Mental Floss

He's been walkin' the streets at night, just tryin' to get it right


From McSweeney's, Notes on "Sweet Child O' Mine," as delivered to Axl Rose by his editor:

She's got a smile that, it seems to me—Why equivocate? You weaken your point by framing this as a mere personal observation instead of a fact. Reminds me of childhood memories—Redundant. You either have a memory or you're reminded of something. You're not reminded of a memory. Heavy-metal fans won't stand for such writing, my friend. ... Finally, Axl, I think we might have had a misunderstanding regarding my previous notes. When I wrote in colored pencil "Where do we go now?" I wasn't offering that as a lyric.

I just hope Axl doesn't find out about this, track down the author, and bite him. More windows into the song-writing process here.