"Let There Be Rock" as written by and Ronald Belford Scott Angus Mckinnon Young....
In the beginning
Back in nineteen fifty five
Man didn't know about a rock 'n' roll show
And all that jive
The white man had the smoltz
The black man had the blues
No one knew what they was gonna do
But Tchaikovsky had the news
He said

Let there be sound, and there was sound
Let there be light, and there was light
Let there be drums, and there was drums
Let there be guitar, and there was guitar
Let there be rock

And it came to pass
That rock 'n' roll was born
All across the land every rockin' band
Was blowing up a storm
An the guitar man got famous
The businessman got rich
And in every bar there was a super star
With a seven year itch
There were fifteen million fingers
Learning how to play
And you could hear the fingers picking
And this is what they had to say

Let there be light
Let there be rock

One night in a club called the shaking hand
There was a ninety two decibel rocking band
The music was good and the music was loud
And the singer turned and he said to the crowd

Let there be rock

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"Let There Be Rock" as written by Angus Mckinnon Young Ronald Belford Scott


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    General Comment"White man had the smoltz,black man had the blues."Damn that has got to be the best damn line in any song i've ever heard.Bon Scott was a lyrical genius,and i'm glad i'm not the only one on here that gets the Chuck Berry reference when he says "Tchakavski knew the news" from "Roll Over Bethoven."I seen a t-shirt that said "Before Elvis there was nothing" and credits John Lennon as saying it.As much as I love John Lennon if he were alive today I honestly think he would have two remarks to apologize for.The first of course being the "bigger than Jesus" comment.I say that because Elvis was an excellent musician,but when all is said and done all he did was take black music and make it safe for suburban white kids.I even think his "King of Rock and Roll" title is arguable with Chuck Berry influencing the entire genre.You could even go back to the blues legends like Muddy Waters and hear where EVERYTHING started.I don't know how historically accurate it is but go see "Cadillac Records" and you'll see what i'm talking about.Anyway,enough rambling,killer f'n song by a killer f'n band.Makes me miss Bon Scott just writing this.
    tyranny_soulson December 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentnext to rock and roll ain't noise pollution, this is the best rock anthem ever.. funny that the 2 best rock anthems were both written by ac/dc... the meaning is self-explanitory i think... and the video kicked major booty..
    iluvevery1on August 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this is AC/DC's best song yet. It's about the rise of rock 'n' roll and is arguably a rock anthem. :crazy:
    InTylerWeTruston September 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's just Bon Scott shwing his sense of humour more than anything else. What a guy!
    But, the eternal question is... what the hell is "Smoltz" ?
    Rock-dudeon April 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has to be the band's funnest song.
    ComradeNuon June 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTh references to church i think represents how rock and roll has become like a religion itself. the line "the white man had the smoltz, the black man had the blues" shows how before rock n roll the types of music were segregted by race. but rock n roll united them. (well thats MY theory anyway) ROCK ON!
    adambiggon June 25, 2003   Link
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    General Commentno one can agree which artist began rock n roll...but unless there's a Tchaikovsky other than the Russian classical composer I wouldn't have imagined many would have put that name forward........huh?
    matty_keatingon February 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentactually matt...there's a Chuck Berry sogn that says "roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news."

    sure it s bit Spinal Tapesque, but listen to the damned solos! This classic! Ya can;t beat the If You Want Blood version.
    Avram Fawcetton November 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAh, a purely fantastic song! With a great video on the Family Jewels DVD. Nice robes! And Bon (the "preacher/vicar/whatever") who broke his foot when filming, after jumping off the pulpit!
    crankitupon March 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAccording to the liner notes on the remastered version of the album, Angus Young's amp caught fire midway through the song, but the producer instructed him to keep playing. By the end of the song, the amp head was a "smouldering puddle of wiring and valves". Let there be rock indeed.
    Mad Slanted Powerson March 06, 2006   Link

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