Van Halen performs ‘Runnin’ With The Devil and it’s NUTS! ’83

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Van Halen performs ‘Runnin’ With The Devil and it’s NUTS! ’83 | Society Of Rock Videos

Van Halen at the height of mega stardom

Runnin’ with the Devil” was the second single from Van Halen’s 1978 self titled debut album.

A lot of people have speculated that the song’s lyrics were satanic– although the band has never revealed the full meaning of the song, it is said to be about the life of a young touring band.

The song contains many of the things Van Halen became famous for – David Lee Roth’s squeal, Eddie’s guitar solo, and Michael Anthony’s backup vocals.

The song’s verses deal with an individual’s experience, including learning that a “simple” lifestyle is not as simple as it appears. The lyrics “Runnin’ with the devil” are usually interpreted as being a reference to freedom.

David Lee Roth seems to be in shock over the massive crowd. After years of opening up for major bands, and taking a back seat- You could only imagine the shock to see thousands of people in-front of you– for you. Incredible.

+Runnin’ With The Devil lyrics below+

I live my life like there’s no tomorrow
And all I’ve got I had to steal
Least I don’t need to beg or borrow
Yes, I’m living at a pace that kills
Runnin’ with the devil
Runnin’ with the devil
I’ll tell y’all about it
I found the simple life ain’t so simple
When I jumped out on that road
I got no love, no love you’d call real
Ain’t got nobody waiting at home
Runnin’ with the devil
God damn it lady, you know I ain’t lying to ya
I’m wanna tell you one time
Aah-yeah
Running with the devil
Yes I am
Yeah
Woo
Woo

You know I, I found the simple life, weren’t so simple, no
When I jumped out on that road
Got no love, no love you’d call real
Got nobody waiting at home
Runnin’ with the devil
Runnin’ with the devil
Runnin’ with the devil
Runnin’ with the devil

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