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Rock of Ages’ Hidden Meaning

You remember the song. It’s one of the hit singles off of the 1983 smash album Pyromania. It’s title was taken from a church hymn book. It inspired a Broadway musical decades later. So what’s up with the first line from “Rock of Ages” by Def Leppard? What do those first 4 words mean? Are they German? Is there a deeper meaning or significance? What was lead singer Joe Elliott trying to tell us?

Apparently, not a lot.

These four words that you hear at the start of “Rock of Ages”, mean nothing, though the band sometimes jokingly claims it means “running through the forest silently”. It’s actually just German sounding gibberish, said by producer Mutt Lange during one of the later takes of the song. Lange was a perfectionist and would often do dozens & dozens of takes, and after repeatedly beginning so many with the standard count, “One, two, three, four” he simply started saying nonsense words instead, the band liking this one so much that they included it on the album.

Gibberish or not, it’s a great song from one the best albums of 1983. Reminding everyone that it’s better to burn out than fade away, here is “Rock of Ages” in all its glory:

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