"Rock Bottom" as written by Michael Schenker and Phil ...
Seventeen a nature's queen, know what I mean
Twenty one, a long one,
And you can see the numbers run
Now you look so peaceful, lyin' there asleep
With the wings of God above you
Before the spirits meet

Rock bottom, rock bottom, rock bottom
Rock bottom, rock bottom, rock bottom

Shadow work is closin' in above the lamps in your street
Lucifer goes walkin' down free to meet
Minutes pass so slowly by the, hands on your clock
Heaven don't open when you knock

Rock bottom, rock bottom, rock bottom
Rock bottom, rock bottom, rock bottom

With all darkness closin' in
Will the light reveal your soul
One sweet kiss on your clay cold lips
I'll know sleep you'll never know
Where do we go, where do we go
Where do we go from here

Rock bottom, rock bottom, rock bottom
Rock bottom, rock bottom, rock bottom

Lyrics submitted by Golgotha, edited by KillKiss

"Rock Bottom" as written by Phillip John Mogg Michael Schenker


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    My InterpretationThis is just what I am getting from these lyrics:

    Theres a beautiful 17 year old girl, (nature's queen) and she is married to a 21 year old man (21 the lonely one). Now I'm not too sure about the numbers part, but when they sing, "Now you look so peaceful, lyin' there asleep" that sounds like she has died and is laying in her casket at a funeral, which would explain why her husband is lonely. And "With the wings of god above you before the spirits meet" might show that she is going to heaven. The next part about the shadows closing in is all about how her husband is dealing with his wife's death. Lucifer is the name of the devil, so maybe the husband wants to kill himself, but he doesn't want to go to hell, because he won't get to see his wife. The part about the days passing slowly is showing how time trudges on when you lose someone that you love. And when they're talking about heaven's door, it means that he is trying to take his own life to be with her (when you knock = suicide). The next little bit looks like the man is dying, and it is undecided where his soul is going (will the light reveal your soul?). Then he kisses her while he is dying, and she will never know because she is dead (one sweet kiss on your clay cold lips, in your sleep you'll never know). At the very end when they sing "where do we go, where do we go, where do we go from here?" It is talking about where our souls will go when our time is up in this world.

    This is an amazing song with great lyrics, and some parts sound like they're talking about Romeo and Juliet, so that could be it too. Although Romeo is supposed to be 15, and Juliet 13, and in the song, the lovers are 21 and 17. But when the song is talking about the "one sweet kiss on your clay cold lips" it sounds quite like Romeo and Juliet, because Romeo kissed Juliet one last time before dying.

    sackerlandon November 28, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Where do we go from here... " This is about life after death and if 'sin' is real... is sin something we should worry about.
    astropixon August 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentawesome song
    people should really listen to bands like this
    skater-maton September 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn six years, only two people before me have commented? My goodness - it appears more people are caught up in the atrocious noise we call music today than I thought.

    This song is way, way ahead of its time. I remember the first time I heard it, I mistakened it for "New Wave of British Heavy Metal". I had the early 1980's in mind. I was shocked to learn "Rock Bottom" was released a full decade earlier - in 1973.

    Only two bands at that time were making music even reminiscent to the sound of NWOBHM - Scheneker's UFO, and Sammy Hagar's band - Montrose. Thanks to Michael Scheneker, UFO blew people away by what a human being could do with a guitar, and even today, people are still jamming out to this guitar solo.
    Yankeesfan630on August 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentListen to the song around 0:45, it sounds like the lead singer is saying: I gotta fuck you XD
    randomstofilon July 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOn the clay cold lips part he sounds like Ozzy-a little
    captlafl69on December 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhat I get from these lyrics?

    In my opinion the song speaks of an overdose and for youth gone astray.
    A young princess with a most noble soul is going to die. She can't reach the heaven she wished with the drugs - heaven does not open this way - but God's wings are still above her. Her lips are cold though. Her lover is desperate. "Where do we go from here?"

    It's night and it's cold, and she may not pass the night if she isn't already dead. Will the daylight "reveal her soul?" The young boy promises that he will stay beside her. "I won't sleep". He has so much things he wants to tell her which she won't be able to listen. "You'll never know".

    This is the "rock bottom" of a youth who tried to "get high" and wished for a blessing.

    This is my interpretation. I believe that UFO have managed to express in that song the sensitivity of their era and to include the wounds of a whole generation. The chorus of "Rock Bottom" is not a song. It is a cry of agony and a prayer.
    KillKisson May 19, 2016   Link

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