Gunface

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: March-July 1997
Recording location: Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producers: Danny Saber & The Glimmer Twins       Chief engineer: John X Volaitis
Mixer: John X Volaitis         Never performed onstage

Line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Danny Saber
Electric guitars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Danny Saber
Slide electric guitar: Ron Wood
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Keyboards: Danny Saber
Percussion (incl. congas): Jim Keltner
 

Going to go downtown, going to get my gun
Going to dress real sharp, going to beat my drum and
I ain't going to lie

Going to walk so slow, going to talk just right
And my diamond ring going to shine so bright and
I ain't going to lie

I've got a debt to repay
I ain't going to cry
I put a gun in your face
You'll pay with your life - yeah

Yeah, and I've got my ears and I've got my eyes
And I've got my narks and my alibis
I won't waste your time

Making one false move, making one mistake
When the juice is squeezed, that's the way it breaks
You'll pay for the crime

Your tongue licking way out of place
I'll rip it out, yeah
I'll stick a gun in your face
You'll pay with your life

But I'll tell you


I taught her everything
I taught her how to dream
I taught her everything
I'm going to teach her how to scream

I taught her all she knows
I taught her how to lie
I taught her everything
I'm going teach her how to cry


And you caused me hurt and you caused me pain
And you turned the tap on my burning rage
Now I can't put it out

Going to leave no sign, going to leave no trace
Going to leave this town in a state of grace
Give me the power

I'll tell you

I've got a debt to repay
I ain't going to lie
I put a gun in your face
You'll pay for the crime


I'll tell you

I taught her everything
I taught her how to speak
I taught her all she knows
I taught her how to eat

I half invented her
And now she acts so chic
I taught her everything
But now she's obsolete

I taught her everything
How to read and write
I taught her all she knows
She was a neophyte

I taught her everything
I loved to watch that glow
I taught her everything
And now I want to see her go

I taught her everything - ah yeah


I've got a debt to repay
I ain't going to cry
I put a gun in your face
You'll pay with your life


I taught her everything
Yeah, I taught her how to cheat
I taught her all she knows
She was so indiscreet

I taught her everything
I taught her how to lie
I taught her everything
I'm going to teach her how to cry

Yeah

I taught her everything - oh yeah
Ah

Ah...
Ah - ah
Ah
Ah

 

 

TrackTalk

I could have easily sat in another room, fucked off with a computer and looped everything. I know there was a bit of tape swapping going on with the record. But I wanted to be there in the room, to play with them. For me, it was a big thrill. One side of you is being professional and getting your job done. And the other side of you is like, I'm fucking jamming with the Stones, dude. You feel like Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

- Danny Saber, July 1997


Gunface is quite a provocative song. It's about a guy who wants to kill his girlfriend's lover. Most of the songs are of a personal nature but this one is not.

- Mick Jagger, 1997


I think that Gunface is great, I've always thought that was a good (song). (I)t's a bit like a Howlin'Wolf song to me.

- Charlie Watts, 1997


I really enjoyed that because it gave me a chance to play my slide on it. I love to play slide guitar. And I enjoyed working with Danny Saber and Johnny X as well, very good people.

- Ron Wood, 1997



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