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Re: Oh My God

(Tobias/Reed/Rose)

Lyrics

It's not as you're thinking
Or as you've imagined
To live in the shade
Of beliefs that were fashioned
To leave you in slavery
And drain out your soul
But what can i do when
There's so many liars
That crawl through your veins
Like millions of spiders
That seek out their victims
And who is the wiser
Watch out
Gotcha -

Oh my God, I can't deny this
I've been taught just to kill and fight this
don't bury it deeper
where nobody can find it
like nobody wanted to know

so give it away like they're not gonna fuck you
how long can you beg them
to come back and haunt you
to run past your demons
and carry you to some place
you're startin' to bleed
and they don't just give up
before it's too late
what will you offer in ways of healing
oh, I'm so confused

confused
misused

Oh my God, I can't deny this
I've been taught just to kill and fight this
don't bury it deeper
where nobody can find it
'cause nobody wanted to know

ooh, if it opens your eyes
well, just don't bet on a strong compromise
I was willing to be lost in the shuffle
if only you had let me know

ooh, if it opens your eyes
well, then just bet on a little less compromise
I was willing to be lost in the shadows
if only you had let me know

and they won't give in
'cause they know what they're after
I'll give you them days
like it's all that would matter

Oh my God, I can't deny this
I've been taught just to murder and fight this
don't bury it deeper
where nobody can find it
cause, nobody wanted to know

ooh, if it opens your eyes
well, then you can bet
on a little good compromise
I was willing to be lost in the shuffle
if only you had let me know

ooh, when they're done with the show
like the tide out on the ocean
the wave's already set in motion
the only one in the game who's lost is you!

Performers:
Axl Rose - lead vocals
Robin Finck - lead guitar
Paul Tobias - rhythm guitar
Dave Navarro - Guitars
Gary Sunshine - Guitars
Tommy Stinson - bass guitar
Josh Freese - drums, percussion
Dizzy Reed - keyboards, synthesizer
Stuart White - keyboards, synthesizer

Notes:
Rose's statement [about Oh My God], which was released through his label, Interscope/Geffen/A&M, reads in full:

Axl wrote:

"So here's the story behind this music...

"The chorus: OH MY GOD etc. deals with the societal repression of deep and often agonizing emotions -- some of which may be willingly accepted for one reason or another -- the appropriate expression of which (one that promotes a healing, release and a positive resolve) is often discouraged and many times denied. Emotionally the song contemplates several abstract perspectives drawing from personal expression as well as from the film (End Of Days) and its metaphors. The appropriate expression and vehicle for such emotions and concepts is not something taken for granted."

"Musically the song was primarily written by Paul Huge over two years ago, with Dizzy Reed writing the musical hook of the chorus. Former member Duff McKagan as well as former employee Matt Sorum failed to see its potential and showed no interest in exploring, let alone recording the piece. When the demos were played for the new band, Josh, Tommy and Robin were as they say 'all over it.' "

"Once the opportunity was presented, the song was given priority in our recording process. As the verse, performance and lyrics were decided on, for us (that especially includes Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine) the choice became obvious. We were more than pleased Mr. Roswell (the film's music supervisor) agreed! Our thanks to Arnold and all for the consideration -- it is an association in which we have always felt honored."

"Paul Huge, Gary Sunshine and Dave Navarro appear on the song as well as Robin Finck. Robin's part was written by Paul and extensively manipulated by our producer, Sean Beaven. Robin was not involved in the writing of the final recording though did participate in the arrangement. All lyrics were written by myself. Additional programming (jack boots, screeching tires, etc.) was by Stuart White."

"The fight of good vs. evil, positive vs. negative, man against a seemingly undefeatable, undeterrable, unrevealed destiny, along with the personal and universal struggle to attain, maintain and responsibly manage freewill can be and often is frustrating to say the least. In America our country's constitutional right to freedom of expression gives us a better chance to fight for that expression that many in other countries enjoy. It can be a big gig, like kickin' the crap outta the devil!

Power to the people, peace out and blame Canada,

Axl

Q: I love Oh my God, but it really sounds like a demo, why? I'm sure we all would love a new version.

A: Because that's all it was, only at the time having just got it together only Jimmy Iovine knew that who wanted it to sell their soundtrack. I saw segments of the movie which were good. As a whole later not so much but it wasn't ready yet then. I did write an experimental piece inspired by the bits I'd seen called "Daddy Can the Devil do Mommy and me?" ;D (Axl Rose, chinesedemocracy.com forum, Dec. 2008)

Q : What does the future hold for 'OMG'?

A: There’s a remix w/lots of new vocals and a wilder guitar intro but it’s not taken all that seriously. (Axl Rose, chinesedemocracy.com forum, Dec. 2008)

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Re: Oh My God

the song - it's stuck in my head for some reason.

Re: Oh My God

ha. maybe a precog of the lefsetz thing??!

Re: Oh My God

gnfnraxl wrote:
warriorpriestess wrote:

the song - it's stuck in my head for some reason.

This song ain't half as bad as most people make it out to be.

Re: Oh My God

monkeychow wrote:

I find the words for this song amazing. Love parts of the tune..but some of the guitar parts are annoying ti me. But it's still a good song!

Re: Oh My God

Gong wrote:

Bumblefoot:

The only music that is going to be coming out at this point that I see from GN’R is going to be from 10 years ago with players that have been gone for 5 years and maybe alternative mixes of songs.

bucket 22

Last edited by Gong (404 weeks ago)

Re: Oh My God

monkeychow wrote:

Yeah a bucket version of this song would be pretty insane! Would love it.

Re: Oh My God

RussTCB wrote:

removed

Re: Oh My God

AnitaW17 wrote:

Gutted I cant get to see it. Its says the utube account has been closed. Why?? smile

Re: Oh My God

monkeychow wrote:
AnitaW17 wrote:

Gutted I cant get to see it. Its says the utube account has been closed. Why?? smile

I think the video was from the RIR3 live peformance


For the record while earlier in the thread i said I didn't like some of the guitar parts overall I do love this song, it's got such complex themes and the words are amazing.

I think Axl said there was another version of it around that isn't taken all that seriously, but I'd love to hear it one day.

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