The Negotiation Limerick File

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"The Negotiation Limerick File"
The Negotiation Limerick File.jpg
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
Songwriter(s) Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch, Mario Caldato, Jr.
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"
"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