"Hang 'em High" as written by and Edward/van Halen Van Halen....
Somewhere, he lost it in a turn
Now trouble seems to fit him like a glove
First come, first served, he's serving it back
He travels light, without a pack, without love
He comes from nowhere and he turns on his own
Late for the hanging, yes he's headed for the moon
And hang 'em high

Leather cross his thighs
Blasting out the night, his cap hides his eyes
One eye on the road, price upon his head
One ear to the ground, he's listening to the dead

He comes from nowhere and he turns on his own
Late for the hanging, yes he's headed for the moon
And hang 'em high

Blind to himself, and he's laughing up his scheme
Looking back in anger, the city is relieved
Vision of light, child of the night passing by

Blind to himself, he's laughing up his scheme
Looking back in anger, the city is relieved
A vision of light, child of the night passing by

Leather cross his thigh
Blasting out the night, his cap hides his eyes
One eye on the road, price upon his head
One ear to the ground, he's listening to the dead

He comes from nowhere, and he turns on his own
Late for the hanging, yes he's headed for the moon
And hang 'em high


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"Hang 'Em High" as written by Edward Van Halen Alex Van Halen

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    General CommentI think your reading waaaaaay to deep into it.
    Frankenstrat_5150on March 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the subject matter is threatening to many. People want to live in there own self defined, self justified bubble, and give themselves a pat on the back for being slaves to all kinds of things that many older generation would shunned. We don't want to believe in serial murdering angels, although we see many serial murdering humans who claimed satanic affiliations, e.g. jeffrey dahmer, John wayne gacy, etc., and if there is a human practicer, there is a spiritual teacher, whether it's the theory of relativity, or sadistic murder. This is why many discount the truth about these matters as psychopaths on drugs etc, when in fact denial of such obvious "discomforts" will most likely lead you to controlled dope abuse, like many others all around us, who have been led to believe that psychotropic, externally chemically enhanced dopaminic catalysts, are a good thing. In fact more people are destroying themselves by "messing" with this sensitive mind chemistry, and are now virtual slaves to external medicines which only further cripple our thinking abilities, and our will to fight the zombification of Amaerica, and basically every other industrialized nation who became suckers to obsessive sex, drugs, and greed through media influence, over years of conditioning, not unlike the lab rats experimentation which opened the door to conditioned response... see?
    10weston June 08, 2010   Link
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    General Commentyeah dude your reading wayyy into it... im pretty sure roth was just high when he wrote this
    diverdown79on July 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love the "he's heading for the moon"
    whatsupquiquion June 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHang 'em high is actually Hang Him High, a double meaning as in kill him (like a hanging) or worshio him, like a god, hung on high, so 2 speak.
    The song like black sabbath's Master of Realiy "Lord of this world" evil possesor, is what the song is about. "Somewhere lost in time", not a turn-
    "first come first served" - reference to Garden of Eden's Covering Cherub (Ezekiel chapter 28)
    Becoming mankind's new god.
    "Serving it back" - disloyal to the Maker

    Somewhere,lost it in Time (from before mankind)
    Trouble seems to fit him like a glove.(likes evil)
    First come,First served,he's serving it back, (see above, "first" god in eden)
    Travels light,without a pack,without love.(without a "pact" not "pack" actually- anti-love)
    He comes from nowhere,returns on his own, (actaully "turns on his own" - meaning a betrayer)
    late for the hanging,yes he's heading for the moon (is still alive, though should be dead, and is under a "wanted" poster, which Michael - also an Angel- collects bounty on- rev. 12, heading for the moon? going for the one throne, in insanity)
    Hang `em High.("Hang him high")
    Leather,across his thighs, (Rides through the earth- black horse- revelation again)
    Blasting out the night,he's terrified to drive.(actaully terrified of light- the darkness)
    One eye on the road, crashed upon his head, (actaully- price upon his head- divine bounty hunter collects, the road 2 nowhere)
    One ear to the ground,he's listening to the dead.(directs mankind through dead governments and war machines)
    He comes from nowhere,returns on his own,
    late for the hanging,yes he's heading for the moon
    Hang `em High.
    Alone to himself,he's laughing up his sleeve, (selfish personified, laughing at the misery of his tricks)
    Looking back in anger,the city is rleaved. (remorseless being, but his exit is a relief)
    Vision of Light, (Lucifer, etc.)
    Child of the night, (Anti-Life)
    Passing by (He knows he is temporary)

    This was a fifth album ode to the devil, not unlike album 1, "runnin' with the Devil"
    Van Halen was always clear on where their kingship (guitar, music) came from...
    Judas Priest was similar
    Tyrant is about a god
    Starbreaker
    Exciter
    Sinner
    all about the same being
    10weston December 19, 2004   Link

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