Music Monday: “Delivering the Goods” by Judas Priest


Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “Delivering the Goods”
Artist: Judas Priest
Album: Killing Machine (1978)

Lyrics taken from

[Verse 1]
Feeling like we’re ready to kick tonight
No hesitating, my body’s aching
Looking for some action, satisfaction all right
Charging, vein faced, as active as one-hundred solid proof
Megaton, Leviathan, we’re ready to hit the roof

You better watch out and hold on tight
We’re heading your way like dynamite
Uhhh, delivering the goods
Uhhh, delivering the goods

 [Verse 2]
Shake down, rock them boys, crack that whip strap mean
Pulse rate, air waves, battle lies in every place we’ve been
Stealing your hearts all across the land
Hot blood doing good, we’re going to load you with our brand


[Verse 3]
Have it your way
Stealing your hearts
Well we don’t pull no punches, we aim where the crunch is
Bound to do most damage to your brain

If you’re looking for it mellow
You’re nothing more than yellow
Going to do it again and again
We’ll beat you to submission
So you might as well surrender
You got to learn your lesson
Because there ain’t nobody here to defend your heart

Faster, higher
Until it seems that we’re going to break
Ohh, shooting further, giving more than you’re ever going to take
Leaving your heads
Crushed out on the floor
Begging for mercy
Be careful or we’ll do it some more


Taken from their 1978 album Killing Machine, “Delivering the Goods” marks the beginning of Judas Priest’s image changing from 70’s rockers to leather-clad, heavy metal icons. A rolling and up-beat song, this track causes instant head bobbing as soon as the first guitar riff comes in. By the time we reach Glen Tipton’s blistering guitar solo, the stage has been set by catchy riffs and an insistent drum beat. Insert singer Rob Halford’s signature, scorching vocals and it is a recipe for a good time. There is a lot of attitude in his delivery and the lyrics themselves, which I can’t personally decipher, though something tells me they’re not talking about UPS or FedEx workers. This is a lesser known track (often overshadowed by a more well-known song from the same album, “Hell Bent for Leather”), but it is a great opener for the album that marked Priest’s movement toward becoming heavy metal gods.

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