what I've been missing
All this time, I've been tryin' to find my way
Back to you

(Chorus)
And it's only 700 miles
You know home is where your heart is
700 miles
Come on!

(Solo)

Take it down
Oh yeah

(Chorus)
And it's only 700 miles
You know home is where your heart is
700 miles
And I'm comin' home to you

I've been a fool, to stay away so long
All this time I've wondered what's been goin' wrong
Stay right by the window 'cause tomorrow I'll be there

And I'm comin' home to you
Track Name: Flirtin' With Fame
Get Ready!

Sixteen candles on our birthcay cake, two more years to go
How much more confusion can you take -- you don't wanna know, no more

You've got something men might sell their souls to see
You've seen those paper angels, how hard can it be?

On the streets a quiet little queen -- tangled up in lace
Guess what's goin' on behind the scene -- she's more than just a pretty face, oh yeah

She's got something you might sell your soul to see
She's the object of your fantasy
Would ya look at this girl

(Chorus)
Some things never change
--You're flirtin' with fame--
Takin' it off 'cause you've got no shame
--You're flirtin' with fame
Smile when your givin' it all...

(Break)

Such a pretty picture...

(Solo)

(Breakdown)

(Chorus Out)
Some things never change
--You're flirtin' with fame--
Takin' it off 'cause you've got no shame
--You're flirtin' with fame
Smile when your givin' it all...

Some things never change
--You're flirtin' with fame--
Takin' it off 'cause you've got no !@#$in' shame
--You're flirtin' with fame
Smile when your givin' it all...
Track Name: Stay
No one round here really knows you well
Things you tried to say are so hard to tell

Mmmm...

No one seemed to notice how you've changed
Now you turn around and send back the pain

(Pre-Chorus)
Hold on to life
Hold on to life

(Chorus)
Don't you want to stay
Stay among the land of the living
Are you gonna say farewell
And leave me here alone

Don't you want to stay
Are you really sold out of giving
Did you ever think you might be killing me?

(Bridge)
Do you see me clearly?

No one round here really knows you well
Things you tried to say are so hard to tell

(Pre-Chorus)
Hold on to life
Hold on to life

(Chorus)
Don't you want to stay
Stay among the land of the living
Are you gonna say farewell
And leave me here alone

Don't you want to stay
Are you really sold out of giving
Did you ever think you might be killing me?
Track Name: Live Forever
Everyone tells me, better get movin'
Pick up your heels, get somethin' started
You've gotta take all you can, boy
Before it just slips away

But I've got all the time in the world
Don't try to rush me, I'm in no hurry now

(Chorus)
I'm gonna live forever
Never gonna die
I'm gonna live forever
Young and strong 'til the end of time


Why should I break my back for your glory
When I never see the reward
It's just a matter of time, I'll break your hold on me

Now's the time for talkin' straight
Don't try to push me, I've got no worries, no

(Chorus)
I'm gonna live forever
Never gonna die
I'm gonna live forever
Young and strong 'til the end of time

(Bridge)
I'm gonna live
--Go out and get it--
Keep on pushin' 'til I get my way
I'm gonna live
--Go out and get it--
Now--Right now

(Solo)

I don't know what I'm fightin' for
Ain't gonna play by your rules no more
Take a good look 'cause I'm out that door
Don't try to push me, I'm in no hurry now

(Chorus)
I'm gonna live forever
Never gonna die
I'm gonna live forever
Young and strong 'til the end of time
Track Name: I'll Never Cry
She said we'd make a pretty couple, and I had to agree
But then she turned right around and made a first class fool out of me

--Drivin' me crazy--
She's drivin' me wild
--She's drivin' me crazy--
Ah, yeah, a she-devil
She's got the eyes of an innocent child

(Chorus)
I'll never cry, never cry
I'll never cry for you

I never noticed what was missing but how could I know
How could I know
While I was workin' for my money she was runnin' round stealin' the show

--Drivin' me crazy--
She's drivin' me mad
--She's drivin' me crazy--
Such a little gold-digger
I was a thousand in the red
Before I knew that I's been had

(Chorus)
I'll never cry, never cry
I'll never cry for you

I feel the tears burnin' my eyes
I gotta make 'em stop

(Solo)

I'll never cry for you

(Chorus)
I'll never cry, never cry
I'll never cry for you

(Repeat Chorus Out)
I'll never cry, never cry
I'll never cry for you
Track Name: Only In Your Mind
There's no sleep for a racing mind
The images move too fast
I walk by darkened windows
See my shadows in the glass
And I walk, but I've got no reason
I'm just tryin' to clear my head
I can't think through my frustration
So I'm walkin' out my blues instead

I keep tellin' myself
It's only in your mind
But it's playin' tricks on me
It's only in your mind


I keep pushin' for a long long time
Makin' the best of my dreams
And I get so tired of the waiting
I start fallin' apart at the seams
Sometimes I feel like I'm losin' my hold
Like it's all comin' down too soon
And you tell me that I'm crazy
For puttin' faith in the light of the moon

(Chorus)
It's only in your mind
When you're playin' tricks on me
It's only in your mind
I know my freedom don't come for free
It's only in your--

(Bridge)
I've been told that to make any difference
You've got to stand up and fight
But I'm not in the fightin' mood
I'm just tryin' to make it through the night, yeah

(Solo)

It's all right, don't you worry
I know that everything will be okay
Still you tell me over and over again
I don't understand what you're tryin' to say
But I know

(Chorus)
It's only in your mind
When you're playin' tricks on me
It's only in your mind
You're only seein' what you want to see
It's only in your mind
I know my freedom don't come for free
It's only in your mind
Yeah

You tell me that I'm crazy
--Only in your mind--
But it's only in your mind

I know freedom don't come for free, oh no, no, no
It's only in your, only in your mind...
Track Name: Lead Me Over
(Chorus)
Leave me underground
Lead me over

I don't believe it, I just can't believe it
I'm back to the beginning, again
I don't believe it, I just can't receive it
I'm startin' all over

(Chorus 2)
And the circle goes round again
I can't see 'til the end
Round again
Forgive me when I say

(Chorus)
Leave me underground
Lead me over

In through the front door
Back on the first floor
Startin' all over, again
Wait for the low tide
Can't see the other side
I'm walkin on water

(Chorus 2)
And the circle goes round again
I can't see 'til the end
Round again
Forgive me when I say

(Bridge)
Just leave me underground
Don't wanna go back there no more, no more
Just leave me underground
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

(Solo)

I don't believe it, I jus't can't believe it
I'm back to the beginning, again
You take the low road
I'll take the high road
You've gotta start somewhere

(Chorus 2)
And the circle goes round again
I can't see 'til the end
Round again
Forgive me when I say

(Chorus)
Leave me underground
Lead me over

And the circle goes round again...
Track Name: Innocence
Since the day you came together, it was easy
Four in one, and one for all, you beat the odds
Took it all away in record time
Thumbed your nose and laughed at those who made you gods

(Chorus)
And I --
Still remember the day I heard the news
Frozen in my mind forever
All you really seem to lose
Is your innocence

Givin' us no quarter, we surrender
Should have known that it was all to goo to last
And the hell that you were living
Was the pillar of your strength
Split yourself in two, you know it ain't the same

(Chorus)
And I--
Still remember the day I say the light
Frozen in my mind forever
All you left behind that night
Was your innocence
Your innocence

(Solos)

(Chorus)
And I--
Still remember the day I heard the news
Frozen in my mind forever
All you really seem to lose
Is your innocence

Your innocence

All you really seem to lose is your innocence

Split yourself in two, you know it ain't the same...