Dirty Work

Composers: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Recording date: April-December 1985
Recording locations: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France; RPM Studios & Right Track Studios, New York City, USA
Producers: Steve Lillywhite & The Glimmer Twins        Chief engineer: Dave Jerden
Never performed onstage


Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitars: Keith Richards (incl. solo) & Ron Wood
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Organ: Chuck Leavell
Percussion: ---
 

Living high, sitting in the sun
Sit on your ass 'til your work is done
You lazy mother, your hands are clean

You pull the strings and you've got the clout
There's something filthy living in your mouth
Pushing your buttons, you get away for free

You let somebody do the dirty work
Find some loser, find some jerk
Find some dumb ass, do it all for free

You let somebody do the dirty work
Find some loser, find some jerk
Find some greaseball, yeah

It's beginning to make me angry
I'm beginning to hate it
You're a user, you're a user
I'm going to shake it

You let somebody do the dirty work
I never see no grease on you, baby
Yeah, you never roll your sleeves up, do you, ever baby?

You let somebody do the dirty work
Find some fucker, find some jerk
Yeah, do it all for free

While you're out having all the fun
They'll take the blame when the trouble comes
Let somebody do it, do it

It's beginning to make me angry
I'm beginning to hate you
You're a user, you're a user
I hate you

Make me crazy, make me crazy
Make me crazy, make me crazy
Make me crazy, make me crazy

Let somebody do the dirty work
Let somebody do the dirty work
Let somebody do the dirty work - do it

Let somebody do the dirty work
Let somebody do the dirty work, work, work, work, work...
Let somebody do the dirty work - do it, do it, do it, do it, do it, do it, do it

Mmm when you push you make me crazy
When you push you make me crazy

Sweeping the street, sucking the dirt
Taking it hard, taking the hurt
Look at the hungry laughing at me
Look at the poor sick in the street
Look at the rich feeding their faces
Look at them run the whole place
Making me angry, making me hurt
Let them eat shit, let them eat dirt

Whoo!

Make me crazy
Make me crazy
Make me crazy
Make me crazy

Dirty work, work...
Dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirty, dirt, dirty, dirty...
Yeah...

Yeah...
Yeah...

 
 

TrackTalk

There are four guitars on that one: Woody and me on the basic track, then we overdubbed two more together. Most of the time on this album we would go in and do the overdub together. THEN we might say, Oh, you do your next pass first, whatever. But for most of the tracks we kept the ones where we did the overdubs together. See, usually people say, Nah, you can't do that, have to get a good clean sound - which means they'd like to keep you separate, concentrated on one thing at a time. But there are certain things you can get with two people playing together that you're NEVER gonna do sitting in there alone with the cans on. If you're there with your mate you forget about what you're doing and just have a good time, playing licks trying to throw each other off (laughs) - and it's the triump of the evening if you CAN. That's what you try to get on a record, a few of those one-offs where you say, I'm NEVER gonna be able to do that again.

- Keith Richards, 1985

 


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