The big ballad from Aerosmith's album Nine Lives
, "Hole in My Soul" didn't have the impact of their previous scorchers ("Amazing
"), but it certainly had the elements of a hit.
The song was written by lead singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry
with help from Desmond Child
, who dragged the band kicking and screaming into the land of ballads when he co-wrote their 1987 hit "Angel
." Child's forte is big chorus and compelling story, which combined with Tyler's penchant for ribald humor, could make for some interesting lyrics.
That combination of humor and heartbreak is apparent on this track, with lines like "For every love letter written, there's another one burned" and "Now I sleep with my boots on but you're still in my head."
Released as the third single from the album, it tapped out at #51 in America and was abandoned from live shows after the Nine Lives tour.