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Beast Of Burden Rolling Stones
On The Acoustic

beast of burden rolling stonesMick Jagger belting out Beast Of Burden By
The Rolling Stones

On this Beast Of Burden Rolling Stones page you'll discover the songs true meaning, some trivia facts, lyrics to the song, a free chord sheet and demo and much more.

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Beast Of Burden History


Beasts Of Burden is an iconic song by The Rolling Stones, released on September 9, 1978, as part of their "Some Girls" album. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song explores themes of emotional burden and personal struggle. In the song, "beasts of burden" symbolize people carrying emotional or psychological weight.

The inspiration for the song, as suggested by Richards, was the band's personal struggle with fame, expectations, and personal burdens. These feelings were routed into lyrics that strung together a tale of emotional labour, paving the way for what we now understand as "Beast of Burden."

The release of "Some Girls" was a significant moment for the band as it reaffirmed their rock 'n roll roots amidst changing musical trends. The song's inspiration came from the band's own experiences with fame and personal challenges, making it relatable to many.

Musically, "Beast of Burden" features a catchy guitar riff and a laid-back, bluesy feel. Lyrically, the song is a plea from Jagger to his lover, asking her to be there for him during a difficult time. The title of the song, "Beast of Burden," refers to the idea of carrying a heavy load or responsibility, and Jagger sings about how he needs someone to share the burden with him.

The song's impact on the music industry was substantial, solidifying The Rolling Stones' talent and adaptability. It peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, contributing to the success of the "Some Girls" album. It has since been covered by numerous artists and has appeared in several films and TV shows.

Song Meaning

Taking a deeper dive into the meaning of "Beast of Burden," the song can be seen as a personal expression of longing, a plea for understanding, or an acknowledgement of emotional exhaustion. The lyric "Am I hard enough / Am I rough enough / Am I rich enough / I'm not too blind to see" portrays the immense pressure and expectations that can weigh one down.

Beast Of Burden
Chords, Lyrics, Rhythm Tips, Tutorials



Beast Of Burden Chords

Below are the chords used in this one. You'll get a better sense of the rhythm by watching the demo on this page.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: just a steady down up down up up up and repeat and some down-strokes
  • Picking: No just the riff
  • Chords: E, Db, A, E/Ab, B

Beast Of Burden Rolling Stones Lyrics

I'll never be your beast of burden
My back is broad, but it's a-hurting
All I want, for you to make love to me
I'll never be your beast of burden
I've walked for miles, my feet are hurting
All I want is for you to make love to me

Am I hard enough?
Am I rough enough?
Am I rich enough?
I'm not too blind to see

I'll never be your beast of burden
So let's go home and draw the curtains
Music on the radio
Come on, baby, make sweet love to me

Am I hard enough?
Am I rough enough?
Am I rich enough?
I'm not too blind to see

Oh, little sister
Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty girls
You're a pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty girl
Pretty, pretty, such a pretty, pretty, pretty girl
Come on, baby, please, please, please

I'll tell you, you can put me out on the street
Put me out with no shoes on my feet
But put me out, put me out
Put me out of misery, yeah
All your sickness, I can suck it up
Throw it all at me, I can shrug it off
There's one thing, baby, I don't understand
You keep on telling me I ain't your kind of man

Ain't I rough enough? Ooh, honey
Ain't I tough enough?
Ain't I rich enough? In love enough?
Ooh, please

I'll never be your beast of burden
I'll never be your beast of burden
Never, never, never, never, never, never, never be
I'll never be your beast of burden
I've walked for miles, my feet are hurting
All I want is you to make love to me, yeah
I don't need no beast of burden
I need no fussing, I need no nursing
Never, never, never, never, never, never, never be

Beast Of Burden Trivia

Interestingly, although the phrase "beast of burden" is recurrent in the song and has surfaced in many-a-Rolling Stones songs' analysis, the term itself is not part of the common vernacular in the United Kingdom. It is, however, quite common in the United States, attesting to the band's international appeal and their ability to weave cultural differences into their music.

There's a unique trivia to the recording session of "Beast of Burden." Although the song was recorded in the Octave Studio in Paris, Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood asserted that the bulk of the song was recorded in a 5-string Open G tuning – a fact that should definitely pique the interest of any guitar-playing enthusiasts!

My version here however is in standard tuning.

"Beast of Burden" has made its mark in the world of cinematography as well. The song was featured in movies like "Thelma & Louise" and "Starsky & Hutch," adding a layer of emotion and depth to the narratives.

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Beast Of Burden Rolling Stones Covers

The Rolling Stones performed "Beast of Burden" at Glastonbury in 2013, marking their debut at the festival. Several artists, including Bette Midler, covered the song, with Midler's version earning a Grammy Award.


rolling stones beasts of burden

Formed in 1962, The Rolling Stones became a legendary rock band with core members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. "Beast of Burden" showcased their artistic depth and contributed to their enduring legacy.

This timeless song continues to captivate audiences worldwide, transcending generations. Its fusion of rhythm, blues, and rock, along with its catchy melody and emotive lyrics, makes it a quintessential Rolling Stones experience.

"Beast of Burden" isn't just a song; it's an emotional journey that resonates with listeners, providing solace and connection. The Rolling Stones' vulnerability and indomitable spirit, embodied in this song, have solidified their place in rock 'n roll history.

To wrap up, "Beast of Burden" stands out as an iconic track by The Rolling Stones. It carries an insightful message enclosed within a magnificent melody, underlining why the Stones remain one of the greatest rock bands of all time. For aspiring guitarists, learning this song provides not just a rich musical experience, but also a deep dive into the lyrics' profound emotions. Happy playing!

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Beast Of Burden Rolling Stones Live Video

Below is a live performance of this iconic song by The Rolling Stones.

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