As you probably know; Almost all GN'R songs have got a biographical truth. On GN'R -'WADY's... Song info. section, you'll find the story, and message behind "Welcome to the Jungle", etc.
|Welcome To The Jungle (AFD)|
|It's so Easy (AFD)|
|Out Ta Get Me (AFD)|
|Paradise City (AFD)|
|My Michelle (AFD)|
|Think About You (AFD)|
|Sweet Child O' Mine (AFD)|
|You're Crazy (AFD)|
|Anything Goes (AFD)|
|Rocket Queen (AFD)|
|One In A Million (LIES)|
To The Jungle [B@CK]
'Welcome To The Jungle' was Axl and Slash's first co-written effort. "I wrote the words in Seattle," Axl remembers. "It's a big city, but at the same time, it's still a small city compared to L.A. and the things you're gonna learn...I just wrote how L.A. looked to me. If someone comes to town and they want to find something, they can find whatever they want".
'Welcome was many kids first glimmering of Guns N' Roses unmitigated musical power and onstage ferocity; and like all their songs, it was rooted in harsh autobiographical truth. "I slept one night in a schoolyard in Queens with a big fence around it," recounts Axl. "This black guy came up to me and said, 'You know where you are? You are in the jungle! You gonna die! 'So we put it in [the] song."
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My Michelle [B@CK]
"I know this girl namned Michelle and became a really good friend of the band's and I was going out with her for a while. I'd written this nice sweet song about her, and then I looked at it and thought, 'That really doesn't touch any basis of reality'. So I put down an honest thing. It describes her life. This girl leads such a crazy life with doing drugs, or whatever she's doing at the time, you don't know if she's gonna be there tomorrow. Every time I see Michelle I'm really relieved and glad. I showed her the lyrics after about three weeks of debating and she was happy that someone didn't paint just a pretty picture. She loves it. It was a real song about her".
- Axl, 1988, explaining the inspiration behind 'My Michelle'
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Sweet Child O' Mine [B@CK]
When the first single from the album ('Appetite for Destruction'), Sweet Child O' Mine, also achieved number one status, Slash modestly deemed the success a "fluke", insisting that GN'R only released it at the behest of their record company.
"The thing about 'Sweet Child,' "laughs Duff, it was written in five minutes. It was one of those songs, only three chords. You know that guitar lick Slash does at the beginning? It was kinda lika a joke because we thought, 'What is this song? It's gonna be nothin', it'll be filler on the record.' And except that vocal-wise, it's very sweet and sincere, Slash was fuckin' around when he first wrote that lick".
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One In A Million [B@CK]
'There's a line in the song where it says, 'Police and niggers, get out of my way...', that I didn't want Axl to sing. I didn't want him to sing that but Axl's the kind of person who will sing whatever it is he feels like singing. So I knew that it was gonna come out and it finally did come out. What that line was supposed to mean, though, was police and niggers, OK, but not necessarily talking about the black race. He wasn't talking about black people so much, he was more or less talking about the sort of street thugs that you run into.
- Slash, March 1989
"Everybody on the black side of the family was like, 'What's your problem?' My old girlfriend said, 'You could have stopped it'. What am I supposed to say? Axl and I don't stop each other from doing things. Hopefully, if something is really bad, you stop it yourself. It was something he really wanted to put out to explain his story, which is what the song is about. Axl is a naïve white boy from Indiana who came to Hollywood, was brought up in a totally Caucasian society, and it was his way of saying how scared he was and this and that. Maybe somewhere in there he does harbour some sort (bigoted) feelings because of the way he was brought up. At the same time, it wasn't malicious. I can't sit here with clear conscience and say. 'It's OK taht it came out'. I don't condone it. But it happened and now Axl is being condemned for it, and he takes it really personally. All I can say, really, is that it's a lesson learned".
- Slash, February 1991
"The racist thing is just bullshit. I used a word (nigger) that was taboo. And I used that word because it was a taboo. I was pissed off about some black people that were trying to rob me. I wanted to insult those particular black people. I didn't want to support racism. When I used the words 'faggots' I wasn't coming down on gays. I was coming down on an element of gays. I had heard the story about a man who released out the LA county jail with AIDS and he was hooking. I've had my fair share of dealing with aggressive gays, and I was bothered by it. The Bible says, 'Thou shalt not judge', and I guess I made a judgement call, and it was an insult. The racist thing, that's just stupid. I can understand how people would think that, but that's how I meant it... The most important thing about 'One In A Million' is that it got people to think about racism. A lot of people thought I was talking about entire races or sectors of people. I wasn't. And there was an apology on the record. The apology is not even written well, but it's on the cover of every record. And no one has acknowledged it yet. No one".
- Axl, April 1992
*There'll be more song info. coming up as soon as possible!
Sources: *Guns N' Roses "Low Life In The Fast Line" by: Eddie McSquare. *Guns N' Roses "in their own words" by: Mark Putterford