Eat The Rich
Recording Artist: Aerosmith
Writers: Steven Tyler
Joe Perry
Jim Vallance
Date Written: 1992 / Vancouver Canada
Albums: Get A Grip (Geffen, 1993)
Big Ones (Geffen, 1994)
A Little South Of Sanity (Geffen, 1998)
Young Lust (Geffen, 2001)
Aerosmith Classics - The Universal Masters (Universal, 2002)
Gold: Aerosmith (January 11, 2005)
Charts: #5 - Billboard Album Rock Tracks Chart / 1993 (18 weeks on the chart)
#34 - UK Top 40 / June 1993 ?
Audio 1: > studio version, from the 1993 album "Get A Grip"
 
Steven Tyler: vocal
Joe Perry: guitar
Brad Whitford: guitar
Tom Hamilton: bass
Joey Kramer: drums

Polynesian log drums: Mapuhi T. Tekurio, Melvin Liufau, Wesey Mamea, Liainaiala Tagola, Sandy Kanaeholo, Aladd Alatina Teofilo, Jr.
 
Produced by Bruce Fairbairn.  Recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver Canada, September-November 1992.
Audio 2: > live version, from the 1998 album "A Little South Of Sanity"
 
Steven Tyler: vocal
Joe Perry: guitar
Brad Whitford: guitar
Tom Hamilton: bass
Joey Kramer: drums
 
Produced by Jack Douglas.  Recorded by Jay Messina during the "Get A Grip" and "Nine Lives" tours.  Mixed by Jack Douglas at Manhattan Center Studios, New York.
Comments:
  Rock this way - my son gets a vocal and piano lesson from one of the best! (1992 photo).
"Eat The Rich" was written with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry in my basement studio in Vancouver in 1992.

It started with Steven literally banging like a Banshee on my "Korg M1" keyboard (see photo). That's where the underlying "jungle" feel came from. Joe contributed the guitar riff under the verse, and I added the two-chord descending guitar phrase over Joe's verse riff.

Once we had a "bed" track, Steven started singing over Joe's riff ... improvised nonsense lyrics at first, but often Steven's babbles end up being the real thing!
Lyrics:
Well I woke up this morning
On the wrong side of the bed
And how I got to thinkin'
About all the things you said
About ordinary people
And how they make you sick
And if callin' names kicks back on you
Then I hope this does the trick

'Cause I'm sick of your complainin'
About how many bills
And I'm sick of all your bitchin'
'Bout your poodles and your pills
And I just can't see no humour
About your way of life
And I think I can do more for you
With this here fork and knife

Eat The Rich
There's only one thing that they are good for
Eat The Rich
Take one bite now - come back for more
Eat The Rich
I gotta get this off my chest
Eat The Rich
Take one bite now - spit out the rest

So I called up my head shrinker
And I told him what I'd done
He said you best go on a diet
Yeah, I hope you have some fun
And a don't go burst the bubble
On rich folks who get rude
'Cause you won't get in no trouble
When you eats that kinda food

Now they're smokin' up their junk bonds
And then they go get stiff
And they're dancin' in the yacht club
With Muff and Uncle Biff
But there's one good thing that happens
When you toss your pearls to swine
Their attitudes may taste like shit
But go real good with wine

Eat The Rich
There's only one thing that they are good for
Eat The Rich
Take one bite now - come back for more
Eat The Rich
Don't stop me now, I'm goin' crazy
Eat The Rich
That's my idea of a good time baby

Believe in all the good things
That money just can't buy
Then you won't get no bellyache
From eatin' humble pie
I believe in rags to riches
Your inheritance won't last
So take your Gray Poupon my friend
And shove it up your ass

Eat The Rich
There's only one thing that they are good for
Eat The Rich
Take one bite now - come back for more
Eat The Rich
Don't stop me now, I'm goin' crazy
Eat The Rich
That's my idea of a good time baby