Song: “Love Walks In”
Artist: Van Halen
I’ve been on a bit of a Van Halen kick this week. I’m a David Lee Roth fan, but I think that the actual songs from the Sammy Hagar era are better. Case in point, this week’s Tuesday Tune: “Love Walks In”.
Now you may ask: “What does this song have to do with Science Fiction?”
Up until a few days ago, I would have asked the same thing.
I recently dug out 5150, which arguably contains some of VH’s best songs, including: “Best of Both Worlds”, “Why Can’t This Be Love”, and “Summer Nights”. As “Love Walks In” digitally spun on my iPod, I was compelled to press pause and rewind when I heard this lyric:
“Some Kind of Alien
Waits for the Opening
Simply Pulls a String”
“Wait, What? Did he just say alien?” For a moment I thought that Sammy Hagar must have been using the word alien as a metaphor. A scan of some of the other lyrics contradicted that initial assessment:
“Oh, sleep and dream; that’s all I crave
I travel far across the milky way
To my master I become a slave
‘Til we meet again some other day
Where silence speaks as loud as war
Earth returns to what it was before”
Sci-Fi or not, these lyrics are of much greater substance than what I’ve always considered to be a “fun”, “summer” album.
A quick google search on “Love Walks In” also led to a quote from an old issue of Guitar World Magazine:
“I’m a firm believer — have seen, have felt, have been contacted three or four different times. I have received information that has been valuable in my life from those people, and they have used me. I’m gonna sound like a complete nut here, but they have used me in an experimental fashion” -Sammy Hagar
Yep, It seems that the tequila loving front man believes that he was abducted. It sheds a whole new light on some of my favorite music from the 80’s.
To read more of the article, click here.
So I ask you:
David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar?
Eddie Van Halen or Joe Satriani (Hagar’s current band mate in Chickenfoot)?