Bitter Sweet Symphony (5:58)

Cover of Urban Hymns

From Urban Hymns and 40 other releases

According to the Bitter Sweet Symphony Songfacts, the lyrics are a somber look at the ennui of everyday life: “You’re a slave to money, then you die.”

“Bitter Sweet Symphony” samples an obscure orchestral version of The Last Time , a 1965 song by The Rolling Stones . This was recorded before they got permission from the Stones to use the riff, so the Verve had to sign away most of the royalties from this in order to release it.


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  • yayitsjp

    Such a beautiful song to listen to as the sun slowly rises over the horizon. One of my favorites of the Nineties.

    Yesterday 4:57am Reply
  • SophiaRaiCho

    I always cry;

    20 Feb 12:07am Reply
  • Dlartrisky

    One of the best songs that ever caught my attention. Too bad I thought it won't be possible for me to scrobble it from with the right title... that's why I don't have enough scrobbles for the song itself. D:

    17 Feb 7:11pm Reply
  • elperik

    Rolling Stones -> The Last Time

    5 Feb 9:29am Reply
  • Spaceduck1


    26 Jan 4:09am Reply
  • psycho-ben

    Ein sehr geiles Lied! :)

    17 Jan 8:42pm Reply
  • TeamFalcon

    Choooooooon !

    16 Jan 7:38pm Reply
  • BostonIrish

    "well this could be the last time, maybe the last time, I don't know" hmm...good sample! great song!

    11 Jan 5:23am Reply
  • djsweetlips1971


    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Malitzki

    um amorzinho ♥

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • tatic126

    forever in my soul!

    27 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mariolitoro

    I like the sweet melody

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • uhohspagettio

    so this is that song!!

    5 Oct 2014 Reply
  • beevercracker

    This song never gets old.

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • patriotsaint_

    And I'm a million different people from one day to the next

    23 Sep 2014 Reply
  • vidalog32

    Apesar de ter sido trilha sonora de várias películas cinematográficas (com muito sucesso, é verdade), foi nas armações em tom de tragédia de "Cruel Intentions" que Bitter Sweet Symphony pôde se vestir melhor. Nenhum outro Filme conseguiu romper e explorar tão intimamente aquelas notas "agridoces" como "Cruel Intentions" o fez. É como se os dois dividissem a mesma raiz, mesmo porquê, nenhum outro ato sinfônico poderia representar melhor aquele aglomerado de certezas e inseguranças que envolvia toda a atmosfera do filme. "Bitter Sweet Symphony" deu a "Cruel Intentions" um ritmo impar e de alma complexa que por certo lhe faltava e, em troca, vivenciou o seu maior auge.

    23 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    life sucks and we all know it

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • channelLuiz


    28 Aug 2014 Reply
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    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Pasch69

    great song !

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
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