[hand] [face]
The Original Deep Purple Web Pages
The Highway Star

Gillan’s track-by-track

ian Gillan's interview in Burrn! magazine, May 2017

The same issue of Burrn! also features an interview with Ian Gillan and a short review of inFinite (not very flattering). Apart from the things that have been said elsewhere during this promo campaign, Ian gives his track-by-track of the lyrics. Once again, exercise caution as this is just the gist of it and in reverse translation from Japanese.

Time for Bedlam
This is about frustration regarding the “system”. The lyrics are impressionistic. Roger wrote most of the lyrics in this album. In this song, I just added some phrases to Roger’s idea.

Hip Boots
This is about the boots that come up to the hips that slaves in the US wore when escaping by the Mississippi. They brought the music along when they escaped. So the message is about hope.

All I Got is You
This is a simple song about a couple breaking up. You can tell that the music develops as a result of some jamming. It also shows how naturally the band is playing in the studio.

One Night in Vegas
Lyrics by Roger. A guy goes to Vegas, gets drunk, meets a girl, and gets married within 10 minutes of meeting. It’s a miracle, but they are together after 30 years.

Get Me Outta Here
Idea by Roger. He is in some undesirable situation, I am not sure what it was. I’m just imagining, since I have not been in such a situaion all that much myself.

The Surprising
This is really an instrumental tune. Very impressionistic.

Johnny’s Band
Kids get together, form a band, play gigs, make some hit records, then get influenced by alcohol and drugs. People leave one by one, but two guys remain and continue to make good music. And everyone sings together. It is quite emotional. We have seen this happen many times.

On Top of the World
Ian’s wild experience in an Asian country, on top of a tall building. [As documented in his autobiography. — THS]

Birds of Prey
Again, Roger’s song, I don’t know what it is about, but very impressionistic. This is also basically an instrumental tune.

Thanks to Akemi Ono for the info.

10 Comments to “Gillan’s track-by-track”:

  1. 1
    Andy Thompson says:

    So it’s Rogers album then😉

  2. 2
    Wojtek Cugowski says:

    But does not sound like one, believe me.

  3. 3
    Tilmann Susato says:

    ritchie on the cover and gillan somewhere in the mag – that shows everything…

  4. 4
    D'ablo Bicasso says:

    Why does it need to be fragmented into his, hers, mine? It’s a Purple album that collectively… Has garnered a whirlwind of attention and publicly.
    Whomever wrote a verse or melody is inconsequential… It’s all ear candy for us to savor 🎶

  5. 5
    al says:

    to all the idiots that makes comments in here,just shut the hell up!ready to judge and bash,bunch of morons really!

  6. 6
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    @1 Andy Thompson, it’s our album…. the band made those songs for us. We are all very lucky little boys & girls (& others), so don’t you forget that!. Now go tidy up your room before your father gets home….

  7. 7
    josh says:

    Just one word to say: MASTERPIECE

  8. 8
    Martin Carran says:

    Great stuff, contains Deep Purple, smells like Deep Purple, looks like Deep Purple, sounds like Deep Purple…….. Is Deep Purple 🙂

  9. 9
    Mark says:

    Whatever the public response is to “Infinite”, it’s been a great 50 year ride, which the band, with it’s colourful cast of characters (Mk’s I to infinity included) can be proud. If the next world tour is the last then I hope the setlist is a broader overview of their history. But please guys – no Hush, we can do without that one!

  10. 10
    Chris Aston says:

    After 3rd listen I reckon this is the best purple album since perfect strangers in 1984. That’s remarkable. ..33 years since that album!

Add a comment:

Preview no longer available -- once you press Post, that's it. All comments are subject to moderation policy.

||||Unauthorized copying, while sometimes necessary, is never as good as the real thing
© 1993-2024 The Highway Star and contributors
Posts, Calendar and Comments RSS feeds for The Highway Star