"Under My Thumb" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
Under my thumb
The girl who once had me down
Under my thumb
The girl who once pushed me around

It's down to me
The difference in the clothes she wears
Down to me, the change has come,
She's under my thumb

Ain't it the truth babe?

Under my thumb
The squirmin' dog who's just had her day
Under my thumb
A girl who has just changed her ways

It's down to me, yes it is
The way she does just what she's told
Down to me, the change has come
She's under my thumb
Ah, ah, say it's alright

Under my thumb
A Siamese cat of a girl
Under my thumb
She's the sweetest, hmmm, pet in the world

It's down to me
The way she talks when she's spoken to
Down to me, the change has come,
She's under my thumb
Ah, take it easy babe
Yeah

It's down to me, oh yeah
The way she talks when she's spoken to
Down to me, the change has come,
She's under my thumb
Yeah, it feels alright

Under my thumb
Her eyes are just kept to herself
Under my thumb, well I
I can still look at someone else

It's down to me, oh that's what I said
The way she talks when she's spoken to
Down to me, the change has come,
She's under my thumb
Say, it's alright.

Say it's all
Say it's all

Take it easy babe
Take it easy babe
Feels alright
Take it, take it easy babe.


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"Under My Thumb" as written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

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  • +7
    My OpinionI can see why some would find it offensive, after all, he's singing about making this girl submissive so he can live his life his own way without having her nag him constantly. Jagger is telling her to be his bitch essentially. It doesn't take a feminist to see that this song is super misogynistic. But that doesn't mean it's not catchy as fuck.
    bkennedyon April 06, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit means he's got her whipped to do what he says, so probably not to good of a thing
    spliphstaron March 25, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Commentseems to me it's like this:

    boy likes girl, but she rejects him. once he stops, she suddenly realizes that she likes him back. so now he feels he can do what he likes with her, cause now she'll do anything for him.
    kenbaon October 04, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentRight, one more thing.
    About the last part of your comment.
    You'd think that the girl would be insulted and embarassed, not complimented, because it's not just him sitting back and laughing at her, it's him telling millions of people how he's taking advantage of you, and you're just going along with it.
    feedyourheadon July 26, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentminero, you've said everything I wanted to say. Thanks! But, I'll say it all again, anyway.

    This blues-rock, xylophone-accompanied ditty is absolutely perfect. Mick Jagger's delivery is so unapologetic. Really a great example of why the Stones are of the most respected rockers ever.

    Classic!
    twollamaloveon June 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSongs like "under my thumb," "yesterday's papers," and "stupid girl" are full of misleading, gender stereotyped, partiarchal bull shit and unfortunately a catchy melody and "perfect" delivery only perpetuate these things in society.
    nectarytomatoon June 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI appreciate satire, but this song never sounded satirical to me (the more so when you consider some other, similar Stones lyrics). It definitely sounds gloating. Even if the girl had abused him first, the healthy response would be to repair the relationship to one of mutual respect (which is a feature of healthy M/s relationships too, btw), or else put her behind him. "Turning the tables" on abuse just perpetuates the pathology. Even if it were intended as satire, I'm sure many would hear it as validation of their uglier impulses.

    I personally dislike this song so much that I've recorded other music over it both places it appears in my Stones tapes.
    strippy6on October 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a song about a relationship based on hate and control instead of love. The singer has an obvious, palpable disdain for his partner, and possibly for all women. It really speaks to the times and should be a wake up call for anyone who thinks this time period was a bastion of equality, peace, and love.
    TFYFWYAon February 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentListened to these lyrics closely for the first time recently. Ashamed to say I enjoyed or supported and even attended Stones concert now. Clearly advocating emotional and physical abuse. With "injury by a male partner" being the number one cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44, with 1 of 3 women experience partner abuse at any given time, with men receiving stiffer sentences for abusing strangers than their own partners, it is time to say this is not socially acceptable, AT ALL. That extends to not supporting viewpoints like these, no matter how great the beat or melody. Ive been a fan, but I'll be thinking differently on it now. Partner abuse is not joke. And "looking the other way" is as good as condoning it, saying it's ok. Do you realize that it is only as recently as 1990 that we are SEMI-routinely even ENFORCING partner abuse laws in our country? Be part of the solution, not the problem.
    tiffgilberton February 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat many people fail to read in these lyrics is the lyrics at the beginning of the song which are:
    "Under my thumb
    The girl who once had me down
    Under my thumb
    The girl who once pushed me around."

    I am a male who is an advocate for abused women either physically, mentally, or both. There is never a time when any type of abuse is acceptable. Mick Jagger said in a 1998 interview that this song was written as a joke in response to a female that he dated at one time that as the beginning of the song states "Once had him down, once pushed him around" so he wrote the song as if the shoe was on the other foot but it was a joke and it never happened.
    People that take this song to serious don't realize the fact's for one and two, are looking for something to bash anyone about regarding anti-feminism lyrics, etc. You could do that with just about any song by any band, by a male singer or a female singer. It's all in what you want to take from a song and how far you want to take it. Are they role models? No, and I don't think the Stones ever pretended to be.
    What I find ironic is when a male writes a song like this it is viewed as a song that condones abuse, etc. When a woman writes a song like this most times she is held in high regards for finally breaking free from the cycle of abuse and so on. As I mentioned I am a male and I was in an abusive relationship for nearly 7 years both physical and mental but I was the one who was abused. So that goes both ways but of course woman are the ones abused more often than men, but when a man admits he's been abused he takes a lot of flack from friends, etc. and little support is available for him.
    My point is if you don't like a song you don't have to listen to it. Make sure you know what it's about and why it was written. And enjoy music, it's a great escape.




    The song "Under My Thumb" by The Rolling Stones first of all was written as a joke or tounge and cheek and that's coming from Mick Jagger himself.
    1sty2000on August 10, 2012   Link

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