One Love

Album: The Very Best Of The Stone Roses (1990)
Charted: 4
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  • Like many of The Stone Roses songs, this contains biblical references. For instance, the line "You feel my flow and you flood my brain" has its origin in John's Gospel, where Jesus proclaimed in John 7 v37-38, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." Christ was referring to the Holy Spirit who would unite his disciples after his ascension with one love and power and bring eternal life.
  • In an interview with the February 1998 Uncut magazine, Ian Brown was asked if he agreed that "One Love" was a mistake. Said Brown: "I agree. The chorus wasn't strong enough. We tried for an anthem. We wanted to cover all bases and ended up covering none."
  • This was a non-album single, which was released in the UK, US, Australia, Germany, Japan, Spain, and France. It was The Stone Roses last original release until "Love Spreads" in December 1994. >>
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    Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above

Comments: 2

  • Bryan from Hull, United KingdomI think the extended version is excellent and has a great groove.
  • Martin from Eastbourne, EnglandMaybe some singers could make something out of this insipid, meaningless, soulless dirge, but not Ian Brown. Worse than anything on the first album.
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