Guns N' Roses' greatest ballad ever, "Patience," appears on their 1989 8 song EP, GN'R Lies (The Sex, The Drugs, The Violence, The Shocking Truth).
Lies seems to be often overlooked these days, overshadowed by Appetite and Illusions, but for me it's an essential part of the canon.
Writer Chuck Klosterman once likened the four acoustic tracks on Lies to the four Gospels of the New Testament, as they all tell a different story of who Axl Rose is.
The "LIES" are:
In "Patience," there is NO SEX (the lovers are estranged).
In "You're Crazy," there is NO DRUGS (it's psychosis instead).
In "Used to Love Her" there is NO VIOLENCE (the girl wasn't really killed and buried in the backyard - it's "a joke, nothing more." -blurb from the album cover.)
But "One in a Million" is like the fourth Gospel - John - the Wild card. There IS A SHOCKING TRUTH. "One in a Million" is still shocking, even 20 years later. No one's really sure why Axl Rose was so angry, but one thing is certain - his emotion wasn't contrived - it was for real. The old GN'R were 'the real deal.'
"Patience" is played using three acoustic guitars (Izzy, Slash, Duff), and was recorded in a single session by producer Mike Clink. The song reached #4 on the US singles chart in the Summer of 1989.
The music and lyrics were written by Izzy Stradlin, who also wrote "Used to Love Her." Izzy reportedly wrote the song about his doomed relationship with actress Angela Nicoletti McCoy.
A music video for "Patience" was shot and appears on the DVD, Welcome to the Videos. It was the last video in which Steven Adler (even though he doesn't play on the song) appeared.
In the video, the band members are shown at the Ambassador Hotel (in LA) where they are the only constant images. All the other people who appear are present for only a moment before they fade away.
In an ironic twist, the final parts of the video show Rose sitting alone watching the "Welcome to the Jungle" video in what appears to be a sad and lonely state. Footage of Slash is juxtaposed with the lines:
"And the streets don't change but maybe the name
I ain't got time for the game
'Cause I need you
Yeah, yeah well I need you
Oh, I need you"