The Negotiation Limerick File

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"The Negotiation Limerick File"
Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Hello Nasty
Released December 8, 1998 (1998-12-08)
Format CD single
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 2:46 (Album version)
3:16 (Single version)
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Beastie Boys
Producer(s) Beastie Boys, Mario Caldato, Jr.
Beastie Boys singles chronology
"Body Movin'"
"The Negotiation Limerick File"
"Remote Control / Three MC's and One DJ"

"The Negotiation Limerick File" is a song by American hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, released as the third single from their fifth studio album Hello Nasty.

It peaked at #29[1] on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart.

The version on the CD single is 30 seconds longer (3:16) than the album version (2:46).[2] It features extended instrumental sections with flanging effects. This song is unique because every verse is made up of five-line limericks.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Negotiation Limerick File" – 3:16
  2. "Three MCs and One DJ" (Live Video version) – 2:46
  3. "Putting Shame in Your Game" (Prunes Remix) – 4:17
  4. "The Negotiation Limerick File" (Handsome Boy Modeling School Makeover) – 4:33
  5. "The Negotiation Limerick File" (The 41 Small Star Remix) – 3:24


Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[1] 29


  1. ^ a b "Beastie Boys Album & Song Chart History – Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 
  2. ^ CD Single