I'll never be your beast of burden
My back is broad but it's a-hurting
All I want for you to make love to me
I'll never be your beast of burden
I've walked for miles, my feet are hurting
All I want for you to make love to me

Am I hard enough?
Am I rough enough?
Am I rich enough?
I'm not too blind to see

I'll never be your beast of burden
So let's go home and draw the curtains
Music on the radio
Come on baby make sweet love to me

Am I hard enough?
Am I rough enough?
Am I rich enough?
I'm not too blind to see

Oh, little sister
Pretty, pretty, pretty girls
Ooh, you're a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty girl
Pretty, pretty, such a pretty, pretty, pretty girl
Come on, baby, please, please, please

I'll tell ya
You can put me out
On the street
Put me out
With no shoes on my feet
But put me out, put me out
Put me out of misery, yeah

All your sickness, I can suck it up
Throw it all at me
I can shrug it off
There's one thing, baby
I don't understand
You keep on telling me
I ain't your kind of man

Ain't I rough enough? Ooh, honey
Ain't I tough enough?
Ain't I rich enough? In love enough?
Ooh, please

I'll never be your beast of burden
I'll never be your beast of burden
Never, never, never, never, never, never, never be

I'll never be your beast of burden
I've walked for miles, my feet are hurting
All I want is you to make love to me
Yeah

I don't need no beast of burden
I need no fussing
I need no nursing
Never, never, never, never, never, never, never be


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Beast of Burden Lyrics as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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  • +12
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    When I was young, I thought Mick was singing "I'll never leave your pizza burning." Now, if he'd just said that, and if I were the girl, I'd be with him in a heartbeat.

    Ana Byrdon April 23, 2004   Link
  • +7
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    i mean, how is this song so perfect? it's one of those songs that was in your head before you ever even heard it. it's just so.......just so.

    lannymadon October 17, 2002   Link
  • +7
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    He's lying when he says he'll never be her beast of burden. He'll do anything, anything, so she'll make love to him and be his. She can throw him out and treat him bad, as long as she puts him out of his misery (ie has sex with him). He's so enthralled that he can't even keep up a modicum of self-respect.

    darnheckshooton November 24, 2004   Link
  • +3
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    this song is great. how the hell did they make such a great song it sounds so perfect man. the guitars are matched up perfectly the sounds so right

    heyjude55on April 03, 2006   Link
  • +2
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    great song....one of their best and always makes you think about the one you want so bad but just can't have at the moment.....i like it though because it isn't one of those sappy love songs about someone ignoring you.....he is very optimistic as he sings it.

    DancingHippieon June 23, 2003   Link
  • +2
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    I believe this was actually written by Keith about Anita Pallenberg, he was sick of her games and he just wanted to make love to her.

    "Saying shit to get laid" is the dumbest thing I have ever heard, you completely missed the point of the song, its the opposite of that. He's through "saying shit to get laid", he's not trying to decieve her, he's just straight forward asking her to make love to him, that's it.

    tootsveganon September 18, 2005   Link
  • +2
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    He's TRYING to convince her (and even himself) that he WON'T be her beast of burden anymore, but it's not true. He will do anything for her, even though she treats him poorly, just to be with her.

    cherujon January 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    one of those songs that makes you forget to breath

    RAin_fULon September 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    Its a BEAUTIFUL song. I agree with darnheckshoot. He said he won't be her beast of burden but he will do anything for her. It's like when you say something, and you mean it but deep inside you know it's not true, you know you cant help it.

    flower_girlon November 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    My sister likes to sing "big suburban" rather than Beast of Burden.

    Anyway, I think, like some people said, he's getting a little frusterated with how things are with this girl. So now he's saying he's not gonna be her beast of burden- a very clear image, even if it could mean a number of things- though he probably will, in the end. He's just being more frank at the moment. And he probably does care about her, too. Like I say, he's frusterated in this song- in several ways.

    TheSilverNobleon November 19, 2006   Link

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