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So this ain't the end, I saw you again, today I had to turn my heart away Smiled like the sun, kisses for everyone And tales, it never fails You lying so low in the weeds I bet you gonna ambush me You'd have me down, down, down on my knees Now wouldn't you, Barracuda? Oh Back over time we were all trying for free You met the porpoise and me No right, no wrong you're selling a song, a name Whisper game If the real thing don't do the trick You better make up something quick You gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn to the wick Oooo, Barracuda, oh yeah "Sell me, sell you" the porpoise said Dive down deep to save my head You, I think you got the blues too All that night and all the next Swam without looking back Made for the western pools, silly, silly fools If the real thing don't do the trick, no You better make up something quick You gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn it to the wick Oooo, barra-barracuda
Written by: Roger Douglas Fisher, Michael Joseph Derosier, Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson, Ann Wilson Dustin
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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11 facts about this song
"Barracuda" was released by the rock band Heart in 1977. It is one of their most popular songs and helped to establish them as one of the top rock bands of the 1970s.
The song is part of their second album "Little Queen". This album marked Heart’s debut on Portrait Records.
"Barracuda" reached the number 11 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which was a significant accomplishment for the band.
The song was a response to a publicity stunt by the band's label, Mushroom Records, which released a fake publicity photo suggesting that the Wilson sisters were in a lesbian relationship. The anger felt by Ann and Nancy Wilson over that was channeled into the song.
The songwriting credit for "Barracuda" goes to Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, as well as Michael DeRosier and Roger Fisher.
The song is well known for its guitar solo which remains a keynote example in the genre of hard rock.
Usage in Media
"Barracuda" has been used in several movies, including Charlie's Angels and Roll Bounce, as well as in TV shows such as Supernatural. It’s also part of the soundtrack on video games like Guitar Hero III and Rock Band 3.
Pop Culture Reference
The song was used in the 2008 American presidential campaign by the Republican Party for their candidate Sarah Palin, whose nickname was "Sarah Barracuda". However, this was done without Heart's approval, and they requested that their song not be used.
Despite being released over four decades ago, "Barracuda" continues to be a staple of Heart's live performances.
The song has been covered by many artists and bands such as Fergie and Gretchen Wilson. These versions are a testament to the song's enduring popularity and influence on rock music.
It was named the 34th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
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