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Is David Lee Roth leaving Van Halen again?
That’s what Van Halen author Greg Renoff thought when he heard Roth’s new single, “Ain’t No Christmas.” Renoff, who penned last year’s Van Halen Rising biography, heard in its lyrics a possible parting of the ways between Roth and the group he reunited with in 2007.
Roth featured the song in the latest episode of his online Roth Show. In it, he sings in a melancholy voice over a guitar accompaniment: “Sure looked good on paper, once upon a lie; happily never after, and I’m not okay to drive. Let’s put the pin back in this one, and say we both survived. Last blank space on the map, I think we’ve arrived.”
Renoff heard a portent in those lines and Roth’s low-key delivery.
“Roth’s vocal performance here is mournful and somber. His lyrics express feelings of bitterness and regret,” Renoff says. “My take is that the lyrics provide a commentary on Roth’s recent months with Van Halen and perhaps a window into the future of Van Halen.
“What does everyone think? Is Roth singing about a lost love? Or is he speaking about Edward?”
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As it turns out, nothing could be further from the truth. The Van Halen News Desk reached out to Roth’s management and got the following reply.
“It’s poetry. It has nothing to do with Van Halen.”
So there you have it. And here you go: “Ain’t No Christmas,” by David Lee Roth, lead singer for Van Halen.