"Unchained" as written by and Edward/van Halen Van Halen....
You said
I cannot get there from here, baby
And I don't care where I'm goin'
Here's to your thin red line
I'm stepping over

Thought you'd never miss me
'Til I got a Fat City address
Non-stop talker, what a rocker!
Blue-eyed murder in a size five dress

Change, nothing stays the same
Unchained, yeah you hit the ground running
Change, and nothing stays the same
Unchained, yeah you hit the ground running

No, I don't ask for permission
This is my chance to fly
Maybe enough ain't enough for you
But it's my turn to try

Thought you'd never miss me
'Til I got a Fat City address
Non-stop talker, what a rocker!
Blue-eyed murder in a side-swiped dress

Change, nothing stays the same
Unchained, and ya hit the ground running
Change, and nothing stays the same
Unchained, yeah ya hit the ground running

Change, nothing stays the same
Unchained, and ya hit the ground running
Change, and nothing stays the same
Unchained, yeah ya hit the ground running

Take a look at this!
Hey, man, that suit is you!
You'll get some leg tonight for sure!
Tell us how you do!
(Come on, Dave, give me a break.)
Hey, hey, hey, hey, one break coming up!

Change, and nothing stays the same
Unchained, yeah ya hit the ground running
Change, and nothing stays the same
Unchained, yeah ya hit the ground running
Change, and nothing stays the same
Unchained, yeah ya hit the ground running
Change, and nothing stays the same
Unchained, yeah ya hit the ground running


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"Unchained" as written by Edward Van Halen Alex Van Halen

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  • +2
    General CommentKinky anal sex
    kurtsmyhero88on October 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthat "someone" is Ted Templeman, producer of many awesome Van Halen records and some DLR albums.
    davidleerothon December 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is legendary. How could no one Comment?

    Alrite, well the song starts off with some thick and chunky guitar work from God(Eddie) and then leads into an all out rocker as the Rhythm Section joins, as Dave does a few of his trademark shouts.

    Roth starts "singing"(it is more like shouting on key for this part) with some slightly Busy guitar work in the background, but nothing too distracting.
    It leads into the Pre-Chorus where the whole band sings some backup vocals, and then leads into the Chorus.
    "Change" and "Unchained" are sang by all of the band members, as Eddie plays the Intro beneath it all, this time with the Rhythm Backing him up on vocals and instruments.

    The solo in this song isnt some of Eddie's BEST work, but it is simple and fits the song, which is fine. With some odd articulation, he makes the song kind of jolty.

    Another run through the Chorus leads into a small Bridge part, where Dave is shouting at someone(at the recording studio?). The "someone" shuts Roth up, and "one break" comes up. Leading back into the Chorus until the end. THe last chorus has a bit of simple(as far as Van Halen goes) soloing, and it ends off with another little lick.

    Not sure what the song is about, im assuming maybe about leaving a girl(ball and chain) and now he is free and wants to get back to being himself again(Hits the ground(breaks up) and starts running(back to his old self).

    Amazing song. Classic.
    The_Soulon June 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEddies favorite song to play
    madhat57on February 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't get enough! I love this song. It is definitely my favorite VH song.

    I believe that the first interpretation is correct. It makes perfect sense. Think about the prechorus:
    "Thought you'd never miss me
    'Til I got a fat city address"
    He moves out, and she misses him. Great song.
    bubbleboy_619on June 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe best song next to Hear About It Later on "Fair Warning" IMO. As for the meaning, I agree with the post above mine.
    Lateralus518on October 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis has got to be my favorite song by Van Halen EVER! This song is deffinatley about him becoming famous and how people are coming out of the "wood work" so to say and trying to be his friends.
    camsxthexman22on February 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree. It's about freedom from a relationship.
    rotherhamkidon March 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think I heard this song on a film before but I can't recall the name. But anyways classical song.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentClassic, this song rocks
    MathiasCronqviston December 26, 2007   Link

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