Re: [Classic_Rock_Forever] A Synopsis - Guns N' Roses: Sweet Child o' mine


I still like that song. Can't say I've ever turned away from it on the radio, and at one point it was played rather often ; )
Only part that annoys me is the editted version that removes the guitar solo in the middle bit.
From: GPS2003
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2012 5:40 PM
Subject: [Classic_Rock_Forever] A Synopsis - Guns N' Roses: Sweet Child o' mine

 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child o' mine (Available on the album "Appetite For Destruction")
The infamous D-flat intro based riff has been voted #1 riff of all-time by the readers of many music and guitar magazines (Total Guitar magazine included). Funny therefore to learn where it came from...
Duff McKagan: "'Sweet Child o' Mine' was written in five minutes. It was kind of a joke, because we thought, What is this song? It's gonna be nothing — it'll be filler on the record. Slash came up with the riff when he was playing around on his guitar. He thought it was silly and wanted nothing to do with it, but Axl loved it and had him keep playing it."

Slash: "The other guys would come over, and one time I was fucking around with this stupid little riff. Izzy was there, and he was playing chords behind it. Axl said something like, Hold the fucking phones! That's amazing. It turned into this song, 'Sweet Child o' Mine,' and I hated it for years. Even writing and rehearsing to make it a complete song was like pulling teeth. For me, at the time, it was a very sappy ballad."

On the recording.
Slash: "'Sweet Child o' Mine' was easy to record, but because we were not so professional back in the day, it was the one song where we didn't count the song in, because it's a guitar intro. It took me all afternoon to time it out and be at the right place when the drums came in — this was before ProTools and all of that. Hearing it now it brings back a flood of memories. Around 1991 it would cause such a reaction that just playing the first stupid notes used to evoke hysteria, so I started to appreciate it."
It took a while, but Slash eventually developed a grudging affection for the song. Axl
Rose used a poem he had written about his then-girlfriend, Erin Everly, for the lyrics and some inspiration from his record collection for his vocals. He reportedly listened to a bunch of Lynyrd Skynyrd songs before recording his vocal. He liked their down-home, genuine sound and wanted to duplicate it on this. 

"Rebel souls, deserters we are called.
Chose a gun and threw away the sun.
Now these towns, they all know our name.
6-gun sound is our claim to fame.
I can hear them say"

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