While Davis is regarded as one of the best actresses in Hollywood history, it’s hard to deny that she is best known for her later films, including a certain Grand Guignol horror movie called What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The Beatles’ "Run for Your Life" is one of John Lennon’s many introspections into his own jealousy (luckily this time satirical in nature). "And then you sense a change, Nothing feels the same, all your dreams have changed, love comes walking in" (Those old feelings come back, your dreams with your current spouse, partner, and/or family no longer matter. He claims that he has been the subject of alien experimentation going all the way back to at least 1968. Not romance or falling in love with some creative allusions… "aliens". In turning the camera on himself, even in his most vulnerable moments as a sick and dying man, filmmaker and activist Marlon Riggs demonstrated the futility of divorcing the personal from the political.
Only the fact that he totally believes in all of that. That’s a strange thing to be grateful for, but hey, it’s Hagar, right? "Love Walks In", indeed. Hagar actually thinks that a group of inhuman beings called "The Nine" from the Ninth Dimension are responsible for "downloading" such actions into him (because, you know, it couldn’t be the drugs and alcohol, right?). This song deals with extra-terrestrials, which can interpreted as a metaphor for new love, or as Van Halen reaching out to new fans. George Cukor's gender-bending Sylvia Scarlett proposes a heroine who learns nothing from her cross-gendered ordeal. Hagar firmly believes he has been visited by aliens multiple times and that he is, in fact, their puppet. The very first word in the song is "contact" of the kind that causes time displacement and revelations. You've fallen back in love with your past … Judas Priest’s "Love You to Death" is hardly your standard, sexy romance ballad but more of a, well, Judas Priest song. Following is a list of love songs that seem innocuous (at first) enough to become big hits, but after a more thorough investigation could have you reaching for the phone to call two shrinks; one for you and one for the lyricist in question. 1. What would make a veteran rocker and songwriter like Hagar write such a bizarre song?
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I guess "I Can’t Drive 55" is actually about the fact that 55MPH is far below the escape velocity of Earth’s gravitational pull. Most of these, however, are intentionally scary. Van Halen reached a whole new audience when Sammy Hagar joined the band after David … "Love Walks In" is about aliens… and that’s not a metaphor.
Take a look at Van Halen’s own Live Without a Net home video in which Hagar proudly and un-ironically announced to the crowd that this song is "about aliens". Meanwhile the speaker of the song is sleep deprived as he "travel[s] far across the Milky Way". Does that sound like a love song? Based on his reports (which he admits make him sound "crazy" and "like a nut"), it’s equally possible that Hagar sat down to write a beautiful romance ballad called "Love Walks In", but then his Alien programming took over and resulted in this bizarre data dump of interplanetary nightmares with one vague and ill-fitting repeated line about "love" lingering here and there.
A mismatch like this is tantamount to watching The Exorcist and seeing Father Dyer break the fourth wall, turn to the camera and say "And now, let’s talk about the recipe for Keebler’s Sunchero’s light and crispy tortilla chips. "It was so beautiful. 5150 was the first album Van Halen released with new lead singer Sammy Hagar, and Hagar drew the lyrics from some out-of-body experiences. While the band still rocked, these keyboard-infused ballads helped them dominate the Top Forty for much of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s and at first listen "Love Walks In" sounds a lot like their other, similar synth hits like "Dreams", "Why Can’t This Be Love", "When It’s Love" and "I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You".