It's So Easy

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"It's So Easy"
12" single
Single by Guns N' Roses
from the album Appetite for Destruction
A-side "It's So Easy" (LP Version)
B-side "Mr. Brownstone" (LP Version)
Released June 15, 1987
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, 12" picture disc
Recorded 1987
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:24
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Duff McKagan, West Arkeen, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, Slash, Axl Rose
Producer(s) Mike Clink
Guns N' Roses singles chronology
"It's So Easy"
"Welcome to the Jungle"
Appetite for Destruction track listing
"Welcome to the Jungle"
"It's So Easy"

"It's So Easy" is a song written by West Arkeen and American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, featured on the band's 1987 debut studio album Appetite for Destruction. The song was released as the band's first single on June 15, 1987, in the UK, where it reached number eighty-four on the UK Singles Chart.[1] It was also released in Germany around the same time. The songs "Shadow Of Your Love" and "Move To The City", featured on the 12-inch vinyl and 12-inch picture disc editions of the single, were written by members of Guns N' Roses while in the band Hollywood Rose, and were later included on the EP Live from the Jungle. "Move to the City" had previously been released on the 1986 EP Live Like A Suicide.


According to an interview published in Hit Parader in March 1988, "It's So Easy" is "an account of a time Duff McKagan and West Arkeen, and also the rest of the band, were kinda going through. They didn't have money, but they had a lot of hangers on and girls [they] could basically live off of ... things were just too easy. There's an emptiness; it's so easy."[2]

In an Eddie Trunk interview from 2006, Axl said that Duff and West originally wrote the song as an acoustic "Hippie Ya-Ya" song, and that it was Slash's decision to turn it into a rock song.[3]

The song is notable for its cowbell percussion and frequent usage of the vulgar word "fuck".

Music video[edit]

There was an original music video made for "It's So Easy", the first ever made from the band; the video features the band playing live in front of a crowd on stage. A heavily edited version of the video was later made for promotional purposes. It was not included on the band's Welcome to the Videos DVD, and as such its content is rare and can only be found on the internet. At the time the video was released, Guns N' Roses were not as popular as they would eventually become, the single was never released in the United States and its video was never accepted by MTV.


  • "It's So Easy" is one of the band's live staples, performed early in a typical setlist at almost every live performance since 1986. The song was the band's regular show opener after the release of Appetite For Destruction in 1987 and was a frequent opener during the Use Your Illusion Tour in 1991-1993.[4]
  • Axl Rose has continued to perform the song early in the set since the start of the Chinese Democracy Tour in 2001 up to present day Guns N' Roses tours.
  • Slash's post-Guns N' Roses project, Slash's Snakepit, performed the song during their tour in support of Ain't Life Grand in 2001.
  • Duff McKagan, the song's primary songwriter, has performed the song in most of his post-Guns N' Roses projects, including the tour in support of his 1993 album Believe In Me. Duff's band, Loaded, have been performing the song since their inception in 1999.
  • Velvet Revolver, which includes former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Use Your Illusion-era drummer Matt Sorum, frequently performed the song during live performance with Scott Weiland on vocals.

Track listings[edit]

All songs credited to Guns N' Roses; "It's So Easy" co-credited to West Arkeen

7" vinyl (GEF 22)
No. Title Length
1. "It's So Easy"   3:24
2. "Mr. Brownstone"   3:47
Total length:
12" vinyl (GEF 22T); 12" picture disc (GEF 22TP)
No. Title Length
1. "It's So Easy"   3:24
2. "Mr. Brownstone"   3:47
3. "Shadow of Your Love" (live) 3:03
4. "Move to the City" (live) 3:41
Total length:


Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Guns N' Roses". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  2. ^ ""It's So Easy"". Here Today... Gone To Hell!. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  3. ^ ""AXL ROSE 2006 INTERVIEW w/ Eddie Trunk"". Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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