The Scorpions are my favourite band of all time, and I think Rudolf Schenker is an amazing guitarist. Gas in the Tank is inspirational because it is injected with the personality of the band. When listening to the song, you can feel their passion and desire to continue playing music despite their age. It is a sentiment that we can all apply in our lives. When we love doing something, we should do it for as long as we have the ability to do it and as long as it brings us joy.

Almost 10 years ago, the German heavy metal band, Scorpions, were ready to hang up their mantle. After nearly 50 years touring the world, they realized they were getting old and they couldn’t keep this up forever. But when they announced their farewell tour, they were overwhelmed by the pleas from their fans to continue. In 2015, they released their 18th studio album, Return to Forever, as a declaration to their fans that they would continue to perform as long as they were able to.

Fast forward to 2020, when the pandemic hit, and the Scorpions were in the studio again to record their latest album, Rock Believer (2022). A tribute to Rock and Roll, a way of life that the band had championed for over half a century. Throughout the process, they were plagued by doubt. Vocalist Klaus Meine and guitarist Rudolf Schenker, who founded the band in 1965 are now in their 70’s. What if they were too old?

The first track from this, their latest album, released almost exactly 50 years after their debut album and is appropriately titled ‘Gas in the Tank’. The song is a tribute from Klaus Meine to his best friend and bandmate Rudolf Schenker the rhythm guitarist and founder of Scorpions. Schenker has been the heart, soul and driving force of the band since its inception. As the main songwriter and rhythmic focal point of the band, Schenker is largely responsible for the band’s massive success. So, when faced with the doubt that they may be getting too old, Meine asks his friend to play him another riff because “There’s gotta be more gas in the tank”.

Lyrically, the song pays homage to Schenker in many ways, calling him ‘the king of riffs’ and exclaiming ‘the V is flying’, a reference to Schenker’s iconic Flying V guitar. The song goes on to describe Schenker’s signature playing style as ‘laid back and a little dark”. The lyrics “black me out” reference one of the Scorpions’ most notable albums ‘Blackout’, an album that was composed almost entirely by Schenker. The song also references Motorhead frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, with the lines “born to lose, live to win”. While having little to do with Schenker, the lyrics are part of a larger motif present throughout the album, in which the band pays tribute to their peers in rock and roll.

I personally enjoyed this song a lot.

Listen to the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4STX2y3S7Y

Submitted by Prashant Srinivasan Sarkar

GAS IN THE TANK
Pour hammer riffs all over me
A little dirty, a little cheap
Move your fingers up and down the fret
The V is flyin’ without a net

Black me in and black me out
The king of riffs is back in town
Who is up for a deadly sting?
Black me out and black me in

Let’s play it louder, play it hard
Laid back and a little dark
Give me a dirty riff, my friend
There’s gotta be more gas in the tank

Gas in the tank

Sign your name across my skin
We’re born to lose, we live to win
There’s lots of gas in my Trans Am
It’s wham bam, thank you mam

Pour hammer riffs all over me
A little dirty, a littlе cheap
Only rock and no bling bling
Black me out and black me in
Lеt’s play it louder, play it hard
Laid back and little dark
Give me a dirty riff, my friend
There’s gotta be more gas in the tank

Louder, play it hard
Best friends will never part
So give me a dirty hook, my friend
There’s gotta be more gas in the tank

You want it louder?
(Yeah, yeah)
Louder?
(Yeah, yeah)
You want it louder?
(Yeah, yeah)
So much louder
(Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah)

Let’s play it louder, play it hard
Laid back and little dark
Give me a dirty riff, my friend
There’s gotta be more gas in the tank

Louder, play it hard (Play it louder)
Best friends will never part (Will never part)
So give me a dirty hook, my friend (A dirty hook, my friend)
There’s gotta be more gas in the tank

Gas in the tank
G-G-Gas in the tank
Lots of gas in the tank