by Lawrence J. J, Leonard
We only have two choices in life: give up or survive. Even when we find ourselves trapped, the only way out is to visualize and plan our next move. That, or give in and play the part we are forced into. But we all know that our souls are more valuable than we can ever realize. It is an impossible situation for women and children being trafficked for sex or worse.
These themes are not such heavy topics for rock and roll. Blues composers have written songs that alluded to drug addictions, murder or crimes against the innocent. For the American rock group Aerosmith writing songs about people they met while on the road was a way of acknowledging their experiences and things gone wrong.
In 1974 Joey Kramer, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Steven Tyler had just released their second album in the same number of years. The songs for their third studio album, Toys In The Attic, magnified loneliness, vengeance, gut-wrenching sorrow, boredom, and even physical abuse like only a rock and roll band could. The beats and fuzz guitars kept you interested in learning the words. One song in particular expressed despair about an abused woman like no other song could.