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What the Hell is the Dude From Volbeat Saying? [Video]

To me, one of the coolest things about music is that some songs are special to you because of the lyrics and the message, and some songs you love just because of the music itself. Volbeat falls into the latter for me. I can’t tell what the hell he’s saying, but I don’t care because it rocks.

We’ve been playing “Heaven Nor Hell” for quite a while now…in fact, that song has actually been around for a couple years now. I’ve heard it several times…I play it damn near every day…and still love the straight-forward groove it has. I have not gotten tired of it yet. But what I have gotten tired of is not knowing the words. I’ve picked out a few (very few) phrases here and there, but overall I couldn’t begin to tell you what the song was about.

So I decided to look up the lyrics. Apparently the people that post lyrics online had a bit of trouble transcribing the song too, because the three different pages I looked at had three slightly different versions of the lyrics. I picked one that I thought seemed closest and posted it below (the video). I’ve listened a couple times and followed along with the lyrics and I still can’t figure out if the words are right. Maybe I’m just getting old. I feel like the stereotypical grumpy old man yelling at “hippies” and their loud rock music.

Listen and read along. Did that help you at all?

Well I’ve heard that the devil is walking around
I sold my soul way down in the dirt
But stole it back now forever in debt
And for a moment I don’t even care
Until I felt his breath at my neck
And maybe even you can feel it too
He’s on a strike and looking at you

Holding on to his words but baby I saw an angel become the devil
Still they walk pretty good hand in hand
But baby I don’t need any of them heaven nor hell

Well I’ve heard that the morning star of a prince
Was invoked on a Monday on earth
I found his business card in the mud
And for a moment I don’t even care
Until I felt his breath at my neck
And maybe even you can feel it too
He’s on a strike and looking at you

Holding on to his words but baby I saw an angel become the devil
Still they walk pretty good hand in hand
But baby I don’t need any of them heaven nor hell

Evil came down on earth
And it beholds more than you love, more than you love

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