Walk tall, bruised, sensual, ravaged


Tina Turner One Of the Living

“One of the Living” is a 1985 song written by Holly Knight who also wrote “The Best” and “Better Be Good To Me”, two other mega hits for Tina Turner. The song was one of two songs Tina recorded for the soundtrack for the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (in which she also starred) and is played over the film’s opening credits.

Continue reading for a live versions of the song, infos and the official Clip in HQ.

Tina Turner - One of the Living Lp

 The single became a hit in America, peaking in the top 20 of the Us Hot 100 and enjoyed some success in Europe. “One of the Living” won Tina a Grammy for  “Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female”. The song also appears on Tina Turner hits compilation The Platinum Collection.

Lyrics:

In the desert sun every step that you take could be the final one
In the burning heat hanging on the edge of destruction
You can’t stop the pain of your children crying out in your head
They always said that the living would envy the dead

So now you’re gonna shoot bullets of fire
Don’t wanna fight but sometimes you’ve got to
You’re some soul survivor
There’s just one thing you’ve got to know
You’ve got ten more thousand miles to go

Because you’re one of the living
And if we can’t stick together
One of the living
Who’s gonna make it tonight

Walk tall, cool, collected and savage
Walk tall, bruised, sensual, ravaged
It’s every man for himself, every woman, every child
A new breed, ferocious and wild

And all they want to do is shoot bullets of fire
They wanna fight and sometimes you’ve got to
You’re some soul survivor
There’s just one thing you’ve got to know
You’ve got ten more thousand years to go

Because you’re one of the living
And if we can’t stick together
One of the living
Who’s gonna make it tonight

 

Tina Turner One of The Living Lp Back

Position Chart
15 US HOT 100
41 US R&B
6 US Dance/Club Play
55 UK
24 New Zealand
6 Germany
6 Poland
34 Australia
9 Switzerland
12 Austria
10 Netherlands
15 Ireland
5 Belgium
15 Canada
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13 Comments

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13 responses to “Walk tall, bruised, sensual, ravaged

  1. Lousina

    Thank you for the great material :). I didn’t know this song before. I really like how Tina sings and performs, the lyrics, the music… I love this song but I miss some power in the refrain. I wonder, can Tina play guitar (and/or another instrument)?

    • Hi Lousina, thanks for your comment! As far as we know and from footage we saw, Tina Turner doesn’t play any instrument. She also stated that she didn’t know how to “read music” properly. She is an instinctive artist.

  2. mark, u.s.a.

    THERE ARE SO MANY SONGS OF TINA’S THAT ARE MY FAVORITE BUT THIS ONE IS AT THE TOP. I LUV THE WAY SHE SINGS IT, DO IT AND LIVE PERFORMANCE IS OFF THE HOOK . I SAW HER IN MARYLAND PERFORM THIS AND I WAS BLOWN AWAY. THE PERFORMANCE IN JAPAN IS MY TRUE FAVORITE, SO GRITTY.

    • Damm Mark, you’re really lucky to have experienced this song live! It is indeed very gritty, a great (live) song, she should have done it more often. But “We Don’t Need Another Hero “was a bigger hit so that’s what regular audience expected from Tina when they see her live. Would have been too much Mad Max in a show if she was performing both. Maybe a medley of both songs would have been a good idea for the last !

  3. Kath

    I remember this song vividly. Why can’t I find it in iTunes?

    • It’s strange you can’t find it. There’s several versions of it here. (out from Tina Turner: The Platinium Collection & Mad Max soundtrack). Guess it depends from which country you live in 😉

  4. Cergio

    I have this on a small 45 rpm vinyl 🙂
    Tina looks, acts, sings and mooves so full of fierce, of fire, over here! Has anyone noticed that? The attitude with the guitar: true rocker, sometimes she reminds of a female Bruce Springsteen 🙂 I love the way the camera surrounds her and then she walks away. Totally at ease! I really enjoy this period of Mad Max, for me it’s her full blossom! Love you, Tina and nice work again.

  5. lasse

    i love the song, but the video is really terrible!

  6. Ciao Tina Turner tutto quello che scriverai con il cuore e con la passione che metti ogni giorno della giornata . E degli anni avenire restera una della piu belle collone sonore scrite con il cuore E che hio ascoto sempre mia TIINA TURNER “One of the Living” is a 1985

  7. Ciao Tina Turner tutto quello che scriverai delli anni avenire restera una delle piu belle cllone sonore scrite con il cuore e con la passione che meti One of the Living” is a 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome .Ciao Tina Turner ti vorei dire una cose queste due cazoni sono veramete molto belle da scoltare .

  8. Anthony

    I STILL would like to know if a full-length version of the original (perhaps, demo version?) performance of the song that’s featured in the opening credits of MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME exists. The version is the DEFINITIVE VERSION. Every person who ever purchased the soundtrack was hoping/expecting to hear that version, and it still eludes us. Someone has the intro on YouTube asking, “Greatest intro to a film ever?” It certainly is one of them. Her vocal performance on this track is one of the best in the pantheon of female rock goddess performances.

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