Van Halen "You
And Your Blues"
is a song from "A Different Kind Of Truth" 2012. This is what I said in
review of this song: "You And Your Blues" begins
with a very familiar sounding riff to Van Halen fans and that is due to the
fact that it uses the same chords from "The One I Want" from Van Halen 3.
I think this song was left over from the sessions that have never made the
light of day after Van Halen 3 album and tour and the production sessions
that have never been heard... The first lines to the song reference Jimi Hendrix and Elvis with the
lyric "ain't no red house over yonder" a la Jimi, and "Midnight Train
To Georgia" is an indirect reference to Gladys Knight & The Pips' song
and, because it sounds like the lyric, Elvis Presley's well known
favorite song "Rainy Night In Georgia" (Conway Twitty's version.)
Roth knows how to say one thing that sounds like another, for sure. Then there is the lyric in the bridge of
"communication break down" a la Led Zeppelin "your nineteenth
nervous breakdown" as penned by the Stones. The bridge and chorus
makes me believe this song will be a release. It sounds like ROTH'd up to
the MAX. It reminds me of "The One I Want" again in the solo with the wah. Part of the bridge has a guitar riff heard when you hear the
lyric "watching someone reinvent..." that was first used in "Josephina",
again from Van Halen 3. The second verse mentions Eric Clapton and Robert
Johnson with "Ain't Goin' Down to No Crossroads" and then the great Elmore
James is referred to in "Ain't Gonna Dust My Broom". Then
the "Evil Woman" reference brings me back to Jeff Lynne from ELO who is so
missed. If you don't know
who even one of these names refers to, don't feel bad, but look them up.
You won't be disappointed. These are basically the names of those
forgotten in Guitar Rock history (Johnson and James) and those remembered.
(self explanatory) At the end of this song it sounds like Eddie is
using a Sitar which was done on VH3 so it would make sense if my belief this
were left over from Van Halen 3 is acknowledged. Here is David Lee
Roth Talking about "You And Your Blues":