To Be with You

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"To Be With You"
Single by Mr. Big
from the album Lean into It
B-side "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind"
Released November 25, 1991
(U.S) January 1, 1992
Format Cassette, CD single, CD maxi, 7" single
Recorded 1991 Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, CA
Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Acoustic
Length 3:27
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Eric Martin, David Grahame
Producer(s) Kevin Elson
Mr. Big singles chronology
"Green-Tinted Sixties Mind"
"To Be with You"
"Just Take My Heart"

"To Be With You" is a song by the American hard rock band Mr. Big. It is the 11th and final track from the 1991 album Lean into It. The song charted in over 20 countries, many of them at number one, such as on the United States Billboard Hot 100. It also reached a peak of number three in the UK.

The song was written and composed by Eric Martin during his teen years, with guitarist Paul Gilbert contributing to its melodic arrangements later on. Writing credit is also given to David Grahame, a songwriter working for the label at the time (though exactly what contributions each of the three men made to the song is unclear).

In his solo career, Gilbert performed the song live using the riff from the Van Halen song "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love".


While in Paul's apartment at Yucca Street in L.A., Eric and Paul were laying out their compositions. Eric had a ballad called "To Be With You". Paul had his psychedelic rock song called "Green Tinted Sixties Mind". Both felt the two songs were strong enough to be included in their upcoming album, despite it being purely rock;[1] and true enough, these songs remained throughout the course of their career as a group and as solo artists.


"To Be With You" is about a man who has his eye on a woman who has recently experienced a broken heart from a previous relationship. When Eric was a sophomore in high school, he was friends with his older sister's friend (who was a senior). She would give him rides to school and tell him about all the boy problems she had. Eric had a huge crush on her, but didn't tell her since he knew a senior would never go out with a sophomore. Eric wrote this song about her.

Music video[edit]

The video features the band performing in a Railroad car. The video changes from black & white to color around the halfway mark.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was made available to download on February 14, 2012 for play in Rock Band 3 Basic and PRO mode utilizing real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards plus vocal harmonies.

Cover versions[edit]

Irish pop group Westlife performed the song during the acoustic session of their 2003 Greatest Hits Tour, and it was subsequently included on their Turnaround album later that year.

Australian male vocal group Human Nature included a cover of the song in their 2004 Walk the Tightrope studio album. Their interpretation was somewhat more pop/R&B than the original.

Old Man Gloom performed an acoustic cover of the song titled under the guise of "Gratuitous Bonus Track Made By Sensible Musicians Doing Questionable Things" on their 2003 EP Christmas Eve I and II + 6.

Andrew Spencer has also made dance remixes of the song in late 2007, early 2008. The pop-punk band Allister and Japanese "bilingual melodic punk band" Nicotine have also recorded covers of the song.

The song is also featured in the first act of Rock of Ages.

American musician David Cook and his band The Anthemic first covered this song in concert at the Orlando Food and Wine Festival on March 31, 2012.[2]

The song was covered by Adhir Kalyan in the episode The Five Things in the sitcom Rules of Engagement to attempt to seduce a woman, but was picked as a prank by David Spade.

The song was sampled and remixed by Styles & Complete, the song is a Dubstep (genre) remix.

The song was covered by the cast of the 2013 New York City Shakespeare in the Park production of "Love's Labour's Lost, A New Musical". The New York Times theater reviewer Ben Brantley mistakenly referred to the song as a parody of a boy-band song. ("Yet — aside from a blissful cover of a boy-band number led by Mr. Donnell and a pop power ballad sung by Rebecca Naomi Jones as a barmaid — the tuneful songs come across as frustratingly incomplete, like clever sketches for complete portraits.") [3] In a more positive review, Brendan Lemon of the Financial Times concluded, "Mr Big’s 1991 hit, 'To Be with You', though, is an out-and-out borrowing. It’s what I left the theatre humming."[4]

A 2014 Wendy's television commercial promoting their Pretzel Burger featured a cover sung by "Wendy's Girl" Morgan Smith Goodwin.[5]

The song was covered in 2014 on the puppet-based video blog YouTube channel Glove and Boots

Formats and track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "To Be with You" (LP Version) (3:27)
  2. "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" (LP Version) (3:30)
12" maxi
  1. "To Be with You"
  2. "A Little Too Loose" (Live)
  3. "The Drill Song (Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy)" (Live)
  4. "Alive And Kickin'" (Live)
CD maxi
  1. "To Be with You" (3:27)
  2. "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" (3:30)
  3. "Alive And Kickin'" (5:28)

CD Single [Atlantic A7514]

1. To Be With You (3:23) 2. 30 Days In The Hole [Live At NHK Hall Tokyo 26/9/91] (5:00) 3. Shy Boy [Live At NHK Hall Tokyo 26/9/91] (3:29) 4. Woman From Tokyo/Baba O'Riley [Live At NHK Hall Tokyo 26/9/91] (7:34)


Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 29, 1992- March 14, 1992
Succeeded by
"Save the Best for Last" by Vanessa Williams
Preceded by
"Stockholm" by Orup
Swedish Singles Chart number one single
April 1, 1992 - April 29, 1992
Succeeded by
"Stay" by Shakespears Sister
Preceded by
"Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" by Elton John and George Michael
Eurochart Hot 100 number one single
April 4, 1992 - May 9, 1992 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Rhythm is a Dancer" by Snap!
Preceded by
"Human Touch" by Bruce Springsteen
Norwegian number one single
15/1992 - 22/1992
Succeeded by
"Das Boot" by U96
Preceded by
"Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dutch Top 40 number one single
April 25, 1992 - May 16, 1992 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Please Don't Go" by Double You
Preceded by
"Das Boot" by U96
Swiss number one single
May 3, 1992- June 14, 1992
Succeeded by
"Jump" by Kris Kross
Preceded by
"Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Australia (ARIA) number one single
May 16, 1992 - 5 June 1992
Succeeded by
"One In A Million" by Euphoria
Preceded by
"Das Boot" by U96
Austrian number one single
May 17, 1992 - May 24, 1992
Succeeded by
"Rhythm Is a Dancer" by Snap!


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