About Barracuda

"Barracuda" is a song by American rock band Heart from their second studio album, Little Queen (1977), and was released as the album's lead single. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent 20 weeks. In 2007, the song was included as a playable track in the music video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. In 2009, "Barracuda" was named the 34th Best Hard Rock Song of All Time by VH1. The song was included on the compilation albums Greatest Hits/Live (1980), These Dreams: Greatest Hits (1997), Greatest Hits (1998), The Essential Heart (2002), Love Alive (2005), Playlist: The Very Best of Heart (2008) and Strange Euphoria (2012), and on the live albums Rock the House Live! (1991), The Road Home (1995), Alive in Seattle (2003) and Live in Atlantic City (2019).  


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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

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Heart is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Seattle, Washington as The Army, two years later, The Army changed their name to Hocus Pocus, then they changed their name again to White Heart a year later, but eventually changed the name a final time to Heart in 1973. more »

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Written by: Roger Douglas Fisher, Michael Joseph Derosier, Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson, Ann Wilson Dustin

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11 facts about this song

Release Year
"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.
Songwriting Credit
The songwriting credit for "Barracuda" goes to Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, as well as Michael DeRosier and Roger Fisher.
Guitar Solo
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.
Live Performances
Despite being released over four decades ago, "Barracuda" continues to be a staple of Heart's live performances.
Cover Versions
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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