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  • Rose Composed The Lyrics For 'Sweet Child' Based On A Poem He Wrote For His Then Girlfriend Erin Everly on Random Behind Scenes Of Guns N’ Roses Hit Single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

    (#2) Rose Composed The Lyrics For 'Sweet Child' Based On A Poem He Wrote For His Then Girlfriend Erin Everly

    At the time the band was getting ready to record Appetite for Destruction, Rose was in a relationship with Erin Everly (daughter of Don Everly from the pop duo The Everly Brothers). When he heard the guitar riff Slash had come up with, he was reminded of a love poem that he tried to write to Everly. He based the lyrics for "Sweet Child O' Mine" off of this poem.

    Rose admitted, "It's the first positive love song I've ever written, but I never had anyone to write anything that positive about, I guess." Indeed, it is the polar opposite of his other musical work, which includes ballads like "Back Off B*tch."

    Although the song became a huge hit, Rose's relationship with Everly did not last. The couple married in April 1990, but the marriage was annulled less than a year later.

  • Rose Hated The Music Video Edit Of 'Sweet Child' Because It Removed Much Of Slash's Guitar Solo on Random Behind Scenes Of Guns N’ Roses Hit Single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

    (#10) Rose Hated The Music Video Edit Of 'Sweet Child' Because It Removed Much Of Slash's Guitar Solo

    The original version of "Sweet Child O' Mine" was nearly six minutes long. In order to improve the chances of the song getting played on the radio and put into rotation on MTV, it was cut to slightly more than four minutes. The edit removed much of Slash's guitar solo, a decision that the band, particularly Rose, objected to.

    In a 1989 interview with Rolling Stone, Rose admitted:

    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.

  • Slash Hated 'Sweet Child' For A Long Time on Random Behind Scenes Of Guns N’ Roses Hit Single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

    (#14) Slash Hated 'Sweet Child' For A Long Time

    "Sweet Child O' Mine" might have been a massive hit that helped propel GNR to fame, but it took a while for Slash to really appreciate the song. "I hated it for years," he admitted to Q magazine in 2005. "But it would cause such a reaction - just playing the first stupid notes used to evoke this hysteria - so I've finally gotten to appreciate it."

    In a 2014 interview with WEBN radio host KiddChris, he said, "I didn't hate it, but I wasn't fond of 'Sweet Child O' Mine.' And that gives you a good idea of how credible my opinion is... the actual riff itself I love." He continued:

    You know, [GNR] was always a real [heavy], sort of, AC/DC kind of hard rock band with a lot of attitude. If we did any kind of ballads, it was bluesy. This was an uptempo ballad... But at the same time, it's a great song - I'm not knocking it - but... it just did not fit in with the rest of our, sort of, shtick. And, of course, it would be the biggest hit we ever had.

  • Slash Said Recording The Riff Took Him An Entire Afternoon on Random Behind Scenes Of Guns N’ Roses Hit Single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

    (#7) Slash Said Recording The Riff Took Him An Entire Afternoon

    Although he found writing and rehearsing "Sweet Child O' Mine" difficult, Slash was far more familiar with the tune when it came time to record the song. He still struggled, however, with perfecting the opening riff, which would come to define the album. 

    "'Sweet Child O' Mine' was easy to record, apart from the guitar intro," he said. "It took me all afternoon to time it out and be at the right place when the drums came in."

  • As Soon As He Heard The Recorded Track, Clink Believed GNR Had Something Special In 'Sweet Child' - And He Wasn't The Only One on Random Behind Scenes Of Guns N’ Roses Hit Single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

    (#6) As Soon As He Heard The Recorded Track, Clink Believed GNR Had Something Special In 'Sweet Child' - And He Wasn't The Only One

    When he went into the studio with GNR to produce Appetite for Destruction, Clink wanted to make sure he captured the essence of the band, but without hammering it into the ground. As a result, most of the tracks, including "Sweet Child O' Mine," were recorded in just a few takes.

    After listening to the recorded track of "Sweet Child O' Mine," Clink was certain the band had hit on something great.

    "That song made the hairs on my arms stand up," he said in a 2005 interview with Q magazine. "It was magical."

    Clink wasn't the only one who thought the song was special. Michael Barbiero, who, along with Steve Thompson, mixed the album, told Q

    "Sweet Child O' Mine" sounded like a hit to all of us. So much so that I remember Axl asking me when we were finished if I thought the album would actually sell. I told him that, despite the fact that it was nothing like what was on the radio, I thought it would go gold. I was only off by 20 million records.

  • Producer Spencer Proffer Suggested The 'Where Do We Go? Where Do We Go Now?' Breakdown At The End Of The Song on Random Behind Scenes Of Guns N’ Roses Hit Single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

    (#4) Producer Spencer Proffer Suggested The 'Where Do We Go? Where Do We Go Now?' Breakdown At The End Of The Song

    Before they decided to go with Mike Clink as their producer, the band worked with Spencer Proffer to record some demos. When he heard "Sweet Child O' Mine," Proffer thought the song needed a breakdown after Slash's solo.

    In his autobiography, Slash remembered they were sitting in the control room trying to figure out what to use as the breakdown section when Rose started ad-libbing, "Where do we go." He described the scene:

    Axl said, more to himself than the rest of us, "Where do we go now?... Where do we go?"

    "Hey," Spencer said, turning the music down. "Why don't you just try singing that?"

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Sweet Child o'Mine appeared in the first album Appetite for Destruction of the American rock band Guns N'Roses, it is a sweet but hard-driving love ballad. This song was released in August 1988, it was the third single of this album and became the only song of the band which topped the US singles chart. Slash initially dismissed the song because its roots were just a rope skipping exercise and a joke at the time.

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