The Deeper the Love

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"The Deeper the Love"
The Deeper The Love.jpg
Single by Whitesnake
from the album Slip of the Tongue
Released March 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 4:23
Label EMI, Geffen
Songwriter(s) David Coverdale,
Adrian Vandenberg
Producer(s) Mike Clink, Keith Olsen
Whitesnake singles chronology
"Fool for Your Loving"
"The Deeper the Love"
"Now You're Gone"

"Fool for Your Loving"
"The Deeper the Love"
"Now You're Gone"
Music video
"The Deeper the Love" on YouTube

"The Deeper the Love" is a power ballad by the English hard rock band Whitesnake, taken from their 1989 album Slip of the Tongue. It was written by singer David Coverdale, along with guitarist Adrian Vandenberg.[1] Coverdale commented on the origins of the song in Slip of the Tongue 20th anniversary edition liner notes by saying:

"The Deeper the Love" came from a chorus sequence I'd had for some time, written, if memory serves, in my dear friend Tony Z's house, many years ago... then my little Dutch brother, Adrian, came along and put the musical icing on the cake, and gave me the verse chord sequence. I finished writing it in Tahiti [...] very early in the morning with the sun rising over the Pacific.

"The Deeper the Love" was released as the album's second single in early 1990. It was a Top 40 chart success in the UK, the US, Canada and Ireland. In addition, it also reached number 4 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the US.

The song was performed in its original form for the 1990 Slip of the Tongue tour, but after that it has only been performed in acoustic form, which was first seen and heard on 1998's Starkers in Tokyo.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "The Deeper the Love" was directed by Marty Callner. It features the band performing on a large stage, with big headlights that also have the Slip of the Tongue album cover on them. There are also scenes of David Coverdale in a hallway that also have walls covered with Slip of the Tongue's cover, and Adrian Vandenberg playing the piano on a stairwell. The video features David Coverdale's then-wife, actress Tawny Kitaen, who has also appeared in the music videos for "Is This Love", "Here I Go Again '87" and "Still of the Night", all from the band's previous album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Coverdale and Adrian Vandenberg, except where noted.

  • 7" Single
A. "The Deeper the Love" – 4:23
B. "Judgement Day" – 5:15
  • 12" Single
A. "The Deeper the Love" – 4:23
B1. "Judgement Day" – 5:15
B1. "Sweet Lady Luck" – 4:37
  • Cassette Single
A. "The Deeper the Love" – 4:23
B. "Slip of the Tongue" – 5:20
  • CD Single
  1. "The Deeper the Love" – 4:19
  2. "Judgement Day" – 5:10
  3. "Sweet Lady Luck" – 4:35
  4. "Fool for Your Loving" (Coverdale, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden) – 4:21



Chart (1990) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart (RPM)[2] 36
Irish Singles Chart (IRMA)[3] 30
UK Singles Chart (OCC)[4] 35
US Hot 100 (Billboard)[5] 28
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[6] 4


  1. ^ "The Deeper the Love - Whitesnake | Song Info | AllMusic". Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  2. ^ "RPM100 Singles". RPM. Vol. 51 no. 17. Toronto, Ontario: RPM. 10 March 1990. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  4. ^ "WHITESNAKE | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  5. ^ "Whitesnake Chart History | Billboard". Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  6. ^ "Whitesnake Chart History | Billboard". Retrieved 2018-02-01.