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Back Off Bitch

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:32 am


BACK OFF BITCH
Album:
Use Your Illusion I, 1991, track no. 8.

Written by:
Paul Huge and Axl Rose.

Musicians:
Drums: Matt
       Bass: Duff
       Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Slash
       Rhythm and Lead Guitars: Izzy
       Vocals: Axl
       Background Vocals: Slash, Duff

Live performances:
This song is pre-Guns N' Roses and dates back to Hollywood Rose. It has almost exclusively been played in 1985 and 1986 but also once in 1991. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {BOBSONGS} times.
Information:
'Back Off Bitch' was written before Guns N' Roses 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. The lyrics of the song did not help the band's image of being misogynistic. In a 1992 interview with Rolling Stone, Axl said that 'Back Off Bitch' was a "10-year old song" at the time. Therefore, it can be assumed that the song pre-dates the formation of the group. The song was also played during Guns N' Roses concerts before the release of Appetite for Destruction. The song was performed live several times in 1986 before the release of Appetite for Destruction but never made the album. It was also demoed several times by the band during this period. This is one of very few Guns N' Roses songs to feature Izzy Stradlin playing a longer guitar solo. This solo opens the album version. The solo is more complex than the intro played on earlier live versions [Wikipedia].


Lyrics:
Oh baby, pretty baby
Oh honey, you let me down honey
I ain't playin' childhood games no more
I said it's time for me to even the score
So stake your claim, your claim to fame
But baby call another name
When you feel the fire, and taste the flame

Back off, back off bitch
Down in the gutter dyin' in the ditch
You better back off, back off bitch
Face of an angel with the love of a witch
Back off, back off bitch
Back off, back off bitch

Makin' love
Cheap heartbreaker, broken backed,
Nasty ballbreaker, stay out of my bed,
outta my head
If it's lovin' you, I'm better off dead

Back off, back off bitch
Down in the gutter dyin' in the ditch
You better back off, back off bitch
Face of an angel with the love of a witch
Back off, back off bitch
Back off, back off bitch

Emotions ripped, gone on a binge
Life lipped, I said you're off the hinge
Tellin' lies of such fame and glory
I don't even wanna hear your story

Back off, back off bitch
Down in the gutter dyin' in the ditch
You better back off, back off bitch
Face of an angel with the love of a witch
Back off, back off bitch
It's such a pity that you're such a bitch
Back off, back off bitch
It's time to burn-burn the witch
Back off, back off bitch
Back off, back off bitch
Back off, back off bitch
Bitch
Bitch
Bitch
Bitch

Hey wha'd'ya think he's tryin' to say there anyway?
I think it's something each person's s'posed to take in their own special way
Fucking bitch


Quotes from band members:
This is 'Back Off Bitch,' for every guy and girl who just bugs the fuck out of them [Madame Wong's West, July 20, 1984]
This is a real pretty tune. For everybody out there that has somebody, who won't fucking leave them alone, who bugs you a little too much, this song is called, 'Back Off Bitch' [The Troubadour, November 22, 1985]
I play the main solo. I used to play this high-end trill thing for the first solo, but I could never play it consistently. So I just took it off altogether and let Izzy put a lead on, which is really a lot cooler. [...] It's a contemporary-metal style song. [laughs] I mean, it's so generic in that way. It's like E, D, D, D flat, D-that kind of thing. [...] I am just picking them [the fast arpeggios]; I can't tap to save my life [Guitar World, February 1992]
'Back Off Bitch' performed live on the Roxy, January 18, 1986.



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Re: Back Off Bitch

Post by hellobeatle on Sat May 21, 2011 3:08 pm

Izzy plays lead on it too, right?
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