The main lick of Back in Black is from Elvis's song "Little Sister"....
Back in black 
I hit the sack
I've been too long I'm glad to be back 
Yes, I'm let loose 
From the noose
That's kept me hanging about
I've been looking at the sky 
'Cause it's gettin' me high
Forget the hearse 'cause I never die
I got nine lives
Cat's eyes
Abusin' every one of them and running wild

'Cause I'm back
Yes, I'm back
Well, I'm back
Yes, I'm back
Well, I'm back, back
Well, I'm back in black 
Yes, I'm back in black

Back in the back 
Of a Cadillac
Number one with a bullet, I'm a power pack
Yes, I'm in a bang 
With a gang
They've got to catch me if they want me to hang
'Cause I'm back on the track 
And I'm beatin' the flack
Nobody's gonna get me on another rap
So look at me now
I'm just makin' my play
Don't try to push your luck, just get out of my way

'Cause I'm back
Yes, I'm back
Well, I'm back
Yes, I'm back
Well, I'm back, back
Well, I'm back in black 
Yes, I'm back in black

Well, I'm back, yes I'm back
Well, I'm back, yes I'm back
Well, I'm back, back
Well I'm back in black
Yes I'm back in black

Ho yeah
Oh yeah
Yes I am
Oh yeah, yeah oh yeah
Back in now
Well I'm back, I'm back
Back, (I'm back)
Back, (I'm back)
Back, (I'm back)
Back, (I'm back)
Back
Back in black
Yes I'm back in black
Out of the sight


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Back in Black" as written by Malcolm Mitchell Young Brian Johnson

Lyrics © J. ALBERT & SON(INTERNATIONAL) PTY. LTD.

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    My InterpretationMan, people don't even have an idea of the backstory behind this song and the whole album. Well, when AC/DC's frontman, Bon Scott, died from drinking too much and choking on his own vomit, the band set out to look for a new lead singer, which ended up being Brian Johnson. Bon liked Johnson's voice and Angus said in one interview that, "We knew if Bon liked him, he must be good, because Bon didn't like many people". This song was a big tribute to Bon Scott and the biggest resemblance between the song and Bon was, "Yes, I'm gettin' loose. From the noose. That's kept me hanging about. I've been looking at the sky. 'Cause it's gettin' me high. Forget the hearse 'cause I never die. I got nine lives. Cat's eyes. Abusin' every one of them and running wild." This part shows Bon's recklessness and how his youth brain washed him into thinking he was invincible hence the nine lives part and how he keeps abusing his lives.
    petercaon July 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAAAHHHH!!!!!! I'm the first one to comment on this song?! Wut the?! One of the best rock songs, by one of the best rock bands ever! This was done after one of their band members (I think a lead singer) had died. So after takin a small break, they came out w/ "Back In Black" with this as their cover song. Awesome song w/ great riffs and tune. It kicks anal.
    jkdudeon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBon Scott, Angus and Malcolm Young, and Phil Rudd were all from Australia, not Austria. The meaning of Back in Black to me is that they were back out on top of the charts. Back in Black in the business world means that you've come out of the red-or in other words, making no money-into the black to make more money and to be on their way to the top again with another great hit. personally, I think the best song on that album is You Shook Me All Night Long-the track right after Back in Black.
    GNRTOMon June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnjrockstarbandit--one more thing--are you from New Jersey?
    GNRTOMon June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea i'm from jersey, and i meant australia but i spelled it wrong. and they created back in black cause they were in mourning from bon scotts death. that's why they called in back in black. atleast that's what angus said.
    njrockstarbanditon June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI seriously doubt that Back in Black is a fiancial reference. I'm more inclined to agree with NJRockstar, but Bon Scott died in Feb. 1981 and this album was released in Summer of that same year with Brian Johnson on vocals. I think (and I could be wrong) that the songs were written with the intention of having Bon Scott sing them. NJRock could be right about this one. Perhaps it was written after Scott's death, but I'm pretty sure that the other songs were written before.
    BWoodmeyeron June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNJRock, Hell's Bells was written for the album Back in Black. Who Made Who was the song that was written for the film Maximum Overdrive.
    BWoodmeyeron June 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea i know i was saying they were performed on maximum overdrive. yea, some of the songs were on the intention to have bon scott sing them, but the cd itself is a tribut to bon scott.
    njrockstarbanditon June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFrom reading the lyrics, (which I never could understand), it seems that this song is about a man who is on the run from Death Row. Looking at the sky would get you high if you haven't seen it in a while. "I'm beating the flack", "Nobody's gonna get me on another rap." "Don't try to push your luck, just get out of my way" are other lines that support my theory. Any ideas on this one.
    BWoodmeyeron June 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think its the best song acdc ever did.....
    munch_49337on June 13, 2002   Link

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