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    Default Help Me ! What does "Humans Being" mean?

    Hi !
    As I'm a high school pupil, i've to do a presentation o my favourite band, and one of their song.
    I decided to choose Humans Being, (one of) the best song they did, in my opinion.

    I think i understood the meaning of the song, but as I'm not that good in english, I prefer to ask you because I'm not 100% sure of what Sammy wanted to say. (I think my english teacher will appreciate the "You break my balls with all your crap" passage :-) )

    So, can you interpret the song for me ? :-D

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    Well, I always thought that the song was sort of a statement of the human rat race we all find ourselves in, that point where our "lives are screaming", and while we have those unique qualities that make us human, we should always try to find ways to strive for more....or to "shine on" so to speak.

    That's what I got from it.

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    ^^ as hell

    I think Humans Bein' is just refered to ppl who lurk or browse the Earth.
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    The lyrics (especially the verses) to this song almost sound like DLR-style. Sammy really impressed on this one. However, I think Ed was the one who came up with the title. This song was supposedly part of where the bad blood came from back in '96. Hagar jumped on a plane back to Hawaii without doing the outro vocals or naming the song.

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    Sammy typically writes lyrics by coming up with a title first based on the riff and then writing the song around it.
    Ed came up with the title after rejecting Sammy's "Into The Zone" or something like that. Wait, I think it was originally "The Hot Zone"

    Anyway, the song is basically about us being human and despite the bad, we all shine on and thats what makes us human. Grammatically, its incorrect as "humans" is not a word, but I think it just sounded better than saying "thats what makes us human beings" or Ed just goofed.
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    Its a play on words. Its grammatically correct if you think of it as "Humans being...cruel" or "Humans being...kind", or in this sense, "Humans" just "being". Great song. I had kinda gotten away from Van Halen at the point when "Humans Being" came out. I heard it and it reminded me how great Eddie really can be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiTwnG
    I heard it and it reminded me how great Eddie really can be.

    I thought the same thing. Simple 3 chord riff....with that little picked C Chord slide thingy back to E.......then the little interlude solos....the long 1 note solo with the double kick underneath.....the "Shine On" chorus.....great tune.
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    All i know, is that that song is THE jam!
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    Yes it is a play on words. Humans being human. I think it's a song commenting on the dichotomy of being alive in the world today. Beauty mixed with horror. The world is filled with beauty and we are also constantly surrounded by horrific things at the same time. Shine on, shine on. That's what the song always made me think of. It really is one of the absolute best songs they've ever done. Just a smokin tune with a really cool insight, instead of the sappy can't stop loving you, you know my heart is true stuff that Sammy seems to fall back on quite easily. The new one, Learning To See, reminds me very much of Humans Being and songs like Feelin. Really killer music with an interesting perspective lyrically. The intro to Learning To See just floors me every time. Sammy can do interesting stuff when he wants to, not to mention Eddie.
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    Well, BIG thanks for all these answers !!!
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    Dude, "Humans Being" is about the spread of venerial diseases. "Spread your disease like lemmings breeding"? The song is about dirty sex and the spead of STDs.
    Think about it - "is that why God made us breed?" It's all about humans breeding like animals and spreading disease.
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    This may seem painfully obvious, but it's just a slight play on words. Instead of the phrase "human beings" which is a plural noun to describe people, the phrase is "humans being" which becomes a descriptive verb of how people act. The simple move of the "s" makes a big difference in the interpretation.

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    Surprised this sort of analysis of the lyrics hasn't come up before, given the popularity of this one song. I'm intrigued by all the different interpretations of it. Has anyone ever interviewed Sam or Ed about the lyrics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by timmytripper
    Dude, "Humans Being" is about the spread of venerial diseases. "Spread your disease like lemmings breeding"? The song is about dirty sex and the spead of STDs.
    Think about it - "is that why God made us breed?" It's all about humans breeding like animals and spreading disease.
    Creepy, but I'm %100 on this one.
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