"Pretty Tied Up" as written by W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Duff Rose Mckagan and Izzy Stradlin....
(the perils of rock n' roll decadence)

I know this chick she lives down on Melrose
She ain't satisfied without some pain
Friday night is goin' up inside her...again
Well crack the whip
'Cause that bitch is just insane
I'm serious

She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
She's pretty tied up an you can ride her
She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
I can't tell you she's the right one
Oh no, oh no, oh no

Once there was this rock n' roll band
Rollin' on the streets
Time went by and it became a joke
We just needed more and more fulfilling... uh-huh
Time went by and it all went up in smoke
But check it out

She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
She's pretty tied up an you can ride her
She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
Ohh I can't tell you she's the right one
Oh no, oh no, oh no

Once you made that money it costs more now
It might cost a lot more than you'd think
I just found a million dollars
that someone forgot
It's days like this that push me o'er the brinks
Cool and stressing
[pronounced: cool ranch dres'ing]

She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
She's pretty tied up an you can ride her
She's pretty tied up hangin' upside down
And I can't tell you she's the right one
Oh she's the right one ...(etc.)

(but I can tell you a thing or two
'bout somethin' else
If you really want to know...know what I'm sayin')


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"Pretty Tied Up" as written by Izzy Stradlin (usa 2) Slash

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  • +2
    General Commentthis song is about a chick that was into bondage...that seems obvious. and apparently she charged more everytime.
    dwfp99on January 21, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think we can safely presume that bud was laughing at the irony of singing that they "became a joke line" in light of what then followed because for a band who are already a joke to say that they are isn't actually funny

    anyway, not all of this song was written about their pre-success days - the final verse makes reference to an alleged incident when a drug-addled Izzy was complaining that he was broke and then found a $900,000 Appetite royalty cheque that he'd forgotten to cash in his pocket

    also - its fairly obvious that only the first verse and chorus are about the girl - most people's comments seem to ignore half of the lyrics
    666 Internationalon May 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't get why everyone is so literal here... what actually happened/inspired the lyrics, and what it's actually about, are two very different things.

    This is in a way Stradlin's way of saying "I've had enough - I need to get out". He's taking the absurdity of the domniatrix event and mapping to the absurdity of rock 'n roll excess and what it's done to him and the band.

    "Time went by and it became a joke
    We just needed more and more fulfilling"

    If he wrote this while on heroin, it was probably around the time he decided he needed to clean. Which he did - and subsequently left the band.

    "Once you made that money it costs more now
    It might cost a lot more than you'd think"

    Definitely not a happy, joking thought here.

    "I just found a million dollars
    that someone forgot"

    Notice the 3rd person observation - he's making a distinction between his sober moment (the person who found the check) and drugged out self (the person who had lost it for months in a daze).

    "It's days like this that push me o'er the brinks"

    Days being moments of clarity where you realize you're in a bad place.
    thedude10on March 09, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd the song came true "Once there was this rock n' roll band
    Rollin' on the streets Time went by and it became a joke " lol
    michellew2kon October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about cheap sex with prostitutes that gets more and more expensive or about sadomasochistic sex, thus the name.
    Dominican Phenomon April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment" And the song came true "Once there was this rock n' roll band
    Rollin' on the streets Time went by and it became a joke " lol"

    Sorry Bud. That bit was written when GnR were Playing Shitty little Clubs in '96 and '95 when there were living off bread and cheap wine.

    No Pun (Maybe Just a little) But, It's Basicly The Perils of Rock N' Roll Decadence
    GunsNFnRoseson June 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^^^

    Sorry bud, but how could they be writing about something that was going on in 95-96 when the album was released in September of 91.

    YEAHHHH!

    By the way, Izzy Stradlin wrote that about GNR because of Axl taking over the band

    thats what it really means
    GNR1234on April 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbondage S&M babe
    paccyon September 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTrue story. Izzy tells about the S&M girl he knew who lived on Melrose. You have to interpret this? C'mon! Great song.
    ecstasy*of* goldon October 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about the early days of G'nr amd all of the stuff that happend to them
    spooner113on June 04, 2007   Link

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