"Rats In The Cellar" as written by and Joe Perry Steven Tyler....
Goin' under, rats in the cellar
Goin' under, skin's turnin' yellow
Nose is runny, losin' my connection
Losin' money, getting no affection

New York City blues
East side, West side lose
Throw me in the slam
Catch me if you can
Believe
That you're wearing
Tearing me apart

Safe complaining, 'cause everything's rotten
Go insanin', and ain't a thing forgotten
Feelin' cozy, rats in the cellar
Cheeks are rosy, skin's turning yellow
Loose and soggy, lookin' mighty lazy
Super party, pushin up a-daisies

New York City schools
East side, west side lose
Throw me in the slam
Catch me if you can
Believe
That you're wearing
Tearing me apart

New York City blues
East side, West side lose
Throw me in the slam
Catch me if you can
Believe
That you're wearing
Tearing me apart


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"Rats in the Cellar" as written by Steven Victor Tallarico Joe Perry

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    General CommentSounds like drug addiction
    BobbyjointRitualon March 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWritten as Tom Hamilton describes it, "taking this thing the Yardbirds created, and making it balls to the wall", it was also conceived as a counterpart to Toys In The Attic.
    wolfman6on August 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment37 years after its release, I never thought of the counterpoint connection to Toy's in the Attic. Makes sense. I find it even more intriguing. A fav from one of the great rock albums of all time.
    CandyOon February 11, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti love the duality in the second verse. the first couple of lines, he is talking about complaining. He remembers every dumb move, he's pulled at parties, but the he get's rats in the cellar (drugs of course) then hes "feelin' cosy". By the way, I am pretty sure, the last line goes: soon my body will be pushin' up the daisies. makes more sense too. :)
    peterlangon December 23, 2013   Link

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