The Aerosmith classic Steven Tyler didn’t remember recording

Steven Tyler

Given the physical toll that Aerosmith’s members took on their bodies during the 1970s, the majority of them should consider themselves lucky to be alive today. The “Bad Boys From Boston” put a lot of miles on their nervous system by getting as blitzed out of their minds as they could when they were making albums like Toys in the Attic, even though they have since tried to call it quits and have experienced their fair share of illnesses over the years. You can be duped by that kind of thinking, which is why Steven Tyler wasn’t convinced he wrote the song “You See Me Crying” when he heard it.

Okay, so the ballad isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Aerosmith. Songs like “Dream On,” which feature gospel-tinged piano and Tyler’s heartbreaking yet powerfully intense vocals, are the kind of show-stopping numbers that belong in a theater rather than an arena. The band undoubtedly showed their sensitive side when writing these songs.

One of the band’s most melodically complex songs to date is “Home Tonight” from Rocks. Even though the song attempted the same formula. This is the type of piano showcase that nobody anticipated. It almost sounds like Paul McCartney’s solo work with most of the guitars replaced by pianos.

But no amount of fantastic music could prevent the band from disintegrating. Joe Perry quit the group because he believed his wife was being mistreated while they were on the road. When they were revisiting their greatest hits, Tyler didn’t even realize he had written the song. Perry and Tyler did not even get the chance to reconcile until after Aerosmith’s collapse and Perry’s solo tour.

Perry recalled telling Tyler that they had written the song in the first place during one of their press tours to promote their return. He said in Rocks, “It was one hell of a moment when [a DJ] put on You See Me Crying‘. “That’s out of sight, we should cover that tune,” Steven remarked. Whose original is this?’ ‘What the fuck are you talking about?’ I said. ‘That’s us.’ ‘Is it? Where was I?’ ‘In the booth singing.’”

If anything, Tyler’s ignorance of the song’s existence could have been a warning of things to come. When the band became pop stars in the late 1980s, Tyler seemed to ignore what a romantic or even sentimental lyric was. This was evident based on the structure of their ballads going forward.

While they did have some amazing lines on songs like “Janie’s Got a Gun” and “What It Takes,” Tyler started to substitute songs about a couple’s love for songs like “Pink.” These new songs contain some of the funniest double entendres or dad jokes you’ve ever heard. We might have avoided later songs that sounded like Dr. Seuss’s Guide to Sex. This could have happened if Tyler had chosen to go back to those earlier ballads like “You See Me Crying.”

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