Crazy Mama

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: March, October & December 1975
Recording locations: Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany & Mountain Recording Studios, Montreux, Switzerland
Producers: The Glimmer Twins       Chief engineer: Keith Harwood
      Performed onstage:1977, 1997-98, 2015

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Keith Richards
Rhythm electric guitars: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Lead electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Keith Richards, Ron Wood & Billy Preston
Pianos: Keith Richards, Ron Wood & Billy Preston
Cowbell: Ollie Brown
Percussion: Ollie Brown

Well you're crazy, mama, with your ball and chain
And your sawn off shotgun, your blown out brains, yeah

You can scandalize me, scorn my name
You can steal my money and that don't mean a doggone thing

Cause if you really think you can push it
I'm going to bust your knees with a bullet

Ooh, you're crazy, mama - ah yeah


Well your old time religion is just superstition
You're going to pay high prices for your sacrifices - ah yeah

All your blood and thunder sure can't faze me none

If you're going to keep on coming, I'm going to take it all head on

And if you don't believe I'm going to do it
Yeah, just wait till you all get hit by that bullet

Ooh, you're crazy, mother - ah yeah

I'm coming out to get you, boy - ooh!

Ah, don't think I ain't thought about it, it sure make my shackles rise
Cold bloody murder make me want to draw the line, yeah - ooh yeah

Well you're crazy, mother, with your ball and chain

You're plain psychotic, ooh!, plain insane, yes

And if you don't believe I'm going to do it
Yeah, just wait for the thud of the bullet, ooh!

You're crazy, mother - yeah

You're crazy, mother - yeah

You're crazy, mother - yeah

Crazy... yeah



That's a Rolling Stones track, right? Yeah, it's gonna be quite good onstage. We wrote that in the studio, too. All of it, my words and everything. It just came to me.
- Mick Jagger, 1976

No girls on the record. Do you know, girls always say to me, Don't use girls on the record; we really don't like it. I think that's Billy singing high up there. He's the stand-in girl there. Keith, Billy and Ron. Yeah, at the end, it does sound like girls.
- Mick Jagger, 1976

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