Suggest a Songfact / Artistfact
Album: Women And Children FirstReleased: 1980Charted:
The first track and only single released from Van Halen's third album Women And Children First
, "And The Cradle Will Rock" tells a vague story about a recalcitrant youth who upsets his parents and the elders in town with his penchant for rock and roll, which they all know isn't a real job. The title is a loose play on the nursery rhyme "Rockabye Baby
Eddie Van Halen played the keyboard on this track. He and Alex took piano lessons throughout their youth.
They called the tour to support this album the "Invasion Tour." It was the first time they brought lots of equipment with them, including a monster sound system and huge lighting grid. They would soon become known for their loud concerts.