Guns N' Roses – Sweet Child O' Mine – Live In Tokyo (Lyric)

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One of the songs i like the most!
Did you know that Slash played the riff in a jam session as a joke?

Drummer Steven Adler and Slash were warming up and Slash began to play a “circus” melody while making faces at Steven. Izzy asked Slash to play it again, meanwhile Axl was upstairs in his room and heard the ‘jam session’ going on downstairs and couldn’t help but write lyrics. He based it on his girlfriend Erin Everly. With Steven Adler’s added drum part, Izzy Stradlin’s chords and Duff McKagan’s bassline the harmony became the core of the song.

Originally, there was a third verse to the song. However, this verse was later cut from recording as the band’s producer, Mike Clink, felt the song would carry on for too long. The final dramatic breakdown was not added until Clink suggested the band add one. They agreed, but weren’t sure what to do. Axl started saying to himself, “Where do we go? Where do we go now?” Clink suggested that he sing that, and “Sweet Child o’ Mine” was born.

In an interview with Hit Parader magazine in 1988, bassist Duff McKagan noted:
“The thing about ‘Sweet Child o mine,’ it was written in five minutes. It was one of those songs, only three chords. You know that guitar lick Slash does at the beginning? It was kinda like a joke because we thought, ‘What is this song? It’s gonna be nothing, it’ll be filler on the record.’ And except that vocal-wise, it’s very sweet and sincere, Slash was just messing around when he first wrote that lick.”

Finally, in an effort to make “Sweet Child o’ Mine” more marketable to MTV and radio stations, the song was cut from 5:56 minutes to 4:12, with much of Slash’s guitar solo removed. This move drew the ire of the band members, including Axl Rose, who commented on it in a 1989 interview with Rolling Stone: “I hate the edit of ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine.’ Radio stations said, “Well, your vocals aren’t cut.” “My favorite part of the song is Slash’s slow solo; it’s the heaviest part for me. There’s no reason for it to be missing except to create more space for commercials, so the radio-station owners can get more advertising dollars. When you get the chopped version of ‘Paradise City’ or half of ‘Sweet Child’ and ‘Patience’ cut, you’re getting screwed.”

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