Young Lust
Recording Artist: Aerosmith
Written by: Steven Tyler
Joe Perry
Jim Vallance
Date Written: 1989 / Vancouver Canada
Albums: Pump (Geffen, 1989)
Young Lust (Geffen, 2001)
Gold: Aerosmith (January 11, 2005)
Audio:
  Steven Tyler: vocal
Joe Perry: guitar
Brad Whitford: guitar
Tom Hamilton: bass
Joey Kramer: drums
 
Produced by Bruce Fairbairn. Recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver Canada, April-June 1989.
Comments:
right: with Joe Perry in a Massachusetts cornfield.

(photo by Steven Tyler)
Young Lust appeared as the B-side to the 7" vinyl Aerosmith single Love In An Elevator, released in the U.S. in August 1989.

Joe Perry:
We had three weeks of pre-production in Vancouver before we actually recorded. I went to Jim Vallance's house with the idea to write the first song on the album, just tear it up into something that sounded like a dinosaur eating cars. Y'know, let them know we're here when that double kick drum gets going. We came up with "Young Lust" -- (from the book "Walk This Way - The Autobiography of Aerosmith" by Stephen Davis).

Steven Tyler: 'Young Lust' is just about that initial feeling you get when you fall in love. It's hard to get heady. Part of me says, Yeah, I'd like to take the Dylan approach and be profound. But that ain't it. Joe Perry throws me a lick, it's a language to me, and I sing about what I hear his lick saying. I jam, I scat and then fill in the blanks. 'Young Lust'? It crossed my mind too. What am I singin' about? But I still feel those feelings, maybe more than anybody else -- (from a September 1989 article in Sounds Magazine).

Jim Vallance: Steven didn't come to my studio for the first day of writing "Young Lust".  It was just Joe and me. Joe said, "Let's write the fastest, nastiest, most rockin' track ever". So I dialled up a double bass-drum feel on my sequencer -- kinda like Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher", but without the "shuffle".
Steven Tyler being
Steven Tyler, with some Long View Farm tomatoes.
Before I could strap on my bass guitar, Joe started into a riff that just burned, and we were off and running.

We finished the arrangement that day and put it on a cassette tape for Steven to listen to. Steven came over the next afternoon and laid down a rough vocal.  After that the lyrics just seemed to spill out of him.

Steven is never at a loss for words. If anything, he usually writes more lyrics than needed. Part of my job was helping Steven choose which words to leave out ... which is a real dilemma because everything he writes is so good!  Steven has notebooks full of unused lyrics ... enough for another hundred songs!
Lyrics: Young lust
Happy just to be in lust
Never have to eat no dust
Everybody talk about

Young lust
You're dyin' and you're screamin' inside
Oh, you're guilty way before you been tried
It's crazy but you diggin' it

Young lust
You feel it in the summertime blues
So easy when there's nothin' to lose
And baby you be missin' out

Young lust
Sometimes you need it so bad
It's enough to drive a young girl mad
So what you gonna do about it, yeah yeah

Little bit of nasty
You look a little sleazy
But don't get any on ya

Young lust
You better keep your daughter inside
Or she gonna get a dose of my pride
Yeah, everybody talks about it

Young lust
Once you had it you can never go back
Don't you ever let 'em give you no slack
Well, you're streaking down the alleyway, yeah yeah yeah

We're checking out the ladies
Who didn't bring their boyfriends
Who love to get in trouble
I've got to say I'll see you later, meet me in the elevator

Always gettin' stronger
Never gettin' weaker
My love is gettin' longer
I'll keep it in my sneaker

Never keep a secret
Never feelin' guilty
Never gettin' lonely
Never gettin' no peace, hidin' from the police

Sneakin' out the backway
Sneakin' down the alleyway
Gotta do it my way yeah yeah yeah yeah

Do it in the sunshine
Hangin' from the clothesline
Find another tree to climb

Young lust
There's no time for lovin'
Young lust
Ah, don't need one in the oven
Young lust
I'm a-pushin' and a-shovin' it, yeah

Young lust
Come on now I just can't wait
Are you fishin' or you gonna cut bait
Everybody body doin' it, yeah yeah

Young lust
Honey, now ain't it a bitch
Sometime you gotta scratch that itch
So what you gonna do about it - ya, ya, ya, ya, ya