5150

Album: 5150 (1986)
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  • The love line is never straight and narrow
    Unless your love is tried and true
    We take a chance with new beginnings
    Still we try win or lose
    Take the highs with the blues

    Always one more
    You're never satisfied
    Share one for all with you
    It's only one for me
    Ah, why draw the line
    And meet you half the way
    And you don't know
    What the means, oh yeah

    I feel like a running politician, oh
    Just trying to please you all the time
    I've given you myself with no conditions
    Going wide, running long
    Feeling lost but not for long

    Always one more
    You're never satisfied
    Share one for all with you
    It's only one for me
    So why draw the line
    Meet you half the way
    When you don't know
    What that means, oh yeah

    Always one more
    You're never satisfied
    Share one for all with you
    It's only one for me
    So why draw the line
    And meet you half the way
    When you don't know
    What that means

    I'll meet you half the way
    Whoa yeah
    I'll meet you half the way
    Whoa yeah Writer/s: Alex Van Halen, Edward Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 10

  • Ladd from 59106Greg House from Columbia, 5150 is the radio code for the mental person. Codes were put in place to not say deragotory terms over the radio. Scanner land was a concern even back in the 80's when I started as a cop. Some of us referred to rookies as 5149s.
  • Jose from Puerto RicoProbably my fav song from the Sammy Era. Eddie is literally on fire with his guitar playing in this tune!
  • Englishjello from LondonEddie and studio engineer Donn Landee where hanging in Eddie's newly built studio listening to a police scanner. They heard a officer say "5150". They soon found out it's a Los Angeles police code for a escaped mental patient. Eddie decided to name the studio that (He also put stickers of it on his striped guitars). Eddie did come up with the music for this song and it's a killer song. One of the Van Halen's best songs in the Hagar era!
  • Joe Bloggs from Trinidad And TobagoThe number 5150 and "meet you half the way" in the lyrics made me think it was a reference to a Senate tie breaking vote-- implying a failure to reach a compromise between 2 sides.
  • Joe from SfIn the film "Collateral" Tom Cruise shoots a guy who later appears in the morgue with "5150" tattooed on his eye lid. Two possibilities: the Van Halen song or the 72-hour psychiatric hold. Based on the guy's career choice, I'll go with the latter... Greg House is correct.
  • Greg House from Columbia, ScActually 5150 is the code for involuntary psychiatric hold.
  • Jason from Florence, KyThe version Simon is speaking of is by a band called Charge. They were based out of New Orleans, I belive. I think they changed lead singers and moved to Vegas.
  • Jason from Florence, KyA great song off a great album...one of VH's best of either era (don't even bring up Gary), IMO. By the way, the version Simon is referring to (the one that sounds like Axl Rose singing) is by the band Charge.
  • Simon from Nijmegen, NetherlandsOn the internet there is a fake going 'round that would like us to believe that axl rose is singing with ed and the guys.. No dice. Don't know who these guys are but it's pretty good
  • Eric from Salt Lake City, UtI love this song. It was the song that sold me on Sammy Hagar replacing Dave. The rest of the album was great, but this was the clincher.
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