Guns N' Roses - Out ta get me - Meaning of the song
Axl Rose explains:
"We wanna dedicate this song to the people that try to hold you back, the people that tell you how to live, people that tell you how to dress, people that tell you how to talk, people that tell you what you can say and what you can’t say," he says. "I personally don’t need that, I don’t need that s--- in my life. Those are the kind of people that have been getting me down. They make me feel like somebody, somebody out there is out to get me!”
His somewhat paranoid intro to “Out Ta Get Me” – similar to what he had been saying onstage two years when the band debuted the song – railed against the unwarranted harassment from authorities GNR members often faced. At some point, somewhere, someone was out to get the whole band, but mainly Rose. But there were a few problems though for those who had their sights on the singer: He couldn’t be caught, he was innocent and he couldn't be broken.
"The lyrics are saying I've always been in trouble, but I'm still handling it," Rose noted in a 1987 Geffen Records press kit. “Like, every time you turn around, someone is trying to screw you over financially, or the cops are banging on your door and you didn't do anything. It's just being railroaded into something and trying to get out from underneath it. You know – parents, teachers, preachers ... everybody.”
Out ta get me - Lyrics
Been hidin' out and layin' low It's nothing new to me Well, you can always find a place to go If you can keep your sanity They break down the doors and they rape my rights, but They won't judge me! They scream and yell and fight all night You can't tell me! I lose my head, I close my eyes They won't judge me! 'Cause I got something I've been building up inside For so fuckin' long! They're out to get me They won't catch me I'm fucking innocent They won't break me Sometimes it's easy to forget where you're goin' Sometimes it's harder to leave And every time you think you know just what you're doin' That's when your troubles exceed They push me into a corner just to get me to fight, but They won't judge me! They preach and yell and fight all night You can't tell me! I lose my head, I close my eyes They won't judge me! 'Cause I got something I've been buildin' up inside I'm already gone! They're out to get me They won't catch me 'Cause I'm innocent They won't break me No No wow-oh No-no No-no-no! No-no-no! No No wow-oh No-no No-no-no! Some people got a chip on their shoulder And some would say it was me But I didn't buy that a fifth of whiskey that you gave me So I'd be quick to disagree They're out to get me They won't catch me I'm fucking innocent They won't break me They're out to get me They won't catch me 'Cause I'm innocent So, you can suck me Take that one to heart