Hells Bells Lyrics - AC/DC

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I'm a rolling thunder, pourin' rain
I'm comin' down 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

CHORUS:
Hell's Bells
Yeah, Hell's Bells
You got me ringin' Hell's Bells
My temperature's high, Hell's Bells

I'll give you black sensations up and down your spine
If you're into evil you're a friend of mine
See my white light flashing as I split the night
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'Cause if Good's on the left,
Then I'm stickin' 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 you

Hell's Bells
Yeah, Hell's Bells
You got me ringin' Hells Bells
My temperature's high, Hell's Bells

INSTRUMENTAL (SOLO)

CHORUS
Hell's Bells, Satan's comin'to you
Hell's Bells, he's ringing them now
Hell's Bells, the temperature's high
Hell's Bells, across the sky
Hell's Bells, they're takin' you down
Hell's Bells, they're draggin'you around
Hell's Bells, gonna split the night
Hell's Bells, there's no way to fight, yeah
Ow, ow, ow, ow
Hell's Bells







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Ow Ow... Ow? | Reviewer: A Young | 1/11/11

Most readings of the text are too simplistic.
It's from the point of view of the AntiChrist, true:

"I'm rolling thunder, pourin' rain"

But concentrate first on the second (repeated) stanza:

"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...

...Hell's Bells!"

Interestingly "prisoners" is contracted to "priz'ners", stamping the quatrain as the ancient Cymraeg / Celtic "Englyn" form - when it's 30 syllables are completed with the last, hanging "Hell's Bells", probably an homage to Dylan Thomas - effective in its own right.
But enough with technicalities.
The meat of the thing lies here:

"Nobody's puttin' up a fight"

a shriek of disbelieving rage, the pivot of the quatrain; there's a clear message. Contrast with:

"I'm gonna get ya, Satan get you"

...simply an affirmation of our complicity. There's no particularly active role for Satan here, and the coda is delivered with a tired drawl, resigned to Mankind's willingness to fall.

Echoed in the chorus:

"You got me ringin' Hell's Bells"

emphatically: "YOU" got me ringin' Hell's Bells. Not anyone else. Not the State. Not the Party. Not your Parents. Not some vague, nebulous "Them", but You.

Without labouring the point, and skimming lightly over the references to Crowley, Nubia, the Masons, Bilderberg and the dangers of literary onanism in the second verse (in my opinion not the band's most focused work) just listen to the last few lines:

"Hell's Bells, they're takin' you down
Hell's Bells, they're draggin' you around"

Meditate on the agonised anti-paen of a tormented soul, as profound as anything Bacon ever painted or Goethe wrote - you understand that the song is a stark warning; to all of AC/DC's fans and in fact the whole world...
Simply:

"Hell's Bells, there's no way to fight, yeah"

He's trapped in an eternal cage, behind unbreakable self-forged bars, and all he feels is pain:

"Ow, ow, ow, ow"

'Ow' indeed.





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