Blood and Fire

Album: A Different Kind of Truth (2012)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Van Halen's 12th studio album, A Different Kind Of Truth, was their first new album with vocalist David Lee Roth in 18 years, and it ended up being their last, as Eddie Van Halen's health deteriorated and he died of cancer in 2020. On this "we made it" anthem, Roth details his returning to his place in the band. He deadpans to their fans, "Told ya I was comin' back. Say you missed me."
  • The song is based on "Ripley," an instrumental that Eddie Van Halen recorded for the 1984 Cameron Crowe scripted movie The Wild Life. Eddie played it on a Ripley guitar, thus it's title.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Alan Merrill of The Arrows

Alan Merrill of The ArrowsSongwriter Interviews

In her days with The Runaways, Joan Jett saw The Arrows perform "I Love Rock And Roll," which Alan Merrill co-wrote - that story and much more from this glam rock pioneer.

Rupert Hine

Rupert HineSongwriter Interviews

Producer Rupert Hine talks about crafting hits for Tina Turner, Howard Jones and The Fixx.

Bible Lyrics

Bible LyricsMusic Quiz

Rockers, rappers and pop stars have been known to quote the Bible in their songs. See if you match the artist to the biblical lyric.

Van Dyke Parks

Van Dyke ParksSongwriter Interviews

U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.

Amy Grant

Amy GrantSongwriter Interviews

The top Contemporary Christian artist of all time on song inspirations and what she learned from Johnny Carson.

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete BlondeSongwriter Interviews

The singer/bassist for Concrete Blonde talks about how her songs come from clairvoyance, and takes us through the making of their hit "Joey."