"Tin Soldier" is a rock song written by Steve Marriott (credited to Marriott/Lane). It was originally released on 2 December 1967, by the popular English band Small Faces. The song peaked at number nine in the UK singles chart. It has since been covered by many other notable rock artists.


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Tin Soldier was originally written by Steve Marriott for singer P.P. Arnold, but Marriott liked it so much he kept it himself. It was a song that he wrote to his first wife, Jenny Rylance. P.P. 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.[1] Tin Soldier reached number nine in the UK Singles Chart and remains one of Small Faces' best known songs.

The song has been covered by Quiet RiotLou GrammUriah HeepStreetheartTodd RundgrenThe Guess WhoPaul WellerTransatlantic, and Humble Pie (which also featured Marriott.)

Mojo readers' poll[edit]Edit

In 1997, some 30 years after the song's original release, British music publication Mojo voted "Tin Soldier" the tenth best single of all time, in a readers' poll. The poll placed it ahead of anything by The Who or The Rolling Stones.[2] The song has also been much mentioned over the years by Paul Weller and featured in Noel Gallagher's personal all-time top ten song list.[3]

The meaning of the song is about getting into somebody's mind—not their body. It refers to a girl (Jenny Rylance) I used to talk to all the time and she really gave me a buzz. The single was to give her a buzz in return and maybe other people as well. I dig it. There's no great message really and no physical scenes.[2]

—Steve Marriott===RocKwiz performance[edit]===

In October 2007 Australian musicians Tim Rogers (of You Am I) and Talei Wolfgramm (The Wolfgramm Sisters) performed a live cover of the track on Australian music quiz show Rockwiz Video on YouTube Rogers is a self-confessed fan of the band and much of his work with You Am I shows heavy influences.


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Scorpions made a cover of the song for their 2011 album Comeblack.

Progressive rock band Transatlantic covered this song on their 2014 album Kaleidoscope, on disc 2 of the special edition.

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