AC/DC - For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) (Live At River Plate, December 2009)


Music video by AC/DC performing For Those About To Rock (We Salute You). (Live At River Plate 2009)




The phrase that this song's title is based on is "For those about to die..." This is a variation on the phrase "We who are about to die salute you," which is what Roman gladiators would say to the high rulers (typically the emperor), before fighting to the death in the arena. AC/DC guitarist Angus Young got the idea after reading a book Bon Scott gave him about the gladiator games in ancient Rome. Young remembers the book as For Those About To Die We Salute You by Robert Graves, but Graves never wrote a book with that title. It's likely that the book was Those About to Die by Daniel Mannix.







Lyrics


We roll tonight [we're on tonight] Till the guitar bite Yeah, yeah, oh

Stand up and be counted For what you are about to receive We are the dealers We'll give you everything you need Hail hail to the good times 'Cause rock has got the right of way We ain't no legend, ain't no cause We're just livin' for today

For those about to rock, we salute you For those about to rock, we salute you

We rock at dawn on the front line Like a bolt right out of the blue The sky's alight with the guitar fight Heads will roll and rock tonight

For those about to rock, we salute you For those about to rock, we salute you For those about to rock, we salute you Yes we do For those about to rock, we salute you

Oooh, salute! Oooh, ooooh yeah

We're just a battery for hire with a guitar fire…

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