Spread the word around
The rat is leaving town
The message is a song
The misery is gone

Once I had a dream
To sing before the queen
She didn't want to know
She wouldn't see the show

What a fright
I couldn't do it right
Oh what a night

Mystic demons fly
All about the sk
With memories of a clown
The saddest show in town

When I was seventeen
Me mother said to me
Be careful what you touch
You shouldn't take so much

I blew my mind
She was so kind
I could have cried

In my mind
I had to fin
A kind of new way
Of being oh so cool
Like a blue blooded
Well studded
English fool

Speak about the past
Times are changing fast
Once I was so weak
I couldn't even speak

Shaking put a curse
Nothing could be worse
Walking through the door
Who could ask for more

Now I'm free
And I can see
That I am me

Spread the word around
The rat is leaving town
The message is a song
The misery is gone

Shaking out a curse
Nothing could be worse
Walking through the door
Who could ask for more

Now I'm free
And I can see
That I am me

Please stay away


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Flight of the Rat Lyrics as written by Ian Gillan Ritchie Blackmore

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    General Comment"Just to remind you that theres other ways of turning on"... that whats written on the album cover.

    On of the first ever Speed Metal numbers ever done. Deep Purple ROCKS !!!!!!!!.

    By the way Tony Iommi took the main riff and used it years later in Black Sabbath's "Under The Sun".
    MMM88on January 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAll about the sky, not Sk.
    Thegargoylevineon January 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't know what the lyrics mean but it probably doesn't matter - this songs just kicks ass. Killer riff, killer drum solo. Love it!
    chrisb1on August 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe song is all about following your dreams; carpe diem, seize the day.... the rat is the singer, telling you he (I am) is leaving his dull, boring life behind, to follow his dreams... You may not get all you dream of, "She didn't want to know, She couldn't see the show" ....However you must find you own way of; "being Oh So Cool, like a Blue Blooded, Well Studded English Fool .... It's better to try then at least then you'll know, rather than, forever be saying, What if... if Only... I feel trapped here.....
    I hardly think this one needs explaining .... It seems so obvious to me....
    robertuepon May 06, 2020   Link
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    General CommentThe song is all about following your dreams; carpe diem, seize the day.... the rat is the singer, telling you he (I am) is leaving his dull, boring life behind, to follow his dreams... You may not get all you dream of, "She didn't want to know, She couldn't see the show" ....However you must find you own way of; "being Oh So Cool, like a Blue Blooded, Well Studded English Fool .... It's better to try then at least then you'll know, rather than, forever be saying, What if... if Only... I feel trapped here.....
    I hardly think this one needs explaining .... It seems so obvious to me....You've have one life live it your way,
    robertuepon July 18, 2021   Link

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