"Chinese Rock" as written by Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone....
Somebody calls me on the phone
Say "hey-hey, is Artie home?
You want to take a walk
You want to go cop
You want to go get some Chinese Rock?"

I'm livin' on a Chinese Rock
All my best things are in hock
I'm livin' on a Chinese rock
Everything is in the pawn shop

The plaster fallin' of the wall
My girlfriend cryin' in the shower stall
It's hot as a bitch
I should've been rich
But I'm just diggin' a Chinese ditch

I'm livin' on a Chinese Rock
All my best things are in hock
I'm livin' on a Chinese rock
Everything is in the pawn shop

The plaster fallin' of the wall
My girlfriend cryin' in the shower stall
It's hot as a bitch
I should've been rich
But I'm just diggin' a Chinese ditch

I'm livin' on a Chinese Rock
All my best things are in hock
I'm livin' on a Chinese rock
Everything is in the pawn shop

I'm livin' on a Chinese Rock
I'm livin' on a Chinese Rock
I'm livin' on a Chinese rock
I'm livin' on a Chinese Rock


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"Chinese Rock" as written by Douglas Colvin Dee Dee Ramone

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  • +2
    General CommentArty is a reference to Arturo Vega, just thought I'd throw that out there. Also what happened was Dee Dee and Richard Hell wrote it, Dee Dee took it home and showed it to the rest of the guys, but they refused to play it because it was about drugs
    pogue mahoneon February 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually is wasn't written by Johnny Thunders at all. Most of it was written by Dee Dee Ramone, another 2 verses was written by Richard Hell who was, of course, also in the Heartbreakers and also a junkie.
    speraticalon March 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWritten by DEE DEE and JOHNNY THUNDERS (Johnny Thunders and Heartbreakers) its all about being hooked on Chinese Rock (HEROIN) and the bull that heroine abuse and addiction brings to ones life and how it screws you up. The Johnny Thunders version to me is much better, mor raw and he was a bigger junkie so more feeling in it.
    HEWMROCK2on March 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentya "speratical" is right. its richard and dee dee who wrote it. then richard hell left the heartbreakers and johny thunders still recorded it and so everyone thought it was a heartbrekers song which wasnt too good for dee dee, hating johnny and all.

    hahah it scares me i know all this but i swear its true., its not some shit i read in a magazine or anything. its from a great book:
    Please Kill Me (the Uncencored Oral History of Punk) -Legs McNeil
    disco_blows_dogs_on March 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentah, this song makes me sad. its even more sad when sid vicious does a cover of it... the whole verse "the plaster fallin off the wall..." is so appropriate for him. deedee ramone was a lyrical genius.
    XOoviciousoOXon June 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it was Marky that said it was Dee Dee who wrote it, and Johnny Thunders was just in the room at the time. The Ramones played it, didn't like it and gave it to Johnny. When Phil Spector got with them for End of the Century, it made sense to record it again, and it turned out great.
    87thon November 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read please kill me, everybody who likes the ramones should definately pick up a copy
    pogue mahoneon February 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHeroin
    Burtoniteon December 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the ramones version is faster than the heartbreakers version and less 'drawly', haha.
    jackiecurtison February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy is it called "chinese rock" heroine if it was in New York?
    impaKton August 23, 2006   Link

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