"Mean Street" as written by Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth....
At night I walk this stinkin' street past the crazies on my block
And I see the same old faces and I hear that same old talk
And I'm searching for the latest thing, a break in this routine
I'm talkin' some new kicks, ones like you ain't never seen
This is home, this is Mean Street
(This is) Yes-ah home, the only one I know

An' we don't worry 'bout tomorrow 'cause we're sick of these four walls
Now what you think is nothin' might be somethin' after all
Now you know this ain't no through street, the end is dead ahead
The poor folks play for keeps down here, they're the living dead

Come on down, (Huh! Ow!) down (This is) to Mean Street
They're dancin' now, look! Out on Mean Street
Dance baby!

(Guitar Solo)

It's always here and now my friend, it ain't once upon a time
It's all over but the shouting, I come to take what's mine
We're searchin' for the latest thing, a break in this routine
Talkin' some new kicks, ones like you ain't never seen

This is home, (Ooh) this is Mean Street
(This is) Yes-ah home, only one I know

(This is home) See, a gun is real easy
(This is Mean Street) in this desperate part of town
(This is home) Turns you from hunted into hunter (Yeah)
(This is Mean Street) You go an' hunt somebody down
Wait a minute, ah (This is home) Somebody said "Fair warning", Lord
(This is Mean Street) Lord, strike that poor boy down!


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"Mean Street" as written by Edward Van Halen Alex Van Halen

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    General Commentmight be my favorite song by Van Halen. Self explanatory.
    Zemonstaron September 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about living in a rundown part of town where you have to fight to survive. It reminds me of the movie "The Outsiders", that is if anyone else here has ever heard of it.
    Xemnason June 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat fade guitar as the song ends; a very dark VH record, I believe.
    Flyersfanon June 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgreat fade guitar as the song ends; a very dark VH record, I believe.
    Flyersfanon June 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgreat fade guitar as the song ends; a very dark VH record, I believe.
    Flyersfanon June 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgreat fade guitar as the song ends; a very dark VH record, I believe.
    Flyersfanon June 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgreat fade guitar as the song ends; a very dark VH record, I believe.
    Flyersfanon June 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyes, I also like how the song fades out to end, but I don't post the same thing five times...pheg...jk, Van Halen's early stuff was great, so anyone who posts on here is cool
    havana4saleon June 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song kicks complete ass... it's the kind of song you crank in your car and blow away all the "cool kids" along with their shit rap... actually any van halen songs fits that void... all hail the great VH
    Cough007on June 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti like the guitar in this song, but there are two things that bother me about the lyrics 1)david lee roth had pretty well to do parents, wherever this mean street is (probably south central LA or compton) hes probably never lived there
    2) the poor folks play for keeps theyre the living dead, so poor folks arent people now?
    rustinpeace91on August 13, 2008   Link

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