"Rocket" as written by and Collen/savage/allen/elliott/lange/clark....
Ah ah, ooh ooh
Ah ah, ooh ooh

White lights, strange city, mad music all around
Midnight street magic, crazy people, crazy sound

Ah ah, ooh ooh

Jack Flash, rocket man, Sergeant Pepper and the band
Ziggy, Benny and the Jets
Take a rocket, we just gotta fly
(I can take you through the center of the dark)
We're gonna fly (on a collision course to crash into my heart)
I will be your, I will be your, I'll be your
Rocket, yeah, satellite of love
Rocket, yeah, satellite of love
Rocket, yeah, satellite of love
Rocket baby, c'mon, I'll be your satellite of love

Ah ah, ooh ooh
Ah ah, ooh ooh

Spotlight magnetic razor rhythm laser love
Guitar, drums, load up, stun

Ah ah, ooh ooh

Jet Black, Johnny be, Jean Genie, Killer Queen
Dizzy Lizzy, Major Tom
So c'mon, we just gotta fly

(I can take you through the center of the dark)
We're gonna fly (on a collision course to crash into my heart)
I will be your, I will be your, I'll be your
Rocket, yeah, satellite of love
Rocket, yeah, satellite of love
Rocket, yeah, satellite of love
Rocket baby, c'mon, I'll be your satellite of love

Countdown commencing, fire one
Five, four, three, two, one, zero, we have liftoff

We just gotta fly
I can take you through the center of the dark
We're gonna fly, on a collision course to crash into my heart
I will be your, I will be your, I'll be your
Rocket, yeah, satellite of love
Rocket, yeah, satellite of love
Rocket, yeah, satellite of love
Guitar, drums, load up, we're gonna fly
Rocket, yeah, satellite of love, we're gonna fly
Rocket, yeah, satellite of love
Rocket, yeah


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  • +1
    General CommentI'm not sure on this one, but I would guess it ties to the history of rock n' roll. There are MANY references to bands who seemingly influenced Def Leppard.
    Jack Flash=Rolling Stones
    Rocket Man, Benny and the Jets=Elton John
    Sgt. Pepper=Beatles
    Ziggy=David Bowie
    Black=Black Sabbath?
    Johnny B=Chuck Berry
    Gene Jenie=KISS?
    Killer Queen=Queen
    Dizzy Lizzy=Thin Lizzy
    j2f125on May 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, I'm going to take a crack at this jet black thing. I did a little research, and found out that Jet Black might actually be seperate things. Jet probably refers to "Jet" by Paul McCartney and Wings (1973), while Black may refer to the song "Black Betty" by Ram Jam (1977).
    artix92on April 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDid you know that the opening garble of this song says "We're fighting for the Gods of War" backwards? One of my friends bought Hysteria on vinyl just to see. It's true!
    MagicRat345on April 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm surprised there are not more comments on this song... It was the first Def Leppard song I listened to. Maybe that's why I'm a little biased, call me crazy.... Hysteria is unarguably the greatest album these guys put out... the first after Rick Allen loses his arm and the last complete work with Steve Clark.... Talk about a roller-coaster ride for these guys in the span of about 4 years.... or should I say... "rocket-ride"
    boogou812on October 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcool song, goofy, but still rocks...but yeah could be about what they went through between Pyro and Hysteria
    PinkFloyd96on February 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMagicRat, I said in another comment somewhere how Def Leppard has the sweetest ass intros to their songs. I gave Pour Some Sugar On Me (original and Best of), Rock of Ages and Love Bites as examples. This is another one.
    cubbyblueson May 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Gene Jenie=KISS?"
    Jean Jeanie, surely, David Bowie?

    "Satellite of love" - Velvet Underground I think
    komodospon June 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is just a song about all of their influences growing up as kids and who inspired them to be musicians. It has nothing to do with what they went through during the period between Pyromania and Hysteria. No idea where that idea comes from.

    The verses make several song/band references. I interpret the chorus to be a metaphor for their love of that music and how it inspired them.
    Justintimeon August 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you'll find the opening garble of this song says "We're fighting with the Gods of War" backwards - I didn't buy the vinyl - just ripped to wav then opened with Sound Recorder (standard one that comes with windows) then effects and reverse
    gsleithon September 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJack Flash = Rolling Stones (Jumpin' Jack Flash)
    rocket man = Elton John (Rocket Man)
    Sergeant Pepper and the band = The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Song/album)
    Ziggy = David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust)
    Benny and the Jets = Elton John (Bennie And The Jets)
    satellite of love = Lou Reed (Satellite Of Love)

    Jet = Wings (Jet) ?

    Johnny B = Chuck Berry (Johnny B. Goode)
    Gene Jenie, = David Bowie (Jean Genie)
    Killer Queen = Queen (Killer Queen
    Dizzy Lizzy = The Beatles (Dizzy Miss Lizzy)
    Major Tom = David Bowie (Space Oddity)

    Those are all the references I knew about. Still uncertain about Jet Black. And I like many others used to think Dizzy Lizzy was a reference to Thin Lizzy.
    rotherhamkidon March 24, 2007   Link

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