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AC/DC – Hell's Bells lyrics

I'm rolling thunder, pouring rain
I'm coming on like a hurricane
My lightning's flashing across the sky
You're only young but you're gonna die
I won't take no prisoners won't spare no lives
Nobody's putting up a fight
I got my bell I'm gonna take you to hell
I'm gonna get ya, Satan get ya

Hells bells
Hells bells, you got me ringing
Hells bells, my temperature's high
Hells bells

I'll give you black sensations up and down your spine
If you're into evil, you're a friend of mine
See the white light flashing as I split the night
'Cause if good's on the left then I'm sticking to the right
I won't take no prisoners won't spare no lives
Nobody's puttin' up a fight
I got my bell I'm gonna take you to hell
I'm gonna get ya Satan get ya

Hells bells
Hells bells, you got me ringing
Hells bells, my temperature's high
Hells bells

Hells bells, Satan's coming to you
Hells bells, he's ringing them now
Those hells bells, the temperature's high
Hells bells, across the sky
Hells bells, they're taking you down
Hells bells, they're dragging you down
Hells bells, gonna split the night
Hells bells, there's no way to fight
Hells bells



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    As much as the theory of military action and war seem cool and a good theory. The song actually came about while they were in the Bahamas recording Back in Black. Brian Johnson once recounted the events of the day. He said that he was wiped out from recording three songs in a row so he went back to his little hotel room which he said was a little room with no restroom etc, it was like a cell. Producer "Mutt" Lange walked in and said to him that they had to begin working on "Hells Bells. Brian told him that he was stuck and didn't know what to do. At that time, a tropical storm had been brewing and thunder cracked. Brian told Lange, "Rolling thunder, that's what we call it in England." Mutt told him to write that down. Then torrential downpours started, so loud Brian said, that you could barely hear yourself. So Brian then said "Pouring rain.... I'm coming on like a hurricane!" Brian said that after that he was off and running. He said that he didn't turn the light off all night and the song was done that night.

    So the bell tolling in "Hells Bells" is a tribute to Bon Scott, but the meaning itself is more about the events and things that surround Satan. From the storm, Brian is saying that when Satan come he brings with him thunder and lighting, rain, and storms of unimaginable size (i.e. "I'm coming on like a hurricane). When these happen, you know that he is coming, he's not going to spare anyone and that he's ringing Hell's Bells to signal that.
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    My personal theory is that it's about Operation Rolling Thunder, in The Vietnam War or the American bombing raids over Nazi Germany in 1944-'45
    A= Vietnam War
    B= World War II A/B= Both
    If absent=No comment

    I'm rolling thunder A: Operation Rolling Thunder B: The thundering roar of the Cycone power plants on the B-17

    And pouring rain A/B The almost rain like hail of bombs

    I'm coming on like a hurricane A/B The massive amounts of bombers sent at once

    My lighting's flashing across the sky A: The AIM-7 missiles used by the F-4 escorts

    You're only young, but you're gonna die A/B: a lot of young men were killed by both bombing campaigns

    I won't take no prisoners A/B: its kinda hard to take prisoners when you're flying ten thousand+ feet above your enemy

    Won't spare no lives

    Nobody's putting up a fight: B: later in the war, Germany could do absolutely nothing to stop the bombers

    I've got my bell A/B Possible reference to bombs

    I'm gonna take you to hell A/B Isn't it obvious?

    I'm gonna get you Satan get you

    Hells bells A/B possible reference to the explosions of the bombs

    You got me ringing

    Hells bells

    My temperature's high A/B the engines would get hot, would they not?

    Hells bells

    I'll give you black sensations up and down your spine A/B it can be pretty terrifying to hear the scream of hostile engines overhead

    If you're into evil, you're a friend of mine

    See my white light flashing as I split the night B the RAF did night raids

    'Cuz if good's on the left, then I'm sticking to the right

    Hells bells

    Satan's coming to you A/B maybe the bombers?

    Hells bells

    He's ringing them now

    Hells bells

    The temperature's high

    Hells bells

    Across the sky A/B possibly the explosions of the flak/SAMs?

    Hells bells

    there're taking you down B the P-47 and '51s took down the inexperienced, ill trained late war replacement pilots with ease

    Hells bells

    There're dragging you around

    Hells bells

    Gonna split the night

    Hells bells

    There's no way to fight, yeah. B in '44-'45, the Germans had no way to counter the bombers once the '51s came on the scene

    Hells bells

    NOTE:

    This is just a theory. It is nothing confirmed, and there is a good chance I could be wrong. But that's OK. That's why it's called a "theory".
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    It's interesting to hear the thoughts of military action against enemies of peace and stability. Since most of the radical islamist world calls the us the great satan. In that case, yes satan is coming for you.
    However, the song really is a tribute to bon scott as much as the entire back in black album. It's in line with acdcs roots in glorifying evil and satan (e. G. Highway to hell, evil walks, night stalker, etc.)
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