When I Was Young (song)
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|"When I Was Young"|
|Single by Eric Burdon and The Animals|
|B-side||"A Girl Named Sandoz"|
|Released||April 8, 1967|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, protometal|
|Songwriter(s)||Eric Burdon, Vic Briggs, John Weider, Barry Jenkins, Danny McCulloch|
|Eric Burdon and The Animals singles chronology|
"When I Was Young" is a song with a countercultural theme released in early 1967 by Eric Burdon, with The Animals and was written by five of the band members Eric Burdon (vocals), Barry Jenkins (drums), John Weider (guitar/violin), Vic Briggs (guitar), and Danny McCulloch (bass). It charted in Australia peaking No. 2 and stayed 4 weeks there. Later it was a hit charting No. 10 on the Canadian RPM chart, No. 15 in the United States and No. 9 in the Netherlands. The song has been covered by many punk rock and heavy metal bands.
This somewhat autobiographical song told about Burdon's father, who was a soldier during tough times, as well as young Eric's adventures including his first smoke of a cigarette at 10, to his meeting his first love at 13. The final verse shows his disillusionment with society by saying:
"My faith was so much stronger then,
I believed in fellow men,
And I was so much older then.
When I was Young".
This song is noted for its Indian riff, played by an electric guitar as well as a violin. It is also distinctive for its introduction featuring a heavily distorted guitar's tremolo descent from E to D. This song begins in E Minor, and ends in G Minor. The B-Side "A Girl Named Sandoz" is named after the drug company that invented LSD.
Later it was used for a German TV commercial. In the early 1980s Burdon began to mention many stars who died at the end of the song.
- Papa Zoot Band (1978)
- Trek With Quintronic (1981)
- Riot (1982)
- Tina Turner (1984)
- Poison 13 (1984)
- Riblja Čorba (1992)
- Ramones (1993)
- Smashing Pumpkins (1994)
- Golden Earring (1995)
- Ed Kuepper (2000)
- New Zealand/Australian band Dragon covered the song on their album, It's All Too Beautiful (2011).
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||10|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||31|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||9|
|US Billboard Hot 100||15|
- "Top RPM Singles: Issue 10065." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
- "Musicline.de – Eric Burdon & the Animals Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Dutchcharts.nl – Eric Burdon & the Animals – When I Was Young" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
- "Eric Burdon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.