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Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction

Been Caught Stealing

Up from the Catacombs: the Best of Jane's Addiction
alternative alternative rock rock 90s Grunge


"Been Caught Stealing" is a song by Jane's Addiction. The song was released on their 1990 album Ritual de lo Habitual, and was re-released on their 2006 compilation Up From The Catacombs. The song was Jane's Addiction's biggest hit, spending 4 weeks at #1 on the U.S. modern rock chart. The song exhibits the band's strong funk influences. The funk sensibilities displayed on this and other Jane's Addiction songs inspired the Red Hot Chili Peppers to recruit Dave Navarro after John Frusciante's temporary hiatus. Some listeners suggest that the song deals with kleptomania, though others might contend that the lyrics of the song's chorus - "when we want something and we don't want to pay for it" - suggest instead an anarchic theme, with the song's protagonist refusing to recognize private property rights. The song is notable for the barking dogs in the introduction, possibly suggesting the singer is escaping from watchdogs.


Jane's Addiction was an influential alternative rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1986. The band's name refers to Jane Bainter, a now ex-heroin addict, who was a housemate of the band. The band dissolved in the early 1990s, and returned in the early 2000s, before breaking up yet again. The band was influenced by punk, gothic rock, metal, funk, hard rock, and psychedelic styles; lead singer Perry Farrell once described the band as a cross between Duke Ellington and Bad Brains. But then again he was also high quite a lot. Show more ...

Been Caught Stealing - Jane's Addiction

I've been caught stealing;
Once when I was 5...
I enjoy stealing.
It's just as simple as that.
Well, it's just a simple fact.
When I want something,
I don't want to pay for it.

I walk right through the door.
Walk right through the door.
Hey all right! If I get by, it's mine.
Mine all mine!

My girl, she's one too.
She'll go and get her a shirt.
Stick it under her skirt.
She grabbed a razor for me.
And she did it just like that.
When she wants something,
She don't want to pay for it.

She walk right through the door.
Walk right through the door.
Hey all right! If I get by, it's mine.
Mine all mine!

We sat around the pile.
We sat and laughed.
We sat and laughed and
Waved it into the air!
And we did it just like that.
When we want something,
We don't want to pay for it.

We walk right through the door.
Walk right through the door.
Hey, all right! If I get by, it's mine,
Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine...



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