David Lee Roth Explains Lyrics To Van Halen’s ‘Tattoo’

[mp3com-artist]Van Halen[/mp3com-artist] released their new single “Tattoo” featuring David Lee Roth. Now Roth has released a video explaining the lyrics.

In the video, Roth, decked out in overalls, comes up with his own special definition of a “tramp stamp” and mistakenly explains how a kid dreamed up the color “purple mountain majesty”  or wait maybe it was the poet  Katharine Lee Bates who wrote the words to “America the Beautiful?”

Fact checking aside, if you’re a Van Halen fan then you might enjoy David Lee Roth’s musings and “philosophy.”



Van Halen’snew album, A Different Kind of Truth, will be released on February 7, 2012.

Lyrics:

Tattoo, tattoo

I got Elvis on my elbow.
When I flex, Elvis talks.
I got hula girls on the back of my leg.
And she hulas when I walk.

Speaking jelly bread
Screamin’ electric green
Purple mountain’s majesty
Really talk to me. Talk to me, babe.

Swap meet Sally
Tramp stamp tat
Mousewife to bombshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo.
Tattoo, tattoo

(Tattoo, tattoo)
Show me your dragon magic.
(Tattoo, tattoo)
So very autobiographic.

Best believe that needle won’t hurt you.
Best to see these true colors, than to follow one of your false virtues.

Here’s a secret to make you think:
Why is the crazy stuff we never say, poetry in ink?
Speaking little red,
Ex photo pink
Purple mountain’s majesty
Show me you, I’ll show you me.

Swap meet Sally
Tramp stamp tat
Mousewife to bombshell in the time it took to get that new tattoo.
Tattoo, tattoo.

(Tattoo, tattoo)
Sexy dragon magic.
(Tattoo, tattoo)
So very autobiographic.
(Tattoo, tattoo)
Got a hold on me.
(Tattoo, tattoo)
Put a spell on me.

(Solo)

Uncle Danny, had a coal tattoo
He fought for the unions
Some of us still do.
On my shoulder is the number
of the chapter he was in.
That number is forever
like the struggle here to win.

(Everybody!)
Swap meet Sally
Tramp stamp tat
Mousewife to bombshell in the time it takes to get that new tattoo.
Tattoo, tattoo.

(Tattoo, tattoo)
Sexy dragon magic.
(Tattoo, tattoo)
So very autobiographic.
(Tattoo, tattoo)
Got a hold on me.
(Tattoo, tattoo)
Put a spell on me.
(Tattoo, tattoo)
I’m in love with you.
(Tattoo, tattoo)
I’ll show me, show me yours.
(Tattoo, tattoo)
Let me take a look at you.
(Tattoo, tattoo)

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