Guns N’ Roses – Patience

“Patience” is a song by American rock band Guns N’ Roses, which appears on the 1988 album G N’ R Lies and was released as a single in 1989. The song peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is a ballad, played using three acoustic guitars and was recorded in a single session by producer Mike Clink. A music video of the song was shot and appears on the band’s music video DVD, Welcome to the Videos.

The motivation for the track is generally accepted to be the troublesome relationship between Axl Rose and his now ex-wife Erin Everly, though this was never stated in the album or interviews. According to bass guitarist Duff McKagan, “Axl came up with a great lyric, seemingly out of nowhere, that of course became the story and melody of that song.” It has also been stated by the band that Stradlin wrote the song about his ex-girlfriend Angela Nicoletti McCoy.

Steven Adler did not record on the track, although in some live performances prior to release of the album, such as their performance at the Orange County Fair in New York in the summer of 1988, percussion (and electric instruments) were used.

 

Lyrics

One, two, one, two, three, four

Shed a tear ’cause I’m missin’ you, I’m still alright to smile

Girl, I think about you every day now

Was a time when I wasn’t sure, but you set my mind at ease

There is no doubt you’re in my heart now

Said, woman, take it slow and it’ll work itself out fine

All we need is just a little patience

Said, sugar, make it slow and we’ll come together fine

All we need is just a little patience

Patience, mm yeah

 

I sit here on the stairs ’cause I’d rather be alone

If I can’t have you right now, I’ll wait, dear

Sometimes I get so tense, but I can’t speed up the time

But you know, love, there’s one more thing to consider

 

Said, woman, take it slow and things will be just fine

You and I’ll just use a little patience

Said, sugar, take the time ’cause the lights are shinin’ bright

You and I’ve got what it takes to make it

We won’t fake it, aw, I’ll never break it, ’cause I can’t take it

 

(Little patience, hm yeah, hm yeah)

(Need a little patience, yeah)

(Just a little patience, yeah)

(Some more patience)

I’ve been walkin’ the streets at night (Yeah)

Just tryin’ to get it right (A little patience)

It’s hard to see with so many around (Yeah)

You know I don’t like bein’ stuck in the crowd (Could use some patience)

An’ the streets don’t change, but maybe the names (Yeah)

I ain’t got time for the game ’cause I need you (Gotta have more patience)

Yeah-yeah, but I need you (Yeah)

Ooh, I need you (All it takes is patience)

Oh, I need you (Just a little patience)

Ooh, this time (Is all you need)

 

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