If You Were Here With Me

Album: Heaven in this Hell (2013)
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  • Orianthi wrote this song on a piano, then demoed it on GarageBand. Regarding its meaning, she told MusicRadar.com: "I remember walking down the street and seeing this old couple holding hands. There were all of these young kids around them, and I just thought of how some love is temporary, especially with young people moving from person to person, but yet here's this old couple, and their love is forever.

    "It's a hopeful song," she continued, "and I definitely wanted that sentiment on the record. I didn't want everything to be angry, where people would be like, 'Oh, God, what's wrong with her?' [Laughs] I'm a pretty optimistic person, really. You get the hurt out, but then there's the other side. You have to go with your feelings."
  • Orianthi used an old Fender '59 Strat for the solo. "It wasn't the kind of song that called for a fast, distorted solo," she told MusicRadar, "I wanted it to be laid back and melodic. You have to vibe right to play the proper notes, so you just turn out the lights and chill out. I'm very happy with how it turned out. It goes with the music."

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