Doom and Gloom

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
First release: single, October 2012
Recording date: August 2012         Recording location: Guillaume Tell Studios, Paris, France
Producer: Don Was           Co-producer: Emile Haynie         Pre-production: Matt Clifford          Chief engineer: Krish Sharma
Chief mixer: Manny Marroquin              Performed onstage: 2012-16


Charlie Watts

Drum programming: Emile Haynie
Bass: Darryl Jones
Electric guitars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Organ: Chuck Leavell
Moog synthesizer: Jeff Bhasker
Juno synthesizer: Jeff Bhasker
Percussion & handclaps: Mick Jagger

I had a dream last night I was piloting a plane
And all the passengers were drunk and insane
I crash landed in a Louisiana swamp

Shot up a horde of zombies but I come out on top

What's it all about?
Guess it just reflects my mood
Sitting in the dirt
Feeling kind of hurt

But all I hear is doom and gloom
And all is darkness in my room
And through the light your face I see
And baby take a chance - baby won't you dance with me?

Lost all the treasure in an overseas war
It just goes to show you don't get what you paid for
Bowing to the rich and you're worrying about the poor
Put the feet up on the couch and lock all the doors

What's the funky noise?
It's a tightening of the screws
Sitting in the dirt
Feeling kind of hurt

All I hear is doom and gloom
But when those drums go boom boom boom
And through the night your face I see
And baby take a chance - baby won't you dance with me?

Yeah, baby won't you dance with me?
Ah yeah

Fracking deep for oil but there's nothing in the sump
There's kids all picking at the garbage dump
I'm running out of water so I better prime the pump
I'm trying to stay sober but I end up drunk

We'll be eating dirt
Living on the side of the road
There's some food for thought
Kind of make your head explode

Feeling kind of hurt

But all I hear is doom and gloom
And all is darkness in my room
Through the night your face I see
Baby, take a chance - won't you dance with me?

Yeah, come on
Baby, won't you dance with me?
Feeling kind of hurt
Baby, won't you dance with me?
Oh yeah, sitting in the dirt
Baby won't you dance with me?


Mick has one called Doom and Gloom. The song sounds a lot different than the title. The theme is that he's talking to a girl saying All I hear from you is doom and gloom - let's go party, let's go dance. It's an uptempo tune.
- Chuck Leavell, 2012

It was written very quickly and the band seemed to like it. It was a quick recording session.
- Mick Jagger, 2012

It was probably the quickest Rolling Stones recording session I can remember, ever. We cut two tracks in three days. It was incredibly professional. I had One More Shot ready, Mick had Doom and Gloom ready to go, so, boom, let's cut 'em.
- Keith Richards, November 2012

These two (songs) were done separately. We came together to do this very quickly. Keith said, I've got this one song I think you're gonna like. I said, Well, how fast is it? It's sort of medium fast. So I thought I'll pick one more up-tempo. I didn't think a ballad would be suitable. It needed to be two energetic songs. It was a good process, in the studio, it was easy and fun. No hanging about, which is good.
- Mick Jagger, October 2012

They're both quite up-tempo rockers. Doom and Gloom is a bit faster. We recorded them in Paris in a few days and mixed them in L.A. I hope you like them. They're quite spirited, which is what you want, quite full of energy.
- Mick Jagger, October 2012

At first I said, Hey Mick, "Doom and Gloom" is a kind of weird title for a 50-year celebration, you know? But you know what the Stones are like, it’s always against the grain. But he came up with it and it’s a great track and a really quite “funny” song, actually — there are some great lyrics.
- Keith Richards, July 2013

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