Yesterdays (Guns N' Roses song)

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This article is about the Guns N' Roses song. For the jazz standard by Otto Harbach and Jerome Kern, see Yesterdays (1933 song).
Single by Guns N' Roses
from the album Use Your Illusion II
A-side "Yesterdays" (LP Version)
B-side "Yesterdays" (Live) (US)
"November Rain" (LP Version) (UK)
Released October 26, 1992 (UK)
November 13, 1992 (US)
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1990-1991
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal
Length 3:13
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Axl Rose
West Arkeen
Del James
Billy McCloud
Producer(s) Mike Clink, Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses singles chronology
"November Rain"
"Civil War"
Use Your Illusion II track listing
"14 Years"
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"

"Yesterdays" is a power ballad and the third track on the Guns N' Roses album Use Your Illusion II. It was written by Axl Rose, West Arkeen, Del James and Billy McCloud. This song is featured in the 2004 compilation Greatest Hits, and the Vegas version below was included on the album Live Era '87–'93. The song peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Music video[edit]

Filmed in black and white, the first version featured the band playing in an empty warehouse. The second version mixes clips of the band playing in the warehouse and photographs of band members during the Use Your Illusion Tour, as well as former members Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler, who had left the group by then. It is included on the Welcome to the Videos DVD. It is the only Guns N' Roses video, where Axl Rose has his hair tied into a pony tail (except "Don't Cry"). W. Axl Rose sings lead during the song with backing vocals by the other members of the band.

Formats and track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Yesterdays" (LP Version) Axl Rose, West Arkeen, Del James, Billy McCloud  
2. "Yesterdays" (Live in Las Vegas)    
UK 7" vinyl (GEFS )
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Yesterdays" (LP Version)    
2. "November Rain" (LP Version) Axl Rose  
UK 12" picture disc vinyl (GEFST)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Yesterdays" (LP Version)    
2. "November Rain" (LP Version) Rose  
3. "Yesterdays" (Live in Las Vegas)    
No. Title Length
1. "Yesterdays" (LP Version)  
2. "November Rain" (LP Version)  
3. "Yesterdays" (Live in Las Vegas)  
4. "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" (Live at the Marquee (previoiusly released on Guns N' Roses (EP)))