Had It with You

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
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Saxophone: Ron Wood
Harmonica: Mick Jagger
 

And I love you, dirty fucker
Sister and brother
Moaning in the moonlight
Singing for your supper

Cause I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you
And I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you

Always trying to taunt me
Always seemed to haunt me
Serving out injunctions
Shouting out instructions

Cause I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you
And I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it, we're through
And I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you

And I loved you with a passion

In and out of fashion
Always stuck behind you
Others tried to blind you

And I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you
And I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you
And I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you

Oh, oh

It is such a sad thing
To watch a love all dry
I've had it up to here, baby
I've got to say goodbye

Cause I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you
And I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you

Yeah, you loved me in the lean years
Loved you in the fat ones
You're a mean mistreater
You're a dirty, dirty rat scum

Yeah I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you
And I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you
Oh I had it, I had it, I had it, I had it with you

Had it with you
Had it with you
Had it with you
Had it with you
Had it with you
Had it with you - ooh
Had it with you
Had it with you

Whoo!

 
 
TrackTalk

I wrote Had It with You in Ronnie's front room in Chiswick, right on the banks of the Thames. We were waiting to go to Paris, but the weather was so dodgy that we were stranded until the Dover ferry started rolling again. Peter Cook and (my father) were hanging about. There was no heating, and the only way to keep warm was to turn on the amps. I don't think I'd ever written a song before, apart maybe from All About You, in which I realized I was actually singing about Mick.
- Keith Richards, Life (2010)


Had It with You
was... just a couple of takes. I went in the control room and said, I'm not playing on this one, you lot get in there - the original band - and it was great. Mick did that live harp, and I just put a little sax in the background, like a rhythm sax.
- Ron Wood, 1988


Yeah, the basic track was cut with Charlie on drums, me on guitar and Mick on vocal and harp. We tried it with the full band and we realized we were just sounding like the Rolling Stones doing the Rolling Stones' favorite sort of Ye Olde Famous Rolling Stones Sound. But then, when we took the bass and the piano and the extra guitars off, it just sat right on the button. It came off sounding like a live radio broadcast that way. And at a slightly later date Ronnie and I did one overdub at the same time. But, I mean, there's nothing in the RULE BOOK that says you've GOT to have a bass on there. And then there's that middle breakdown part that almost trips over itself (laughs). Cutting a good blues track is not easy: it's all been done a million times, and to add something new to it is not so much a matter of THOUGHT as FEEL.
- Keith Richards, 1985


That thicker, overdriven (guitar) sound on Had It with You comes from changing the settings on the Fender Twin, that's all.
- Alan Rogan, guitar technician



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