Here is another of my rock anthems that set my head to bobbing, especially when Rick starts windmilling on his guitar. But when you dig into the lyrics, well, it’s just weird.

Like, just what the hell does this mean:

Well just the other day I heard of a soldier’s falling off
Some Indonesian junk that’s going round.

It seems to be an early Boomer telling his girlfriend what advice his World War 2 parents are giving him. But then he catches his parents rockin’ & rollin’ on the couch. And they mention KISS albums?? Too weird for me.

It all sounds good when you’re rockin’ to the beat. Maybe it’s best to just ignore the lyrics altogether and allow yourself to get lost in the music.

Surrender

Cheap Trick

Mother told me, yes, she told me I’d meet girls like you.
She also told me, “Stay away, you’ll never know what you’ll catch.”
Well just the other day I heard of a soldier’s falling off
Some Indonesian junk that’s going round.

Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright, they just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away, ay, aaaaaaaay.

Father says, “Your mother’s right, she’s really up on things.”
“Before we married, Mommy served in the WACS in the Philippines.”
Now, I had heard the wacs recruited old maids for the war.
But mommy isn’t one of those, I’ve known her all these years.

Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright, they just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away, ay, aaaaaaaay.

Whatever happened to all this season’s losers of the year?
Every time I got to thinking, where’d they disappear?
When I woke up, Mom and Dad are rolling on the couch.
Rolling numbers, rock and rollin, got my Kiss records out.

Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright, they just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away, ay, aaaaaaaay.

Awaaaaaaay.
Awaaaaaaay.

Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright)
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright)
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright)
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Bun E’s alright, Tommy’s alright, Robin’s alright, Rick’s alright)
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Were all alright, Were all alright, Were all alright, Were all alright!!!)
Surrender, surrender, but don’t give yourself away.
(Mommy’s alright, Daddy’s alright)

 

This is another live video. I’m pretty sure it’s at Budokan, Japan, circa 1978. Good stuff!

Live Long And Prosper