My Sunday Song – “Tell the World” by Ratt

For My Sunday Song #256, we will tell the world about the song “Tell The World” by Ratt off their 1983 debut E.P. simply called “Ratt”. The song was written by Robbin Crosby and Stephen Pearcy and would later wind up on the band’s greatest hits album ‘Ratt & Roll 81-91’ which was probably when I first heard it as I didn’t get in to the band until their debut album. The song was never released as a single but was one of the better songs on the E.P. and therefore worth making the greatest hits cut.

Lyrically, the song seems to be about a girl that was using the singer and he was starting to catch on so she told him to leave. He has realized her games and is moving on. He is growing stronger and ready to take on the world and keep her out of his life. As he gets more famous he knows he will get used, but he is ready so tell the world that he won’t be played for a fool. I don’t really know what it means exactly, but that is what I get out of it. You can get out of it what you want.

“Tell the World” is the opening song on Side Two of the E.P. and is very raw and rough track which is the very reason I like it.  It isn’t over-produced and left for what it is.  The guitars and sound feel like Ratt that you know from “Out of the Cellar”. It has some pounding drums from Bobby Blotzer and the guitar work of Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby sound both gritty and hungry. I also like Stephen’s scream during the song which is followed by the guitar solo.  It is a great little rock track and shows the real potential of what was to come with the band.

Give the song a listen and let me know what you think. Don’t you love the rawness of it and the fact it is a band that was still finding itself and was incredibly hungry. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful and Happy Sunday!

“Tell The World”

“Now go away. Leave me alone,” she said
“You’re learnin’ too soon.”
She’ll make you play, you say it will go
But I, I can’t prove it to you

She’ll push me over the edge
You know I know where to push
Well I don’t know ’cause I’ve done it to you
And now I’m feeling the bruise

Tell the world (tell the world)
I’m holdin’ on
And tell the world (tell the world)
I’m growing strong, yeah

Movin’ on, I’m thinkin’ of you
And you, you’re not thinkin’ of me
When you’re taking on the world like a storm
You know, you’re bound to get used

You won’t be playin’ me for a fool
You know I’m changing the game
Well then you know it’s not up to you
When you’ll be forgivin’ it too

Tell the world (tell the world)
You’re holdin’ on
And tell the world (tell the world)
You’re growing strong

You tell the world (tell the world)
You’re holdin’ on
And tell the world (tell the world)
You’re growing strong, yeah

Well tell the world (tell the world)
Well tell the world (tell the world)
Well tell the world (tell the world)
Well tell the world (tell the world)

Written by Robbin Crosby and Stephen Pearcy

17 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Tell the World” by Ratt

              1. I have the original back black and white cover and I dragged it to the Pearcy show here in town back in 2003. He signed it along with my Arcade discs and was a great guy..

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