Can You Finish These AC/DC Lyrics?

J. Reinoehl

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About This Quiz

Hey, rock fans! Let’s see if you really know your AC/DC! On this quiz, you’ll find lyrics from the ‘70’s like “If You Want Blood You’ve Got It,” the ‘80s like “Back in Black,” as well as some lyrics from songs of the ‘90s like “Moneytalks” and more recent ones like “Rock ‘N’ Roll Train.” This quiz has something for everyone, whether you're a long time fan or just started your collection.

The main purpose of this quiz is to honor Malcolm Young and his talents as a lyricist. Although Malcolm didn’t appear onstage in the highly recognizable school outfit that his brother, Angus, wore, he was credited with collaboratively writing almost all of AC/DC’s published lyrics. Angus has stated that his work will continue on after his death because he kept well-organized files of his ideas.

Many other bands went through stages where they experimented with new styles that often alienated longtime fans. Malcolm Young made sure that didn’t happen with AC/DC. He was able to take one moment in his life—when he was a rebellious teenaged schoolboy—and translate it into music for nearly half a century. His body might have aged, but his spirit remained unchanged.

You know there is a lot more to AC/DC than lyrics, but a “fill in the missing riff” quiz couldn’t be translated into an online quiz quite as easily. Still, this "Can You Finish These AC/DC Lyrics?" quiz will show you how much you really know about AC/DC and help you remember and perhaps raise your glass to this great musician. Find out how well you know these lyrics and then challenge your friends to beat your score!

"She had the sightless eyes, telling me no lies, knocking me out with those ______________?"

"She had the sightless eyes, telling me no lies, knocking me out with those American thighs. Taking more than her share, had me fighting for air, she told me to come but I was already there. Cause the walls start shaking..." (“You Shook Me All Night Long”)

"Forget the hears ‘cause I never die. I got nine lives, cat’s eyes, ______________?"

Malcolm Young (January 6, 1953 –November 18, 2017) was born in Glasglow, Scotland, UK. He passed away in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, Australia at the age of 64. (“Back in Black”)

"Tailored suits, chauffeured cars, fine hotels, and ______________?"

"Tailored suits, chauffeured cars, fine hotels, and big cigars—up for grabs, up for a price where the red hot girls keep on dancing through the night." (“Money Talks”)

"In the beginning, back in nineteen fifty-five, man didn’t know about a rock ‘n’ roll show and all that jive. The white man had ____________________. The black man had the blues?"

Merriam Webster defines schmaltz as florid or sentimental music or art. In Jewish cooking, “schmaltz” is also rendered chicken fat. (“Let There Be Rock”)

"And I knew there was no help—no help from you. Sound of the drums, beating in my heart, the thunder of guns, tore me apart. You’ve been ______________?"

“My mind raced, and I thought what I could do, and I knew there was no help—no help from you. Sound of the drums, beating in my heart, the thunder of guns, tore me apart. You’ve been thunderstruck..” (“Thunderstruck”)

"Whole lotta woman; whole lotta _____________?"

Bon Scott said the inspiration for the song came from a real-life incident. Bon Scott was the first member of AC/DC to pass away February 19, 1980, from alcohol-related causes. (“Whole Lotta Rosie”)

"Cruisin’ on the seven seas, a __________________?"

“Cruisin’ on the seven seas, a pirate of my lovin’ needs. I’ll never go down; never go down.” (“Let’s Get It Up”)

"The skies alight with a guitar bite, heads will ____________________ tonight?"

Most of AC/DC’s songs are credited as collaborations between Malcolm and Angus. Angus said Malcolm was better at organizing his contributions and so he was able to still include material from Angus even after Angus’ health prohibited him from being there in person. (“For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”)

"If you’re having trouble with ______________, he’s givin’ you the blues?"

"If you’re having trouble with the high school head, he’s givin’ you the blues. You want to graduate but not in his bed? Here’s what you gotta do…” (“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”)

"________________, Uzi makers shootin’ up Hollywood. Snakes alive with a .45 getting off and doing no good?"

Big Gun was on the soundtrack of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Last Action Hero (1993). The video features Schwarzenegger transforming into a rocker at an AC/DC concert and is interspersed with clips from the movie. (“Big Gun”)

"One hard ringing bell, old school rebel, a ________________?"

“One hard ringin’ bell, old school rebel, a ten for the revelry...” (“Rock ‘N’ Roll Train”)

" ______________ See me ride out of the sunset on your color T. V. screen?"

Malcolm Young had been a part of AC/DC since he formed it with his brother in 1973 until his illness forced his retirement in 2015. Their debut performance was at Chequers Nightclub on New Year’s Eve in 1973 in Sydney, Australia. Reportedly the management complained because they were too loud. (“T. N. T.”)

"All you women who want a ____________________ don’t know which way you wanna turn?"

" All you women who want a man of the street don’t know which way you wanna turn. Just keep coming and put your hand out to me ‘cause I’m the one who’s gonna make you burn." (“Shoot to Thrill”)

"I’m a wanted poster, a ______________, wanted right across the land. I’m a smooth operator, a big dictator, gonna mark you with my brand?"

Malcolm Young emigrated to Australia from the United Kingdom in 1963 when he was ten years old with his older brother George and younger brother Angus. Older siblings Stephen and Margaret went with the family but were over 21 so they had to fill out separate emigration forms. Alexander (who wrote most of the songs for the U. K. band Grapefruit) remained in Germany at the time, and John emigrated to Australia at a different time. (“Guns For Hire”)

"When the devil come a callin’ I ain’t gonna be around _________________?"

“We’re watching all the women go many a mile I’ll never take. I run for forty miles and come up runnin’ late. Don’t you know I live it down? When the devil come a callin’ I ain’t gonna be around –black ice.” (“Black Ice”)

"In rock we trust. _______________?"

Malcolm married his wife Linda December 27, 1979. They had two children, Cara and Ross and three grandchildren. His family was at his bedside at the Lulworth House (an aged care facility) when he passed away. (“Rock or Bust”)

"I was born with a stiff _______________?"

“Well, I was out on a drive on a bit of a trip lookin’ for thrills to get me some kicks. Now, I warn you ladies, I shoot from the hip. I was born with a stiff—stiff upper lip.” ("Stiff Upper Lip")

"I’m tryin’ to walk a straight line on _________________ and cheap wine?"

Seeing the “Easyfever” that swept Australia in the wake of his brother, George’s, successful band, the Easybits influenced Malcolm’s desire to become a musician. Malcolm was influenced by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, and Stevie Wonder. (“Have a Drink on Me”)

"She’s gonna blow you all sky high. _____________?"

“She’s gonna blow you all sky high. Flash the eye—electrify—a power force you should feel. She devil; she evil…” (“Flick of the Switch”)

"I was trapped like a ____________. I was caged like a zoo animal. No escape from the fate that you make. You’re a snake, I’ve had all I can take?"

In addition to Malcolm’s dementia, he had other health problems that developed near the end of his life as well. He had surgery to remove lung cancer and had an operation to insert a pacemaker. (lyrics from “Fly on the Wall”)

"Spotlights, sirens, rifles firing, but he made it out ________________?"

“Heartbeats, they were racin’. Freedom, he was chasin’. Spotlights, sirens, rifles firing, but he made it out with a bullet in his back.” (“Jailbreak”)

"I got myself a Cadillac, __________________?"

Angus first noticed the problems with Malcolm’s memory in 2008 while working on Black Ice. Before he quit the band, Malcolm had to practice songs over and over prior to the shows in order to remember them. (“Down Payment Blues”)

“And you ask me why I grow my hair, and you ask me why I’m in a band. __________?”

“Well, you ask me ‘bout the clothes I wear, and you ask me why I grow my hair, and you ask me why I’m in a band. I like doing one night stands.” (“High Voltage”)

"It’s ________ livin’ in the human zoo. ___________ --the stuff they toss at you."

Malcolm was a fighter in school. As a result, the first day Angus went to school he was caned simply to set an example because of his brother’s reputation. (“If You Want Blood You’ve Got It”)

“Let’s play ball, baby, battin’ down the stalls. Play, play, play ball. Listen _____________, light me up. I’m in love?”

"Let’s play ball, baby, battin’ down the stalls. Play, play, play ball. Listen Sid, light me up. I’m in love.” (“Play Ball”)

"Make my stand—no man’s land, on my own, ______________. It’s up to you. The seed is sown?"

Malcolm was frequently called the “brains behind AC/DC.” He dealt with most of the band’s business end, including hiring and firing managers. (“Problem Child”)

"Nobody’s playin’ ____________; nobody’s playin’ soul, and no one’s playin’ hard to get?"

“Nobody’s playin’ Manilow; nobody’s playin’ soul, and no one’s playin’ hard to get—just good old rock and roll.” (“Get It Hot”)

"Gonna hit you like a Rushmore rock. No _______________________, and no pipe dreams?

Malcolm Young was 5’ 3” tall. His brother Angus is 5’ 2” tall. At the beginning of their music career, they would frequently have to find ways of getting around guards because the guards wouldn’t believe they were part of the band due to their stature. (“Hard as a Rock”)

"Outta my way. I’m a runnin’ high. Take a chance with me and give it a try. Ain’t no woman in the world I know ‘cause I ain’t lookin’ for ______________________?"

“Outta my way. I’m a runnin’ high. Take a chance with me and ya give it a try. Ain’t no woman in the world I know ‘cause I ain’t lookin’ for an overflow.” (“Walk All Over You”)

" I’ve got a burnin’ feeling inside of me. It’s a yearnin’, but I’m gonna set it free. I’m goin’ in _______________?"

Malcolm Young is ranked number four on Gibson’s list of Greatest-Ever Rhythm Guitarists. Angus once said that Malcolm could fill his shoes but he couldn’t fill Malcolm’s. (“Sin City”)

"Well, if you're lookin' for trouble, I'm the man to see. And if you're lookin' for satisfaction, I'm satisfaction guaranteed. Cooler than a body on ice, hotter than ________________________?"

"Well, if you're lookin' for trouble, I'm the man to see. If you're lookin' for satisfaction, I'm satisfaction guaranteed. I'm as cool as a body on ice, hotter than a rollin' dice.” (“Live Wire”)

“Said she’d never had a full house, but I should have known from that tattoo on her left leg and the garter on her right she’d have the card to bring me down if she played it right. She’s got the ______________?”

Malcolm used open chords and medium amplifiers with no (or very little) gain and low volume. He preferred heavy gauge, nickel, round-wound strings. (“The Jack”)

"The following is a true story. Only the names have been changed ________________?"

"The following is a true story. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.” (“Ain’t No Fun Waiting Round to Be a Millionaire”)

"Ridin’ down the highway. Goin’ to a show. Stop in all the byways. Playin’ rock ‘n’ roll. Gettin’ robbed; gettin’ stoned; gettin’ beat up; ____________?"

Older brother Stephen’s son Stevie (born December 11, 1956) took over for Malcolm during a brief period in 1988 when Malcolm underwent recovery from alcohol dependence. Stevie joined the band in 2014 when Malcolm retired. (“It’s a Long Way to the Top if You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll”)

"___________ are playin’ on my guitar. We got vibrations comin’ up from the floor?”

"Heavy decibels are playin’ on my guitar. We got vibrations comin’ up from the floor. We’re just listenin’ to the rock that’s givin’ too much noise. Are you deaf? You wanna hear some more?” (“Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”)

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