"Love Walks In" as written by and Edward/van Halen Van Halen....
Contact is all it takes
To change your life to lose your place in time
Contact, asleep or awake
Coming around you may wake up to find
Questions deep within your eyes
Now more than ever you realize

And then you sense a change
Nothing feels the same
All your dreams are strange
Love comes walkin' in
Some kind of alien
Waits for the opening
Then simply pulls a string

Another world, some other time
You lay your sanity on the line
Familiar faces familiar sights
Reach back remember with all your might
Oh there she stands in a silken gown
Silver lights shining down

So when you sense a change
Nothing feels the same
All your dreams are strange,
Love comes walkin' in
Some kind of alien
Waits for the opening
Then simply pulls a string
Love comes walkin' in

Oh, sleep and dream is all I crave
I travel far across the milky way
To my master I become a slave
Till we meet again some other day
Where silence speaks as loud as war
Earth returns to what it was before

And then you sense a change
Nothing feels the same
All your dreams are strange,
Love comes walkin' in
Some kind of alien
Waits for the opening
Then simply pulls a string,
Love comes walkin' in

Love comes walkin' in
Baby, pull the string
Love comes walkin' in
Love comes walkin' in yeah


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"Love Walks In" as written by Edward Van Halen Alex Van Halen

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    General CommentThis song was inspired by aliens...
    han2on June 08, 2003   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is about being contacted by a past love after a long period of time through a dream while asleep.

    "Contact is all it takes, to change your life, to lose your place in time" (picture being married with two kids and some past love shows up in your dream one night. That's all it takes to lose your place in time... to forget about your current situation and think about what might have been had you never split from your past).

    "Contact, asleep or awake coming around you may wake up to find" (whether you've dreamed about this past love or were actually directly contacted by them, you come to realize maybe that's the person you're really meant to be with. Not your current spouse or partner).

    "Questions deep within your eyes, now more than ever, you realize" (you already had a feeling that the one you're with isn't the one you're meant to be with for eternity, and now you really realize you made the wrong decision after this contact from the past).

    "And then you sense a change, Nothing feels the same, all your dreams have changed, love comes walking in" (Those old feelings come back, your dreams with your current spouse, partner, and/or family no longer matter. Everything in your future that you've been planning for doesn't matter because you realize it's all wrong. You made the wrong decision years ago. You've fallen back in love with your past lover).

    "Some kind of alien looks for an opening and simply pulls the string" (Alien... something foreign. Not something from outer space... The person who has contacted you from the past is the alien. They're looking for an opening in your current relationship so they can move back in. This person has always loved you and knows that they have such power over you that they control you and the strings to get you back. Like on a marionette.

    "Another world, some other time, you lay your sanity on the line" (You think and remember back when you were with this person. You question yourself if you're nuts to be thinking about leaving your current situation for this past love).

    "Familiar faces, familiar sights, reach back and remember with all your might" (again, remembering the past with this person and things you may have done and experiences you may have had with him/her. You try with all your might to remember because you realize those were more pleasant times than with your current situation).

    "There she stands in a silken gown, silver lights shining down" (Tied into the previous line. You could have married her. You think back to when you used to think about marrying her and seeing her walk down the isle in a wedding gown to be with you. But it actually never happened).

    "Oh sleep and dream are all I crave, I travel far across the Milky Way" (Now that narrator has been contacted by the past love, being with this person is now all that matters. Actual conscious interaction with his current partner means nothing anymore. He gets to be with this past love only when sleeping and dreaming.)

    "To my master, I become a slave, 'til we meet again some other day" (He knows that his actions are dependent on this past love, but that he can not leave his current situation. He's going to only be reunited with the past love when they die.

    "Where silence speaks as loud as war, Earth returns to what it was before" (His current spouse or partner knows he doesn't love her and that he yearns to be with someone else, but speaks nothing of it and does not confront him due to possibly losing him and pushing him away. As a result, 'Earth returns to what it was before'. - the same hum-drum life that they were leading together. Nothing will change. The decisions made long ago can not be gone back on and corrected. But we can dream about what could have been).
    skennedy97on July 12, 2017   Link
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    General Comment"It's been a long, long time, but back in about '68, in Fontana, California, I had this unbelievable experience that would take this whole interview to even go into," Hagar told Guitar World magazine recently. "But I'm a firm believer — have seen, have felt, have been contacted three or four different times. I have received information that has been valuable in my life from those people, and they have used me. I'm gonna sound like a complete nut here, but they have used me in an experimental fashion. The easiest way to put it is that they downloaded my brain information. When I was about 19 or 20, they downloaded everything that was in my head. And I caught 'em doin' it! I woke up in the middle of the night, thinkin', 'What's goin' on?' They were like, 'Oh, my god, he's waking up!' But this was all telepathy — there were no words being spoken. And as soon as I woke up — it was probably three o'clock in the morning — my whole room was so bright that I could hardly keep my eyes open. I was wide-awake, I could not move, eyes open, white room, they were still disconnecting — and when they did, it just went bang! Everything went back to normal, back to black. I was shaking, I almost passed out, I was sick to my stomach and almost had to throw up, it was so scary…
    cactusdaveon October 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSubstitute the word "God" for "love" and it's pretty clear what this song is about.
    Rebirth120505on September 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song I thought it was awesome - until I heard the chorus. An alien? An alien who pulls a string? Not all metaphors aregood metaphors. I just can't take it seriously. It sounds like something weird Al Yankovic would write, except weird Al is funny.
    Metalsandman999on November 15, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionSongs touch us in different ways. We're not all the same so songs will always mean something different to each of us.

    To me this song is all about a person who experiences true love for the first time. When love "walks in" it's like an alien; it's different. We're never the same again and life changes. We see things differently.

    And then you sense a change
    Nothin' feels the same
    All your dreams are strange
    Love comes walkin' in
    Some kind of alien
    Waits for the opening
    Simply pulls a string
    Biggon May 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDon't know why this song catches so much shit. I love it. Sammy's vocal DELIVERY in the song is achingly beautiful and unique. the words are a bit cheesy...but man those arrangements are LUSH. Van Halen went through a keyboard-y phase with "1984" and "5150" albums and I think they showed they could really flourish this way.
    summerteeth99on February 15, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThe true meaning of this song is clear and deliberate to those who are meant to understand it...I know what it means because I fall into the category of the people who are meant to understand it...I guess it shouldn't surprise me that hardly anybody knows the true meaning of the song...I am yet to find anyone online yet who does...but these forums are limited in a sense...bottom line...there are only two types of people that are meant to understand what the meaning of this song is...true witches, or those who have studied and understand witchcraft...if you don't fall into one of these two categories, you will remain clueless to the true meaning of the song...you aren't meant to know...you will never understand
    islapillumination February 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTo the above...I know what this song is about. Sammy Hagar either took part in an occult group or was, most likely, part of an experimental mind control program when he was younger.

    If you do some research on those topics the origin of the song becomes quite clear. A lot of 70's artists wrote lyrics, or had lyrics written for them, that were written in code that makes sense to somebody who is involved in the occult.

    I'm not involved in the occult, witchcraft, or mind control. I've just done a lot of research on those subjects. It's funny how these old songs...lyrics I never put much thought into...make sense to me now. It's almost like listening to them for the first time again.
    ThereIsNoEyeon June 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWhen this song first came out, I thought it was about losing your virginity.
    Zepfreakon July 30, 2011   Link

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