Make It

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"Make It"
Promotional single by Aerosmith from the album Aerosmith
Released January 5, 1973
Format 7"
Recorded 1972 at Intermedia Studios.
Length 3:41
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Steven Tyler
Producer(s) Adrian Barber
Aerosmith track listing
"Make It"

"Make It" is the first song on Aerosmith's self-titled debut album, Aerosmith. It was released as a promo single for the album, but got little to no airplay. The song begins with the protagonist welcoming people to a show and tells them he has something they should know, the info in question is to make it and not break it, which means to succeed in achieving your dreams and not letting anything stop you (much like Aerosmith in their early club days performing up to three shows a day trying to get a record deal).

In the authorized Stephen Davis band memoir Walk This Way, Tyler speaks at length about the origins of the songs:[1][full citation needed]

  • "Make It" - "I wrote 'Make It' in a car driving from New Hampshire to Boston. There's that hill you come to and see the skyline of Boston, and I was sitting in the backseat thinking, What would be the greatest thing to sing for an audience if we were opening up for the...Stones? What would the lyrics say?"

The song was re-recorded for the 2007 video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

In Performance[edit]

"Make It" was performed constantly throughout the seventies and rarely throughout the rest of their career. The first known play was on December 2, 1971 at the Academy of Music in New York City and the last known play was on November 26, 2003 at the Fleet Center in Boston [2]


  1. ^ Davis 1997.
  2. ^ "2003-11-26 Boston MA - Fleet Center". Retrieved 2016-07-27.