Mr. Brownstone

Guns N' Roses

About Mr. Brownstone

"Mr. Brownstone" is a song by the American rock band Guns N' Roses, featured on their debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction (1987). Group guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin wrote the tune while they were sitting around Stradlin's apartment complaining about being heroin addicts. They began by improvising lyrics and music ("Brownstone" is a slang term for heroin).


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I get up around seven 
Get outta bed around nine
And I don't worry about nothin' no
Cause worryin's a waste of my, time

The show usually starts around seven
We go on stage at nine
Get on the bus at eleven
Sippin' a drink and feelin' fine

We been dancin' with 
Mr. Brownstone
He's been knockin'
He won't' leave me alone

I used ta do a little but a little wouldn't do
So the little got more and more
I just keep tryin' ta get a little better
Said a little better than before
I used ta do a little but a little wouldn't do
So the little got more and more
I just keep tryin' ta get a little better
Said a little better than before

We been dancin' with
Mr. Brownstone
He's been knockin'
He won't leave me alone

Now I get up around whenever
I used ta get up on time
But that old man he's a real muthafucker
Gonna kick him on down the line

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Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band who formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. Today, Axl Rose is the only remaining original member, in a lineup that comprises Use Your Illusion–era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, lead guitarists DJ Ashba and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, lead and rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer and keyboardist Chris Pitman. The band released six studio albums, accumulating sales of more than 100 million albums worldwide, including shipments of 45 million in the United States. more »

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Written by: W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Duff Rose Mckagan, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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10 facts about this song

Song Info
"Mr. Brownstone" is a track from the massively successful album "Appetite for Destruction" by Guns N' Roses, released in 1987.
Band Members
The band members who performed on this song include Axl Rose (Lead vocalist), Slash (Lead guitarist), Izzy Stradlin (Rhythm guitarist), Duff McKagan (Bassist), and Steven Adler (Drummer).
Song's Meaning
The song is about heroin addiction, with "Mr. Brownstone" being a slang term for the drug.
Both Slash and Izzy Stradlin wrote this song, inspired by their struggles with drug addiction.
Live Performances
"Mr. Brownstone" was often played at Guns N' Roses' concerts. It is said to be the song they played most frequently live after their biggest hits.
Slash has stated that the band members were dancing with Mr. Brownstone, meaning that they were involved with heroin, which was causing major problems in their lives.
Chart Performance
While "Mr. Brownstone" wasn't a chart-topping song like some of the other tracks like "Sweet Child O' Mine" or "Paradise City", its raw depiction of life with drug addiction made it a standout on the album.
Album Success
The album "Appetite for Destruction" from which "Mr. Brownstone" originates, is considered one of the greatest debut albums in rock history, selling over 30 million copies worldwide.
Slash's Guitar
For guitar enthusiasts, it's interesting to know that Slash recorded this track using a 1987 Les Paul Standard sunburst guitar.
Addiction Impact
Both Slash and Stradlin have discussed in interviews how their addiction hindered their ability to operate normally and how it almost ruined the band. In some ways, "Mr. Brownstone" is a musical document of a very dark period in their lives.

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