David Lee Roth is denying speculation that "Ain't No Christmas," a new song he released online, is his farewell to Van Halen.
The song, which appears in the latest episode of his "Roth Show" podcast, includes lines such as "Happily Never After, and “I'm not OK to drive/Let's put the pin back in this one, and say we both survived."
"Van Halen Rising" author Greg Renoff said in an email blast that, "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."
But Roth told the Van Halen News Desk fan site that the song is "poetry. It has nothing to do with Van Halen."
Roth, of course, left Van Halen in 1985 but has been back with the group since 2007, touring several times and releasing a new studio album, A Different Kind of Truth, in 2012. The group toured last year but has not announced any further plans as of yet.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.