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Post by Soulmonster Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:29 pm

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PRETTY TIED UP
Album:
Use Your Illusion II, 1991, track no. 8.


Written by:
Izzy Stradlin.

Musicians:
Drums: Matt
Bass: Duff
Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Slash
Rhythm Guitar / Coral Sitar: Izzy
Piano: Dizzy
Vocals: Axl

Live performances:
'Pretty Tied Up' was played live for the first time on Maracana Stadium, Brazil, January 20, 1991. It was played a lot in '91 and at least two times in '92. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {PRETTYTIEDUPSONGS} times.
Lyrics:

I know this chick she lives down on Melrose
She ain't satisfied without some pain
Friday night is goin' up inside her...again
Well crack the whip
'Cause that bitch is just insane
I'm serious

She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
She's pretty tied up an you can ride her
She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
I can't tell you she's the right one
Oh no, oh no, oh no

Once there was this rock n' roll band
Rollin' on the streets
Time went by and it became a joke
We just needed more and more fulfilling-
Uh-huh Time went by and it all went up in smoke
But check it out

She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
She's pretty tied up an you can ride her
She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
Ohh I can't tell you she's the right one
Oh no, oh no, oh no

Once you made that money it costs more now
It might cost a lot more than you'd think
I just found a million dollars
That someone forgot
It's days like this that push me o'er the brinks
Cool and stressing
(Pronounced:Kool ranch dres'ing)

She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
She's pretty tied up an you can ride her
She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
And I can't tell you she's the right one
Oh she's the right one...(etc.)

(But I can tell you a thing or two
'Bout somethin' else
If you really wanna know-Know what I'm sayin')


Quotes regarding the song and its making:

My Mexican friend Tony took me to meet this woman named Margot at her house. She gave us some tequila or something and she goes in the bedroom and we walk in and there's this big fat naked guy with an onion in his mouth. He's wearing women's underwear and high heels and he's tied up with duct tape against the wall. Me and Tony were like, What the fuck is going on here? Cracking up laughing. She was this dominatrix chick. We sat around her living room for the rest of the afternoon, listening to records, and she'd go in the bedroom and do her thing. At the end of the day she turned him loose and he paid her all this money. She took us out to eat. There was this whole scene of dominatrix chicks who worked in the S&M clubs. They'd beat on guys and after work, they'd take a musician out to dinner, let you stay at their place sometimes.
Musician, 1992

We kept rehearsing, and once we'd gotten a few songs all together, we went over to Izzy's place on Valley Vista and Sepulveda in the Valley to do some writing and see where his head was (...) Axl showed up that day, and regardless we started working on a song that became 'Pretty Tied Up.' I remember that Izzy had taken a cymbal and a broomstick and some strings and had made a sitar out of it. Needless to say...Izzy was pretty fucking high.
Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York, p258

We did get some work done [while in Chicago in the summer of 1990]. We finished 'Civil War' and wrote 'Get In The Ring' and 'Pretty Tied Up,' to name a few.
Duff's autobiography, "It's So Easy", 2011, p. 151

I don't know [what my favorite GN'R song to play is], there's a load of songs I like. For many a year "My Michelle" was the song I loved to play the most, but towards the end of the Illusions tour my favorite was "Pretty Tied Up".
Popular 1, July 2000

Izzy Stradlin was for sure, one of the best rock and roll story tellers ever. I loved playing this song live even way before this record came out; crowds seemed to identify with the groove of "PTU."

[Introducing Pretty Tied Up] We've been accused of being misogynistic. But see, the song was based on an event where the guy was tied to the fucking ceiling. Not the girl, the guy. That just didn't look so good for us to sing about at the time (laughs) ... But writers... they know everything, right? (laughs)

You know, the line 'I just found a million dollars that someone forgot'... Well, basically, Izzy had been on an about three-week coke binge and somehow felt he was an accountant. So he may or may not have found an accounting error, but I just thought it sounded pretty fucking cool, that's all - odds are against him, I'll tell you that.

Pretty Tied Up was a song [Izzy] had a cassette of. And it was just this thing, and Slash and I, and Steve, I think, got that cassette. And we just kind of flipped it upside down. You know?



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[Introducing Pretty Tied Up] We've been accused of being misogynistic. But see, the song was based on an event where the guy was tied to the fucking ceiling. Not the girl, the guy. That just didn't look so good for us to sing about at the time (laughs) ... But writers... they know everything, right? (laughs)
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Post by Blackstar Sun Aug 27, 2023 4:54 am

You know, the line 'I just found a million dollars that someone forgot'... Well, basically, Izzy had been on an about three-week coke binge and somehow felt he was an accountant. So he may or may not have found an accounting error, but I just thought it sounded pretty fucking cool, that's all - odds are against him, I'll tell you that.
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Post by Soulmonster Wed Mar 13, 2024 10:33 am

Being asked who did the most song-writing for the Use Your Illusion records:

It's hard to say who does most of the songwriting, because when of the songs is done - especially on Illusions - everybody's had their hand on it. Pretty Tied Up was a song [Izzy] had a cassette of. And it was just this thing, and Slash and I, and Steve, I think, got that cassette. And we just kind of flipped it upside down. You know?
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