Tin Soldier (song)

Tin Soldier (Song)

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"Tin Soldier" is a Rock song written by Steve Marriott (credited to Marriott/Lane). It was released on December 2, 1967, by the popular English band Small Faces. The song peaked at number nine in the UK singles chart.

Song profile

Tin Soldier was originally written by Steve Marriott for singer PP Arnold, but Marriott liked it so much he kept it himself. It was a song that he wrote to his first wife, Jenny Rylance. PP Arnold can be heard singing backing vocals on the song. The song signalled a return to the band's R&B roots after their previous forays into psychedelic rock and other musical experiments. When Tin Soldier was released the BBC informed the band that the last line of the song had to be removed from all TV and radio broadcasts, mistakenly believing that Marriott sang "sleep with you", when in fact the lyric is "sit with you". Marriott explained that the song was about getting into someone's mind - not their body.Steve Marriott All Too Beautiful Hewitt/Hellier p.160-161 Tin Soldier reached #9 in the UK Singles Chart and remains one of The Small Faces best known songs.

The song has been covered by Streetheart on their 1980 album Drugstore Dancer, Quiet Riot, Todd Rundgren, The Guess Who, and Marriott's other band Humble Pie.

Legacy post-1967

A version of Tin Soldier was also released on the Humble Pie album Go For the Throat, which features Steve Marriott and was released on the Atco label in 1981. This...
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