Judas Priest - Raw Deal


6th track from the Judas Priest album, Sin After Sin (1977). Lyrics: I made a spike about nine o'clock on a Saturday All eyes hit me as I walked into the door Then ??? and then the guys were fooling in the demin dudes A couple cards played rough stuff, New York, fire island I cased the joint, straining at the scenes I moseyed up to the counter and the tender came a-grinnin' I snapped the smile off his face and scowled "Give me a bourbon" The mirror on the wall was collecting and reflecting All the heavy bodies ducking, stealing eager for some action The scene screwed me up, I saw some contact Then the big boys, saw me and knew that I'd had too much, floating around Statues alive, seconds are hours Sacks like a hurricane, wrapped in and shattered I was barely holding on to this flying body symphony I guess I dream in pictures, not colors The true free expression I demand is human rights - right I gave my life, I am immortal I'm going, no loss I'm going, no loss I'm going, no loss I'm going, no loss Nightmare, just a bunch of goddamn, rotten, steaming, raw Deal



Matthew Barber
I pity the poor people who think Rob only came out in 1998.
Paige Reyes
One of the best Priest songs...
Neal Nicastro
Anyone who didn't know Halford was gay either wasn't paying attention or they were in denial. For myself I couldnt care less. Priest has been my favorite band since I was 15. I'm 49 now. For me it's always been about the music. Anyone who claimed to be such a huge priest fan then jumped ship when Halford came out were never priest fans.
Horror and Halloween 101
This song is groovy and funky as hell. I love it.
Name_
I've made a corrections and annotations to the lyrics posted. I made The Spike [was a gay leather bar in NY] about nine o'clock on a Saturday, All eyes hit me as I walked into the door The steely leather guys were foolin' with the denim dudes [JP lists this wrong on their website and lyric book, but clearly says 'leather guys' and given the setting of a real-life leather bar only makes sense as this], A couple cards played rough stuff, New York, Fire Island [had/has a gay scene]. I cased the joint; straining at the scenes, I moseyed up to the counter and the tender came a-grinnin', I snapped the smile off his face and scowled "Give me a bourbon". The mirror on the wall was collecting and reflecting All the heavy bodies ducking, stealing eager for some action. The scene screwed me up, I saw some contact. Then there he was... saw me and knew that... I'd had too much, floating around... Statues alive, seconds are hours... Sex is like a hurricane, [not 'sacks'. song doesn't make any sense otherwise] It ravages and shatters![not sure myself of the exact wording] I was barely holding on to this flying body symphony, I guess I dream in pictures, not colours. The true free expression I demand is human rights - right! [call for gay rights! So beginning of verse must say 'sex' not 'sacks', and first verse specifies Fire Island and the leather guys at the leather bar The Spike]. I gave my life, I am immortal! Love knoweth no laws. Love knoweth no laws. Love knoweth no laws. Nightmare, just a bunch of goddamn, rotten, steaming, raw!
Zachary Thax
I'm not gay, but boy have I ever been accused of it. Rob Halford really spoke to how pissed off you are with society putting a stigma on you. It matters not whether the thing you're being stigmatized for is real or just perceived.
Old-Man Parker
WHAT? Wait a minute! What the …?! This song is about a gay bar? ... and also about gay culture back in the 70's? I NEVER knew that! I'm gay! I was gay when bought this album way back at age 17. I just loved the jamming guitars and the screaming operatic lyrics. I thought Rob Halford was the voice of God! I always loved this song. Had no idea what so ever. Plus, I don't know one other gay man who knows this is a song about being gay, either! Wow! in 77 the album didn't have the lyrics. Bet the record company didn't want people to know what this song was about. Well, I just bought the re-mastered CD after I lost the Vinyl years ago. It has liner notes. Now I get it! Oh dude, the oppression back in the 70's was fierce! Rednecks and jocks went out "gay bashing" for fun on the week ends where I grew up. The cops were just as likely to beat the hell out of you as any redneck. I knew two fiends who were murdered. Wish I had known what this song was about back then! Would have helped get me though so many rough times! Cause, baby, it was kinda a "Nightmare, just a bunch of goddamn, rotten, steaming, raw Deal"!!!
Mike Mixer
The Steel and Leather guys were foolin with the denim dudes
Eric Rios
Rob Halford’s vocals are just great and exciting in this recording. Fantastic frontman.
Jason Kirkland
My favorite album of all time kicks ass
MrDR7no
damn this song and the whole album kick some fierce ass! To me it's their most underrated album by far.. It is the perfection of the already immaculate sound of Sad Wings imo.. Every song is beast.. The incredible heartfelt ballads, the rockers like this one and Sinner.. one of the first true speed metal songs Dissident Aggressor and Call The Priest.. Everything is there.. Thousand times better than the utterly overrated Stained Class and Killing Machine..
Savedby Grace
Badass !
FunerealObsession
That feel when a homosexual writes better lyrics and sings better songs about lust, intimacy, and passion than 90% of straight folks.
Louis Csanko
JUDAS PRIEST= GREATEST BAND// ROB HALFORD= GREATEST VOCALIST
German Gonzalez
I just found out this song is about a gay place. Ewwww... jk, long life Judas Priest
Rex Rex
Idgaf how gay rob is Judiest priest one of my favorite bands of all time
guitardude 2
0:30 great riff
Ziggyzag Zi
all about the guitars!
Hot Rockin'
this song is just so fcuking great, everything about it👯
David Adams
This is the song when I knew he was a friend of Dorothy.
Gerald Floyd
well said dr no, never knew why british steel was so highly rated. this and point of entry are my lifelong favorites
Loretta Santos
true rock n roll baby....
Sprained Bent
melt away with dat solo
isaa Harel
rob gay but more manly and badass then you
Luzifer
We should kill the one who dislike!
sglider
Because the lyrics were never printed with the album back in the 70s and the words aren't exactly easy to pick out of the mix even on a remastered track 30 years later let alone an original vinyl mix. Plus, the album was not a big seller initially and this song of course was never a single and to my knowledge, they never played it live back then or recently.
billthecatt
the steamy leather guys were fooling with the demin dudes.
In the water
one of the best on the album... riff city
MMRED
I'm talking about the LYRICS: "and then the guys were fooling with them demin dudes" "New York, Fire Island" "All the heavy bodies ducking, stealing eager for some action The scene screwed me up, I saw some contact Then the big boys, saw me and knew that" "Sacks like a hurricane, wrapped in and shattered I was barely holding on to this flying body symphony" "The true free expression I demand is human rights" It's a song about being a gay biker/metalhead and demanding equal rights.
4packdaddy
hm hard rock. not sure bout that one. I can hit those octaves believe it or not. Not as good as halford obviously but does that make me that way too? Rock on Classic Priest!!! hell ya!!
MMRED
How could people NOT know he was gay after hearing a song like this? It paints a pretty gay picture.
SignalsMusic
then steely leather guys were foolin with the denim dudes, pretty sure thats it
Janine Schwarz
A I walked into the "bar".....and "snarled" give me a bourbon.... "Then there he was" saw me and knew that...."Sex like a hurricane it grabs and then it shatters".............can't figure out 3rd line for the life of me but pretty sure about these corrections to what is posted. Hit me up if you think you know that third line...lol!
Mire Shen
1st!
Kaseb Mohamed
I love that proto-Pantera groove metal feel, not surprising that Pantera cited Judas Priest as a major influence, it's obvious on such songs!
Liam Fisher
This is the song that Rob Halford came out as gay in. The lyrics are so in-your-face obvious it's a miracle nobody read them and found out. Great song!
Paul Chabot
Parker - this song was played on cid. :Yea Trip and listen
mulehead126
I have a remastered copy of Sin After Sin on CD with the lyrics included...hope this helps clear up some of the confusion...good job though doing this by just listening... I made a spike about nine o'clock on a Saturday All eyes hit me as I walked into the bar And seeing other guys were fooling with the denim dudes A couple cards played rough stuff, New York, fire island I cased the joint, straining at the seams I moseyed up to the counter and the tender came a-grinnin' I snapped the smile off his face and scowled "Give me a bourbon" The mirror on the wall was collecting and reflecting All the heavy bodies ducking, stealing eager for some action The scene screwed me up, I saw some contact Then the big boys saw me and knew that I'd had too much, floating around Statues alive, seconds are hours Sacks like a hurricane, wrapped in and shattered I was barely holding on to this crying bawling symphony I guess I dream in pictures, not colours The true free expression I demand is human rights - right I gave my live, I am immortal I'm going, no loss I'm going, no loss I'm going, no loss I'm going, no loss Nightmare, just a bunch of goddamn, rotten, steaming, raw deal
Lucian Williams
Love this song so much \m/
Kathi Weaver
Yes, i was selling- promo, this in tid bits-c? It sounds like Uli picked up Rogers guitar and that Blackie has one n kk has his lil Glen tid bit??Yeah sorts the neighbors are still therishhh!
Dol-B Design, LLC
Grew up on this, it never gets old, and no matter what, I never get a raw deal when listening to priest...Give me a Bourbon!
James Igou
Great song, gay lyrics about Fire Island or not, who cares. Those riffs are fantastics. I love Ron's lyrics.
norsmetal
The missing lyrics can be heard if you listen closely and follow the story, incidently a modified version of the lyrics are on priests website, though they aren't the original ones as heard here on this original song. Obviously it's a song about the gay scene/nightlife at a bar called The Spike in New York's Fire Island. That is undisputed. The odd thing is I knew that 25 yrs ago but I still enjoyed the song and the whole album,
vlad drac
JP in their prime
Walamonga 1313
All for that glorious ending
Garrett Miller
This song Raw Deal by Judas Priest was on the song book 3 of my collection of Rock and Soul of course I had one tape dedicated just two Rock
Cold Shower
flyin' high now
Louis Csanko
RAW DEAL= NO MORE PRIEST
metalreign81
The title of the song is "Raw Deal", and the term "raw" meaning bareback or unprotected sex, was quite common during the 1970's gay underground scene. "Raw Deal" may also be a reference to the raw deal that gay people were receiving from society during that time period. Combined with the homoerotic lyrics, this is perhaps Judas Priest's queerest song, and it was done fairly early in their career. The other band members like Tipton and Downing denied the band had any gay overtones, but this song, along with the "leather n' studs" aesthetic of the band paints a different picture to the casual observer. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
bruce lira
Bad ass song!!!!!!!!
bruce lira
amen!
TomF
If Rob Halford wasn't proud of who he was, teaching other people to be proud of who they are, the world would be a worse place today.
James Pollard
Another great song!
ΣΤΕΦΑΝΟΣ ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΥ
2:15 you're welcome ;)
Kaseb Mohamed
and thus groove metal was shaped, 15 years before Pantera! but Pantera always claimed Judas Priest's influence so that's not surprising, anyway both were great bands!
NW Monk
We all knew he was gay, who cares. It was right there in front of you in all its studded leather. Could not have been more obvious, like Freddie Mercury and Queen. C'mon, the name alone was a giveaway. Great song. I remember listening to this at 15 and knew it was about a gay bar. I didn't care, all the more chicks more me I thought.
dkwhite1973
Awesome song....if it had no lyrics!!
bassmanjoe
Nine people prefer Turbo Lover
Lusty Rhonda MacPhallus
i fink its kool robb maide his lyfe coice two bekome a mincer. mi bruver is a mincer as wel.
DominusLuna
One of the greatest Priest songs ever. Too bad about the homo-tint.