Somewhere, he lost it in a turn
Now trouble seems to fit him like a glove
First come, first served, he's serving it back
He travels light, without a pack, without love
He comes from nowhere and he turns on his own
Late for the hanging, yes he's headed for the moon
And hang 'em high

Leather cross his thighs
Blasting out the night, his cap hides his eyes
One eye on the road, price upon his head
One ear to the ground, he's listening to the dead

He comes from nowhere and he turns on his own
Late for the hanging, yes he's headed for the moon
And hang 'em high

Blind to himself, and he's laughing up his scheme
Looking back in anger, the city is relieved
Vision of light, child of the night passing by

Blind to himself, he's laughing up his scheme
Looking back in anger, the city is relieved
A vision of light, child of the night passing by

Leather cross his thigh
Blasting out the night, his cap hides his eyes
One eye on the road, price upon his head
One ear to the ground, he's listening to the dead

He comes from nowhere, and he turns on his own
Late for the hanging, yes he's headed for the moon
And hang 'em high


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Hang 'Em High Lyrics as written by Edward Van Halen Alex Van Halen

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    General CommentHang 'em high is actually Hang Him High, a double meaning as in kill him (like a hanging) or worshio him, like a god, hung on high, so 2 speak.
    The song like black sabbath's Master of Realiy "Lord of this world" evil possesor, is what the song is about. "Somewhere lost in time", not a turn-
    "first come first served" - reference to Garden of Eden's Covering Cherub (Ezekiel chapter 28)
    Becoming mankind's new god.
    "Serving it back" - disloyal to the Maker

    Somewhere,lost it in Time (from before mankind)
    Trouble seems to fit him like a glove.(likes evil)
    First come,First served,he's serving it back, (see above, "first" god in eden)
    Travels light,without a pack,without love.(without a "pact" not "pack" actually- anti-love)
    He comes from nowhere,returns on his own, (actaully "turns on his own" - meaning a betrayer)
    late for the hanging,yes he's heading for the moon (is still alive, though should be dead, and is under a "wanted" poster, which Michael - also an Angel- collects bounty on- rev. 12, heading for the moon? going for the one throne, in insanity)
    Hang `em High.("Hang him high")
    Leather,across his thighs, (Rides through the earth- black horse- revelation again)
    Blasting out the night,he's terrified to drive.(actaully terrified of light- the darkness)
    One eye on the road, crashed upon his head, (actaully- price upon his head- divine bounty hunter collects, the road 2 nowhere)
    One ear to the ground,he's listening to the dead.(directs mankind through dead governments and war machines)
    He comes from nowhere,returns on his own,
    late for the hanging,yes he's heading for the moon
    Hang `em High.
    Alone to himself,he's laughing up his sleeve, (selfish personified, laughing at the misery of his tricks)
    Looking back in anger,the city is rleaved. (remorseless being, but his exit is a relief)
    Vision of Light, (Lucifer, etc.)
    Child of the night, (Anti-Life)
    Passing by (He knows he is temporary)

    This was a fifth album ode to the devil, not unlike album 1, "runnin' with the Devil"
    Van Halen was always clear on where their kingship (guitar, music) came from...
    Judas Priest was similar
    Tyrant is about a god
    Starbreaker
    Exciter
    Sinner
    all about the same being
    10weston December 19, 2004   Link

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