Do Any Songs Talk About the Band's Recent Troubles?
When the 'Rock or Bust' album title was first revealed, it seemed possible the band was addressing its recent challenges head-on. And that still could have been their overall inspiration, but very few direct references to these troubles seem to have made their way into the album's lyrics.
A closer look at the title track's verses, for example, doesn't reveal any talk of overcoming obstacles or mourning Malcolm Young's absence. Instead, the song simply seems to be about getting charged up for a big concert: "We turn the amps up high / The crowd's gonna hit the sky / We play it fast and loose / Because this night we're gonna burn the fuse."
'Hard Times' could be the exception, with singer Brian Johnson noting that "these hard times sure ain't been good to me." But he's quickly back to his usual chipper self, promising to outrun his troubles and "make it fun" again.
Other songs with titles you might think would lend themselves to heavy personal introspection instead seem aimed at lighter, more universal concerns. The hero of 'Rock the Blues Away' is simply after a fun night out with his girl, and 'Baptism by Fire' is once again primarily concerned with getting the party started.
Everywhere else, it's the usual range of topics, with songs about girls ('Miss Adventure,' 'Emission Control' and 'Sweet Candy'); fighting ('Dogs of War'); and rocking (pretty much everything else).