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Used To Love Her

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Used To Love Her

Post by Soulmonster on Thu Aug 05, 2010 1:16 am


USED TO LOVE HER
Album:
Lies, track no. 6.

Written by:
Guns N' Roses.

Musicians:
Vocals: Axl Rose; lead Guitar: Slash; rhythm guitar: Izzy Stradlin; bass: Duff McKagan; drums: Steven Adler.

Live performances:
This song was played for the first time October 30, 1987 at an acoustic gig at CBGB's, USA. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {UTLHSONGS} times.
Lyrics:
I used to love her, but I had
       to kill her
       I used to love her, but I had to kill her
       I had to put her
       Six feet under
       And I can still hear her complain

I used to love her, but I had to kill her
       I used to love her, but I had to kill her
       I knew I miss her
       So I had to keep her
       She's buried right in my back yard

I used to love her, but I had to kill her
       I used to love her, but I had to kill her
       She bitched so much
       She drove me nuts
       And now I'm happier this way

I used to love her, but I had to kill her
       I used to love her, but I had to kill her
       I had to put her
       Six feet under
       And I can still hear her complain


Quotes:
Our first song I would not consider a true song but maybe how you feel sometimes [New York, NY, CBGB's - October 30, 1987].

It’s very tongue-in- cheek! It’s not to be taken seriously, ya know, it’s like a joke. I don’t condone wife-beating. I understand it, but I don’t condone it. So, it’s very tongue-in-cheek [MTV, 1988].

Used To Love Her is one we've played in concert a lot, and we got a lot of heat about it because the lyric goes, 'I used to love her, but I had to kill her.' People think it's about one of our old girlfriends, but it's actually about Axl's dog. It's really a joke, nothing more [Hit Parader, May 1989].

Listen to me, fuckers. This is a song that we wrote as a joke. We actually wrote this making fun of another band's song, some song about kissing ass and I thought that was really pussy, so. We wrote this as a joke, but it is basically what to do with your sweet child, or sweet boy, when they become a pain in your fucking ass. And it's called 'I Used To Love Her But I Had To Kill Her' [Val du Lakes Amphitheatre, July 30, 1988].

'I Used To Love Her But I Had To Kill Her' is a joke. I was sitting around listening to the radio and some guy was whining about a broad who was treating him bad. I wanted to take the radio and smash it against the wall. Such self-pity! What a wimp! So we rewrote the same song we heard with a better ending, it's a real New York type song [Superstar Facts No. 16, 1988].

[It's] a joke. Wife beating's been around for 10 million years or something, I mean, I don't advocate it. I understand it. But I don't treat women any differently than I treat men [Rolling Stone, November 1988].

The first type I heard lyrics to that song was back at the Hell House. Axl and Duff came up with them. I thought it was so damn funny ["My Appetite for Destruction", 2010, pp. 160].

'Used To Love Her' performed for the first time live at CBGB's, October 30, 1987:

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Re: Used To Love Her

Post by Blackstar on Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:17 am

I remember when we wrote that Used To Love Her song. It really, really wasn't about misogyny or anything. It was just that... there was another band in town, and they had written a song; and Izzy and I were sitting around, and it was all about how a woman kicked the guy's ass. And we were like "wow, what a bunch of pussies!" [Hartford CT, October 23, 2017].
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