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The Verve

Bitter Sweet Symphony

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  • Rock
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“Bitter Sweet Symphony” is a song by English alternative rock band The Verve, the lead track on their third album, Urban Hymns. It is based on music from an Andrew Loog Oldham adaptation of a Rolling Stones song, “The Last Time.“ It was released on 16 June 1997 by Hut Recordings as the first single from the album, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song’s momentum built slowly in the United States throughout the latter months of 1997, ultimately leading to a CD single release on 3 March 1998 by Virgin Records America, helping the song to reach number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also became famous for the legal controversy surrounding plagiarism charges. It was the 79th best selling single in the United States in 1998. In the Triple J Hottest 100 of All... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down ... But I'm here in my mold, I am here in my mold ... We've got ya sex and violence, melody and silence

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More songs by The Verve (See Charts): History, Love Is Noise, Lucky Man, The Drugs Don'T Work, Sonnet, and Bittersweet Symphony.

Popular in Symphony (See Charts): I Hear A Symphony, I Hear A Symphony, When I Come Of Age, Symphony No. 7, Jillian, What Have You Done, Our Solemn Hour, Sonnet, The Swan Song, and Exogenesis.


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