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 CommentActually, it goes much much deeper. This planet is a prize, humans, Homa sapiens, are the only ones who can't figure it out. There are four near subliminals at the climax of each song part, where Roth is screaming the last of the lyric, hang him highhhhhh, while in the left channel, the band is singing satan, as in the word satan. on the last, or fourth scream, the band says: "lord satan". This is easily distinguished on an lp version, because CD's do loose quality, so check it out. Another subliminal is on Light up the sky", the very last for outro measures, it sounds like a reverse cymbal" seewoooosh....light up the sky, dunnananaaa....seewoooosh....light up the sky, dunnananaaa....seewoooosh....light up the sky, dunnananaaa....seewoooosh....light up the sky, dunnananaaa. The swooshes when recorded into a wave file, then reversed are actually not swooshes at all, they are the band, in chorus, singing real time: "we love satan" four times. Apparently Van halen were or are Devil work-4-ers. Another example is the live recording of "Running with the devil" at the US Festival, keep listening to Michael Anthony's choruses, on one, he screams in the squealy style, "saaaaytan". They were certified satan ho-s.
    10weston June 12, 2009   Link

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