AC/DC - Let There Be Rock Live 1978

AC/DC - Let There Be Rock Live 1978

The song provides an encapsulated, fictionalised version of the history of rock 'n' roll. Building on a line from the Chuck Berry song "Roll Over Beethoven": "... tell Tchaikovsky the news", "Let There Be Rock" reveals that Tchaikovsky did in fact receive the message and subsequently shared it with the masses, resulting in the rise of rock 'n' roll.

Following rock's birth, rock bands appeared everywhere, musicians found fame (while businesses made money off their efforts), and millions of people learned how to play electric guitar. The third and final verse speaks of a "42-decibel" rock band playing good, loud music in an establishment called "The Shaking Hand". This is usually changed to "92-decibel" in live versions of the song. After the final verse, the song ends with an extended solo by Angus Young, which consists mainly of fast picking, string bends, and hammer-ons.


In the beginning

Back in nineteen fifty five

Man didn't know 'bout a rock 'n' roll show

And all that jive

The white man had the schmaltz

The black man had the blues

No one knew what they was gonna do

But Tchaikovsky had the news

He said let there be sound

There was sound

Let there be light

There was light

Let there be drums

There was drums

Let there be guitar

There was guitar

Let there be rock

And it came to pass

That rock 'n' roll was born

All across the land every rockin' band

Was blowin' up a storm

And the guitar man got famous

The business man got rich

And in every bar there was a superstar

With a seven year itch

There was fifteen million fingers

Learnin' how to play

And you could hear the fingers pickin'

And this is what they had to say

Let there be light




Let there be rock

One night in the club called the shakin' hand

There was a 42 decibel rockin' band

And the music was good and the music was loud

And the singer turned and he said to the crowd

Let there be rock