Rock And Roll Is Dead
Lyrics Lenny Kravitz

Ooohoooh yeah
You think you're on top of the world
But you know it's really over
Runnin' round with diamond rings
And coke spoons that are overflowin'
Rock and roll is dead
But all the money in the world
Can't buy you from the place you're going to
Ooohoooh yeah

Rock and roll is dead X3

You can't even sing or play an instrument
So you just scream instead
Oh yeah
You're living for an image
So you got five hundred women in your bed
Oh yeah
Rock and roll is dead
But it's real hard to be yourself
When you're living with those demons in your head
Ooohoooh yeah

Rock and roll is dead X3

Rock and roll is dead X7

Song facts

"Rock and Roll Is Dead" is the first single released from the 1995 Lenny Kravitz album Circus. The song reached #75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #22 on the UK Singles Chart. The music video was directed by Ruven Afanador. The video shows Kravitz performing the song with his band, as well as Kravitz with visual artistic related backgrounds.

"Rock and Roll Is Dead" is an uptempo rock song.

The guitar riffs in this song are very similar to the ones in "Heartbreaker" by Led Zeppelin.

Kravitz said about the meaning of "Rock and Roll Is Dead": "That song was completely misunderstood. A lot of people don't take [the song] that one layer deeper--they hear the title and chorus and take it at face value. They think I'm being serious when actually I'm a very big clown. But you have to know me to see that. I'm constantly cracking up and cracking everybody else around me up. People see my photos and think I labor over my image and I'm this cool, brooding artist. But I'm just having fun with it."

The same year that "Rock and Roll Is Dead" was released, Prince released a B-side called "Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive (And It Lives In Minneapolis)" for the single "Gold" from The Gold Experience album.

The song was covered by Mitsuki Aira on her debut album Copy.

Following its release, other artists have released songs of similar titles criticizing the demise of specific musical genres led by reckless artists, namely Marilyn Manson's 1999 "Rock Is Dead" and Nas' 2006 single "Hip-Hop Is Dead".

However, a song with same title in Russian (Рок-н-ролл мёртв) was issued on 1982 album Radio Africa by Aquarium.


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