One In A Million caused controversy when it was released and now the band appear to have cut it from a new anthology due in June.
Guns N’ Roses have removed a song with homophobic and racist lyrics from a remastered and expanded album of their work.
The band is releasing a “Locked N’ Loaded” the expanded version of 1987’s Appetite for Destruction which includes unreleased tracks as well as B-sides, EPs and covers recorded around the same time.
However, a track list on their website shows that One In A Million, which was originally on the Guns N’ Roses Lies album, will not be included on the series of discs alongside hits like Welcome To The Jungle and Sweet Child O’ Mine.
The song caused controversy
Yes I needed some time to get away
I needed some peace of mind
Some peace of mind that’ll stay
So I thumbed it, now it’s six in L.A.
Maybe a Greyhound could be my way
Get outta my way
Don’t need to buy any of your
Gold chains today
Now don’t need no bracelets
Clamped in front of my back
Just need my ticket ’till then
Won’t you cut me some slack
In a 1989 Rolling Stone interview lead singer Axl Rose said: “I used words like police and n****** because you’re not allowed to use the word “n*****”.
Defending his use of the word amidst some Guns ’n’ Roses lyrics, Axl explained the song One in a Million was about “a large number of black men” that he saw hustling people in a parking lot. He went on to clarify “I don’t like boundaries of any kind. I don’t like being told what I can and can’t say. I used the word n****r because it’s a word to describe somebody that is basically a pain in your life, a problem. The word n****r doesn’t necessarily mean black”. Why can black people go up to each other and say, “N*****,” but when a white guy does it all of a sudden it’s a big put-down.
In his final public comments about One In A Million in 1992, Rose stated: “It was a way for me to express my anger at how vulnerable I felt in certain situations that had gone down in my life.”