Get Off Of My Cloud (The Rolling Stones)

6 JANUARY 1966


The Rolling Stones' single ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’ was still in the UK Top 30. One of my favourite Stones' tracks, mainly because of the excellent rapid-fire drumming, but apparently Keith Richards never thought much of this song, which he felt was rushed out as a follow-up to the classic hit 'Satisfaction'.

Lyrically, it was a typically negative (for the time) Stones' song, and Jagger said that ‘It's a stop-bugging-me, post-teenage-alienation song. The grown-up world was a very ordered society in the early '60s, and I was coming out of it. America was even more ordered than anywhere else. I found it was a very restrictive society in thought and behavior and dress.’

The video performance shown above is from 1965.

B-side: 'I'm Free' (US), 'The Singer Not the Song' (UK)
Recorded: 6–7 September 1965, RCA Studios, Hollywood
Released: 25 September 1965 (US), 22 October 1965 (UK)
Highest chart positions: #1 in UK and US
Length: 2:55
Label: Decca F12263; London 45-LON 9792
Writers: Jagger/Richards
Producer: Andrew Loog Oldham

Get Off My Cloud (Rolling Stones)

'I live in an apartment on the ninety-ninth floor of my block
And I sit at home looking out the window
Imagining the world has stopped
Then in flies a guy who's all dressed up like a Union Jack
And says, I've won five pounds if I have his kind of detergent pack
I said, Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Don't hang around 'cause two's a crowd
On my cloud, baby

The telephone is ringing
I say, "Hi, it's me. Who is it there on the line?"
A voice says, "Hi, hello, how are you?"
Well, I guess I'm doin' fine
He says, "It's three a.m., there's too much noise
Don't you people ever wanna go to bed?
Just 'cause you feel so good, do you have
To drive me out of my head?"
I said, Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Don't hang around 'cause two's a crowd
On my cloud baby

I was sick and tired, fed up with this
And decided to take a drive downtown
It was so very quiet and peaceful
There was nobody, not a soul around
I laid myself out, I was so tired and I started to dream
In the morning the parking tickets were just like
A flag stuck on my window screen
I said, Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Don't hang around 'cause two's a crowd
On my cloud

Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Don't hang around, baby, two's a crowd'