By Mark Nobes, chief editor

This classic 80s acoustic rock tune "Patience" was lifted from Guns N' Roses second studio album G N' R Lies. Released in June 1989 (April in the U.S.), the song reached #5 in the U.S. and #6 in the UK.
Although it has never been officially announced anywhere, it is believed that the song is about the difficult relationship between lead singer Axl Rose and his wife (now his ex) Erin Everly.

The B-side of "Patience" features the song Rocket Queen, a track from the band's debut album Appetite For Destruction. The song also featured as the B-side to the original 1988 UK release of "Sweet Child O' Mine" but was not included on the more successful 1989 release. the UK 12 inch also features an interview with Axl Rose which was recorded in Los Angeles on 19th May 1989.

"Patience" was the only track to be released as a single from G N' R Lies, which, although released as a studio album, it was really an extended play. The first four tracks had already featured on the EP Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide, with the other four tracks being acoustic numbers - one of these was a wonderful downtempo version of You're Crazy, a track that previously featured on Appetite For Destruction.
The video was produced by the band and directed by the British music video director Nigel Dick, who also directed the Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas" video.
The whistling intro part of the video features the band in a recording studio. We then see Slash in a hotel room with a snake and then a scantily clad lady. However, Slash is more interested in playing with his snake than the lady - no innuendo intended! The video switches between the band in the studio and hotel scenes throughout. 
Patience UK 12 inch vinyl sleeve front - Guns N Roses

Chart positions

"Patience" entered the UK singles chart at No.22 on 25th June 1989, while "Sweet Child O' Mine" was still at No.12. It peaked at No.10 for one week on 2nd July, and spent a total of 8 weeks in the chart.
The single also reached No.2 on the Irish Singles Chart, No.3 on the Dutch Single Top 100, Nol.4 on the Dutch Top 40, No.7 on the Billboard rock chart, No.8 on the Official Finnish Charts (Finland) and No.9 on Belgium's official chart.