Browse by Title
A B C D E F G
H I J K L M N
O P Q R S T U
V W X Y Z #  




I'll Be You

by

The Replacements



Songfacts®:  You can leave comments about the song at the bottom of the page.

This was The Replacements' highest-charting single, hitting #1 on the Modern Rock charts and being played in heavy rotation on MTV in early 1989.
The line, "Left a rebel without a clue" was later appropriated by Tom Petty into his hit, "Into the Great Wide Open," in 1991. The Replacements opened for Petty on tour in 1989, his last tour before beginning the album on which "Open" appears. (thanks, Derek - Bridgeport, WV, for above 2)
The Replacements
The Replacements Artistfacts
More The Replacements songs

Comments (5):

This Replacements reccomendation was posted on May 26th 2010
- brian, boston, MA
This is a great song. The Replacements never got the acclamation they deserved. I am not the kind of person that likes a band just because they are "underground" or not popular.So you can trust me when I recommend this music. I'll Be You was the Replacements most popular song in terms of chart position and air play but they have many songs that are better. I highly reccomend the album All Shook Down wich was thier final album released in 1991 [or 1990 I'm not sure] This album has tremendously well written songs. When I think of some of the music that was popular back then I will never understand why this band never got much airplay. Other albums of the Replacements I reccomend are Let it Be and Tim. I think however the best thing to do to fimiliarize yourself with thier music would be to go to I tunes and download some of thier tunes.You won't be dissapointed. songs worth downloading....LEFT OF THE DIAL,ONE WINK AT A TIME,WHEN IT BEGAN,ALEX CHILTON,CAN'T HARDLY WAIT,ATTITUDE,MERRY GO ROUND,ACHIN TO BE
- brian, boston, MA
"Surfer Joe" was a 1963 hit song by the Surfaris.
- Marc, Prior Lake, MN
Who the hell is Surfer Joe? What that means I don't know...
- Mister Whirly, Minneapolis, MN
The couplet "Lonely, I guess that's where I'm from, if I was from Canada then I'd best be called lonesome" came from Paul Westerberg's observation that Canadians frequently use the word lonesome instead of lonely.
- Tim, Chicago, IL
You have to to post comments.
Kristian Bush of SugarlandKristian Bush of Sugarland
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
Charlie Benante of AnthraxCharlie Benante of Anthrax
The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.
Yoko OnoYoko Ono
At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.
Gilby ClarkeGilby Clarke
The Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist in the early '90s, Gilby talks about the band's implosion and the side projects it spawned.