Elephant Stone

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"Elephant Stone"
Single by The Stone Roses
from the album The Stone Roses (US version) & Turns Into Stone
B-side The Hardest Thing In The World
Released October 1988 (UK)
March 1990 (reissue)
Format CD, cassette, vinyl record 7" and 12"
Recorded 1988
Genre Madchester, jangle pop, neo-psychedelia[1]
Length 3:00 (7" version)
4:51 (12" version)
Label Silvertone
Producer(s) Peter Hook, John Leckie
The Stone Roses singles chronology
"Sally Cinnamon"
"Elephant Stone"
"Made of Stone"

"Elephant Stone" is the third single by The Stone Roses and their first release on Silvertone Records. Originally released in October 1988, it showcased the group's growing confidence and incorporation of dance rhythms.


The album was produced by New Order bassist Peter Hook in his own studio. It was initially scheduled for release on Rough Trade Records and remixed by John Leckie following a deal with Silvertone Records.

"Elephant Stone" was released in two alternate versions; the original ran for nearly five minutes and featured an extended drum intro, while the later, shorter cut ran for three minutes and included layers of wah-wah guitar. On its original release it failed to make the chart, but reached #8 on re-release in March 1990.

The b-side "Full Fathom Five" (named after a Jackson Pollock painting) is essentially an alternate single mix of "Elephant Stone" played in reverse.

Irish musician Rob Smith released an acoustic version of the song on his Live In New York & Dublin live EP in 2011.

John Squire on the hidden meaning of "Elephant Stone", "What is about? Love and Death... War and Peace... Morecambe and Wise..." Squire also said about "Elephant Stone", "It's about a girl... Who I don't see any more...."

Track listing[edit]

7" [Silvertone ORE 1]:

  1. "Elephant Stone" (3:00)
  2. "The Hardest Thing in the World" (2:39)

12" [Silvertone ORE T 1]:

  1. "Elephant Stone" (4:51)
  2. "Elephant Stone (7" Version) (3:00)
  3. "Full Fathom Five" (2:56)
  4. "The Hardest Thing in the World" (2:39)

CD [Silvertone ORE CD 1] and CS [Silvertone ORE C 1]:

  1. "Elephant Stone" (4:51)
  2. "Full Fathom Five" (2:56)
  3. "The Hardest Thing in the World" (2:39)
  4. "Elephant Stone (7" Version) (3:00)


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Stone Roses". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 

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