Back Off Bitch


Title: Back Off Bitch
On Album: Use Your Illusion I
Running Time: 5:01
Produced by: Mike Clink & Guns N' Roses

Engineered by: Mike Clink
Mixed by: Bill Price

Audio: N/A


Single
: No
Video
: No
Drums: Matt
Bass: Duff
Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Slash
Rhythm and Lead Guitars: Izzy
Vocals: Axl
Background Vocals: Slash, Duff


Written by: "Back Off Bitch" was written by Axl, Paul Tobias, Chris Weber and Slash. Tobias wrote most of the music, while Weber contributed to the song while playing in Hollywood Rose. Slash must've added something to the song after GnR was formed. The lyrics are written by Axl.
Written in
: "Back Off Bitch" was written in or before 1981.

Written about
: Axl's grandmother, Anna Lindtner.
Lyrics
Oh baby, pretty baby
Oh honey, you let me down honey
I ain't playin' childhood games no more
I said it's time for me to even the score
So stake your claim,
Your claim to fame
But baby call another name
When you feel the fire,
And taste the flame

Back off, back off bitch
Down in the gutter dyin' in the ditch
You better back off, back off bitch
Face of an angel with the love of a witch
Back off, back off bitch
Back off, back off bitch

Makin' love
Cheap heartbreaker, broken backed,
Nasty ballbreaker, stay out of my bed, outta my head
If it's lovin' you,
I'm better off dead

Back off, back off bitch
Down in the gutter dyin' in the ditch
You better back off, back off bitch
Face of an angel with the love of a witch
Back off, back off bitch
Back off, back off bitch

Emotions ripped, gone on a binge
Life lipped, I said you're off the hinge
Tellin' lies of such fame and glory
I don't even wanna hear your story

Back off, back off bitch
Down in the gutter dyin' in the ditch
You better back off, back off bitch
Face of an angel with the love of a witch
Back off, back off bitch
It's such a pity that you're such a bitch

Back off, back off bitch
It's time to burn-burn the witch
Back off, back off bitch
Back off, back off bitch
Back off, back off bitch
Bitch
Bitch
Bitch
Bitch
Hey wha'd'ya think he's tryin' to say there, anyway?
I think it's something each person's supposed to take in their own special way
Fucking bitch
Live Performances

"Back Off Bitch" was played live in the early years, and at least once during the "Use Your Illusion" tour.

Notable Performances:
January 18, 1986 - Hollywood, CA - The first known performance of the song.
June 7, 1991 - Toronto, Canada - Rare performance of "Back Off Bitch".

In Their Own Words
Axl: "Back off Bitch" was written in like 1982.

Axl: "Back Off Bitch" is a ten-year-old song. I've been doing a lot of work and found out I've had a lot of hatred for women. Basically, I've been rejected by my mother since I was a baby. She's picked my stepfather over me ever since he was around and watched me get beaten by him. She stood back most of the time. Unless it got too bad, and then she'd come and hold you afterward. She wasn't there for me. My grandmother had a problem with men. I've gone back and done the work and found out I overheard my grandma going off on men when I was four. And I've had problems with my own masculinity because of that. I was pissed off at my grandmother for her problem with men and how it made me feel about being a man. So I wrote about my feelings in the songs.

Chris Weber: Song titles live were: "Killing Time", "Shadow of your love", "Hollywood Girls", "Anything Goes" , "Beat on my Head", "Back off Bitch", "International Boys", "That Something", "Rocker", "Cold Hard Cash" and "Rock and Roll Rose".