“DOES THE NOISE IN MY HEAD BOTHER YOU?” the unreleased lyrics from Nine Lives

The question line “does the noise in my head bother you?” is included in the chorus of Aerosmith’s 1997 song “Somethings Gotta Give” and it’s also the title of Steven Tyler’s 2011 memoir, however, the book revealed that a small poem of the same name written during the 1996 sessions could have been partial lyrics to a song.

Tyler explains that some of the lyrics he wrote on the Nine Lives album were his rant, his rage. Maybe Tim Collins, Bob Timmons, and other people stuck in his craw had to come out. But in the end, he came through all the turmoil philosophical and with eyes wide open. The lines read:

In the old game of life, best play it smart,
with love in your eyes and a song in your heart,
and if you’ve had problems since way back when,
did the noise in your head bother you then?
You know, I hope you see it as clear as I do.
If you’ve been a problem since way back when,
did the noise in your head bother you then?
Forget “fuck me,” “fuck them,” “fuck you,”
does the noise in my head bother you?
Are you fucked no matter what you do?
No. If your life’s been a lie then ask ’em true,
does the noise in my head bother you?

Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir, Steven Tyler 2011


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