No Souvenirs

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"No Souvenirs"
Single by Melissa Etheridge
from the album Brave and Crazy
B-side Brave and Crazy (live)
Released 1989
Format Vinyl single (7")
Vinyl maxi single (12")
Cassette single
CD single
Recorded A&M Studios, Hollywood
Genre Rock
Length 4:33
Label Island
Writer(s) Melissa Etheridge
Producer(s) Kevin McCormick
Niko Bolas
Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge singles chronology
"Let Me Go"
(1989)
"No Souvenirs"
(1989)
"The Angels"
(1989)

"No Souvenirs" is a 1989 song by Melissa Etheridge and the second single of her second album Brave and Crazy.

Song information[edit]

“No Souvenirs” was actually written before the first album came out but Melissa Etheridge decided to keep it back until the second album since its original intro was too similar to the intro of “Bring Me Some Water”. The song is about a love affair that goes by very fast and leaves “no souvenirs”. The lyrics reflect a phone call the singer makes a while after the breakup reminding her lover that she can still get in touch with her but that she would also accept it if she destroys all the souvenirs of that relationship. On the bonus DVD of her greatest hits album, Etheridge states that this is the song she gets the most questions about since it names various words she has created and phrases that mean specific things to her (“Jackpot telephone”, “Make the buffalo roam”...).[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in 1989 and shows the singer sitting at the dock of a bay playing the guitar with her band in the background. The video plays at night in a big city, most likely New York regarding the skyline in the background. The scene is interrupted by various short films showing her lover destroying the souvenirs of the very short love affair. To illustrate the anonymous character of that relationship, the head of the person is not visible.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Melissa Etheridge

7" vinyl single[edit]

A-side: “No Souvenirs” - 4:33
B-side: “No Souvenirs (live)” - 4:43

12" vinyl maxi single[edit]

A-side:
  1. “No Souvenirs” - 4:33
B-side:
  1. “No Souvenirs (live)”
  2. “Brave and Crazy (live)”

Cassette single[edit]

A-side: “No Souvenirs” - 4:33
B-side: “No Souvenirs (live)” - 4:43

CD single[edit]

  1. "No Souvenirs" - 4:33
  2. "No Souvenirs" (live) - 4:43
  3. "Like the Way I Do" (live) - 10:06

Charts[edit]

“No Souvenirs” is the only single of Brave and Crazy that reached the US Billboard Top 100 and peaked at #95. The song was very successful in the Canadian single charts where it became Etheridge's first top 10 hit peaking at #4.

Year Chart Position
1989 Australian singles chart 30
1989 Canadian singles chart 4
1989 The Billboard Hot 100 95
1989 Alternative Songs 18
1989 Mainstream Rock Tracks 9

Credits and personnel[edit]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled Bonus DVD at 28:01
  2. ^ Melissa Etheridge - No Souvenirs on YouTube

External links[edit]