Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - 1978
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Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - 1978

Updated: Feb 23




Eddie Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor. He is the main songwriter and founder—with brother and drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, and singer David Lee Roth—of the American hard rock band Van Halen. In 2012, he was voted number one in a Guitar World magazine reader's poll for "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".


The 1978 instrumental "Eruption" by Van Halen, which was voted No. 2 in Guitar World's readers poll of the "100 Greatest Guitar Solos", showcased a solo technique called tapping, using both left and right hands on the guitar neck. Although Van Halen popularized tapping, he did not invent the tapping technique, which had been used infrequently by various guitarists. Steve Hackett, lead guitarist with Genesis in the 1970s, is said by MusicRadar to be "widely credited with inventing two-handed tapping" and was an influence on Van Halen.


When asked about this, Hackett said, "Eddie and I have never spoken about it, but yes, he has credited me with tapping... Eddie is a fine player, of course, and he's the one who named the technique."




Lyrics



Oh yeah I heard the news baby,

All about your disease

You may have all that you want to honey

But I got somethin' you need Oh yeah,

I ain't talkin' 'bout love

My love is rotten to the core

I ain't talkin' 'bout love

Just like I told you before,


You know you're semi-good lookin',

And on the streets again

And you think you're really cookin' mama,

You better find yourself a friend, a friend,

'Cause I ain't talkin' 'bout love


My love is rotten to the core

I ain't talkin' 'bout love

Just like I told you before, Jello

And I ain't talkin' 'bout love

My love is rotten to the core

I ain't talkin' 'bout love

Just like I told you before yeah before


You know I've been to the edge,

And I stood and looked down

I lost a lot of friends there baby,

I got no time to mess around

So if you want it got to bleed for me baby

You got to got to bleed for me baby

Got to got to got to bleed for me baby and

I won't dance in a club like this

'Cause all the girls are sluts

And the beer tastes just like piss


Ain't talkin' 'bout love

My love is rotten to the core

I ain't talkin' 'bout love

Just like I told you before

Hey hey hey hey [Repeat x 4]




Songwriters: Alex Van Halen / Edward Van Halen / David Roth / Michael Anthony

Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc




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