Get Off of My Cloud

Album: December's Children (And Everybody's) (1965)
Charted: 1 1

Songfacts®:

  • This followed "Satisfaction" as The Stones second #1 hit in the US. Keith Richards said of the song: "'Get Off My Cloud' was basically a response to people knocking on our door asking us for the follow up to 'Satisfaction,' which was such an enormous hit worldwide. This, to us, was mind-blowing. I mean not only was it a #1 record but, boom! We thought, 'At last. We can sit back and maybe think about events.' Suddenly there's the knock at the door and of course what came out of that was 'Get Off Of My Cloud.' Because within three weeks, in those days hey, they want another single. And we weren't quite ready for that. So it was our response to the knock at the door: Get off of my cloud. And I'm surprised that it did so well. I mean it has a certain charm but I really remember it as a knee-jerk reaction. And it came out better than I thought."
  • Mick Jagger (1995): "That was Keith's melody and my lyrics. It's a stop-bugging-me, post-teenage-alienation song. The grown-up world was a very ordered society in the '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." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2
  • There was a bit of controversy over this song, as it sounded like it could be about drugs. Some radio stations shied away from the song.
  • Stones manager Andrew Long Oldham produced this.
  • Ian Stewart played piano on this track. Keith Richards explained: "That was just one of those things you could do in those days - shadow a guitar with a piano. As long as you didn't make it obvious, it would add some different air to a track." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • The B-side of this single was "I'm Free," which remained obscure until it was revived by The Soup Dragons in 1990.
  • In 1973 The Dramatics scored an R&B hit with "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain," which also contained the chorus lyrics, "Hey You! Get Off My Cloud."

Comments: 43

  • Evora from Soth YorkshireI love the stones love to go and see them
  • Luciano Pires from BrazilRead the lyrics thinking that was write about Coronavirus.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, Ny"Get Off of My Cloud" was their second conescutive #1 record in the U.S.A., was preceded by "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", it peaked at #1 {for 4 weeks} on July 4th, 1965...
    Between 1964 and 2003 the quintet had fifty-seven records on the Top 100 chart, twenty-three made the Top 10 with eight reaching #1...
    They just missed having ten #1 records when both "19th Nervous Breakdown"* {1966} and "Start Me Up"** {1981} peaked at #2...
    * "19th Nervous Breakdown" was at #2 for 3 weeks, and for those 3 weeks the #1 record was "The Ballad of the Green Berets" by S/Sgt. Barry Sadler...
    ** "Start Me Up" was also #2 for 3 weeks, for it's 1st week at #2, "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) by Christopher Cross was at #1, and for the 2nd & 3rd week, "Private Eyes" by Daryl Hall and John Oates was in the top spot...
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaWayne-love Charlie's drumming as well. Always had a problem with Mick's accent: you wouldn't believe what I thought some of the lyrics were.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 15th 1965, the Rolling Stones performed "Get Off Of My Cloud" on the NBC-TV program 'Hullabaloo', it was the quintet's first appearance on the weekly TV show...
    At the time the song was at #3 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; just over two weeks earlier on October 31st it had peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 12 weeks...
    It was the second of eight straight Top 10 records by the quintet; started with "Satisfaction" {#1 for 4 weeks}, this one, "As Tears Go By" {#6}, "19th Nervous Breakdown" {#2 for 3 weeks}, "Paint It Black" {#1 for 2 weeks}, "Mother's Little Helper"* {#8}, "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby" {#9}, and finally "Ruby Tuesday" {#1 for 1 week}...
    * The B-side of "Mother's Little Helper", "Lady Jane", also made the Top 100, it peaked at #24 and spent 6 weeks on the chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 1st 1965, the Rolling Stones appeared in concert* at the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester, New York...
    At the time the quintet's "Get Off of My Cloud" was in its first of two weeks at #1 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it also reached #1 in the United Kingdom and Germany, and #2 (for 1 week} in Australia, the week it was at #2 the #1 record was "Shakin' All Over" by Normie Rowe and the Playboys...
    * The concert consisted of only six songs due to fact that an estimated 3,500 fans stormed the stage, the local police tried three times to control the crowd, but they were unable to do so and the concert was finally canceled.
  • Tom from Amsterdam, NetherlandsThe man who flew in all dressed up like a Union Jack was, according to some sources. the incredible Screaming Lord Sutch.
  • Rich from Portsmouth, Nh"get off my cloud" is a way of saying "get off my Silver Cloud"--a Rolls Royce model-(the crouds of fans surounding their Rolls Royce limo!
    Rich/NH.
  • Wayne from Midvale, UtTo the several comments about the chord structure being influenced by the "Beatles" song "Twist & Shout", that's not the Beatles' song. They're version is an almost exact imitation of the earlier hit version by the Isley Brothers. The original is by the Top Notes.
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjDo you think this song along with Dylan's "Subterranian Homesick Blues" indirectly influenced rap music?

    This song describes me perfectly. I live in my own little world, but it's okay, they know me here. Ta-ta!
  • Paul from Boston, MaKevin in Chester, SC, I can't imagine either Mick or Keith making a disparaging remark about their good friend Trousers! And Mike in Berkeley I think you're right-on-the-money with the Dylan influence. MJ would go on to have other Dylan-ish exercises, such as "Something Happened To Me Yesterday", "Jigsaw Puzzle", and best of all "Memo From Turner". Personally I've always loved this song: it reminds me of building sand-castles at Jones Beach the summer before Kindergarten.
  • Paul from Boston, MaBob in Lakewood OH you're spot-on about the impersonal 'blocks', often thrown up in neighborhood that had been frequently visited by the Luftwaffe (or in Berlin or Hamburg, the RAF). However I don't think this is a drug song, or one about anti-social personality disorder, per se. I always thought "two's a crowd" had a very different meaning for the man who went on to pen "Yesterday's Papers".
  • Robert from Houston, TxIf this song were about two perverse Scots, it would be "Hey! McCloud! Get offa my ewe!"
  • Giuseppi from Philadelphia, PaI was about 12 when it came out and it was played at a teen dance that I used to sneek into. There was a line dance at the time called the Chez Vous Walk which followed Charlie's drum beat. It was great: long ranks of young ones moving in synchronized steps to the Stones.
  • Wayne from Salem, VaThe things I enjoy most from this song are the words and Charlie's drumming.
  • Elvis from Philadelphia, PaRobert - Bay City, The Who were performing Anyway Anyhow Anywhere for 18 months before it was released, including the old tapes from the Railway Hotel gigs, well before the Beatles. Even so, the feedback on I feel fine was an interplay between the A chord on Paul's bass and George's guitar, not the true feedback that Pete introduced to the world, turning the guitar back into the Amp. Jimmy Hendrix can thank Pete for that trick.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdThe lines -- "in flies a guy dressed up just like a Union Jack / Says I've won five pounds if I've got his type of detergent pack" -- refer to a TV ad campaign going on in the States at that time, and the "Union Jack" part made me think it must have crossed the Pond. (Does anyone know if it did? In any case, the Pete Townshend allusion is great fun, if true! And I like the Who.) Over here the ad had one of the major laundry detergents (All? Cheer? Tide?) sending a guy (dressed normally) with a mike out to knock on doors and offer housewives cash ($10?) if they could show him the brand of detergent he was doing the ad for. BTW, the pound sterling was $2.80 at that time, and was still divided into shillings (20) and pence (12 per sh.), so the $ was ~ 7s 2p, and 5 bob would have been $14 US. *** Justin/Chicago -- "Two's a crowd" is a modification of "Three's a crowd" which you might hear from a guy wanting to be alone with a girl. In the "two" version, it means, "Go away. I want to be alone." -- which isn't about a couple, it's a guy wanting to be left by himself, to do what? -- some drug or other, maybe? Or just play loud music alone? The lyrics don't tell us. I agree with Johnny/LA, except that I *can* see how someone might think it's about drugs. *** Elvis/Philly -- Right about Cream, which hadn't been formed yet; Eric Clapton's band at that time was the Yardbirds. *** Incidentally, I was in college when this song came out, and because it was notorious for its unintelligibility, a local DJ (Chuck Brinkman, KQV, AM 1410, Pittsburgh) was sending out typewritten lyrics on request. I still have my copy, and it cleared up a lot of the hard-to-make-out sections for me, but it has a few obvious errors. Oddly, several of those errors are repeated in the lyrics on this site! Makes you go, "Hmmmm."

  • Robert from Bay City, MiElvis in Philadelphia, the first song with a guitar feedback was the Beatles "I Feel Fine" in 1964.

    Juston in Chicago, no man would turn down a threesome with two women.
  • Juan from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaThe problem with this song is the very poor recording. Nothing sounds clear and the rythm section is too buried down in the mix.
  • R from Montreal, Qc, CanadaWhat is interesting about this song is the feeling.
    The music is very simple as most of Stones songs at the time; the difference is in the way Jagger shout the words and the musical agressivity (drums, guitar progression)
    At the time, we were wearing black leather jackets, rock & roll boots and saying to the others: "Get Off my Cloud"
  • Allen from Bethel, AkThe riff on this sounds an awful a lot like the "Louie Louie" riff.
  • Dave from Clinton, MsThis song works very well in concert. It really gets the crowd into it.
  • Chelsea from Wichita, KsI really like this song and it's on my ipod and everything but in the first part of the song the tune is almost exactly like The Beatles' 'Twist and Shout',it sounds to much like it.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScIn response to your post, Bob that's possible. At least your giving reasons why it could deal with drug themes and those of mental instability.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaAccording to the Rev. Dr. David Noebel of the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade in 1968, this song was about -- marijuana. I believe all he heard was the word 'cloud', and paid no attention to the rest of the lyrics. Rev. Noebel published a wonderful book called "The Beatles; A Study in Drugs, Sex and Revolution" which is a great guide not only to the early anti-rock movement and how the religious right approached it at the time, but the enumeration of popular (and not-so-popular) song titles and what they *ahem* REALly meant. One could introduce oneself to some of the best songs of the period by collecting the titles he mentions. Did you know that according to the Christian Right, "I'm a Believer" was about drugs? Gives one pause when scanning Songfacts and seeing the usual quip "Totally a heroin song".
    - Ekristheh, Halath, United States


    Stupid Evangelical Christian groups! I've found myself saying that alot today....
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesAccording to the Rev. Dr. David Noebel of the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade in 1968, this song was about -- marijuana. I believe all he heard was the word 'cloud', and paid no attention to the rest of the lyrics. Rev. Noebel published a wonderful book called "The Beatles; A Study in Drugs, Sex and Revolution" which is a great guide not only to the early anti-rock movement and how the religious right approached it at the time, but the enumeration of popular (and not-so-popular) song titles and what they *ahem* REALly meant. One could introduce oneself to some of the best songs of the period by collecting the titles he mentions. Did you know that according to the Christian Right, "I'm a Believer" was about drugs? Gives one pause when scanning Songfacts and seeing the usual quip "Totally a heroin song".
  • Bob from Lakewood, OhI always thought it was a song about drug users. Maybe not. But here's why: 1."on the 99th floor of my block". that's an awfully tall apartment building (in post war London the 'blocks' were apartment buildings). so if he doesn't actually live on such a high floor he's hinting at his drug use. 2."I sit at home looking out the window imagining the world has stopped" it sounds like he is someone who lives in a fantasy world. 3."two's a crowd" is an awfully anti- social reaction to a small intrusion. this hints at mental illness, which is certainly one of the Stones's themes. and that often goes together with drug abuse. 4. "cloud" seems to mean he's high on something. what else in his isolated life puts him on a cloud? 5. "I was sick and tired..." he drives downtown in the middle of the night and falls asleep. this is strange behaviour. it sounds like he's desperately trying to escape from everything.
  • Elvis from Philadelphia, PaThe guy dressed up like the Union Jack was absolutely a reference to Pete Townshend. There was unbelievable rivalry there at that time, especially in 1965 when the beatles were still doing Pop, and the stones were feeling their way from BBC pop to Rock, the Who was putting out hard rock gems like Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (the first song ever to have guitar feedback) My Generation, The Kids are Alright etc.... this was 1965 folks, no one was putting out stuff like this, not even Cream yet. I dont blame Mick for being a little nervous.
  • Greg from Victoria, CanadaDon't get me wrong...I love the Stones but this one isn't one of my faves. They sure came out with good songs in the ensuing years right up into the early seventies.
  • Justin from Chicago, IlI have been told that clouds were pseudonyms or another name for a prostitute, and when they say two's a crowd, maybe there was a dilemma among the band for a chick. Something to think about.
  • Mike from Germantown, MdHow Is This About Drugs?
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, SciI don't think it's about drugs either, but I do think it's a great song. i love it! It sounds great with a great pair of speakers too.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI can't believe anyone would think this about drugs!
    Just about a guy (Mick or Keith) who was bothered by
    the outside world. To Justin in Chicago, I don't believe your theory, but it is a very interesting one
  • Justin from Chicago, IlI am convinced it's about a girl he is with, and he (Jagger or Richards) is turned off by the idea of a threesome. "Cloud" is a term I have heard to refer to a girl or even hooker. See what you think.
  • Alain from Gainesville, FlNot a great Stones Song, I also think they should keep it out of their latest tour.
  • Jade from Chippewa Falls, WiI hated this song myself. It made no sense and I am usually a Rolling Stones fan but this song, I usually turn off.
  • Mike from Berkeley, CaThis is a great song. Not just musically, with the rhythm of the words playing off the beat of the song: but the lyrics make sense. They hold together and form a very coherent stream of consciousness that sounds like a real time line of the night in his life. It's a style of song I first heard on Bob Dylan's songs *Subterranean Homesick Blues* and I think this compares well to that.
  • Kevin from Chester, ScI always thought the line "in flew a guy all dressed up just like the Union Jack" was a reference/put down to Pete Townswend and the Who, who were just getting really big...(Townswend wore the British colors on his jacket)
  • Simon from Brno, Czech RepublicBrian Jones played the lead guitar.
  • Raja from Austin, TxA song about the joy of solitude and serenity.
  • Jon from Grand Forks, NdMy late mother listened to this when I was a kid, it got me into the Stones
  • Brandon from Seattle, WaThe chord structures was influenced by the Beatles' "Twist and Shout", as well as the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie." The Stones' song also sounds like "Great Balls of Fire" and "Good Golly Miss Molly", but I don't know if there is any connection.
  • Chelsea from Nyc, OrNot a favorite by the Stones themsleves. Neverhteless it was played regularly on the '75 US Tour in a medley with "If You Can't Rock Me".
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