AC/DC: Highway to Hell Meaning
Song Released: 1979
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Highway to Hell Lyrics
Season ticket on a one-way ride
Asking nothing, leave me be
Taking everything in my stride
Don't need reason, don't need rhyme
Ain't nothing I would rather do
Going down, party time
My friends are gonna be there...
anonymous Nov 14th, 2006 11:12am report
Highway to hell was the nickname for the canning highway in australia. It runs from where lead singer bon scott lived in fremantle and ends at the pub called "the raffles", which was a big rock and roll drinking hole in the '70s. As the canning highway gets close to the pub, it dips down into a steep decline: "no stop signs.....Speed limit....Nobody gonna slow me down". So many people were killed by driving fast over that intersection at the top of the hill on the way to a good night out, that it was called the highway to hell, so when bon was saying "im on the highway to hell" it meant he was doing the nightly or weekly pilgramige down the canning highway to the raffles bar and rock and drink with his mates: "aint nothing I would rather do. Going down, party time, my friends are gonna be there too.
anonymous Feb 25th, 2019 2:56pm report
I feel it means that they are on the canning highway in Australia . I live in Australia and I have heard about the many people killed on that highway
anonymous Jan 26th, 2019 1:18am report
More likely the Leopold Hotel as there isn’t a steep hill to the Raffles, and the Leopold is just out of Fremantle
anonymous Jan 24th, 2018 1:11pm report
This is my opinion. I think that it is a metaphor. It is really about how much time they spent on the road, touring. How really, it took its toll on the band.
I think this is a well composed song. Very good
music, from a great band!
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anonymous May 8th, 2015 5:13am report
AC/DC Highway to hell is a bout the highway to a pub Bon liked to go to, it is NOT about the going to HELL.. I remember in the early 80's going to a Christian camp and they were talking about the song and how AC/DC was singing about the glory of going to HELL.. back then I was a kid and didn't understand metaphor's.. now that I do.. I get a kick out of it.. I bet Bon and the band did to.. double meanings always get people stirred up...hahahahhaha
anonymous Sep 15th, 2007 9:47am report
I think it is both based on the non-stop tour in America and the highway in Australia where Bon died.
anonymous Nov 14th, 2006 11:50pm report
This song isn't actually about going to hell. It was a metaphor.
And the irony.. Am I the only one that caught it?
The highway to hell album was released in 1979, and bon sang the lines:
"no stop signs, speed limit
nobody's gonna slow me down
like a wheel, gonna spin it
nobody's gonna mess me around"
on february 19, 1980, bon was found dead in the backseat of a friend's car. He didn't realize that there were, in fact, stop signs in life.. And things could (and would) slow him down.
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