Used to Love Her

Guns N' Roses

About Used to Love Her

"Used to Love Her" is a song by American rock band Guns N' Roses from the album G N' R Lies. The song was used as a B-side on some releases of the Paradise City single.


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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'd 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, and I can still hear her complain

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Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band who formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. Today, Axl Rose is the only remaining original member, in a lineup that comprises Use Your Illusion–era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, lead guitarists DJ Ashba and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, lead and rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Chris Pitman. The band released six studio albums, accumulating sales of more than 100 million albums worldwide, including shipments of 45 million in the United States. more »

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Written by: W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Duff Rose Mckagan, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler

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22 facts about this song

Release Information
- "Used to Love Her" is a song from Guns N' Roses' second studio album “G N’ R Lies” which was released in November 1988.
- The song is often classified as acoustic rock, differing from the band's usual hard rock style.
- It was co-written by Axl Rose, the band's lead vocalist, and guitarist Izzy Stradlin.
- "Used To Love Her" was reportedly written as a joke, inspired by their disdain for some of the music on pop radio at that time.
- The song's duration is only 3 minutes and 22 seconds long - relatively short compared to their other songs which often exceed 5 minutes.
Lyrical Content
- Despite its upbeat tune, the song has dark humor lyrics about a man who kills his girlfriend and buries her in the backyard.
- The song has sometimes been referenced in court cases involving domestic violence or murder, adding a layer of controversy to its existence.
Live Performances
- “Used To Love Her” has remained a popular addition to the band's live setlists, particularly during their 'Not in This Lifetime' tour in 2016.
Music Video
- Unlike many of Guns N' Roses' other popular songs, "Used to Love Her" does not have an official music video.
Cover Versions
- The song has been covered by various artists across different genres, demonstrating its enduring popularity and influence.
Pop Culture
- It has been featured on popular media. For example, a cover of the song by JJ Grey & Mofro was used in an episode of "House of Cards" on Netflix.
- Despite stirring up controversy, Guns N' Roses have always maintained that "Used to Love Her" is a tongue-in-cheek track, meant to be more humorous than serious.
Release Information
The song "Used to Love Her" was released in the year 1988 as part of Guns N' Roses' EP called "G N' R Lies".
Song Style
Unlike the prominent hard rock style of Guns N' Roses, "Used to Love Her" exhibits a more acoustic, folksy sound.
Song Lyrics
The song lyrics, which talk about the lead singer's fading love towards a woman until he "had to put her six feet under", have been criticized for allegedly condoning violence against women.
Song Authorship
The songwriting credit for "Used to Love Her" goes to all members of Guns N' Roses, including Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler.
Joke Song
Despite its dark lyrics, band members have emphasized that "Used to Love Her" was intended to be a joke song, a parody of the country tune.
Future Performances
Axl Rose reportedly stated that the band would never play "Used to Love Her" live; however, the song has been included in set lists for some live performances and tours.
Live Album
A live performance of "Used to Love Her" was included in their 1999 album, "Live Era '87–'93".
Controversial Interpretation
The song's lyrics have often been misinterpreted, leading to controversy. It was reportedly based on Axl Rose's dog, but many listeners assumed it was about a girlfriend or wife.
Cover Versions
Several music artists and bands, including artists as stylistically diverse as country singer Toby Keith and Argentine ska band Los Auténticos Decadentes, have covered "Used to Love Her".
Chart Performance
Despite the controversy surrounding it, "Used to Love Her" fared decently well on music charts, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks in the United States.

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