"Sweet Child O' Mine" as written by W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Duff Rose Mckagan, Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler....
She's got a smile it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything
Was as fresh as the bright blue sky
Now and then when I see her face
She takes me away to that special place
And if I'd stare too long
I'd probably break down and cry

Oh, oh, oh
Sweet child o' mine
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Sweet love of mine

She's got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they thought of rain
I hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain
Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place
Where as a child I'd hide
And pray for the thunder
And the rain
To quietly pass me by

Oh, oh, oh
Sweet child o' mine
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Sweet love of mine

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Sweet child o' mine
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Sweet love of mine

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Sweet child o' mine
Oh,
Sweet love of mine

Where do we go?
Where do we go now?
Where do we go?
Oh, oh
Where do we go?
Oh,
Where do we go now?
Where do we go?
Oh, (sweet child)
Where do we go now?
Oh,
Where do we go now?
Oh,
Where do we go?
Oh,
Where do we go now?
Oh,
Where do we go?
Where do we go now?
Where do we go?
Oh,
Where do we go now?
No, no, no, no, no, no
Sweet child,
Sweet child of mine


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"Sweet Child O' Mine" as written by W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Duff Rose Mckagan, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler

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  • +11
    General Commentto me this is about a man who has fallen in love with a woman who is much younger then him. she reminds him of his youth, and he loves her not only for the woman she is but the man that she makes him. in the end when he says where do we go i feel like hes wondering if this relationship has a future since she has so much more to learn about life...
    sweetie4uon January 12, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI think the whole being in love with someone younger than you line of interpretation is one possibility. I do however prefer the idea that this girl is just lively and makes him feel young at heart again.

    I just wanted to add that the opening riff to this song is one of the best three note riffs you're likely to ever here. I really like Slash's guitar work in this song. One of my friends who generally hates guitar solos agrees with me that slash's solo fits perfectly within the frame of Sweet Child and doesn't seem contrived or artificial. The little bass solo at the start is cool too.

    However in terms of lyrics I think there are far superior love songs out there Into My Arms by Nick Cave is the one that comes immediatly to mind. However Sweet Child O' Mine will always hold a sentimental place for me.
    Dressed2Depresson July 25, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentNo matter to whom this song is dedicated to but for me...

    I use to sing it to my son (he's my only son and I have him when I was 16) and now that he is about to get married (he is now 24 grad fron U of Michigan and USAF Lt.) he ask me to dance it with him at his wedding...

    As I was revewing the lyrics I found a whole new meaning for me...

    For me now is a song of a man longing his mom and his childhood when he was happy, worry free, and he feel safe ("She's got a smile that it seems to me Reminds me of childhood memories Where everything Was as fresh as the bright blue sky")("Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place Where as a child I'd hide And pray...")

    For me, Sweet child o' mine is my son and Sweet love of mine it's me...

    And in this part "Where do we go Where do we go now Where do we go Sweet child o' mine" for me, is like we are both grownups so we ask what's next?

    I respect the original intention of this song and your analysis but this is just what it means for me...


    SteelHeartGirlon August 10, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHow about this: Axl misses the times when he was a child, because he
    has made some wrong decisions in his life. The girl might be an
    imaginative projection of his innocence (maybe even childhood), a
    suggestive image of something he had lost forever, summoned from the
    depths of his memory. He is never getting all this back, and has to
    cope with it. "Where do we go?" could mean a cry of a confuzed man who
    came to face the fact, that regardless of whether certain things are
    gone forever or not, life goes on - the poor man has to move on
    with the life, even if he doesn't know where to go. I know this is
    probabely an overinterpretation, but hell, that's the way I feel about
    it.
    Lesteron September 25, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song is about what you want it to be
    Lesteron June 06, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've always wanted to go up to Slash, stare at him for a little bit, and then ask "..Where are your eyes..?"

    Just thought I'd share.
    KattHikarioftheTurkson April 11, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHas anyone noticed that in the video for this song, all the band have their girlfriends there except for the sad bastard Izzy who has his dog with him. I love guns'n'roses but this just seems really pathetic to me! Great song though!
    die my brideon June 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is my favourite song ever... its even better than any OZZY song I have ever heard (and thas a lot coming from me) Its another one that makes me cry...:(
    OzzyGurlyon July 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit reminds me of my little baby sister.
    UseYourIllusionon July 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about a girl axl knew
    the_name_is_andyon September 27, 2002   Link

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