The Negotiation Limerick File

"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.

"The Negotiation Limerick File"
Single by Beastie Boys
from the album Hello Nasty
ReleasedDecember 8, 1998 (1998-12-08)
FormatCD single
GenreAlternative hip hop
Length2:46 (Album version)
3:16 (Single version)
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"

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

  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. "Beastie Boys Album & Song Chart History – Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
  2. CD Single

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