Hard As A Rock

Album: Ballbreaker (1995)
Charted: 33

Songfacts®:

  • This is another AC/DC song which lyrical influences in Chuck Berry, an expert at making sexual references seem very obscure, to the point of being innocent. This song is about a girl who turns the guy on so much that he gets big erection, ie, "hard."
  • The lyrics mention a "Hellevator" (or "Hell elevator"). Like a "Highway to Hell," this would be a transportation method to Hell. AC/DC was fond of incorporating something earthly and physical with Hell in their lyrics (see also "Hell's Bells"). >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Brett - Edmonton, Canada, for above 2

Comments: 10

  • Lily from Los Angeles, Cai don't mind that their songs are sexual after all i am angus young's lover..hehe :D
  • Austin from Bristow, VaSuch a dirty song and great opeaning guitar, my brother plays the opeaning riff on his guitar.LOVE IT
  • Selina from Perth, AustraliaMan listen to that riff! Such a great song- goes down so well live, especially with that video playing in the background on screen. Haha so great...
    Though it doesn't have the same sort of wordplay as Bon might've used, it still obviously has that sexual sense of fun the way the words are used...
    And so what about they're sex references- they're a hardworking band that dont take s--t so seriously- just out to have some fun and give their audiences a bit of that same pleasure. Of rocking out, not gettin one hard as a rock, haha.
    Gotta love em...
  • James from Knoxville, TnI'm a huge AC/DC fan, but really most of their songs are about drinking, sex, or hell. for real
  • Logan from Durham, Nhthis is to steph, not all acdc songs are about (bleep)
  • Ac/dc_misfit from Millmerran, AustraliaAC/DC mainly sing about, hard liquor, cheap sex, violence and the endless quest for a good time
  • Chase from Sedona, AzWell All of ac/dc songs are either about 2 things, having fun, or sex. Hard As A Rock, Fire You Guns, Guns For Hire, Big Gun, Big Balls, T.N.T., Go Down, Diry deeds, Thunderstruck, Whole lotta rosie, flick of the switch, are just a few of many songs that have to do with sex or dicks.
    Songs as of There's gonna be some rockin, jailbreak, let there be rock, and many other songs. I see AC/DC's songs are a balance, they have crude songs. and fun songs. and its up to the listener to judge on that.
  • Josh from Las Vegas, NvI don't think that the sexual references are THAT obscure...
  • John from Barnsley, EnglandI'm not a great AC/DC fan, but this song has a great riff and is very well constructed. Very listenable, penises or not.
  • Charlie from Thomaston, Ctnot all ac dc songs are about penises but the entire album ballbreaker is about something sexual!
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