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    I always thought it would be a very interesting thread if we deciphered what all the VH songs were about (not that most of them need it). I'm borderline-retarded when it comes to knowing lyrics and understanding them--even Sammy's. So, it's been almost 20 years and I think I have a clear understanding of what all of the songs are about. So, below I listed every song in order and what I believe they're about. I would love to hear all of your input, as some of them are if-fy:

    RUNNINí WTH THE DEVIL:
    Living life on the edge

    YOU REALLY GOT ME:
    Really wanting to have romance and/or sex with girl

    AINíT TALKINí ĎBOUT LOVE:
    Telling woman he only wants sex from her and/or a woman is treating him bad and heís out of love with her

    IíM THE ONE:
    Glorification of a rock star

    JAMIEíS CRYINí:
    Girl being used by man for sex and dumping her afterwards

    ATOMIC PUNK:
    Man who rules the streets after nuclear holocaust

    FEEL YOUR LOVE TONIGHT:
    Really looking forward to having romance and/or sex with woman that evening

    LITTLE DREAMER:
    Person who never made anything of themselves despite having great potential

    ICE CREAM MAN:
    Metaphor of man who services women sexually

    ON FIRE:
    Mesmerizing the listener of the music through their ears

    YOUíRE NO GOOD:
    Woman who is bad person dumped him and he is over her because itís for the best

    DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY:
    Wants to dance all night with a girl he sees on the dance floor from a distance

    SOMEBODY GET ME A DOCTOR:
    Being extremely high and scared

    BOTTOMS UP!:
    Wanting to get drunk with girl to have his way with her

    OUTTA LOVE AGAIN:
    Got played by a woman yet again

    LIGHT UP THE SKY:
    Teenagers doing drugs?

    D.O.A.:
    Two or more people tried to elude a bad crime and got caught and in big trouble with the law

    WOMEN IN LOVEÖÖ:
    Man losing out to another woman for his woman

    BEAUTIFUL GIRLS:
    Chasing attractive girls on the beach and loving life doing so

    AND THE CRADLE WILL ROCKÖ:
    Teenagers being bad

    EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!:
    Wanting to have sex very badly like everyone else

    FOOLS:
    Getting fed up with parents, teachers and authority

    ROMEO DELIGHT:
    Outlaw looking for sex instead of trouble

    LOSS OF CONTROL:
    Giving up on a girl who wonít have sex with him

    TAKE YOUR WHISKEY HOME:
    Woman threatening her man if he continues coming home drunk

    COULD THIS BE MAGIC?:
    Sailors looking for sex and/or romance

    IN A SIMPLE RHYME:
    Finally getting romance after lack of success in the past

    MEAN STREET:
    Looking to escape the bad neighborhood he resides

    ďDIRTY MOVIESĒ:
    Prom queen gets into the porno industry after she leaves high school

    SINNERíS SWING!:
    Bad guy looking for sex

    HEAR ABOUT IT LATER:
    Wants to be just a gigolo using women for money

    UNCHAINED:
    Man happily getting back out into the field after an ended relationship

    PUSH COMES TO SHOVE:
    Losing a woman and trying to win her back after she leaves

    SO THIS IS LOVE?:
    Wanting to take a romantic exciting relationship further sexually

    ONE FOOT OUT THE DOOR:
    Hurrying out of the house after woman he is sleeping with tells him her husband is on his way home

    WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD TIMES GONE!:
    Being nostalgic and missing the old days because today isnít as good

    HANG ĎEM HIGH:
    Cowboy escaping the city who plans to hang him to death

    SECRETS:
    Having strong feelings for woman who wants to live the wild life

    (OH) PRETTY WOMAN:
    Admiring an attractive woman walking down the street

    DANCING IN THE STREET:
    Request that everyone around the world dances in the street in unison

    LITTLE GUITARS:
    Falling in love with a Mexican or Spanish girl

    BIG BAD BILL (IS SWEET WILLIAM NOW):
    Toughest guy in town gets married to woman who turned him into an obedient husband

    THE FULL BUG:
    Explaining that he is going to get a woman to have sex with him

    HAPPY TRAILS:
    Saying bye to someone you are romantic with until you see each other again

    JUMP:
    Go for it in life

    PANAMA:
    Tongue-in-cheek ode to his car comparing it to women

    TOP JIMMY:
    Local musician who was great and everybody loved

    DROP DEAD LEGS:
    Describing the physical features of a girl he is interested in

    HOT FOR TEACHER:
    Wanting to have sex with his attractive teacher instead of listening to her lectures

    IíLL WAIT:
    Admiring a beautiful woman he sees in a magazine and willing to wait to meet and win her over

    GIRL GONE BAD:
    Hooker who should be with him instead

    HOUSE OF PAIN:
    Woman wanting to leave their kinky sexual relationship but he doesnít want her to

    GOOD ENOUGH:
    Woman who qualifies as attractive enough for sex

    WHY CANíT THIS BE LOVE:
    Feels so strongly about a woman and asks how could it not actually be true love

    GET UP:
    Being resilient when it comes to women and the trouble that goes along with them

    DREAMS:
    Achieving your most important goals in life

    SUMMER NIGHTS:
    How much he enjoys and the fun he has that time of the season especially during the evening

    BEST OF BOTH WORLDS:
    Enjoying life to the fullest before you go to Heaven

    LOVE WALKS IN:
    Metaphor for falling in love being compared to an alien encounter

    ď5150Ē:
    Wants woman to meet him halfway instead of him putting in more effort than her

    INSIDE:
    What itís like being the new lead singer and partying with the band and his role

    MINE ALL MINE:
    Fighting your demons and trying to find the light and whatís most important to you

    WHEN ITíS LOVE:
    Wondering when it officially becomes love

    A.F.U. (NATURALLY WIRED):
    Getting ready to perform live in concert and the excitement of it

    CABO WABO:
    Getting drunk and stumbling on the beach at a new-found paradise

    SOURCE OF INFECTION:
    The frustration and difficulty of being in love

    FEELS SO GOOD:
    The happiness of falling in love

    FINISH WHAT YA STARTED:
    Has unfulfilled sex and wants the woman to spare him

    SUCKER IN A 3 PIECE:
    Complaining about a woman he wants who spends more time with a rich guy using him

    A APOLITICAL BLUES:
    Upset about disinterest in politics

    POUNDCAKE:
    His appreciation of sex with a loved one and their more pure female body part

    JUDGEMENT DAY:
    Wants people to get off his back and God will decide his punishment should he deserve one come this day

    SPANKED:
    Phone sex and its lure

    RUNAROUND:
    Getting mixed signals from a girl he really likes

    PLEASURE DOME:
    Being stuck, mentally, in a world far away from he is comfortable with

    IN ĎNí OUT:
    How expensive the world is with bills even when you are dead

    MAN ON A MISSION:
    His drive to get a certain woman

    THE DREAM IS OVER:
    How honest decent people have a disadvantage in the world in terms of success but will still try

    RIGHT NOW:
    How the world should take time to better themselves in the present-time as opposed to procrastinating

    TOP OF THE WORLD:
    How he couldnít be happier in life because of his love for another

    THE SEVENTH SEAL:
    The end of the world approaching

    CANíT STOP LOVINí YOU:
    No matter what happens you will always love said person

    DONíT TELL ME (WHAT LOVE CAN DO):
    Not wanting to hear the power of love when your life is horrible

    AMSTERDAM:
    Naming a joint after a city that promotes the legality of marijuana

    BIG FAT MONEY:
    The great need for having a lot of money because of everything in life necessary and unnecessary

    NOT ENOUGH:
    The different types of love and their power but how insufficient they are if you do not believe in it truly

    AFTERSHOCK:
    Dealing with a breakup of a seemingly strong relationship with a woman

    TAKE ME BACK (D…Jņ VU):
    Being reminded of a romantic moment on a desert island in the past and wanting to relive it

    FEELINí:
    Extremely frustrated with life and not knowing how to deal with it

    CROSSING OVER:
    The traumatic difficulty with the loss of a loved one and wanting to be with them again

    HUMANS BEING:
    How imperfect we are and how it is our nature to be that way

    CANíT GET THIS STUFF NO MORE:
    Accepting the fact that some type of relationship is soon over due to dishonesty

    ME WISE MAGIC:
    Someone or something knows everything about your thoughts and is trying to tell you what you need

    WITHOUT YOU:
    The world canít work right if everybody doesnít try to make it a better place

    ONE I WANT:
    How everybody wants something but he just wants said person

    FROM AFAR:
    The difficulty of not being near someone you care deeply about, be it a distant relationship or infatuation

    DIRTY WATER DOG:
    How a man who doesnít care about life or politics, just being a Peeping Tom to women

    ONCE:
    Wondering if you really felt love in your life

    FIRE IN THE HOLE:
    Speaking before you think

    JOSEPHINA:
    Wondering about what your motherís life was like before adulthood

    YEAR TO THE DAY:
    Acknowledging that it has been a full year since the person he cared about has been gone

    BALLOT OR THE BULLET:
    How a minority must do what is expected in politics or face the possibility of being killed

    HOW MANY SAY I:
    How we are all guilty of doing wrong to others

    ITíS ABOUT TIME:
    Celebrating the reunion of the band and making it up to the fans for taking so long

    UP FOR BREAKFAST:
    Metaphor of morning sex with breakfast food

    LEARNING TO SEE:
    Being blind to the fact that a relationship was doomed because of how bad they hurt each other
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    Stats:
    BECAME FAN/PSYCHO: 12/91
    VAN HALEN WITH DAVE: 9x
    VAN HALEN WITH SAMMY: 8x
    VAN HALEN WITH GARY: 5x
    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 6x
    DAVE SOLO: 13x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (including MIKE/MONTROSE)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
    CABO WABO CANTINA: 1x
    MET: Sammy 1x, Dave almost 1x, Gary 2x

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    Excellent read and looks like you put a lot of effort into this. I agree with these except "Dreams". I think it's deeper than that.

    It's more about the importance of having a dream, regardless of how big or small, and using your "drive" and determination to actually achieve that dream. Once achieved, living the dream is the ultimate thing that makes you happy.

    ...that's what "dreams" are made of...

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    My favorite was 'sailors looking for sex/romance.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post


    My favorite was 'sailors looking for sex/romance.'
    Well what the hell else could it be about?
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    BECAME FAN/PSYCHO: 12/91
    VAN HALEN WITH DAVE: 9x
    VAN HALEN WITH SAMMY: 8x
    VAN HALEN WITH GARY: 5x
    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 6x
    DAVE SOLO: 13x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (including MIKE/MONTROSE)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
    CABO WABO CANTINA: 1x
    MET: Sammy 1x, Dave almost 1x, Gary 2x

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    Ohhhhh, the "romance" part. Yeah, my bad, I don't know what I was thinking.
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    BECAME FAN/PSYCHO: 12/91
    VAN HALEN WITH DAVE: 9x
    VAN HALEN WITH SAMMY: 8x
    VAN HALEN WITH GARY: 5x
    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 6x
    DAVE SOLO: 13x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (including MIKE/MONTROSE)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
    CABO WABO CANTINA: 1x
    MET: Sammy 1x, Dave almost 1x, Gary 2x

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    I guess my thought process was the "...or could this be love?" part. Still dumb though!
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    BECAME FAN/PSYCHO: 12/91
    VAN HALEN WITH DAVE: 9x
    VAN HALEN WITH SAMMY: 8x
    VAN HALEN WITH GARY: 5x
    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 6x
    DAVE SOLO: 13x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (including MIKE/MONTROSE)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
    CABO WABO CANTINA: 1x
    MET: Sammy 1x, Dave almost 1x, Gary 2x

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    Quote Originally Posted by eman2 View Post
    Excellent read and looks like you put a lot of effort into this. I agree with these except "Dreams". I think it's deeper than that.

    It's more about the importance of having a dream, regardless of how big or small, and using your "drive" and determination to actually achieve that dream. Once achieved, living the dream is the ultimate thing that makes you happy.

    ...that's what "dreams" are made of...
    Much better, good call. I tried not to get too detailed though.
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    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 6x
    DAVE SOLO: 13x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (including MIKE/MONTROSE)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
    CABO WABO CANTINA: 1x
    MET: Sammy 1x, Dave almost 1x, Gary 2x

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    Some of them are a little tough believe it or not. I think the 10 toughest ones are:

    "Ain't"
    "Light Up"
    "Romeo"
    "Swing"
    "Where Have"
    "Apolitical"
    "The Dream"
    "Stuff"
    "Me Wise"
    "Ballot"
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    VAN HALEN WITH GARY: 5x
    CHICKENFOOT/THE CIRCLE: 6x
    DAVE SOLO: 13x
    SAMMY SOLO: 15x (including MIKE/MONTROSE)
    GARY/EXTREME/TRIBE OF JUDAH/HURTSMILE: 7x
    CABO WABO CANTINA: 1x
    MET: Sammy 1x, Dave almost 1x, Gary 2x

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    Much better, good call. I tried not to get too detailed though.
    I'm here to help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    Well what the hell else could it be about?
    Dude. Don't read too much into the meaning of Van Halen lyrics.

    The Full Bug - explaining that he is going to get a woman to have sex with him. LOFL!!

    Too much effort for too little payoff, man.
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    I think you're way off on Ballot or the Bullet. I think that song is saying that there are two ways to change things. Either through voting to make a change (the ballot), or by having a revolution (the bullet). I don't think it has anything to do with minorities being forced to do certain things.

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    DFVH5150, you sure put a lot of thought into this!

    Very interesting meanings to some of these songs. I wonder if Dave, Sammy and Gary would agree with your findings. Sometimes what WE think a song is about, is totally different then what the singer was actually thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post


    My favorite was 'sailors looking for sex/romance.'


    ...Not that there's anything wrong with that...
    I swear, it's like I'm playin' cards with my brother's kids or somethin'. You nerve-wrackin' sons-a-bitches.

 

 

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