Immigrants and faggots
They make no sense to me
They come to our country
And think they’ll do as they please
Like start some mini-Iran
Or spread some fucking disease
And they talk so many God damn ways
It’s all Greek to me
That’s not a poem I just wrote — I value my job, my safety, and a general sense of equality — it’s the lyrics from the incendiary ‘One In A Million’, a track from G N’ R Lies, a stopgap album released in 1988 after the monumental success of their debut album Appetite For Destruction.
That entire album — actually an early mock-live EP coupled with four acoustic tracks, including the whistle-heavy single ‘Patience’ — is included on a five-disc reissue of Appetite to be released next month.
The set is expansive: on top of four CDs (remember those?) and one Blu-Ray (what are those?) the box set includes seven LPs, and seven 7 inch singles, plus a booklet with the usual ephemera.
However, they have decided to quietly remove ‘One In A Million’.
It makes sense – here’s another verse from that same song.
Police and niggers, that’s right
Get outta my way
Don’t need to buy none of your
Gold chains today
Now don’t need no bracelets
Clamped in front of my back
Just need my ticket ’till then
Won’t you cut me some slack
While it’s fine to relegate this track to history in the PC-heavy 2018, it’s not as if this release doesn’t have other similarly-troubling lyrics.