Straight Shooter is the second studio album by the English supergroup Bad Company. The album was released in April 2, 1975, a month after the release of the single "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" and four months before the album's second single "Feel Like Makin' Love" (see 1975 in music).


The album reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It was certified gold (500,000 units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America a month after its release. The album was remastered and re-released in 1994.


Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke stated on In the Studio (which devoted an episode to Straight Shooter) that the track "Shooting Star" (which they did not write) was lyrically inspired by the drug and alcohol-related deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.




Lyrics


Johnny was a schoolboy

When he heard his first Beatles song

'Love Me Do' I think it was

And from then it didn't take him long

Got himself a guitar

Used to play every night

Now he's in a rock 'n' roll outfit

And everything's alright

Don't you know?


Johnny told his Mama,

"Hey, Mama, I'm goin' away,

Gonna hit the big time,

Gonna be a big star someday"

Mama came to the door

With a teardrop in her eye

Johnny said, "Don't cry Mama,

Smile and wave goodbye"

Don't you know?


Yeah...


Don't you know that you are a shooting star?

Don't you know?

Don't you know?

Don't you know that you are a shooting star?

And all the world will love you just as long

As long as you are


Johnny made a record

Went straight up to number one

Suddenly everyone loved

To hear him sing the song

Watchin' the…