Artist: Mr. Big

To Be with You ~ Mr. Big

mr-bigMr. Big was an American hard rock super group. Formed in 1988, Mr. Big was particularly popular in Japan. Mr. Big are probably best known for their 1991 rock hit, “Green-Tinted Sixties Mind”, as well as their 1992 acoustic hit, “To Be With You.”

Mr. Big combined two popular musical trends of the rock scene in the 1980s: a particular brand of hard rock, often referred to as cock-rock, focused on melodies and listener-friendly choruses, and impressive technical proficiency, then called shredding. The seeds for the group were sown when bass player Billy Sheehan (bass guitarist for guitarist Steve Vai) left David Lee Roth’s solo band (also with Vai) in 1988. Almost immediately after his exit, Sheehan began piecing together a new outfit, with the help of Mike Varney from Shrapnel Records, a label specialized in the shredding genre. However, what Sheehan did not know was that he was about to form one of the most revered “supergroups” to come out of America.

The band, now managed by former Journey and Santana manager Herbie Herbert, was composed of Shrapnel artist and former Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert, Pat Torpey on drums, and singer Eric Martin, who had a number of album releases throughout the 1980s with his Eric Martin Band. By 1989, the newly formed quartet had already inked a recording contract with Atlantic, resulting in the release of a self-titled debut the same year. Despite causing a buzz amongst musicians, the album failed to cross over to a mainstream rock audience stateside; however, Mr. Big was an immediate smash success overseas in Japan.

The band’s breakthrough came with their second album, Lean Into It, in 1991. It featured two ballads that established the band as a commercial success: “To Be With You” and “Just Take My Heart”, as well as rock songs that remained as staples of their live set for years to come, such as “Green-Tinted Sixties Mind”. Other releases followed, Bump Ahead in 1993 and Hey Man in 1996, but the band never replicated its earlier success in the US market. The song “Take Cover” was included on the soundtrack to the cartoon series Mega Man released in 1995, which is based on the best selling video game franchise of the same name by Capcom, and was played during the end credits of the episodes “Bad Day At Peril Park” and “Mega X”. In Japan, on the other hand, they continued to sell out tours, resulting in a number of live releases for the Japanese market throughout their career (from Raw Like Sushi in 1990 to Mr. Big In Japan in 2002).

Paul Gilbert left the band in 1997 to pursue a solo career and eventually reform Racer X. Richie Kotzen, another Shrapnel artist and former guitarist for Poison, was brought in to take on guitar duties, also contributing occasional vocals. Two studio albums were released by this lineup: Get Over It in 2000 and Actual Size in 2001, which featured the single “Shine”, used as the ending theme in the animation series of Hellsing.

To Be with You

To Be with You” is a song by the American hard rock band Mr. Big.

The song was written and composed by Eric Martin during his teen years, with guitarist Paul Gilbert contributing to its melodic arrangements later on. Writing credit is also given to David Grahame, a songwriter working for the label at the time (though exactly what contributions each of the three men made to the song is unclear).

In his solo career, Gilbert performed the song live using the riff from the Van Halen song “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”.

While in Paul’s apartment at Yucca Street in L.A., Eric and Paul were laying out their compositions. Eric had a ballad called “To Be With You”. Paul had his psychedelic rock song called “Green Tinted Sixties Mind”. Both felt the two songs were strong enough to be included in their upcoming album, despite it being purely rock; and true enough, these songs remained throughout the course of their career as a group and as solo artists.

“To Be With You” is about a man who has his eye on a woman who has recently experienced a broken heart from a previous relationship.

To Be With You – Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert

Hold on little girl.
Show me what he’s done to you.
Stand up little girl.
A broken heart can’t be that bad.
When it’s through, it’s through.
Fate will twist the both of you.
Come on baby, come on over.
Let me be the one to show you.

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.

Build up your confidence
so you can be on top for once.
Wake up who cares about
little boys that talk too much.
I’ve seen it all go down.
Your game of love was all rained out.
Come on baby, come on over.

Let me be the one to hold you.
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 believe that we can be together baby.
You can make my life worth while.
I can make you start to smile.

When it’s through, it’s through.
Fate will twist the both of you.
So come on baby, come on over.
Let me be the one to show you.

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’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.

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