This Ain't Heaven

by MARYANNE SCANDIFFIO's NO ANGELS

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No Angels Words and music by: Rob Parker, MaryAnn Scandiffio, Scott Cable, and Kenny Siena Nothing’s easy when you’re living in the city Gotta hustle, gotta do your nine to five It’s a jungle- everybody is a hunter And like a tiger you gotta kill to stay alive… Gimme, gimme, gimme Gimme your blood Down and dirty, stuck in the mud… Pick yourself up And you’re back on your feet You can’t have a heart when you live in the street… This ain’t heaven and we’re no angels And life ain’t easy, if you know what I mean Rules ain’t golden, they just get broken Today’s new nightmare is yesterday’s dream Look around you, it’s a world of empty faces Everybody trying to take you for a ride Nitty gritty- it’s enough to drive you crazy Good hide it, gotta keep it all inside Gimme, gimme, gimme Gimme your blood Down and dirty, stuck in the mud… Pick yourself up And you’re back on your feet You can’t have a heart when you live in the street… This ain’t heaven and we’re no angels And life ain’t easy, if you know what I mean Rules ain’t golden, they just get broken Today’s new nightmare is yesterday’s dream This ain’t heaven and we’re no angels And life ain’t easy, if you know what I mean Rules ain’t golden, they just get broken Today’s new nightmare is yesterday’s dream This ain’t heaven and we’re no angels And life ain’t easy, if you know what I mean Rules ain’t golden, they just get broken Today’s new nightmare is yesterday’s dream You know what I mean
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I Wanna Be With You I seen you hangin’ on the corner baby You’re looking lonely could you use a friend tonight, Well alright I’ve been watchin’ you for such a long time And if you let me, I know how to treat you right, I’m goin’ to treat right And when I see you smile, You make my heart go wild The passion burns inside of me Nobody’s ever made me feel this crazy Can’t stop myself from thinking bout you all the time You’re on my mind And I can’t wait until I’m with you baby Cause every moment we’re apart it’s wasted time You know it’s wasted time And when I close my eyes, that’s when I fantasize About the things you’ll do to me I wanna be with you Come on tell me do you feel it too I wanna be with you In the middle of the afternoon I’ll do whatever you want me to I wanna be with you
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Ode to Mary Jane A faded picture sits high upon a shelf A time when she remembers something good about herself The picture tells a story of the way she used to be But happy times have faded with the picture’s memory Once a child of dignity now a child of misery Who is gonna stop the pain And who will take away your shame The tears you cry are shed in vain Maryjane The thoughts that run inside your brain Are slowly driving you insane Your heart is breaking once again Maryjane The sun outside is shining but she can’t get out of bed And nothing ever seems to stop the aching in her head As winter turns to summer, summer, turns to fall She hides under the covers she is locked behind the wall Nobody seems to care she cries at night but no one’s there
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No Angels Words and music by: Rob Parker, MaryAnn Scandiffio, Scott Cable, and Kenny Siena Nothing’s easy when you’re living in the city Gotta hustle, gotta do your nine to five It’s a jungle- everybody is a hunter And like a tiger you gotta kill to stay alive… Gimme, gimme, gimme Gimme your blood Down and dirty, stuck in the mud… Pick yourself up And you’re back on your feet You can’t have a heart when you live in the street… This ain’t heaven and we’re no angels And life ain’t easy, if you know what I mean Rules ain’t golden, they just get broken Today’s new nightmare is yesterday’s dream Look around you, it’s a world of empty faces Everybody trying to take you for a ride Nitty gritty- it’s enough to drive you crazy Good hide it, gotta keep it all inside Gimme, gimme, gimme Gimme your blood Down and dirty, stuck in the mud… Pick yourself up And you’re back on your feet You can’t have a heart when you live in the street… This ain’t heaven and we’re no angels And life ain’t easy, if you know what I mean Rules ain’t golden, they just get broken Today’s new nightmare is yesterday’s dream This ain’t heaven and we’re no angels And life ain’t easy, if you know what I mean Rules ain’t golden, they just get broken Today’s new nightmare is yesterday’s dream This ain’t heaven and we’re no angels And life ain’t easy, if you know what I mean Rules ain’t golden, they just get broken Today’s new nightmare is yesterday’s dream You know what I mean Now I Know Once upon a time when I was young Well I was sweet and innocent I never thought much about finding love And I couldn’t care much about what it meant but Lately a feelings comin’ over me yeah, oh yeah It’s got me dancin’ on the ceiling It it real or make believe Hey now I know Gonna’ let the love in me Hey yes I know A little bit of live is all I’m ever gonna need People try to tell you how to live your life Everybody wants to show you the way All you have to do is let the love inside You know it’s true You know what I’m sayin’ Cause lately a feelings comin’ over me ew yeah It’s got me rockin’ and a reelin’ Is it real or is it just a dream Hey now I know Gonna’ let the love in me Hey yes I know A little bit of live is all I’m ever gonna need Hey yeah now I know I want to let the love in me Oh yeah now I know A little bit of live is all I’m ever gonna need I can’t run away Love is here to stay now It’s a chemical reaction Kickin’ in that animal attraction Hey now I know Gonna’ let the love in me Hey yeah now I know Love is all I really need Oh yeah well now I know I want to let the love in me Hey yes I know A little bit of live is all I’m ever gonna need Oh yeah you can’t run You can’t hide You can’t run from love
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Wine, Beer, Whiskey and Gin Wake up in the morning can’t remember a thing Last night is just a faded memory How did I get here Where the hell have I been And who’s this person sleeping next to me Mirror, mirror on the wall Am I the fairest one of them all And mirror, mirror tell me what do you see An empty reflection staring back at me Your life is floating in a bottle of sin Wine, beer, whiskey and gin Ain’t worth the trouble it’s getting you in Wine, beer, whiskey and gin Got to go get to work ‘cos it is 10:15 You wanna call in sick but its the third time this week You take a show Still feel dirty and cheap So you crawl back in bed And hide under the sheets Round and round your head it spins Your body’s shakin’ like a cat on a limb American standards got you down on your knees Lord have mercy Won’t you help me please? (Repeat chorus)
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Now I Know Once upon a time when I was young Well I was sweet and innocent I never thought much about finding love And I couldn’t care much about what it meant but Lately a feelings comin’ over me yeah, oh yeah It’s got me dancin’ on the ceiling It it real or make believe Hey now I know Gonna’ let the love in me Hey yes I know A little bit of live is all I’m ever gonna need People try to tell you how to live your life Everybody wants to show you the way All you have to do is let the love inside You know it’s true You know what I’m sayin’ Cause lately a feelings comin’ over me ew yeah It’s got me rockin’ and a reelin’ Is it real or is it just a dream Hey now I know Gonna’ let the love in me Hey yes I know A little bit of live is all I’m ever gonna need Hey yeah now I know I want to let the love in me Oh yeah now I know A little bit of live is all I’m ever gonna need I can’t run away Love is here to stay now It’s a chemical reaction Kickin’ in that animal attraction Hey now I know Gonna’ let the love in me Hey yeah now I know Love is all I really need Oh yeah well now I know I want to let the love in me Hey yes I know A little bit of live is all I’m ever gonna need Oh yeah you can’t run You can’t hide You can’t run from love
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Goodbye Words and music by: Rob Parker, MaryAnn Scandiffio, Scott Cable, and Kenny Siena A wind of change is blowing The time has come for going And I must be on my way I’ll do the best I can To make you understand But it’s so hard for me to say… I know just how you feel And I know it don’t seem real But that’s the way that it’s gonna be Been too much pain and crying There’s no love left for trying You don’t belong with someone like me… You know I won’t forget you I remember the day I met you I thought I saw the sun in your eyes So like a foolish child I let my love run wild And I was blind to all of your lies… But this time, babe, I’m gonna say goodbye And you ain’t gonna see me cry Cos everything is gonna be all right now And this time, babe, I’m gonna say goodbye Don’t say your heart is breaking You’ve done your share of taking So turn around and walk away… away… But this time, babe, I’m gonna say goodbye And you ain’t gonna see me cry Cos everything is gonna be all right now And this time, babe, I’m gonna say goodbye But this time, babe, I’m gonna say goodbye And you ain’t gonna see me cry Cos everything is gonna be all right now And this time, babe, I’m gonna say goodbye
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Boy The First time I saw you babe I said ew there’s a do right man I needed to get your attention But I knew that I needed a plan I had to do something to bring you my way hey hey What could I do what could I say Well I just opened my mouth and I said Boy come here I’m going to tell you something sweet It’s going to knock you off of your feet Hey boy it’s right here You better close your pretty eyes if you want a big surprise Hey boy You started to move in my direction I could feel my temperature rise But then when that redhead walked by I saw that look in your eyes ew who I had to do something that would bring you my way hey hey What could I do what could I say Well I just opened up my legs and I said Boy come here I’m going to tell you something sweet It’s going to knock you off of your feet Hey boy it’s right here You better close your pretty eyes if you want a big surprise Hey boy come here I don’t even know your name but I would like to just the same Hey boy right here I wanna’ tell you something nice And I ain’t gonna tell you twice no no no Hey Boy come here I’m going to tell you something sweet It’s going to knock you off of your feet Hey boy it’s right here You better close your pretty eyes if you want a big surprise Hey boy come here I don’t even know your name but I would like to just the same Hey boy right here I wanna’ tell you something nice And I ain’t gonna tell you twice Hey boy come here
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Madness 03:09
Madness Gonna keep the faith Keep the home fires burning I gotta stay hungry Ain’t no time to waste Coming on like a blue tornado Can you feel the power flow Gotta hang in and fight the good fight Don’t you know I ain’t gonna rest, I ain’t gonna die (Gotta get into the madness) I gotta make my spirit fly (Gotta get into the madness) I’m down on my luck I’m busted down again And I just can’t explain All the blues from within Coming on like a blue tornado Can you feel the power flow Gotta hang in and fight the good fight Don’t you know I ain’t gonna rest, I ain’t gonna die (Gotta get into the madness) I gonna make my spirit fly (Gotta get into the madness) And when I’m down here in the killing fields I’ll know I did the best I could And when I’m lying here on my dying bed I’ll know I still ain’t through I gotta break through, yeah I ain’t gonna rest, I ain’t gonna die (Gotta get into the madness) I ain’t gonna rest, I ain’t gonna die (Gotta get into the madness) I gonna make my spirit fly (Gotta get into the madness) I ain’t gonna rest, I ain’t gonna die (Gotta get into the madness) I gonna make my spirit fly (Gotta get into the madness)

about

No Angels is “in your face rock n’ roll,” says co-founder and lead guitarist Robbie Parker.

Formed in late 1992, this power trio with lead singer MaryAnn Scandiffio provides straight ahead, no-nonsense rock.

MaryAnn Scandiffio, whose voice is probably one of the best-kept secrets in American hard rock, is a
well-established artist in Europe. In the early, to mid-1980s she fronted the New York heavy metal outfit known as Blscklace, a band which she also founded. After signing with the Belgium label Mausoleum Records, Blacklace would produce two albums followed by videos and live performances in Europe including headlining Belgium's biggest hard rock festival at the time. Back in the States, the band became the opening act for; Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, The Plasmatics, Billy Sheehan, Joe Perry Project, Zebra and Humble Pie, among other national acts.

Scandiffio found her band rising in hard rock charts, with record sales in the tens of thousands. Though the growing success of Blacklace, Scandiffio had become a star in her own right, drawing large crowds at record signings and personal appearances and even being featured on the cover of Hit Parader magazine.

After Blacklace had decided to call it a day, Scandiffio began to focus on her next project. It was while working on her solo material with ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, drummer Jamie Oldaker (Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, Frehley’s Comet) and bassist Mark Clark (Coliseum, Uriah Heep, Billy Squire), when she would meet her NO ANGELS co-founder Robbie Parker. Scandiffio and Parker would soon begin working together and developing their unique sound and songwriting style.

Previously, Parker had performed up and down the eastern seaboard with his band Royal Tease. His signature guitar work had already been featured on national commercials for Chrysler. Other projects included producing with accredited producer/engineer Paul Orofino; a children’s album and an up and coming hip-hop artist. Most recently Parker wrote and produced the theme for a national television pilot with Blue Oyster Cult founding member Joe Bouchard. Parker would also play the guitar on all three projects.

Completing the musical equation are seasoned performers Scott Cable, who is well-established as one of the finest bass players on the Northeast club circuit, and drummer Kenny Siena, who has made his mark performing and recording extensively throughout the tri-state area with the band Realm. With Cable’s driving bass and Siena’s sledgehammer style of drumming together, they created a rhythm sound that is unmistakably NO ANGELS.

Whether tearing up a live performance or burning up a tape, NO ANGELS is undeniably back to the wall rock n’ roll.

Soon NO ANGELS would enter Millbrook Studios in Millbrook, New York to lay down 11 hard rock tracks for the band’s debut album ‘This Ain’t Heaven’. Recorded and engineered by Paul Orofino, known for his work with bands such as Danger Danger, TNT, Tyketto and Riot among many others. The outcome would prove to be as strong as any of the band’s contemporaries’ output of the time, as well as showcasing Scandiffio’s vocals that had further developed since her earlier works. The recording would be completed however ‘This Ain’t Heaven’ would inevitably be shelved for the next 26 years.

credits

released May 21, 2020

Recorded at Millbrook Studios – Millbrook, NY
Engineered & Produced by Paul Orofino

Band
MaryAnne Scandiffio – Lead Vocals
Robbie Parker – Lead & Rhythm Guitar & Backing Vocals
Scott Cable – Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Kenny Siena – Drums & Backing Vocals
Additional Musicians
Joe Bouchard – Keyboards
Shelly Parker – Backing Vocals

Songwriting Credits
38 Shake – Music - R. Parker; Lyrics - M. Scandiffio
No Angels - Music & Lyrics - R. Parker, M. Scandiffio, S. Cable, K. Siena
I Wanna Be With You – Music – R. Parker; Lyrics – J. Pugliatti
Ode to MaryJane - Music – R. Parker; Lyrics – J. Pugliatti
Tow The Line - Music – R. Parker; Lyrics – J. Pugliatti
Wine, Beer, Whiskey & Gin - Music – R. Parker; Lyrics – J. Pugliatti
Now I Know - Music - R. Parker; Lyrics - M. Scandiffio
Goodbye - Music & Lyrics - R. Parker, M. Scandiffio, S. Cable, K. Siena
Boy - Music & Lyrics - R. Parker, M. Scandiffio, S. Cable, K. Siena
What You Want - Music & Lyrics - R. Parker, M. Scandiffio, S. Cable, K. Siena
Madness - Music - R. Parker; Lyrics – K. Siena

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