Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)


About Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)

"Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" is a song by American hard rock band Tesla. The song was released as the lead single from the group's second studio album, The Great Radio Controversy. The song peaked at #13 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart on March 18, 1989. Along with "Love Song" and "What You Give", "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" is considered to be one of the band's signature songs. The song's intro and outro features a slide guitar.

You know I'm on a slick trip, I'm always ready to kick ass
Up on the stage I'm in a rage, I'm havin' the time of my life
Yes, indeed, what a sweet, sweet life it is
Until some loco two-bit floosie with a Louie Le-Strange


Tesla is an American hard rock band formed in Sacramento, California in 1984. They have sold 14 million albums in the United States. more »

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Song's Identity
"Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" is a song by American rock band Tesla, included in their second studio album "The Great Radio Controversy."
Release Details
"The Great Radio Controversy", which includes "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" was released in February 1989.
Music Video
The song featured an interesting and engaging music video, displaying the band performing on a mountain top with an old, rustic house in the backdrop.
Genre Classification
"Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" falls under the genre of hard rock, with nuances of hair metal.
This song has been one of Tesla's favorite songs to perform live. The guitar riffs and high energy contribute to the song's popularity in live shows.
Album Success
"The Great Radio Controversy" album peaked at #18 on the Billboard 200 charts, indicating that "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)", among other songs in the album, was well received.
Writing credits
The song was written by the Tesla band members: Jeff Keith, Frank Hannon, Brian Wheat, Tommy Skeoch, and Troy Luccketta.
Lyrical theme
The song presents both existential ponderings and celebration of life's pleasures, in its lyrics. "Don't look down, see that sky, we're gonna reach it now, do you feel like, yeah I feel like, it's going out of style."
Guitar Work
"Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" has been noted for its appealing mixture of acoustic and electric guitar riffs, thanks to guitarists Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch.
Over the years, "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" has continued to be a fan favorite and is seen as one of Tesla's signature songs, frequently performed at their concerts.
Tesla's Style
While Tesla was often classified with the 'hair metal' movement of the late 80s, their music, such as "Heaven's Trail (No Way Out)" often displayed more of a bluesy, organic feel compared to their contemporaries.

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