Used to Love Her

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This article is about the Guns N' Roses song. For the Common song, see I Used to Love H.E.R. For the Jay Sean song, see My Own Way (album).
"Used to Love Her"
Song by Guns N' Roses from the album G N' R Lies
Released November 29, 1988 (1988-11-29)
Recorded 1988
Genre Folk rock, acoustic rock
Length 3:13
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Guns N' Roses
Producer(s) Guns N' Roses, Mike Clink
G N' R Lies track listing
"Used to Love Her"
"You're Crazy"

"Used to Love Her" is a song by American rock band Guns N' Roses from the album G N' R Lies. It was first performed on stage on October 30, 1987 on the Appetite for Destruction tour.

Contrary to the popular belief that the song is about a girlfriend of Axl Rose, the song was written as a joke. Izzy Stradlin stated, "I was sitting around listening to the radio and some guy was whining about a broad who was treating him bad. I wanted to take the radio and smash it against the wall. Such self-pity! What a wimp! So we rewrote the same song we heard with a better ending." Slash stated, "People think it's about one of our old girlfriends, but it's actually about Axl's dog."[1]

Use in actual murder[edit]

Before murdering his wife in 2002, Justin Barber downloaded the song off the Internet. Immediately before turning his computer to the police, Barber deleted it off his computer.[2] In 2012, Thomas Wilhelm drunkenly sang the lyrics to the song minutes before killing his girlfriend.[3]


  1. ^ "Song info at". Archived from the original on 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  2. ^ News, CBS (January 30, 2007). "Secrets In The Sand". Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Brazil, Ben (November 10, 2016). "Costa Mesa man convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 2012 shooting". Daily Pilot. Retrieved December 3, 2016.