Hang Fire

  Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
  Recording date: October-December 1977, June-October 1979 & April-July 1981
Recording locations: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France
; Mobile Unit, warehouse, Paris, France;
Atlantic Studios, Electric Ladyland Studios, Hit Factory & Power Station, New York City, USA

Producers: The Glimmer Twins        Associate producer & chief engineer: Chris Kimsey
Performed onstage: 1981-82

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Ron Wood
Electric guitars: Keith Richards (incl. solo) & Mick Jagger
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Piano: Ian Stewart


Doo-doo-doo-doo doo,
doo-doo-doo-doo doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo doo-d00, doo-doo doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo doo, doo-doo-doo-doo doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo doo-doo, doo-doo doo-doo

In the sweet old country where I come from
Nobody ever works, nothing ever gets done

We hang fire
We hang fire

You know, marrying money is a full time job
I don't need the aggravation, I'm a lazy slob

I hang fire
Hang fire, hang fire, p
ut it on the wire, baby, yeah
Hang fire, hang fire, p
ut it on the wire, baby

Hang fire

We've got nothing to eat, we've got nowhere to work
Nothing to drink, we just lost our shirts
I'm on the dole, we ain't for hire
Say what the hell, say what the hell

Hang fire
Hang fire, hang fire, hang fire, p
ut it on the wire, baby
Hang fire, hang fire, hang fire, hang fire
Hang fire, hang fire, p
ut it on the wire, baby

Doo-doo-doo-doo doo,
doo-doo-doo-doo doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo doo-d00, doo-doo doo-doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo doo, doo-doo-doo-doo doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo doo-doo, doo-doo doo-doo

Hang fire, hang fire, hang fire 
(doo-doo-doo-doo doo, doo-doo-doo-doo doo)
Hang fire, hang fire, put in on the wire, baby  (doo-doo-doo-doo doo-d00, doo-doo doo-doo)
Doo-doo-doo-doo doo, doo-doo-doo-doo doo
Doo-doo-doo-doo doo-d00, doo-doo doo-doo

Yeah, take a thousand dollars, go and have some fun
Put it all on at a hundred to one
 
Hang fire
Hang fire, hang fire, p
ut it on the wire, baby  (doo-doo-doo-doo doo, doo-doo-doo-doo doo)
Hang fire, hang fire,
put it on the wire, baby  (doo-doo-doo-doo doo-d00, doo-doo doo-doo)
Hang fire, hang fire, hang fire, hang fire
  (doo-doo-doo-doo doo, doo-doo-doo-doo doo)
Put in on the wire, baby, put it on the wire  (doo-doo-doo-doo doo-d00, doo-doo doo-doo)

 

TrackTalk

It's usually me who writes those (boogie/rock & roll) tunes. I just think they're fun to do once, but they're pretty much not much fun for people to listen to all the time I suppose because many bands do that sort of thing. I don't know. Whatever comes up comes up. They sound nice. I mean they're really easy to finish and you say Oh, that's nice. Those tunes tend to be the first ones done.

- Mick Jagger, 1981


Yeah, (the song is about England): ...where I come from, nobody ever works, nothing ever gets done. They're going through their little traumas over there. It serves them right for kickin' us out.

- Keith Richards, 1981

 
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