"I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone" as written by and Corin Lisa Tucker Carrie Rachel Brownstein....
It's fine when it's all mine
It's on my wall, it's in my head
Memorize it 'til I'm dead
It's yours now I'm so bored

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I wanna be your Joey Ramone
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Pictures of me on your bedroom door
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Invite you back after the show
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I'm the queen of rock and roll

I just don't care
Are you that scared?
I swear they're looking right at me
Push to the front so I can see
It's what I thought
It's rock and roll

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I wanna be your Thurston Moore
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Wrestle on the bedroom floor
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Always leave you wanting more
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Throw away those old records

Go downtown
Put on your best frown
Give me a chance
I know I can dance

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I wanna be your Joey Ramone
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Pictures of me on your bedroom door
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Invite you back after the show
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I'm the queen of rock and roll


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  • +1
    General CommentTo me, this song might be just a plea for fame. She wants to be as famous as Joey, or Thurston; she wants to be everyone's rock and roll fantasy. Either that or she wishes that she could be as famous as the boys--her gender limits her.
    iheartnitzon April 21, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know it's probably a social critique, but I like to think of it as being about a gay/bi girl wanting to be worshipped by straight girls the way some guys are.
    mockingsmileon April 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song.
    It's about how she's got as much talent as the male rock icons, but she's not recognized because she's a female.
    While my interpretations may have made her sound conceited, it's not like that; it's just a comment on the social gender boundaries in the music industry--especially since this is from one of their earlier albums (my personal favorite one) and was during the peak of the Riot Grrrl movement.
    lixie13on January 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe wants to mean as much to him as Joey Ramone does. I don't think this kind of situation has ever been covered in any pop song ever (ever).
    The screaming bits sound like a donkey being stabbed (copyright 1991).
    wombat99on August 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think this song goes as deep as their other ones do. I mean, it's ironic to look back on now because they wrote it before they got to be well-known, so it's kind of funny in that aspect. In general, though, I agree with the other comments but just think that this song needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
    StephNJon May 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I don't hate it.
    xrachiexon June 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard that this one is just about wrestling on the floor. that sounds dumb to me but its one of their semi-early songs so... bleh.
    shwaydayon October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo I think iheartnitz is right. She wishes to be as famous and well loved as male rock stars, but her gender limits her.
    have2mintson August 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. and i love joey ramone. i think she wants to be someone's joey ramone because joey was important to her.

    the top two comments i agree with as well.
    zerosandoneson February 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it encompasses what this particular record is all about--being really loud and forbidding and impenetrable like Thurston Moore while also being really melodic and lovable and inviting like Joey Ramone. That seems simplistic maybe but she wants it both ways, and Call the Doctor is good to such a degree that she gets it both ways.
    kcinlett2002on June 14, 2006   Link

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