Get Off of My Cloud

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"Get Off of My Cloud"
Get Off of My Cloud cover.jpg
US cover
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album December's Children (And Everybody's)
B-side "I'm Free" (US)
"The Singer Not the Song" (UK)
Released 25 September 1965 (US)
22 October 1965 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded 6–7 September 1965, RCA Studios, Hollywood
Genre Blues rock[1]
Length 2:55
Label Decca F12263
London 45-LON 9792[2]
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards[2]
Producer(s) Andrew Loog Oldham[2]
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Get Off of My Cloud"
"As Tears Go By"
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"Get Off of My Cloud"
"As Tears Go By"
UK cover
UK cover

"Get Off of My Cloud" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones.[3] It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as a single to follow the successful "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". Recorded in early September 1965 and released that November, the song topped the charts in the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, reaching  No. 2 in Australia and Ireland.


The Stones have said that the song is a reaction to their suddenly greatly enhanced popularity and deals with their aversion to people's expectations of them after the success of "Satisfaction". According to Keith Richards, "'Get off of My Cloud' was basically a response to people knocking on our door asking us for the follow-up to 'Satisfaction' ... 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'".[4] In 1971 he commented; "I never dug it as a record. The chorus was a nice idea, but we rushed it as the follow-up. We were in L.A., and it was time for another single. But how do you follow-up "Satisfaction"? Actually, what I wanted was to do it slow like a Lee Dorsey thing. We rocked it up. I thought it was one of Andrew Loog Oldham's worst productions."[5]

In a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone, Jagger said, "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 early '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."[6]

The song is in E major and is built on variants of the "Louie Louie" riff, a short repeating pattern of the chords I, IV and V, in this case E–A–B–A. The arrangement is noted for its drum intro by Charlie Watts and twin guitars by Brian Jones and Keith Richards.[7] Brian Jones' twelve-string guitar part can only just be heard in the mono mix of the song but can be clearly heard in some unofficial stereo remixes.


Release history[edit]

The 1965 single release was a major success for the Rolling Stones. In the US, the single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 6 November 1965, and remained there for two weeks.[8] The single was included on the band's next full-length album, December's Children (And Everybody's), released in December, 1965.[9] The track stayed at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in November that year.[10]

Appearances on later Stones releases include:


Chart (1965–66) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 6
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[13] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[17] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 1

Cover versions[edit]

Australian new wave band Jimmy and the Boys released a cover version as a single titled "Get Off My Cloud" in 1981.[20]


  1. ^ "Get Off of My Cloud". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 96–7. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  3. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 38 - The Rubberization of Soul: The great pop music renaissance. [Part 4]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. University of North Texas Libraries. 
  4. ^ In the 2003 book According to... The Rolling Stones.
  5. ^ Greenfield, Robert. "Keith Richards – Interview". Rolling Stone (magazine) 19 August 1971.
  6. ^ "Jagger Remembers". Rolling Stone. 14 December 1995. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  7. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "The Rolling Stones "Get Off My Cloud"". allmusic. Retrieved 15 June 2007. 
  8. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits. New York: Billboard Books. p. 186. ISBN 0823076776. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  9. ^ December's Children (And Everybody's ) at AllMusic
  10. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 184. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  11. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Get Off of My Cloud" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  12. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Get Off of My Cloud" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5605." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  14. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Get Off of My Cloud". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Get Off of My Cloud". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  16. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Get Off of My Cloud" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  17. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Get Off of My Cloud". VG-lista. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Rolling Stones: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  19. ^ "The Rolling Stones Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Jimmy and the Boys - Get Off My Cloud". 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Tears" by Ken Dodd
UK number-one single
"Get Off of My Cloud" by The Rolling Stones

4 November 1965 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Carnival Is Over" by The Seekers
Preceded by
"Yesterday" by The Beatles
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
"Get Off of My Cloud" by The Rolling Stones

6 November 1965 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Hear a Symphony" by The Supremes