Have you ever thought love was unfair? Maybe the other person didn’t share the same feelings as you. Maybe the two of you live a million miles away from each other and you keep wondering, can we be together? Maybe you had a fight and it seems unrepairable. Maybe you can’t even find love at all. Whatever your reason, today’s song knows what it feels like.
Love Bites was released as a single in 1988 from the band’s fourth album, Hysteria. It became their only single to ever reach #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It went to #6 in Canada and to #11 in the UK.
In my opinion, the lyrics describe a long distance relationship. The man is always wondering if the girl ever thinks about him because they are so far away from each other. He’s afraid of losing her to someone else. He’s also weary of getting too close because it will only hurt that much more when they have to part ways again.
I almost forgot about this song until I stumbled across it on You Tube today. It’s not played on the radio as much as their biggest hit, Sweet Child O’ Mine. To be honest, it makes me a little sad because of where the old band is today and the problems they faced over the years. In other words, nothing lasts forever…and not even a Hall of Fame induction can bring everyone together again.
Patience was released as a single in April of 1989 from the band’s second album, G N’ R Lies. The lyrics were written by Axl Rose and the music was composed by Izzy Stradlin. It went to #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
The story behind the song is up for debate but the general consensus is that it’s about a failed relationship. The question was, who is Axl singing about? Though he never confirmed it, fans are left to believe that it’s about Erin Everly who was also the inspiration behind Sweet Child O’ Mine.
Above is the official music video.
This is one of those songs where people can’t help but to try mimic Axl’s vocals, especially near 3:45 and onward. His voice is ridiculous. After years of hearing the song, I think I finally got it down.
Sweet Child o’ Mine was released in August of 1988 from the album, Appetite for Destruction. It became the band’s first and only number one single in the U.S.
Lead guitarist, Slash, has stated he dislikes the song because of string skipping. The idea of the song was supposed to be a joke. However, rhythm guitarist, Izzy Stradlin, was interested and asked him to play it again. Frontman Axl Rose was upstairs in his room when he heard the jam session below. He immediately started writing lyrics, basing it off his relationship with Erin Everly.
The song originally had three sets of verses but it was cut down because the band’s producer thought the song would carry on to long. They weren’t sure of what to do for ending and that’s when Axl started saying “Where do we go…where do we go now..” and the producer said to use that. Sweet Child o’ Mine is born.
In 1999, the song was covered by Sheryl Crow and used in the movie, Big Daddy, staring Adam Sandler. Click HERE to listen to it.