To Be with You
|"To Be with You"|
|Single by Mr. Big|
|from the album Lean into It|
|B-side||"Green-Tinted Sixties Mind"|
|Released||December 21, 1991 (US) January 1992 (Rest of the world)|
|Format||Cassette, CD single, CD maxi, 7" single|
|Recorded||1990 Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, California|
Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA
|Songwriter(s)||Eric Martin, David Grahame|
|Mr. Big singles chronology|
"To Be with You" is a soft rock ballad by American hard rock band Mr. Big. It was released in late 1991 as the second single from their second album, Lean into It. The song first charted on December 21, 1991, appearing in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It rose in the charts in over 20 countries, reaching number one in the U.S. It also reached a peak of number three in the UK.
Background and writing
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.
While in Gilbert's apartment at Yucca Street in L.A., he and Martin were laying out their compositions. Martin had a ballad called "To Be with You". Gilbert 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; 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 recently experienced a broken heart from a previous relationship. When Martin 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. Martin had a huge crush on her, but didn't tell her since he knew a senior would never go out with a sophomore. Martin wrote this song about her.
It was a true story. Totally simple love lament. There was this girl I was in love with, beautiful goth chick from the late seventies [...] This girl had a lot of boyfriends who treated her like shit. I wanted to be the knight in shining armor, wanted to be with her. She wasn't having it. It never came to play. True story, though, a simple little love song.
- Eric Martin - lead vocals
- Paul Gilbert - acoustic guitar, handclaps, backing vocals
- Billy Sheehan - bass guitar, handclaps, bass drum, backing vocals
- Pat Torpey - tambourine, bass drum, handclaps, backing vocals
Formats and track listings
- 7" single
- "To Be with You" (LP Version) (3:27)
- "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" (LP Version) (3:30)
- 12" maxi
- "To Be with You"
- "A Little Too Loose" (Live)
- "The Drill Song (Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy)" (Live)
- "Alive and Kickin'" (Live)
- CD maxi
- "To Be with You" (3:27)
- "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" (3:30)
- "Alive and Kickin'" (5:28)
|United States||November 25, 1991|
|United Kingdom||January 1, 1992|
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