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I Never Wrote Those Songs (Lace & Whiskey, 1977)

“I Never Wrote Those Songs” Lyrics:

My tape recorder
It must be lyin’
‘Cause this I just can’t believe
I hear a voice that’s cryin’
That’s not me

The wheel goes round
I hear a sound
It’s comin’ out all wrong
And I swear to you I never wrote that song

I been livin’ in my own shell so long
The only place I ever feel at home

And oh, that music
I hate those lyrics
It stayed inside me so long
And I swear to you I never wrote that song

But pardon me
I’m not lookin’ for sympathy
Not sympathy
I’m just thinking out loud
The melody
It goes nowhere pointlessly
Silence please

I been livin’ in my own shell so long
The only place I ever feel at home

And oh, that music
I hate those lyrics
It stayed inside me so long
And I swear to you I never

The Lace and Whiskey LP was released in 1977. The record introduced Alice as a new character, Maurice Escargot.

Escargot, a private investigator, was inspired by Inspector Clouseau from the ‘Pink Panther’ movies. The goal was to create a new show combining Comedy and Rock.

Once again, Bob Ezrin and Alice locked arms on the production side of the album, and many of the tracks from the Alice Cooper Goes To Hell and Lace and Whiskey LPs were cut simultaneously.

The funny thing is, if I remember correctly, we recorded the basic tracks of those two albums at the same time. So when I think about them, they sort of smooshed together. We’d do like a couple of weeks on Goes to Hell; then we’d do a couple of weeks on Lace and Whiskey. Not sure why it was done that way, but I just seem to remember that we were doing both of them at the same time.” – Steve Hunter, former guitarist for Alice Cooper

While the two LPs convey different concepts, it’s interesting that both albums end on “prodigal” suggestions with the tracks “Going Home” and “My God.” While some fans and critics find the Lace & Whiskey LP confusing or oddly out of place, we see it as a masterful display of diversity and depth.

​“I Never Wrote Those Songs” is a profound track. There is a multi-faceted story that is both philosophical and spiritual. When you peel back the lyrical surface, you find the psyche of someone questioning how they got where they are and denying what they did to get there (sometimes blaming others).

And oh, that music, I hate those lyrics
It stayed inside me so long
And I swear to you, I never wrote that song

These lyrics are unquestionably heartwrenching. Stop and think about a time when you might not have understood why you felt the way you did.

Maybe you were hostile towards family, selfishly living only for yourself, bitterly holding a grudge against a friend/colleague, or drowning out other people around you with substances. The list goes on.

Looking back is not always easy, but the best way to move forward is by accepting what you’ve done and then moving toward reconciliation and repentance.

​Let’s pull this song apart to deal with three topics: 1) guilt, 2) shame, and 3) regret. The first thing to know about each is that none are from the Lord. They are tools used by the enemy to keep us locked in stagnation – crippled, lost, and separated from the Love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

They each have their way of keeping us hindered. And the combination of the three can cause significant disruptions in our faith. Here’s the breakdown of each and a few ways to fight them.

Guilt.
In all HIS majesty, the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, wipes away all sin – past, present, and future. We must remember this.

Guilt is the opposite of grace; many (especially the enemy) see it as a tool to hold others in contempt. In turn, this leaves many lost and held captive to their past.

We’ve spoken with many Christians, Pastors, and even non-believers who are left confused about what Christ’s death meant for the world if grace is not a primary driving component of our relationship with HIM.

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” – John 3:17

While the world and various parts of many religions (including some Christians) hold others in scorn, these verses seem reasonably straightforward. With condemnation comes guilt; without condemnation comes freedom. Christ has given us a Spirit of freedom, not condemnation.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. – Romans 8:1-4

The above-listed verses are a reminder of why Christ came and what it means to be free. God’s Word has declared that anyone who has accepted Him in their heart and proclaims Him as Lord is guilt-free.

However, we don’t take grace lightly. We don’t continually commit serial or meditated sins. We repent and ask for forgiveness when we stumble, resting in the grace of His Love.

Sin and temptations can still hinder our lives even after we’ve claimed the faith, know Christ as Lord, and walk with Him. When we stumble, we must seek His forgiveness (1 John 1:9) and realize we are made righteous through Him and His blood (Romans 3:22).

Shame.
Life is a beautiful gift given to us by our Creator. We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) to accomplish HIS will.

“And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”Genesis 2:25

In the above-listed verse, we find both man and woman unashamed and content with one another, walking with God. However, in Genesis 3, we see the introduction of sin.

The enemy introduced the very notion of sin. Life was and is perfect with the enemy and sin removed from the narrative.

When we allow the enemy to intercede – causing mischief in our lives, our past starts to sneak up on us. In turn, shame is utilized against us.

If we aren’t careful, it’s easy to listen to and dwell on those lies about us (and our past). Our faith is founded upon continually seeking Him, not dwelling on what has already happened.

We must learn to pursue Him in times of celebration, times of pain, times of joy, times of sorrow, and in all other seasons of life.

“For through the law, I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” – Galatians 2:19-21

Paul teaches us in the above-listed verses that a transformation has occurred with the acceptance of Jesus Christ. We have been crucified with Him. We no longer live as we did; instead, we live through Him. Our old life is gone, and our new life is recreated in Him.

There’s no shame in who we once were. Instead, we celebrate who we have become through Him.

Our past lives testify to who He is and where He has brought us. The vast difference between how we live today versus how we lived before indicates to others the nature of Christ and the transformation His Spirit brings.

Regret.
This one holds so many of us back. Living in a state of regret has no use whatsoever for all humanity, let alone Christians. There’s no changing the events that have taken place in our lives, but there is a way to make amends.

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Philippians 3:13-15

As we draw breath and know Him to be Lord, we see He has brought us where we are.  

Regret leaves us locked in the past – paralyzed and refusing to run the race. His Glory is found in our present, NOT dwelling in our past. God often uses whatever events or obstacles we ‘regret’ as a vehicle for His glory.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:26-28

The above-listed verses call those who love God to have faith and know that the Spirit intercedes by God’s Will and good things come to those who love Him. If we accept Him and know Him as Lord, we have been called according to His purpose.

In a nutshell, have faith and know what we see as regretful actions the Lord uses to mold us through salvation, delivering us from death (2 Corinthians 7:10). Cling not to despair but instead rejoice in knowing Him (James 1:17).

​Wrapping this up, it’s time to let go of the lies – the ones used by the enemy. The Lord knows our pains, our hurts, our sorrows. He knows the suffering we have overcome and endured.

He wants those lies removed and replaced by His TRUTH. His LOVE. His LIGHT. His MERCY. His GRACE. His SON. On that note, let us pray…

‘Lord bless our souls and lives. May we know you are Lord, Creator, Father, Abba. May we bless your Holy Name! You have forgiven our sins – every one of them. You have healed our sickness – every one of them. You redeemed us from the pits of hell – saving our lives. You crown us with your love and mercy – a crown of paradise. You wrap us in your goodness – an eternal splendor. You rejuvenate our lives – making us young in your presence. May we lean on your Word and rest assured in your arms. Amen.” (paraphrasing the prayers prayed in Psalms 103: 2-4).

​When the enemy uses guilt, shame, and regret against us, let us find strength in God’s Word and cry out to Him (using Psalms 103:2-4 or any other prayer). He will lift our souls and make us anew through His Wisdom, Grace, and Mercy. Amen.

In conclusion, the Lace and Whiskey LP represents a pivotal moment in Alice’s career. Questions about his health, alcohol addiction, and the toll that life on the road had taken on his physical and mental state were asked.

In turn, Alice wound up spending time at the Cornell Medical Center and fought his way through weeks of treatment. According to Sheryl, his wife, a new “sharper, clearer, more energetic version” of Alice emerged.

A new path was laid in front of Alice. A familiar one that he had journeyed before. Soon, he would learn why God had placed him in the camp of the Philistines.

This sinister character, known as the godfather of Shock Rock, would soon become an ambassador for Christ and a representation of God’s everlasting Love.

That’s it for this week. Catch you next Friday!

Until then, Keep Walkin’ in Faith and Rockin’ with Alice!

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