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Song Released: 1980

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Hells Bells Lyrics

I'm rolling thunder, pouring rain

I'm coming on like a hurricane

My lightning's flashing across the sky

You're only young but you're gonna die

I won't take no prisoners won't spare no lives

Nobody's putting up a...


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    Jul 11th, 2007 7:00am report

    I bought the Back in Black CD with the band interviews and it says how/why each song was written. Brian said that he was messing around and needed an opening so he started putting words together with Angus, not EVERYTHING that every single band writes needs to be interpreted. Sometimes they just make songs from the back of their head.


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    Nov 19th, 2018 11:20am report

    Actually this song is all about crazy people who relate themselve with stans and don't want to go to heaven but they think hell is a good place to chill and it's cool to be in hell. They show their self badass.


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    Jan 8th, 2018 1:46pm report

    I believe not all music should not be picked apart like tattoos that's the magic however it fills the void of nonexistent in one's self to compatiblee existint to compromise the void of fullfillingness at its leisure to overcome the background of the history to become a material of matter to weave into ones present


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    Aug 19th, 2016 8:26pm report

    Straight and simple. Its about choosing to do evil and rebel against God


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    May 30th, 2016 5:56am report

    I've heard that highway to hell was penned about the bands early days in perth western australia and their association with the leopold hotel on and canning highway where the pub is situated. I would love to find out if it's true and the story behind it as celebrations and so forth are still held there, thanks.


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    Aug 9th, 2014 8:02pm report

    You know, I'm thinkin' when someone tells you they're good, you might want to indulge in some skeptical thinking. If they tell you they're evil, it might make sense to take their word for it and...get and stay away as fast and long as you can. Whatever rap they provide subsequently.

    They say the road....is paved with good intentions. May be true, but the short cuts will get you there faster and more reliably.


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    Jul 5th, 2014 7:40am report

    Read acdc biography..... They got the opening lyrics from a storm while vacationing in the Bahamas .... The rest of the song was a result cause angus and Malcolm loved to piss off the do gooders


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    Oct 12th, 2013 10:09pm report

    It's about Satan dragging your soul down to Hell on Judgment Day.

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    May 10th, 2013 5:39pm report

    this song is about bons passing and a true way to mourn a legend of rock witha legendary song this band and this song is not a satanic maybe to the mindless drone of a church it it but you have to look at the band underneath this song has church bells at the beginning this osng s AC/DC's way of doing a 21 gun salute to a fallen brother and he will always be remembered.(btw the intro is epic bells then the rapid bluesy guitar building up to an epic climax now that is music my friends)


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    Nov 20th, 2012 11:22am report

    To me the song is obveiously about the Devil. "If your into Evil your a friend of mine." "Cos if God's on the left then Im sticking to the right." "Satin is coming for you." What do these lyrics have to do with a war in Viet Nam?? Maybe AC/DC wrote it for shock value? Who knows... I dont "think" they worship the Devil.


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    Oct 29th, 2012 10:50am report

    It's a fact that Bon Socott did do 'most' of the back in black album as it said somewhere and I quote 'The money earnt from the back in black album is sent to the remaining relatives of the scotts' and another thing I also remember reading is on 'you shook me' Brian contributed the first line or so line, being, she was a fast machine, she kept her mother clean. Now...On to hells bells. I believe that the bells may have been added to the song after the passing of Bon to symbolize the funeral, however I also believe that the line Rolling Thunder could symbolize how AC/DC stormed in the progression to the top with highway top hell, therefor maybe carrying on the story with highway to hell? that is just a suggestion



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    Sep 29th, 2012 9:50am report

    any that thinks brian johnson wrote the lyrics on back in black is dilussional. bons stamp is all over that record. angus and malcolm need to tell the truth


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    Jul 11th, 2012 7:02am report

    Satan hates you, me,and God.He and a third of the angels in heaven fought and lost a war against God and the rest of the angles.Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven like a lightening bolt.He now lives on earth and wants to drag as many soles to hell with him as he can."He won't spare no prisoners won't spare no lives." He hates you ,"gonna take you to hell."If you don't beleive me, ask god to open your eyes to the truth. He will,he loves you and wants you with him forever.


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    Jan 9th, 2012 1:44am report

    This isn't anything to do with the song meaning, but I know that the bells at the start of the song were a sort of small tribute for Bon Scott. Also the long intro was a sort of teasing for the listeners, because, remember nobody had heard Brian Johnson's voice before and the exceedingly long intro was teasing the first time listeners :)


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    Mar 3rd, 2010 3:26pm report

    Some critics say it has to do with a spirit sent from hell to drag a damned soul back with him. Think about it...

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    Dec 5th, 2009 12:04pm report

    This song is supposed to be about Bon. It's pretty much along the line of early death and going to hell.

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