My Sunday Song – “Blood Runs Cold” by Def Leppard

For My Sunday Song #157, “Blood Runs Cold” from the 1996 album ‘Slang’ is our song of discussion this week.  The song is certainly a deep cut as it was never a single and not sure if they played it live.  ‘Slang’ was a highly underrated album and was at a time when Grunge had killed the 80’s rock so Lep went out and did their own thing.  Most people wanted more of the same, but this was from it. This song is a ballad, but not like any ballad they had done before.

The song is another tribute to their fallen comrade, Steve Clark.  “Blood Runs Cold” was written by Joe Elliott and Phil Collen and this is the second tribute they had written for Steve, the first being “White Lightning” which we discussed several weeks back.  This one was a cold, feeling ballad full of sadness and emptiness for missing their friend.

It really is a dark song and I love how the bass playing by Rick Savage is really the focused instrument.  Just give a listen to how he plays the song and how the notes are hit with the right tone and timing.  He does a stellar job with this song.

Joe’s sadness shines through as he sings the lyrics and I love in the middle of the song, Phil’s backing vocals sound amazing and adds an extra level of pain to the lyrics with his delivery of the lyrics.  Then the guitar solo also has the sad feel to it as well.  It is really a heartbreaking song especially when you listen to the lyrics.

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There seems to be a little anger in the lyrics with either Steve for destroying his life the way he did or even with themselves that they wish they could’ve done more to help (they couldn’t, I know, I am just talking here).  The song felt a little cathartic for them to write and play, at least I hope it was.

Give the song a listen and let me know what you think.  This isn’t your typical Def Leppard song, but it is one of my favorites from the album and all around.  I hope you enjoy it.  Try and have a Happy Sunday after this.

“Blood Runs Cold”

I heard this line one time ’bout tryin’ to save the world
But have you ever tried to save yourself
A wide-eyed suicide drive
Remains a fake
As if you’d ever
Ever go and make the same mistake
Strung out as the night comes crawlin’
Your halo of thorns is fallin’

Blood runs cold
I feel it in my bones
But you don’t know your time is up
Blood runs cold

Somebody somewhere is screamin’ out the words
But do they ever really ease the pain
I guess what I’m trying to say
Is whose life is it anyway because livin’
Living is the best revenge
You can play
This fall from grace
I see your face
It’s over

[Repeat Chorus]

From you love was kind
Resolved left scarred and blind
Wasted and naked in the wings

Denying twist of fate
Demanding Heaven’s gate
Lying in wait above the wind

Strung out as the night comes crawlin’
Your halo of thorns is fallin’

[Repeat Chorus]

Blood runs cold
Blood runs cold

Written by Joe Elliott and Phil Collen

7 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Blood Runs Cold” by Def Leppard

  1. Great selection from what I would consider the real last solid studio album from Def Leppard! There have been other pretty good Lepp albums since but this one is solid from start to finish!
    Very underrated and I like the left turn that these guys made on this album!
    Slick Pick Mr.​ Snow!

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