Rock Ballad of The Week: Van Halen “Love Walks In”

Contact is all that it takes
To change your life, to lose your place in time
Contact asleep or awake
Coming around you may wake up to find

Questions deep
Within your eyes
Now more than ever
You realize

And then you sense a change
Nothin’ feels the same
All your dreams are strange
Love comes walkin’ in

Some kind of alien
Waits for the opening
And simply pulls a string

Another world, some other time
You lay your sanity on the line
Familiar faces, familiar sights
Reach back, remember with all your might

Ooh, and there she stands
In a silken gown
Silver lights
Come shinin’ down

And then you sense a change
Nothin’ feels the same
All your dreams are strange
Love comes walkin’ in

Some kind of alien
Waits for the opening
Simply pulls a string
Love comes walkin’ in

Oh, sleep and dream and that’s all I crave
I travel far across the milky way
To my master I become a slave
Till we meet again some other day

Where silence speaks
As loud as war
Earth returns to what
It was before

And then you sense a change
Nothin’ feels the same
All your dreams are strange
Love comes walkin’ in

Some kind of alien
Waits for the opening
And simply pulls a string
Love comes walkin’ in

Love comes walkin’ in
Baby, pull the string
Love comes walkin’ in
Love comes walkin’ in yeah

Songwriters
VAN HALEN, EDWARD/VAN HALEN, ALEX/ANTHONY, MICHAEL/HAGAR, SAMMY

  • Love Walks In” is a rock song written by the group Van Halen for its 1986 album 5150. It is one of the five singles issued for the album.

    The song starts with Eddie Van Halen (lead guitar, keyboards) playing a slow synth, and kicks into the song. The song starts in the key of C and moves into F for the band entrance, then going to the relative Dm for the verses. The pre-chorus then jumps to Am, then in the chorus it goes back to C, keeping a cyclic structure. It charted at #4 on the US Album Rock Tracks and at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    Sammy Hagar takes lead guitar on the track, playing out the solos.

  • source: wikipedia

Rock Ballad of The Week : Van Halen “When It’s Love”

Hey!

Everybody’s lookin’ for somethin’
Somethin’ to fill in the holes
We think a lot but don’t talk much about it
‘Til things get out of control

Oh! (How do I know when it’s love?)
I can’t tell you but it lasts forever
Ohh (How does it feel when it’s love?)
It’s just something you feel together
When it’s love

You look at every face in a crowd
Some shine and some keep you guessin’
Waiting for someone to come into focus
Teach you your final love lesson

(How do I know when it’s love?)
I can’t tell you but it lasts forever
Ohh (How does it feel when it’s love?)
It’s just something you feel together

(Oh oh, oh oh)
Oh, when it’s love
(Oh oh, oh oh)
You can feel it, yeah
(Oh oh, oh oh)
Nothing’s missing, yeah

(Oh oh, oh oh)
Yeah, you can feel it
(Oh oh, oh oh)
Oh, when it’s love
(Oh oh, oh oh)
Nothing’s missing, ow!

(How do I know when it’s love?)
I can’t tell you but it lasts forever
Ohh (How does it feel when it’s love?)
It’s just something you feel together

Hey (How do I know when it’s love?)
I can’t tell you but it lasts forever
When it’s love
Ooh, when it’s love
Hey! It’ll last forever

(Na na na na na, na)
When it’s love
(Na na na na na, na)
(Na na na na na, na)
(Na na na na na, na)
You and I, we’re gonna feel this thing together
(Na na na na na, na)
When it’s love
(Na na na na na, na)
Ooh, when it’s love, baby
(Na na na na na, na)
(Na na na na na, na)
You can feel it, yeah!
(Na na na na na, na)
(Na na na na na, na)
We’ll make it last forever
(Na na na na na, na)
(Na na na na na, na)
Ooh, it’s love

“When It’s Love ” is a power ballad recorded by Van Halen. It was released as a single from their album OU812. It was the most popular song from that album, hitting #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts and #5 on theBillboard Hot 100 chart. The song has been a live performance staple since it was released in 1988. The song was also included in the set list for the band’s ill-fated 1998 tour with Gary Cherone. Eddie has stated that this particular guitar solo is a nod to Eric Clapton.

It was featured on a VH1 special, “The Greatest: 25 Greatest Power Ballads,” where it was ranked as the 24th greatest power ballad of all time.

Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen