"Rough God Goes Riding" as written by and Van Morrison....
Oh the mud splattered victims
Have to pay out all along the ancient highway
Torn between half truth and victimization
Fighting back with counter attacks

It's when that rough god goes riding
When the rough god goes gliding
And then rough god goes riding
Riding on in

I was flabbergasted by the headlines
People in glasshouses throwing stones
Gaping wounds that will never heal
Now they're moaning like a dog in a manger

It's when that rough god goes riding
And then the rough god goes gliding
There'll be nobody hiding
When that rough god comes riding on in

And it's a matter of survival
When you're born with your back against the wall
Won't somebody hand me a bible
Won't you give me that number to call

When that rough god goes riding
And then that rough god goes gliding
They'll be nobody hiding
When that rough god goes riding on in
Riding on in

When that rough god goes riding
When that rough god goes gliding
There'll be nobody hiding
When that rough god goes riding on in
Riding on in

There'll be no more heroes
They'll be reduced to zero
When that rough god goes riding
Riding on in
Riding on in
Riding on in
Riding on in


Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira

"Rough God Goes Riding" as written by Van Morrison

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Rough God Goes Riding song meanings
Add your thoughts

5 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt seems to be about being savaged by a hostile press ('gaping wounds that never heal') and yet those malicious attacks hurt the perpetrators as much as their victims ("now they're moaning like a dog in a manger") - a very Buddhist notion of karma.

    The song says that we're all headed towards the same ending - death ("when that rough god comes riding in") - the implication is that we ought to spend what time we have well, rather than spitefully wounding others.
    Paegaon October 31, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's obviously about some kind of disaster - I suspect something specific, but I don't know what. But the point of the song is that some people are born into unfortunate circumstances; "rough god" is a metaphor for the downside of luck and fortune.
    Lesyeuxdeserpenton April 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery simple really. This song is about judgment day. Nobody can hide. Riding in on a horse for the Apocalypse
    blackbagon March 24, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is inspired by W.B. Yeats "Second Coming". The Rough God is Jesus Christ.
    Athension April 08, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionWho doesn't get a rough deal in life at one time or another?
    Look at Movie Stars crying for attention: needy vacuums, you think, sometimes.
    Look at the poor: some shine from the inside, while cleaned up & given an opportunity to change top to bottom, some return to the bottom without a thought.
    Is that God Rough Riding? Where are we in the midst? It's hardly 1-dimensional.
    And what about the hand we are dealt? Our health, looks, parents, conditions?
    So is the song something laid on us? Van has said it. He's just a Songwriter.
    He's in the mix....we are in the mix Rough & smooth: Sand paper applications.
    Imagine learning as working with being wrong. If not, we couldn't improve on us.
    See what I mean? We have to experience consequences to improve or be numb.
    Alek Bunnyon May 07, 2018   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain