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Out Ta Get Me

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Out Ta Get Me

Post by Soulmonster on Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:52 am


OUT TA GET ME
Album:
Appetite for Destruction, 1987, track no. 4.

Written by:
Lyrics: Axl Rose.
Music: Slash and Izzy Stradlin.

Musicians:
Vocals: Axl Rose; lead Guitar: Slash; rhythm guitar: Izzy Stradlin; bass: Duff McKagan; drums: Steven Adler.

Live performances:
The song was played first either at January 26, 1986, at the Starwood Club or on February 28, 1986, at The Troubadour. The January 26 show probably did not happen, and hence the February 28 date is probably correct. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {OTGMSONGS} times.
Lyrics:
Been hidin' out
       And layin' low
       It's nothing new ta me
       Well you can always find a place to go
       If you can keep your sanity
       They break down the doors
       And they rape my rights but
       They won't touch me
       They scream and yell
       And fight all night
       I lose my head
       I close my eyes
       They won't touch me
       'Cause I got somethin'
       I been buildin' up inside
       For so fuckin' long
     
They're out ta get me
       They won't catch me
       I'm fuckin' innocent
       They won't break me

Sometimes it's easy to forget where you're goin'
       Sometimes it's harder to leave
       And everytime you think you know just what you are doin'
       That's when your troubles exceed
       They push me in a corner
       Just to get me to fight but
       They won't touch me
       They preach and yell
       And fight all night
       You can't tell me
       I lose my head
       I close my eyes
       They won't touch me
       'Cause I got somethin'
       I been buildin' up inside
       I'm already gone

     They're out ta get me
       They won't catch me
       I'm fuckin' innocent
       They won't break me


     Some people got a chip on their shoulder
       An some would say it was me
       But I didn't buy that fifth of whiskey
       That you gave me
       So I'd be quick to disagree

     They out ta get me
       They won't catch me
       I'm innocent
       So you can
       Suck me
       Take that one to heart


Quotes:
The cops busted down our door one night looking for Axl. They wanted him to answer what turned out to be a bogus rape charge. [...] Axl didn't do the crime (or time), but the incident inspired a great song, 'Out To Get Me,' which we quickly added to our sets in early 1986. You can hear the depth of our collective anguish in that song, shitting ourselves that the record labels might get wind of the situation and break off their courtship: "You can't catch me, I'm fucking innocent!" [Duff's autobiography, "It's So Easy", 2011, p. 110]
This is a brand new one. I wanna dedicate this to the LAPD and any young girl who likes to fuck around! [The Troubadour, Los Angeles, USA; February 28, 1986]
Are you people ready to forget why you do what the fuck they tell you to? This is called 'They're Out To Get Me' [Fender's Ballroom, Los Angeles, USA; March 21, 1986]
I don't like to repeat the same raps too often but my roadies get mad if I don't tell you a story. We got busted coming into Canada and Skippy the Dog found a joint on the bus, so they held us for a pretty long time. And it only convinced me that I just fucking hate cops. This is a song right to you [?] assholes, called out ta get me [Open Air Theatre, San Diego, USA; September 4, 1987]
Now last night, what happened was, five guys in suits decided in the Hyatt Regency Hotel that we were scumbags. They were right, we are scumbags, But that doesn't mean we're gonna take their shit. So, first off this guy grabs me and calls me Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi can suck my dick. Second off he tried to hit me, that's when Steven cracked him in the head with his cast. [...] You never try to hit one of the family. Then another guy tried to hit me [...]. And after that they kicked us out of the bar and the same five guys holding ice bags on their heads blocked us off in the hallway and called us out away. He knocked the same motherfucker out twice. After that the cops came and started arresting people who weren't even involved in the fight! Because they have typical cop mentality. The reason I went to jail was because this real big fucking cop told this 17 year old girl who they were trying to arrest her boyfriend and she was upset, that if she didn't shut her fucking mouth he'd kick her fucking ass and that she was a stupid bitch. Pretty low, right, for a big fucker? And then he went to hit her, and so, to distract him I told him to fuck off. This guy chased me for about 20 feet and threw me ten feet [?] into the bar. I wasn't een fighting and it took 5 fucking assholes to hold me down. People wonder what we write our songs about. I think you can get the general idea when we write a song like...out to get me! [Dane County Coliseum, USA, December 19, 1987]
Last night I got into a little hassle at the Cathouse [?]...with this singer in another band who has a problem, I won't tell you his name, but he is one of these people who think he is a rock star. That kind of thinking is a fucking croc of shit! I mean, I lived on this fucking streets for about 7 fucking years and I am telling you, I am just like you! That's all there's to it. You don't need this ego bullshit. They make a bad name for people who try to fucking do their job and do what they like. They can fuck it up for everybody else. That's the kinda people, man, they're just as good as the people that fucking tell you how long you can wear your hair, what you should wear, and what you should do and what kind of job you should have! They all should get in a fucking room [?] and blow them straight to hell, as far as I am concerned! These kind of people make me feel that someone out there is out...to...GET...ME! [Perkins Palace, USA, December 30, 1987]
The lyrics are saying 'I've always been in trouble but I'm still handling it.' Like every time you turn around, someone is trying to screw you over financially, or the cops are banging on your door and you didn't do anything. It's just being railroaded into something and trying to get out from underneath it. You know - parents, teachers, preachers... everybody. The last verse Slash and I put together as a joke 'cause we were talking about how we get in fights sometimes, and how some people get pissed off that you're drunk. But they're the ones that bought the bottle of whiskey to get you drunk on. Some people say I got a chip on my shoulder. (...) We had that one as one of our opening numbers for a while because we were headed to a Roxy show and got pulled over by four cops. They picked up a bag off the street; said we threw it out the window and there were drugs in it. There were no drugs in it and they were just trying to hassle us, saying our advance money in our pockets was drug money. They searched everything, pushed us around, and we were late for a show [Geffen Press Kit, 1987]
We wanna dedicate this song to the people who try to hold us back, the people who tell you how to live, people who tell you how to dress, people who tell you how to talk, people who tell you what you can say and what you can't say. I personally don't need that! Those are the kind of people that will get me down, they make me feel like, somebody, somebody out there, is OUT TA GET ME! [The Ritz, February 2, 1988]
The lyrics are saying 'I've always been in trouble but I'm still handling it.' Like every time you turn around, someone is trying to screw you over financially, or the cops are banging on your door and you didn't do anything [Hit Parader, March, 1988]
I know a big rock star right now who buys all the fucking booze and then drinks it all up and he gets fucking irate. 'Out Ta Get Me' is Guns N' Roses' big anarchy statement. (...) It's kinda hard to explain this so people can understand it. We were one of the most opposed bands. We had opposition from everywhere, the whole fucking time. Still do. It's not as bad now 'cause we're signed and some people like the shit we do. But we started out with so many people from so many different directions trying to lash out at us. And trying to say don't let them in here, and don't let them do this, and don't let them do that, and watch them, and this and that and the other [An Interview With The Gunners, Hit Parader - March 1988]
Talking about the period after the 'Hell Tour' to Seattle: [Nicky Beat] had a rehearsal studio in his house in Silverlake where we'd go, set up our gear, and jam, and that is where the whole band really came together. Izzy had something called 'Think About You' that we liked, and we revisited 'Don't Cry,' which was the first song I'd ever worked on with Izzy, Izzy had another riff for a song called 'Out Ta Get Me' that clicked with me immediately when I first heard it - we had that one done in no time ["Slash", 2007]
A lot of our earlier songs came to us almost too easy. 'Out Ta Get Me' came to be in an afternoon, even faster than 'Jungle.' Izzy showed up with the riff and the basic idea for the song and the second he played it, the notes hit my ear and inspired me. That one happened so quickly, I think that even the most complicated section - the dual guitar parts - were written in under twenty minutes ["Slash", 2007]
It started with that intro like, which was Izzy's, and I remember hearing it and going, "That's awesome!" The way the song sounds on record is exactly how it sounded in my head from the second I heard that riff. Izzy's stuff was always easy to expand upon. He would always have a classic line that you could make into some humongous riff. We just ripped into that lead line [Back to the Jungle, Guitar Edge Magazine, March 2007]
There was a riff that came from Izzy on 'Appetite,' and it became Out Ta Get Me. He played it off the cuff one day, and I picked up on it right away. It was that kind of inspiration between the five of us that would make songs come together. [Leslie West interviews Slash, August 2017]

'Out Ta Get Me' performed live at The Ritz, February 2, 1988:



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Post by Soulmonster on Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:33 pm

I will be adding more live intros/rants to Out To Get Me in the coming weeks. They...are...great!
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