Guns N' Roses - Rocket Queen - Meaning of the song
There is a legend attached to this song that happens to be true: the moaning and other sex sounds that appear in the middle of the song were recorded while Axl Rose was having sex with a woman in the recording studio - and she was drummer Steven Adler's girlfriend. Her name is Adriana Smith, and she did the deed "for the band" one night when she was mad at Adler. "For that song there was also something I tried to work out with various people - a recorded sex act," Axl Rose explained. "It was somewhat spontaneous but premeditated; something I wanted to put on the record. It was a sexual song and it was a wild night in the studio." Smith came to the studio looking to make Adler jealous, which is when Axl made his pitch about recording the act - you know, for art. Engineers miked up the floor of a vocal booth, dimmed the lights and hit the red button while Rose and Smith had at it. According to Smith, it was a bit awkward, as Axl wanted serious passion, which was hard to deliver under the circumstances. It took a while (and some alcohol), but they got what they needed and mixed the lovemaking into the song. Smith had a hard time in the aftermath, saying the incident "weighed on her soul." All she got out of it was a bottle of Jack Daniel's and a degree of infamy. The band headed out on tour, became wildly famous, and left Smith behind. She became a drug addict and spent a lot of time dealing with the shame she felt.
Rocket queen - Lyrics
If I say I don't need anyone, I can say these things to you 'Cause I can turn on anyone just like I've turned on you I've got a tongue like a razor, a sweet switchblade knife And I can do you favors but then you'll do whatever I like Here I am, and you're a Rocket Queen I might be a little young, but, honey, I ain't naive Here I am, and you're a Rocket Queen, oh yeah I might be too much, but, honey, you're a bit obscene I've seen everything imaginable pass before these eyes I've had everything that's tangible, honey, you'd be surprised I'm a sexual innuendo in this burned out paradise If you turn me on to anything, you better turn me on tonight Here I am, and you're a Rocket Queen I might be a little young, but, honey, I ain't naive Here I am, and you're a Rocket Queen, oh yeah I might be too much, but, honey, you're a bit obscene Here I am, and you're a Rocket Queen I might be a little young, but, honey, I ain't naive Here I am, and you're a Rocket Queen, oh yeah I might be too much, but, honey, you're a bit obscene I see you standin', standin' on your own It's such a lonely place for you, for you to be If you need a shoulder or if you need a friend I'll be here standing until the bitter end No one needs the sorrow, no one needs the pain I hate to see you walking out there out in the rain So, don't chastise me or think I, I mean you harm Of those that take you leave you strung out much too far Baby, yeah, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, baby, yeah Don't ever leave me, say you'll always be there All I ever wanted was for you to know that I care