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

Spotlight, magnetic, razor rhythm, laser love
Guitar, drums, load up, stun
Jet, Black, Johnny B, Gene Jenie, Killer Queen
Dizzy Lizzy, Major Tom
So c'mon, we just gotta fly

I can take you thru 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, we're gonna fly

We just gotta fly
I can take you thru 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, light 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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Jun 03, 2001
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All of the other interpretations are probably correct. But I liked to make my own interpretation, just for fun.

Basically, I think that it could be about this guy, that is telling this new girl he's dating, that to experience love with him is wild and exciting. I actually almost picture it as a rockin' (and better) version of A Whole New World from Aladdin.

My Interpretation
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Did 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!

it's not just in the intro, it shows up around 3:35 and is repeated sporadically for about a minute and a half, but i can easily buy that that would be what they're saying, because 1. it sounds a lot like that phrase backwards, and 2. there's another song on the same album titled "gods of war".

You didn't need to buy it on vinyl to see. It's way easier to do in the digital world. Just rip a CD or something.

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I'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

Gene Jeanie is a David Bowie song, too. Joe Elliot was a Bowie fan, I believe. Correct me if I'm wrong on that o.O

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I'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"

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cool song, goofy, but still rocks...but yeah could be about what they went through between Pyro and Hysteria

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MagicRat, 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.

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"Gene Jenie=KISS?" Jean Jeanie, surely, David Bowie?

"Satellite of love" - Velvet Underground I think

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This 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.

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I 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

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Jack 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.

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