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AC/DC: Thunderstruck Meaning

Song Released: 1990

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(Rararararaow... rararararaow... rararararaow...)
(Rararararaow... rararararaow... rararararaow...)
(Rararararaow thunder! Rararararaow thunder!)
(Rararararaow thunder! Rararararaow thunder!)
(Rararararaow thunder! Rararararaow...


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    Jan 11th, 1:22pm report

    If you read the lyrics and haven’t been living in a closet your whole life, the lyrical meaning is obvious. Did some rails (coke), went to town and partied with some strippers who did more than shake their ass(ets).

    I think I read in guitar world that angus played a warmup exercise that sounded cool. (Unusual for a warmup exercise btw), Malcolm put a riff behind it and they came up with a cool name based loosely on the airplane event with the lightning.

    Song came first, then came the lyrical content.


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    Nov 19th, 11:59am report

    extremely surprised or shocked.
    synonyms: astonished, amazed, astounded, staggered, surprised, startled, stunned, shocked, aghast, taken aback, dumbfounded, floored, blown away, dumbstruck, stupefied, dazed, speechles.

    Has no thought been given to the dancing girls who gave them a good time? "Shakin at the knees, could I come again please?"

    They got off at a strip club. Would that not cause all if the reactions in the above definition of Thunderstruck?


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    Nov 18th, 11:21am report

    No clue.


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    Jun 10th, 2017 6:55am report

    To the guy calling everyone else idiots: lightning is a two syllable word. Please go back to your job at McDonald's and let the adults talk.


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    Apr 25th, 2017 4:28am report

    You're the idiot actually. If the plane he was on was struck by lightning then it isn't "partially true," it is true. Add to it the fact commercial airplanes are built to withstand lightning and that they are not grounded so would not be damaged the case could be made you are an idiot. Further more, "lightening" is a drop in the level of the uterus during the last weeks of pregnancy as the head of the fetus engages in the pelvis. Lightning is what you were trying to type, moron.


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    Mar 24th, 2017 3:28pm report

    I believe the song was written to be a psychological warfare ploy in use by the U S government for psyching up the military that was ready to descend on the Iraqi troops dug into defensive positions.


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    Oct 10th, 2016 10:28am report

    This is Angus. The song's really about how I was symbolically hit by lightning after I tasted a very delicious piece of cheesecake that I had eaten.


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    Aug 10th, 2013 8:01pm report

    Who else here wants to blow up stuff after listening to this? XD


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    Oct 5th, 2012 10:25am report

    "wallah"? Before calling everyone a bunch of idiots, maybe make sure you aren't one yourself. Try Voila.


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    Aug 11th, 2010 8:54pm report

    Alright, truth is, your all bunch of idiots. There is alot of back round behind the meaning of the song, but lets start with the riff. Basically, Angus was fiddling with some tapping exercises, and played the first couple of notes backwards, and wallah, the main riff was born. He played it to Malcolm, and being a rhythm guitarist, he came up with a backing riff, but decided it was too "clean" and added the "THUNDER.. AHHHHHH" thing. This information is clearly stated inside the booklet for the "Razors Edge" Album.

    The idea of his plane actually getting struck by lightening is partly true, though. Yes, a plane he was on was struck by lightening, but it did't do near enough damage to cause anything bad to happen. The band did not even know what happened until the pilot informed them. But yeah, Angus did get the name of this song from this experience. The most likely reason the song wasn't named "Lightening Struck" was because the name does not stick out as much as "Thunder" would, and if it was named "Lightening Struck" the whole "THUNDER, AHHHHHHH" would not be able to take place in the song, because they needed a two syllable word, not a three syllable word. If the word was lightening, it would sound awfully corny.

    Case Closed.


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    Dec 5th, 2009 12:02pm report

    Angus got the idea for the intro riff when he was in a plane and it was struck by lightning, the riff ringing in his head pretty much. Lyric-wise, this song is about near death experiences and what goes on in a persons mind in what they think is the last moments of their lives


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    Sep 17th, 2009 9:50pm report

    "Thunder" from the guns (artillery)= thunderstruck. The railroad tracks in reference to Ft. Sill OK, not too far from Texas... Home of the military's artillery school. Wonder if the band ever visited there....... Plane hit by lightning theory- wouldn't that make it "Lightning Struck"? Just curious...


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    Feb 14th, 2009 2:32pm report

    Here's something from Angus himself, he said a small part of his plane was hit by lightning causing him to loose control. He said he nearly crashed into railroad tracks, and the whole time the opening riff was going through is head and he just expanded on it.


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    Oct 23rd, 2007 10:18am report

    The song comes from a dream that Angus Young had one night. If you read any decent biography of the band it state this fact. A plane hit by lightning, you idiot.

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