14 Years

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"14 Years"
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"14 Years" cover
Promotional single by Guns N' Roses from the album Use Your Illusion II
Released 1991
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal
Length 4:17
Label Geffen
Writer Izzy Stradlin, Axl Rose
Producer Mike Clink
Guns N' Roses
Use Your Illusion II track listing
"Civil War"
"14 Years"

"14 Years" is the second track on the Guns N' Roses album Use Your Illusion II.


The song is one of the few Guns N' Roses tunes sung fully by Izzy Stradlin. The exception is the chorus, where Axl Rose also contributes vocals.[1]

"14 Years" was only performed live when Stradlin was still in the band.[1] It is allegedly about Rose's and Stradlin's friendship, with people pointing out that they both as knew each other for 14 years, however this has never been stated by the band and many of the lyrics contradict this explanation.[1]

An earlier demo had different lyrics. However, the first verse and the chorus were only slightly modified, while the second and third verses were given a complete makeover. Parts of the demo's second verse, would be used in the third verse of the final version, while the demo's third verse is a slightly modified version of the demo's first verse.

The song was part of the set list at a few live concerts in 2012 featuring Izzy Stradlin.



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