Dissident Aggressor

“It’s about the Berlin Wall in 1970 something or other. I couldn’t sleep, so I went out for a walk. I went to the Berlin Wall and I walked up on top of a boxy-looking post thing. A watchtower-type thing. It was in November, it was freezing cold, and I was looking over from West Berlin, which is all brightly lit up – pubs were up and everything. And the East side was just dead. It was pitch black, no lights were on, and there were these Russian guys looking back at me in binoculars. That was the seed for what that song talks about, about “I know what I am, I’m Berlin”.”Rob Halford (232)

Out In The Cold

“Actually, “Out In The Cold” is a very personal lyric because it has a bit of a reference to Brad [a former lover of Halford’s – Ed], who I lost to suicide. “Out In The Cold” is not exclusively about Brad, but it definitely has him as a reference.”Rob Halford (1278)

Lost Love

“It’s just a reflection on people I have lost – mostly relatives, like my grandparents and so forth.”Rob Halford (1278)

Evening Star

“The “Evening Star” idea came from a local newspaper that we still have around my hometown called the Express & Star. In those days, you’d get the news guys selling the newspapers on the corners on the street – I don’t think they do that anymore, do they? But they used to. And the guy used to shout out, “Express & Star!” And that was kind of catalyst for me for “Evening Star”.”Rob Halford (1278)

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

“[What was the lyrical inspiration behind “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”? – Ed]. Just this attitude that we’ve always had in Priest. And I dare say, we’ve always had in our personal way of dealing with issues that are sent to challenge us. It’s also wrapped up in the heavy metal community culture of the way we support each other with our metal. It’s very much a song of hope and rising above the issues or difficulties that come your way. It’s a song of resilience, as well.”Rob Halford (1278)

Heading Out To The Highway

“That’s freedom. You’ve got the wheel and you’re not going to let anybody else take your life away from you. You’re out there into the great, vast landscape of life, and life is a highway. That’s just a correlation between the two sets of things. I think everybody feels like that when they get into a car, especially when they make a journey. It’s like you’re in some kind of control because you’re “in the driver’s seat,” which is also another expression of being assertive. So, it’s just a fun song of freedom and determination.”Rob Halford (1278)

Turbo Lover

“I just liked the analogy of the motorcycle as a euphemism for love. And “I’m your turbo lover, Tell me there’s no other.” It’s got kind of a sexual undertone to it – which is fine. It’s been done many times in rock n’ roll: to use a machine, car, or motorcycle. It’s just a fun bit of escapism more than anything else.”Rob Halford (1278)

The Last Rose Of Summer

“It all starts with the title. Glenn [Tipton – Ed] and I were the main writers. The thing I like about that song was the use of Fender Rhodes piano. The title, “The Last Rose of Summer,” it’s just got a lot of attitude about it as far as making you think. If you say to somebody, “The last rose of summer,” that’s not only the changing of the seasons, but it could also be the changing of a relationship. It could be the completion of something. It’s just got a multi-faceted opportunity, and I like it. It’s also sweet because it talks about nature: “Mother Nature simply rests” and all this kind of thing. I’ve always felt that song is very attractive because there haven’t been that many lyrics that talk about Mother Nature.”Rob Halford (1278)