You And Me

Album: Lace and Whiskey (1977)
Charted: 9
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Songfacts®:

  • Not at all typical of Cooper, this is a very romantic soft rock song by the Grandfather of Goth. It is every man's love song to his significant other - celebrating the everyday pleasures of two people sharing their lives together.

    This love ballad was a significant departure from Cooper's usual dark-themed rockers. It was the last in a trilogy of ballads Cooper recorded, following "Only Women Bleed" and "I Never Cry" He has described this genre as "heavy metal housewife rock."

    In an interview with Creem magazine a few months after the release of "You and Me," Cooper discussed the impetus behind his trilogy of ballads: "I did those songs totally out of spite," he said. "I kept reading so many interviews and articles that I said I was never considered musical. Best rock show they ever saw, but musically lacking. 'They aren't as good as ELP.' Of course not," he laughed, "we didn't want to be."
  • This song was written by Cooper and the renowned rock guitarist and songwriter Dick Wagner. During his long and distinguished musical career, Wagner has played lead guitar and written songs for many big-name bands and artists. In addition to Cooper, some of the other notable musical acts he has worked with include KISS, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, Frank Sinatra, Meat Loaf, Etta James, Ringo Starr, Guns N' Roses, Rod Stewart, Air Supply and Tina Turner. Wagner contributed to several Alice Cooper albums, both as a guitarist and songwriter; he and Cooper usually collaborated on ballads. In addition to "You and Me," other rock ballads Wagner co-wrote include "I Never Cry" and "Only Women Bleed."
  • This was the lead single off the 1977 album Lace and Whiskey, which was the shock-rock legend's third album as a solo artist following the breakup of the original Alice Cooper band in 1974. Cooper decided to change up his sound a bit on this collection and soften his image. He considered it a concept album based on a 1940s-era detective he called "Inspector Maurice Escargot." For his 1977 tour, Cooper divided his show into three sets: Oldies, Hell, and Lace And Whiskey. This third part he performed in his Escargot character.
  • Lace and Whiskey was produced by Bob Ezrin, who co-wrote most of the album's tracks with Cooper and Dick Wagner. He also played keyboards on the album. Ezrin is a well-known figure in the music industry, particularly in the rock world. He was one of the most commercially successful producers in the 1970s and has done production work for a slew of top artists and bands, including KISS, Pink Floyd, Lou Reed, Rod Stewart, Jane's Addiction, Hanoi Rocks, Deftones, Berlin, Nine Inch Nails and Peter Gabriel. Ezrin produced eleven albums for Cooper, including the hugely successful LPs Billion Dollar Babies and School's Out.
  • This song climbed to #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100, marking his last Top-10 on the chart until "Poison" in 1989. The song also hit #23 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and # 3 on the singles chart in Australia.
  • Cooper performed the song on The Muppet Show in his 1978 season 3 appearance, doing it as a duet with the appropriately creepy Beakie, a bird-ish Muppet who was actually the embodiment of Miss Piggy after she was transformed by Cooper.

Comments: 14

  • Deb Gresham from MississippiLove Alice Cooper this song is so great..
  • Jc Macdonald from Calgary AlbertaLou,

    That part of the song to me is he wants to love her and take her to heaven. The previous lyric "I wanna take ya, and squeeze ya til the passion starts to rise." is him being cheeky in his lyrics. This song isn't about anything murderous it's simply a great love song. :)
  • Lou from Omaha, NeThis is a very truly beautiful song. The only thing I don't quite get about it was the lyric of "I want to take you to heaven, that would make my day complete." I'm not sure what he's trying to say there. But for some reason it sounds like a murder-suicide. I'm sure it probably met something different in 1977, but today it just sounds a little creepy.
  • Dean from Birmingham, AlJust realized this was Alice Cooper! Great song! Reminds of when KISS recorded "Beth," a complete change from the music they normally did.
  • Larry from Detroit, MiIf there was ever a perfect rock ballad for the common man to sing to his significant other...this surely is it....
  • Dane from Green Cove Springs Fla., FlLOVE this one.Long version ONLY however.I saw him live twice but he didn't play it either time.Too bad...
  • Stu from Philly, Pathis song is on my wedding cd - the cd plays like a concept album - from meeting, to falling in love, trials, getting closer, finally getting married and looking forward. The song's lyrics very literally explain its presence on the album - the joy of the day to day love you share with your spouse.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis is why Alice Cooper is my favorite metal artist.
  • Scott from Columbus, OhWhat a beautiful song. It stands to show that Alice Cooper can be much more than what he appears, and that's just enough for me.
    It proves he is just as much a romantic lyracist as he is a performer.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnThis was a change of pace from Alice cooper's heavy metal hits. The line I remember the most is "What we are is what we are." That's a true statement about people's lives in general.
  • Alan from Zanesville, OhThis song was a big hit in '77 whwn my wife & I got married, and it kind of became "our song". On our honeymoon we saw Alice in Detroit at a record setting series of concerts.
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiano more love at your convenience,another great song from that album
  • J-raff from Boston, MaThis song was once covered by Frank Sinatra, who, after performing it, said to Alice, "You keep writin' 'em, kid, and I'll keep singin' 'em".
  • Morgan from Fort Oglethorpe, GaWhen Alice Cooper guest starred on The Muppet Show, he sung this as a duet with a ...very feathery Miss Piggy.
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