"Bitch" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
Feeling so tired, can't understand it
Just had a fortnight's sleep
I'm feeling so tired, I'm so distracted
Ain't touched a thing all week

I'm feeling drunk, juiced up and sloppy
Ain't touched a drink all night
I'm feeling hungry, can't see the reason
Just ate a horse meat pie

Yeah when you call my name
I salivate like a Pavlov dog
Yeah when you lay me out
My heart is beating louder than a big bass drum, alright

Yeah, you got to mix it child
You got to fix it must be love
It's a bitch, yeah
You got to mix it child
You got to fix it but love
It's a bitch, alright

Sometimes I'm sexy, move like a stud
Like kicking the stall all night
Sometimes I'm so shy, got to be worked on
Don't have no bark or bite, alright

Yeah when you call my name
I salivate like a Pavlov dog
Yeah when you lay me out
My heart is bumpin' louder than a big bass drum, alright

I said hey, yeah I feel alright now
Got to be a
Hey, I feel alright now
Hey hey hey
Hey hey yeah
Hey hey hey
Hey hey yeah
Hey hey hey
Hey hey yeah
Hey hey hey
Hey hey yeah
Hey hey hey


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"Bitch" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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  • +3
    General CommentThis is a glorious, dirty rocker from the stones. The well-up-in-the-mix horns are great too!
    Boss Manon July 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's also an awesome rocker by the Stones.
    Balleron March 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of the best straight-ahead rock 'n roll songs ever. I'm glad to see what the lyrics are in some places, 'cause as with several Stones songs they're kind of muddled to my ears just from listening to the recording. On this one in particular I had not figured out that Jagger was singing "Pavlov dog."

    However, I do think the second line isn't "just had a fortnight's sleep," but "just had a full night's sleep." Could be wrong, but doesn't that make more sense?
    greendreameron February 08, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt's about H...pretty straightforward...
    jimm139645on July 23, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningHi, kids. Since this is one of my favorite and, arguably, one of the most underrated Stones songs, I felt compelled to create an account just to clear the record on this song.

    This song is about heroin. Period. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. It’s not about a girl, and it’s not about cocaine.

    ---

    Lyrics:

    “Feeling so tired, can't understand it, Just had a fortnight's sleep” ---meaning: Heroin puts you to sleep, often for a very long time.

    “I'm feeling so tired, I'm so distracted, Ain't touched a thing all week” ---meaning: heroin use causes disjointed thoughts and short-term memory loss.

    I'm feeling drunk, juiced up and sloppy, Ain't touched a drink all night ---meaning: heroin use causes one to slur his/her speech, even though they’re not “drunk.”

    I'm feeling hungry, can't see the reason, Just ate a horse meat pie ---meaning: “Horse” is street slang for heroin.

    Yeah when you call my name, I salivate like a Pavlov dog ---meaning: Ivan Pavlov is the father of classical conditioning. He discovered that he could condition dogs to salivate with the ring of a bell, once they associated that sound with food. In the song, Jagger uses this as a metaphor to describe how he feels when he needs to fix.

    Yeah when you lay me out, My heart is beating louder than a big bass drum, alright ---meaning: heroin literally “lays you out.” He’s excited to get his fix.

    Yeah, you got to mix it child, You got to fix ---meaning: you literally need to mix heroin before drawing it into the needle.

    it must be love, It's a bitch ---meaning: it’s a “double-edged sword.” Some authors claim this song is using heroin as a metaphor for love, but they have it backwards. The song clearly uses love as a metaphor for heroin!

    Sometimes I'm sexy, move like a stud, Like kicking the stall all night (meaning: This lyric has multiple layers. Heroin causes short-term euphoria (sometimes I’m sexy, move like a stud). Often, horses kick their stalls when bored or to get their owners’ attention to feed them. It’s a compulsive, addictive behavior in horses that Jagger uses to associate with getting a sex and/or drug fix. And, again, “horse” is slang for heroin, so the reference could not be clearer)

    Sometimes I'm so shy, got to be worked on, Don't have no bark or bite (meaning: heroin use can cause one to become socially withdrawn and literally avoid eye-contact with others).

    ---

    Additionally, it’s worth pointing out that the entire album makes various heroin/sex references, often juxtapositioning heroin use against love/sex. “Sticky Fingers” could be taken to mean sticky fingers from touching heroin (some types are sticky, such as “black tar” heroin), or it could have an obvious sexual meaning. “Brown Sugar,” another track from this album, also plays heroin use against sex. Some heroin is a brown powder, not unlike brown sugar (yes, “Brown Sugar” references sex with slaves, but taken in the context of the entire album, it’s clear that Mick/Keith were making a point about heroin use being like sex, and how they’re slaves to “brown sugar” in more ways than one).

    What a great piece of rock and roll and an epic, must-own album for any Stones fan.
    TumblingRockon July 30, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentright lyrics are:
    YA GOT TO MIX IT CHARLIE, YA GOT TO FIX IT, MUST BE LOVE
    ITS A BITCH, listen to them
    there is a line big bass drum, these lines are bout Charlie...
    Strahinja-BELGRADEon September 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI used to think he was saying something about Charlie having the sticks--eh i dunno. Thats not right and I have read that it's "child" not "Charlie". One thing though---"my heart starts beating like a big bass drum" is definetly wrong. It's --"my heart is beating louder than a big bass drum." It's a pretty clever song, one which the almighty Keith Richards saved when the rest of the band couldn't get it right.
    JumpyJackon November 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song much. Stones rule
    heyjude55on April 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always feel like I'm living through the early 70s whenever I listen to this song.
    spunkychickon October 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    MemoryBitch like cant u hear me knocking Is the glimmer twins most drug related era songs (album) .bitch has to do with fixing (cooking) heroin junkies will crawl through glass to get a fix .while love is addictive so is dope . Many junkies don't need sex !!!
    michael10706on January 03, 2014   Link

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