To Be with You

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"To Be With You"
Single by Mr. Big
from the album Lean into It
B-side "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind"
Released 1991
Format Cassette, CD single, CD maxi, 7" single
Recorded 1991 Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, CA
Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:27
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Eric Martin, David Grahame
Producer(s) Kevin Elson
Mr. Big singles chronology
"Green-Tinted Sixties Mind"
"To Be with You"
"Just Take My Heart"

"To Be With You" is a soft rock[1] song 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.[2] It rose in the charts in over 20 countries, reaching number one in the U.S.[3] It also reached a peak of number three in the UK.[4]

Background and writing[edit]

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;[5] 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 has 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.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Nancy Bennett and features the band performing in a railroad car.[6] The video changes from black & white to color around the halfway mark.

Formats and track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "To Be with You" (LP Version) (3:27)
  2. "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" (LP Version) (3:30)
12" maxi
  1. "To Be with You"
  2. "A Little Too Loose" (Live)
  3. "The Drill Song (Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy)" (Live)
  4. "Alive And Kickin'" (Live)
CD maxi
  1. "To Be with You" (3:27)
  2. "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" (3:30)
  3. "Alive And Kickin'" (5:28)

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United States November 25, 1991 (1991-11-25)
United Kingdom January 1, 1992 (1992-01-01)


Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 29, 1992- March 14, 1992
Succeeded by
"Save the Best for Last" by Vanessa Williams
Preceded by
"Stockholm" by Orup
Swedish Singles Chart number one single
April 1, 1992 - April 29, 1992
Succeeded by
"Stay" by Shakespears Sister
Preceded by
"Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" by Elton John and George Michael
Eurochart Hot 100 number one single
April 4, 1992 - May 9, 1992 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Rhythm is a Dancer" by Snap!
Preceded by
"Human Touch" by Bruce Springsteen
Norwegian number one single
15/1992 - 22/1992
Succeeded by
"Das Boot" by U96
Preceded by
"Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dutch Top 40 number one single
April 25, 1992 - May 16, 1992 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Please Don't Go" by Double You
Preceded by
"Das Boot" by U96
Swiss number one single
May 3, 1992- June 14, 1992
Succeeded by
"Jump" by Kris Kross
Preceded by
"Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Australia (ARIA) number one single
May 16, 1992 - 5 June 1992
Succeeded by
"One In A Million" by Euphoria
Preceded by
"Das Boot" by U96
Austrian number one single
May 17, 1992 - May 24, 1992
Succeeded by
"Rhythm Is a Dancer" by Snap!


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