Growing Up 90’s: Mr. Big- “To Be With You”

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Hold on little girl

Show me what he’s done to you

Stand up little girl

A broken heart can’t be that bad

This week on Growing Up 90’s, I’m reaching back to the beginning of the decade for what might be the biggest campfire sing-along in modern rock history, from none other than Mr. Big. “To Be With You,” from the band’s 1991 album Lean Into It is a hugely successful acoustic jam with an insanely catchy chorus, with lead singer Eric Martin’s incredible voice soaring over the backing vocals of his bandmates. 

Mr. Big consisted of the aforementioned Martin on lead vocals, Pat Torpey on drums, and the legendary one-two punch of guitarist Paul Gilbert and bassist Billy Sheehan. This type of fare was not the band’s bread-and-butter, as its catalog consists more often than not of fast-paced, driving hard rock songs. Oddly enough, “To Be With You” was the band’s most notable hit, a la “More Than Words” by Extreme, a band who was in a similar sonic vein at the time.

I’m the one who wants to be with you

Deep inside I hope you feel it too

Waited on a line of greens and blues

Just to be the next to be with you

I was in second grade in December of 1991 when the song was released, and I can still remember it being inescapable on the radio. That’s no complaint, mind you, as it was an extraordinarily popular song, and for good reason, and I have always loved it. Lyrically, the song is a precursor to a wave of emo tunes that would flood the Internet and iPods a decade later. You know the type – “good guy wants girl…girl continues to date jerks and cries about it to good guy…girl never notices good guy standing in front of her all along.” I’m just not quite sure what “waited on a line of greens and blues” means.

Why be alone when we can be together baby?

You can make my life worthwhile

I can make you start to smile

“To Be With You” is a song that everyone knows, and I can just about guarantee that nobody can resist singing along to this perfectly-crafted pop classic. No? Just me? You’ll admit it someday. Until then, check out the music video for the song below, and then take a peek at the rest of what I have to offer at The No Seatbelt Blog, including some more words on music, movies, beer, toys, and everything else that’s awesome in life!

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