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This article is about the second version. You may be looking for I'm on the Lamb.

"The Red and the Black" is the first track from Blue Öyster Cult's second studio album, Tyranny and Mutation. Its lyrics tell the story of a man fleeing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the icy northern part of Canada, and is a faster, re-worked version of "I'm on the Lamb but I Ain't No Sheep."

Personnel

Blue Öyster Cult

  • Eric Bloom - vocals, stun guitar, synthesizers
  • Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser - lead guitar, vocals
  • Allen Lanier - keyboards, vocals
  • Joe Bouchard - bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard, drums, vocals

Production

  • Murray Krugman - producer
  • Sandy Pearlman - producer
  • Tim Geelan - engineer
  • Lou Schlossberg - engineer
  • Phil Giambalvo - engineer
  • Jack Ashkinazy - mastering

Lyrics

Canadian Mounted, baby
Police force at work
Red and Black
It’s their color scheme
Get their man
In the end

(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) ah, yeah my honeys know it’s all right
(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) ah, yeah baby knows it’s all right
(You’d kill, you’d maim) ah, c’mon kill ’em
(You’d kill, you’d maim) look out

C’mon my husky

Frontenac Chateau, baby
I cross the frontier at ten
I got a whip in my hand, baby
And a girl or a husky
At leather’s end

(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) ah, yeah baby knows it’s all right
(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) yeah, baby, yeah it’s all right
(You’d kill, you’d maim) ah, c’mon kill ’em now
(You’d kill, you’d maim)

Hornswoop me bungo pony on dogsled on ice
Make a dash for freedom, baby
Don’t skate on polar ice
It’s too thick to be sliced
By the light
Of long and white polar nights

(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) ah, yeah baby knows it’s all right
(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) it’s all right
(It’s all right) yeah knows it’s all right
(You’d kill, you’d maim) ah, c’mon and kill now
(You’d kill, you’d maim) maim ’em too
Ah, break it up 

Trivia

TBA

Songs
Blue Öyster Cult Transmaniacon MCI'm on the Lamb but I Ain't No Sheep
Then Came the Last Days of MayStairway to the StarsBefore the Kiss, a RedcapScreamsShe's as Beautiful as a FootCities on Flame with Rock and RollWorkshop of the TelescopesRedeemed
Tyranny and Mutation The Red and the BlackO.D.'d on Life ItselfHot Rails to Hell7 Screaming Diz-BustersBaby Ice DogWings Wetted Down
Teen ArcherMistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)
Secret Treaties Career of EvilSubhumanDominance and SubmissionME 262Cagey CretinsHarvester of EyesFlaming TelepathsAstronomyBoorman the ChauffeurMommyMes Dames Sarat
Agents of Fortune This Ain't the Summer of LoveTrue Confessions(Don't Fear) The ReaperE.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)The Revenge of Vera GeminiSinful LoveTattoo VampireMorning FinalTenderloin
Debbie DeniseSallyDance the Night Away
Spectres GodzillaGolden Age of LeatherDeath Valley Nights
Searchin' for CelineFireworksR.U. Ready 2 RockCelestial the QueenGoin' Through the MotionsI Love the NightNosferatuNight FlyerDial M for MurderPlease HoldBe My Baby
Mirrors Dr. MusicThe Great Sun JesterIn TheeMirrorsMoon Crazy
The VigilI Am the StormYou're Not the One (I Was Looking For)Lonely Teardrops
Cultösaurus Erectus Black BladeMonstersDivine WindDeadlineThe Marshall PlanHungry BoysFallen AngelLips in the HillsUnknown Tongue
Fire of Unknown Origin Fire of Unknown OriginBurnin' For YouVeteran of the Psychic WarsSole SurvivorHeavy Metal: The Black and SilverVengeance (The Pact)After DarkJoan CrawfordDon't Turn Your Back
The Revölution by Night Take Me AwayEyes on FireShooting SharkVeinsShadow of CaliforniaFeel the ThunderLet GoDragon LadyLight Years of Love
Club Ninja White FlagsDancin' in the RuinsMake Rock Not WarPerfect WaterSpy in the House of the NightBeat 'Em UpWhen the War ComesShadow WarriorMadness to the Method
Imaginos I Am the One You Warned Me OfLes InvisiblesIn the Presence of Another WorldDel Rio's SongThe Siege and Investiture of Baron von Frankenstein's Castle at WeisseriaAstronomyMagna of Illusion
Blue Öyster CultImaginos
Bad Channels Demon's KissThe Horsemen Arrive
Heaven Forbid See You In BlackHarvest MoonPower Underneath Despair
X-Ray EyesHammer BackDamagedCold Grey Light of Dawn
Real WorldLive For MeStill Burnin'
St. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings What is Quicksand?I'm on the LambGil Blanco CountyDonovan's MonkeyRagamuffin Dumplin'Curse of the Hidden MirrorsArthur ComicsA Fact About SneakersSt. CeciliaBonomo's Turkish Taffy
Curse of the Hidden Mirror Dance on StiltsShowtimeThe Old Gods ReturnPocketOne Step Ahead of the DevilI Just Like to be BadHere Comes That Feeling
Out of the DarknessStone of LoveEye of the Hurricane
Good to Feel Hungry
The Symbol Remains That Was MeBox in My HeadTainted BloodNightmare EpiphanyEdge of the WorldThe MachineTrain True (Lennie's Song)
The Return of St. CeciliaStand and FightFlorida ManThe AlchemistSecret RoadThere's a CrimeFight
Rarities Steppin' RazorDouble TalkRebelSumma Cum Laude
Live songs and covers Buck's Boogie5 GuitarsWings of MercuryBetty Lou's Got a New Pair of ShoesBorn to be WildMaserati GT (I Ain't Got You)Kick Out the JamsWe Gotta Get Out of This PlaceRoadhouse Blues
I Want You (She's So Heavy)It's Not Easy
Unreleased
(Soft White Underbelly and
Stalk-Forrest Group)
Allen's SongAll Night Gas StationHome from the HillsBark in the SunThe Burning ManCheckout GirlFantasy MorassFour Door Blues ('57 Chevy)GreenHangin' RoundHighway SongHoedown on Your PeltJay JayJohn L. SullivanMemphis Slim JamMothraMystic StumpPatron of the ArtsPort JeffersonPot BustQueen's BoulevardRain is FallingRational PassionalSitting on the Buddha's KneeSiren Sing AlongSun Comes UpYou Make Me FeelYou
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