AC/DC - Let There Be Rock (Live At River Plate, December 2009)




"Let There Be Rock" is a song by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It is the third and title track of their album Let There Be Rock, released in March 1977, and was written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Bon Scott.


It was also released as a single, with a B-side of "Problem Child", in 1977.


Being one of AC/DC's most popular songs, "Let There Be Rock" has been included on four of the band's six official live albums: If You Want Blood You've Got It (sung by Bon Scott, 1978), Live: 2 CD Collector's Edition (sung by Scott's replacement Brian Johnson, 1992), Let There Be Rock: The Movie (Scott, 1979), released in 1997 as part of the Bonfire box set, Stiff Upper Lip Tour Edition (Johnson, 2001), recorded from Plaza De Toros in Madrid from 1996, and Live At River Plate (Johnson, 2012), with the last recorded during AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires on 4 December 2009.


Live performances of the song often go into a section not included on the studio version, with Angus Young performing an extended solo without accompaniment.






Lyrics


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

Sound

Drums

Guitar

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