Get Off My Cloud

25 Sep

Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album December’s Children (And Everybody’s)
B-side I’m Free” (US)
The Singer Not the Song” (UK)
Released 25 September 1965 (US)
22 October 1965 (UK)
Format 7″ single
Recorded 6–7 September 1965, RCA Studios, Hollywood

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was recorded in early September 1965. The song is noted for its drum intro by Charlie Watts and twin guitars by Brian Jones and Keith Richards.[2] The lyrics are defiant and rebellious, which was common practice for the Rolling Stones around that time; they were beginning to cultivate their infamous “bad boy” image. The Stones have said that the song is written as a reaction to their sudden popularity after the success of “Satisfaction”. The song deals with their aversion to people’s expectations of them.

In the 2003 book According to… The Rolling Stones, Richards says: “‘Get off of My Cloud’ was basically a response to people knocking on our door asking us for the follow-up to ‘Satisfaction’… We thought, ‘At last. We can sit back and maybe think about events.’ Suddenly there’s the knock at the door and of course what came out of that was ‘Get off of My Cloud’.

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