AC/DC: Thunderstruck Meaning
Song Released: 1990
Ahh, ahh, ahh
I was caught
In the middle of a railroad track (thunder)
I looked 'round
And I knew...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:
I was caught
In the middle of a railroad track
I looked round
And I knew there was no turning back
The subject was in a difficult situation, Probably a youngster kicked out of his parents' house,(likely by his father) because of his behavior(party, no job, bad friends and for sure drugs). The argument was heated and he knew that after that there was no way back. He was on his own.
My mind raced
And I thought, what could I do?
And I knew
There was no help, no help from you
Sound of the drums
Beating in my heart
He was very scared to hit the road on his own
with no financial help from his father and nowhere to go. But that was it, after what was said there is no way he would beg.
The thunder of guns
Tore me apart
The memories of what his father said to him were
too much for him to handle, it was resounding in his head over and over(like gunshots), and that made him feel very sad.
Went down the highway
Broke the limit, we hit the town
He was not alone after all, a friend was there with him. They decided to take that opportunity to party harder and make a little trip.
Went through to Texas
Yeah, Texas, and we had some fun
We met some girls
Some dancers who gave a good time
Broke all the rules, played all the fools
Yeah-yeah, they, they, they blew our minds
The best memories that he can recall from that time were these dancers they met probably at a strip club.
I was shaking at the knees
Could I come again please?
Yeah, the ladies were too kind
They had a good time!
Yeah, it's alright
We're doing fine
Yeah, it's alright
We're doing fine, so fine
After all that he realized that there was no reason to be scared of going away from home.
It actually was a good thing.
In conclusion, the meaning of "Thunderstruck" is that line in time when things change so quickly that makes our heart race, and definitely leaves a deep mark in our life timeline.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jun 9th 2018 report
Can everyone stop calling everyone else “idiots” it’s not nice!
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous Oct 5th 2012 report
"wallah"? Before calling everyone a bunch of idiots, maybe make sure you aren't one yourself. Try Voila.
anonymous Oct 4th 2019 report
Clearly it's about sex.
anonymous Sep 9th 2019 report
anonymous Jun 27th 2018 report
Like most AC/DC songs it’s about sex and drugs - the rock n roll lifestyle.
anonymous Jan 11th 2018 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.
anonymous Dec 1st 2017 report
anonymous Nov 19th 2017 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?
anonymous Jun 10th 2017 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.
anonymous Apr 25th 2017 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.
anonymous Mar 24th 2017 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.
anonymous Oct 10th 2016 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.
anonymous Aug 10th 2013 report
Who else here wants to blow up stuff after listening to this? XD
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.
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