"I.R.S." as written by W. Axl Rose, Darren A. Reed and Paul H. Tobias....
Is it true
What they say of you

Gonna call the President
Gonna call a private eye
Gonna get the IRS
Gonna need the FBI

There's not anymore that I can do
All the reasons that you give
I follow you
So when you lead them in, that'll be the end of time it's true

Wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong
Wouldn't be the last I'm sure, I've known
With all the rumors I can tell
Some things didn't work so well

Well anyway, it feels the same

As when you first told me you were gone
So long ago but I still held on
Through all the emotions that I've had to take
And that's the truth, and here's the worst yet

Wouldn't even matter the things that I say
You've made your mind up and gone anyway
And there's no use now in dragging it on
Should've seen it coming all along

Well it's true, oh, I had
My doubts of you

Gonna call the President
Gonna call myself a private eye
Gonna need the IRS
Gonna get the FBI

Gonna make this a federal case
Gonna wave it right down in your face
Read it baby with your morning news
With a sweet hangover
And the headlines too, now

I bet you think I'm doing this all for my health
I should've looked again then at somebody else
Feelin' like I've done way more than wrong
Feelin' like I'm livin' inside of this song
Feelin' like I'm just too tired to care
Feelin' like I've done more than my share
Could've been the way that I carried on
Like a broken record for so long

And I do
Oh, oh
I'm gonna call the President
I'm gonna call a private eye
Gonna get the IRS
Gonna need myself the FBI

Oh, what shall I do?
If I gave my heart to you
It's such a crime you know it's true

Gonna call the president
Gonna need myself a private eye
Ooh, gonna need the IRS
Gonna get the FBI

Gonna make it a federal case
Gonna wave it right down in your face
Read it baby with your morning news
With the sweet hangover and the headlines too

There's not anymore that I can do

Lyrics submitted by GNFR-For-Life

"I.R.S." as written by William Rose Dizzy Reed

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  • +1
    General CommentI thought it was about his divorce and further lawsuits with his wife. I don't know if I read this somewhere or came to this conclusion myself, but when I read the lyrics they sound more relevant to this than to the band.
    Maybe it's about both?
    Raymileson March 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are obviously about a woman that was infidel to the writer. The lyrics are a bit over the top, maybe even ridiculous, but musically it's an awesome catchy song.
    pijon September 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best GN'R songs yet - including the old ones. It sounds like a "sequel" to You Could Be Mine.
    themovieaddicton December 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhere did you hear this, I can't find it anywhere.
    Haseque39on December 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI first nabbed it when it was leaked onto the 'net in 2004 and you could only get it on forums. Nowadays it's on Limewire, though. It's a New GN'R track that was originally played on Eddie Trunk's radio show in NYC in 2002 by Mike Piazza. Apparently someone gave Mike a tap with I.R.S. on it but after he played it for Trunk, GN'R managers called in and gave them a ceast and desist. Apparently, someone managed to record the song, anyway. It was put on the Internet last April, I think.
    themovieaddicton January 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYesterday Feb 15th 2006. A better quality demo version of I.R.S and the song Better was leaked onto various GNR Sites.

    After hearing the good quality verion I.R.S. It is one of the best rock songs I have heard since the early 1990s. And yes I can see your relation to You Could Be Mine.
    Ramsayon February 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a great song, but I'd say it's the weakest of the new songs that were leaked.
    jordanson June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat, great song... true rock... but I think it's one of the best new songs... "Better" being the best one, then "I.R.S."... "The Blues" is real good too. And plz, someone correct the lyrics and get the right ones.
    tempuseron June 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dnt care wot evry1 says i think theyr just obsessed with slash, new gnr r better
    minimacason December 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song.

    Seems to me it is about the breakup of the old band. Axl admits he wronged the others but it was too late by the time he realised it. Then he goes on to talk abut the lawsuits between the old band and him.
    Mechson June 02, 2007   Link

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