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Guns N' Roses - Mr. Brownstone



The lyrics make a clear reference to the tolerance that the drug causes: "I used to do a little, but a little wouldn't do it, so the little got more and more." They wrote the lyrics on the back of a grocery bag and brought it to Axl Rose. Slash said the lyrics describe a typical day in the life of Slash and Stradlin. He also states that it was the first song the band wrote after being signed by Geffen Records.

Axl Rose mentions how the band would take heroin before performing at concerts. "The show usually starts around 7, we go on stage around 9" means they were two hours late for the show because of the drug. Later he sings: "Now I get up around whenever, I used to get up on time," meaning he doesn't care anymore about it, he's so obsessed with heroin.


Lyrics


I get up around seven

Get out of bed around nine

And I don't worry about nothing, no

Because worrying's a waste of my time

The show usually starts around seven

We go on stage around nine

Get on the bus about eleven

Sippin' a drink and feelin' fine


We've been dancing with Mister Brownstone

He's been knocking, he won't leave me alone!

No, no, no, he won't leave me alone


I used to do a little but a little wouldn't do it

So the little got more and more

I just keep tryna get a little better

Said the little better than before

I used to do a little but a little wouldn't do it

So the little got more and more

I just keep tryna get a little better

Said the little better than before


We've been dancing with Mister Brownstone

He's been knocking, he won't leave me alone!

No, no, no, he won't leave me alone


Now, I get up around whenever

I used to get up on time

But that old man he's a real motherfucker

Gonna kick him on down the line


I used to do a little but a little wouldn't do it

So the little got more and more

I just keep tryna get a little better

Said the little better than before

I used to do a little but a little wouldn't do it

So the little got more and more

I just keep tryna get a little better

Said the little better than before


We've been dancing with Mister Brownstone

He's been knocking, he won't leave me alone

No, no, no, he won't leave me alone

Oh, leave me alone


Stuck it in the middle and I shot it in the middle

And it, it drove outta my mind

I should've known better, said I wish I never met her

Said I leave it all–behind

Yowsa!

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