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Ramones — I Wanna Live
Album: Halfway To Sanity
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Released: 1987
Length: 2:36
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I've been thinking it over
And I know just what to do
I've been thinking it over
And I know I just can't trust myself
I'm a Gypsy prince
Covered with diamonds and jewels
But then my lover exposes me
I know I'm just a damn fool

CHORUS:
I give what I've got to give,
I give what I need to live
I give what I've got to give, it's important if I want to live
I wanna live
I want to live my life
I wanna live
I want to live my life

As I load my pistol
Of fine German steel
I never thought I'd be so down and out
Having my last meal
But I know I can do it
It just took a few years
As I execute my killers
The morning is near

CHORUS

I wanna live
I want to live my life
I wanna live
I wanna live my life
I wanna live
I want to live my life
I wanna live
I wanna live my life
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Loved the Ramones and saw them in San Francisco in 79, but then I lost touch with their music.  They were much more punk in that era.  This song is kind of standard rock and roll--where's the buzzsaw guitar?  To me it turns them into a band you can compare to others.  And here at least that does not help.  Instead of the incredible Ramones they just sound like a so-so 80s band. 
 keenevision wrote:
No apologies. I like this song.
 

No apologies required. This is great stuff... 
No apologies. I like this song.
 TRC wrote:
Wow I forgot they had some boring songs, almost any thing else by the Ramones would be better but it is a great setup for Iggys Lust 4 life.

 
When you write 500 songs over your career there's bound to be some that don't hit the mark.
Wow I forgot they had some boring songs, almost any thing else by the Ramones would be better but it is a great setup for Iggys Lust 4 life.
 hayduke2 wrote:

some good things keep on runnin'

 
Same today, a year later:)
{#Bananajam}{#Drummer} {#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}

RIP Joey, Johnny, DeeDee, Tommy
Image result for ramones rockaway beach
Good Vibrations..!!
 hayduke2 wrote:

some good things keep on runnin'

 
And running again October 28, 2015


 hencini wrote:
Not my favorite track of theirs.

 

I hear ya, but a little angry Joey on an otherwise ho-hum Wednesday afternoon NEVER HURT NOBODY!

Now THIS would have KILLED today!!  (includes special bonus...P.J. Soles rocking out to it in the movie!!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Just_Want_to_Have_Something_to_Do
   


I still think of The The when I hear this.
 Zep wrote:
Excellent segue to Tom Petty "Runnin' Down a Dream."

 
some good things keep on runnin'
much as I loved the Ramones, some of their songs were cack, and this is one of them...
Not my favorite track of theirs, but any port in a storm. 
In a Spaceship in the year 3000 on the way to Mars...someone will be listening to the Ramones.
 lemmoth wrote:

Ah the glory days of the late 70's- watching these guys bank out the above tunes and others at break neck speed in some small NYC club or hearing them on the jukebox at Max's Kansas City.

In conventional musical terms, one could say the Ramones were never great - but boy were they ever necessary.

 
Indeed.
 Sloggydog wrote:
I need to beat on the brat with a baseball bat cause he needs a teenage labotomy and me, i want to be sedated cause the kkk took my baby away.

 
Ah the glory days of the late 70's- watching these guys bank out the above tunes and others at break neck speed in some small NYC club or hearing them on the jukebox at Max's Kansas City.

In conventional musical terms, one could say the Ramones were never great - but boy were they ever necessary.
 treatment_bound wrote:


Don't worry about it, hanssachs.  They're not coming back, period.  3 out of the orig. "Forest Hills Four" are no longer with us. 

But you knew that, right?

 
Um, no, actually - should I have? 
 pinto wrote:

I'm with you,  but for the life of me I can't even find those couple of songs that you can deal with personally.  Overrated indeed.

 

I agree with the sentiment and can deal with about 3 songs but have never been a fan.
 treatment_bound wrote:


Don't worry about it, hanssachs.  They're not coming back, period.  3 out of the orig. "Forest Hills Four" are no longer with us. 

But you knew that, right?

 

Probably not, but I don't think he cares either.  I knew that and I don't care other than sympathy for their remaining loved ones.  Musically? Not so much.
1-2-3-4

Ramones = Punk Rock

Always liked "I believe in Miracles"


WOOOOHHHH{#Dancingbanana}


I promise to give next 10$ Tuesday!! the Ramones take me back lol (*im only 22 =P )  
  Stingray wrote:
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enkay wrote:

Only in binary.

 
I like the joke but can't agree with the sentiment.
 hanssachs wrote:
I never listened to the Ramones much when they were biggish, and now that they're showing up on RP I find I really dislike the vocals, more every time I hear 'em.  They can go away for another 10 years ...

 

Don't worry about it, hanssachs.  They're not coming back, period.  3 out of the orig. "Forest Hills Four" are no longer with us. 

But you knew that, right?
I never listened to the Ramones much when they were biggish, and now that they're showing up on RP I find I really dislike the vocals, more every time I hear 'em.  They can go away for another 10 years ...
 enkay wrote:

Only in binary.

 
{#Lol} I do (did) dig them, though. Not much this one.
 Stingray wrote:
10
 
Only in binary.
Merry Christmas 80's Bowery style!
Excellent segue to Tom Petty "Runnin' Down a Dream."
 Quasita wrote:

I guess I'm one of the "rare" ones that is not much a fan of the Ramones.  Maybe a couple of songs I can deal with but personally, they are pretty overrated.

 
I'm with you,  but for the life of me I can't even find those couple of songs that you can deal with personally.  Overrated indeed.

I guess I'm one of the "rare" ones that is not much a fan of the Ramones.  Maybe a couple of songs I can deal with but personally, they are pretty overrated.


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 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
GABBA GABBA!
 
HEY!
GABBA GABBA!
 Grammarcop wrote:
I love these guys because they are so deep.
 

Awes!   More Ramones!!
So good to hear the Ramones on RP..refreshing and unexpected  to say the least
I love these guys because they are so deep.
This song goes well with my Sunday morning breakfast wine.
I need to beat on the brat with a baseball bat cause he needs a teenage labotomy and me, i want to be sedated cause the kkk took my baby away.
More Ramones!
sooo glad I got to see them perform live.
 black321 wrote:
It's impressive what a simple fashion statement like black pants and purple socks can make. 
 
Understated elegance. Or maybe in this case, understated bad-assedness.

Good stuff {#Music}
{#Notworthy} so simple..so great.
It's impressive what a simple fashion statement like black pants and purple socks can make. 
 EssexTex wrote:
The song title is sadly ironic
 
Yeah, Why do the good ones leave us so early?

I just realized Billy Idol ripped off these gentlemen. How could I have been so blind?

I particular like Joey's vocals here.  Really good growl.


{#Dancingbanana_2}
The originals!! Yeah :bounce: :guitarist:
Gabba Gabba Hey! Great set this evening....
yeah yeah yeahyeahyeah!!! :bananajam:
9 :arrow: 10
The song title is sadly ironic
robco1 wrote:
Frank Black and the Ramones?! Bill, you punk rocker, you! Oh, gave myself whiplash... :dancingbanana_2:
You're right, Frank Black followed by Ramones - Life is Good!
Frank Black and the Ramones?! Bill, you punk rocker, you! Oh, gave myself whiplash... :dancingbanana_2:
jameyp wrote:
wow-- cool selection Bill! I'm pleasantly surprised to hear this on RP-- neat! and then followed by T. Petty's Runnin Down a Dream? great choices :)
Couldn't agree more... Actually the selection has been brilliant for hours now :)
nicolaluna wrote:
why is it ironic...?
mayhap due to his untimely death
Gabba gabba hey.
wow-- cool selection Bill! I'm pleasantly surprised to hear this on RP-- neat! and then followed by T. Petty's Runnin Down a Dream? great choices :)
i love the ramones and this song is okay but it's a bit too polished.
asocash wrote:
This is now my favorite Ramones song... thanks to RP!
Kickin! ...i love "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" also.
rocco1207 wrote:
Sad and ironic tune
why is it ironic...?
This is now my favorite Ramones song... thanks to RP!
Sad and ironic tune
Props for playing the Ramones. First time I've heard them on RP...hopefully not the last!
Pour a little out for the leather and denim homies.
The Ramones are probably one of the most influential bands in rock. They brought punk to the masses, and infuenced the entire British scene with their 1976 tour of Britain. BTW, Johnny's conservatism was balanced by Joey's leftist politics, and was one of the sources of acrimony in their relationship. The documentary "End of the Century" covers all this very well. Joe Strummer's description of the Ramones work ethic is great. If punk is going against the herd, the Johnny's conservatism is one of the best examples of the punk ethos in action. In an industry where true conservatives are rare indeed, Johnny never backed down. Agree or not, you have to respect his convictions.
dbenwen wrote:
Although never a "closet Republican," (many around him said he was vocal about his opinions), Johnny made his political affiliation known to the world in 2002, when the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After thanking everyone who made it possible — clad in his trademark T-shirt, ripped blue jeans and leather jacket — Johnny said "God bless President Bush, and God bless America," <1>. He said in an interview, when questioned on his conservatism, "I think Ronald Reagan was the best President of our lifetime." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Ramone Allow me to savor this, what with the recent election results.
Gotta love that Johnny!
LongGoneDaddy wrote:
ROCK! gabba gabba...
HEY!
ROCK! gabba gabba...
Although never a "closet Republican," (many around him said he was vocal about his opinions), Johnny made his political affiliation known to the world in 2002, when the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After thanking everyone who made it possible — clad in his trademark T-shirt, ripped blue jeans and leather jacket — Johnny said "God bless President Bush, and God bless America," <1>. He said in an interview, when questioned on his conservatism, "I think Ronald Reagan was the best President of our lifetime." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Ramone Allow me to savor this, what with the recent election results.
Aguante los Ramones !!
Gotta love just about anything from the mighty Ramones! I always liked this particular number, as well. :drummer:
I wanna LIVE!