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Don't Worry About Me is the solo debut album of Joey Ramone, best known as the lead singer of The Ramones. It was released in 2002, a year after his death. The musical style is similar to his years with The Ramones and several songs reflect on his terminal death from cancer. His cover of "What A Wonderful World" did get a lot of airplay back then.


  1. "What A Wonderful World" (2:23)
  2. "Stop Thinking About It" (2:57)
  3. "Mr. Punchy" (2:35)
  4. "Maria Bartiromo" (3:58)
  5. "Spirit In My House" (2:02)
  6. "Venting (It's A Different World Today)" (3:17)
  7. "Like A Drug I Never Did Before" (2:04)
  8. "Searching For Something" (4:12)
  9. "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" (3:42)
  10. "1969" (3:40)
  11. "Don't Worry About Me" (3:55)


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  • Annual Title: "1969".
  • Alliterative Title: "What A Wonderful World" and "Searching For Something".
  • Cover Version: The Louis Armstrong cover "What A Wonderful World" and The Stooges cover "1969", from their album The Stooges.
  • Death Song: Joey was terminally ill with cancer and this theme can be heard in many of his songs. Despite expressing sadness he also provides a message of hope.
    • "I Got Knocked Down But I'll Get Up"
    Sitting in a hospital bed
    Frustration going through my head
    Turn off the tv set
    Take some drugs so I can forget
    I, I want life
    I want my life
    I want my life
    I want my life
    It really sucks
    It really sucks
    I got knocked down but I'll get up
    • "Stop Thinking About It"
    Ahh, nothing lasts forever
    And nothing stays the same
    Feeling numb all over
    And totally deranged
    When you finally make your mind up
    I'll be buried in my grave
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: "Searching For Something".
  • Face on the Cover: Joey sitting in his sofa.
  • Haunted House: "Spirit In My House"
    I got a spirit in my house and I know it ain't no mouse
  • Homage: "1969", a cover of The Stooges, one of the major inspirations for The Ramones.
  • Limited Lyrics Song: "Mr. Punchy"
    I'm Mr. Punchy
  • One-Man Song: "Mr. Punchy".
  • One-Woman Song: "Maria Bartiromo", which is about a real life American TV presenter and journalist who he had a crush on.
  • Pep-Talk Song: "What A Wonderful World", "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" and "Don't Worry About Me".
  • Advertisement:
  • Product Placement: "Maria Bartiromo"
    What's happening with Yahoo?
    What's happening with aol?
    I want to know
    What's happening with Intel?
    What's happening with Amazon?
    I want to know
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Joey wrote "Spirit In My House" when he woke up one night and heard strange sounds in his house.
  • Shout-Out: "What A Wonderful World" was used during the end credits of Bowling for Columbine.
  • Special Guest: Marky Ramone of The Ramones plays guitar on this album. During "Mr. Punchy" Captain Sensible of The Damned is featured in a guest appearance.
  • Three Chords and the Truth: It wouldn't be a true Joey Ramone album without it.
  • Title Track: "Don't Worry About Me".