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Live And Let Die

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Live And Let Die

Post by Soulmonster on Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:31 pm

Use Your Illusion I, 1991, track no. 3.

Written by:
Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney.

Drums: Matt
     Bass: Duff
     Lead and Rhythm Guitars / 6-String Bass: Slash
     Rhythm Guitar: Izzy
     Piano: Dizzy
     Synthesizer Programmers: Johann Langlie, Axl
     Vocals / Keyboards: Axl
     Horns: Matthew McKagan, Rachel West, Robert Clark, Jon Trautwein
     Background Vocals: Axl, Shannon Hoon

Live performances:
The song was played for the first time at Warfield Theatre, USA, on May 9, 1991. Since then it has been a fixture on the set-lists. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {LALDSONGS} times.
When you were young
       and your heart was an open book
       You used to say live and let live
       you know you did
       you know you did
       you know you did
       But if this ever changin
       in which we live in
       Makes you give in and cry
       Say live and let die
       Live and let die

     What does it matter to ya
       When ya got a job to do
       Ya got to do it well
       You got to give the other fella hell

     You used to say live and let live
       you know you did
       you know you did
       you know you did
       But if this ever changin
       in which we live in
       Makes you give in and cry
       Say live and let die
       Live and let die

About covering 'Live and Let Die': I thought about it once a long time ago but just thought you would never be able to get that the way it sounds, that well. [...] And then I ran at the movie [The James Bond movie ' Live and Let Die'], I was watching it, and this song comes and it's like 'Welcome to the Jungle 2'. [...] And it just felt right so we ended up playing it a little bit, in rehearsal, and it started working, and now we've actually gone and start recording it and finding out that 'Wait, we are good enough to play this song.' We didn't think we were. We didn't think we were good enough to get it done right, but Slash is doing most of the string arrangements on guitar with a harmonizer. To me it's like Tom Waits meets Metallica, it's the way I sing it, so rough and scratchy, like I sound like Tom Waits. It's working out really good, it sounds like us. Everybody who hears it thinks that it sounds like the perfect song for us [Famous Last Words, MTV, 1990].

It's one of those songs, like 'Heaven's Door,' that Axl and I have always loved. It's always been a really heavy song, but we'd never discussed it, and didn't know that we each liked it. We were talking one night about a cover song and that came up, and we're like, "Yeah! Let's do it!" So I went to rehearsal with Izzy and Matt and Duff, just to see whether we could sound good playing it, and it sounded really heavy. It's actually heavier when we play it live than it is on the record, because of the horns and synthesizer. Live it's got more bottom to it. [No Illusions, Guitar - April, 1992].

The press has liked to show pictures of us as children, kind of where we started, but they also did it with an attitude to hurt us or something. That's why in the video for "Live And Let Die," we show pictures of us all as children in the background, coming in now and then - some of our favorite shots of us as children - to confront that. [...] My step-father had shot a video of our entire family and of his entire family, all the way back to great-great-grandfathers, and he compiled this video. Through doing certain work with my family, with understanding what was going on there now, it was very strange, very surreal, and very disturbing. I use a shot in the beginning of the videofrom when I was about three or four years old. I come in the door with atoy gun and my dad happened to film it. That went on the video. He sent it to me with some sound effects over it and a comment, kind of putting me down, letting me know he's still on top of things or whatever. But that's not the fact and I don't accept it, so it's like, "No, I'm using it my way, and that's me, and don't forget it [Axl Gets In The Ring, Metallix 1992].

About Axl's fondness for synths and keyboard during the production of the Illusion albums: When we did 'Live And Let Die,' it was all synths - those horns are not horns. What Axl did there was really complex; he spent hours dialing all of that shit in, getting the nuances just right, and I have to give him that [Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York, pp 318].

'Live And Let Die' performed live at Deer Creek Music Center, USA, May 29, 1991:

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