I'm Gonna Drive

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
First release: Out of Tears single B-side, October 1994
Recording date: September 1993, November 1993-April 1994
Recording locations: Sandymount Studios, Ron Wood's home, St. Kildare, Ireland; Windmill Lane
Recording, Dublin, Ireland; & A&M Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA

Producers: Don Was & The Glimmer Twins       Chief engineer: Don Smith
Never performed onstage

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Darryl Jones
Acoustic guitar: Mick Jagger
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Slide electric guitar: Ron Wood
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocal: Ron Wood

I've got itchy fingers, I've got muddy feet
And my mind is wandering in the steaming heat
My head is swimming full of dirty lies
I'm tired of spinning freaky alibis - ah

Mm yeah

I need open spaces to clear my head
Need a clearer view on the road ahead
Need to fill my tank, check the oil
Fix the air conditioner or I'm going to boil

I'm going to drive

I'm going to drive

To the edge of this a-world

Ah yeah

I've seen fire, disaster and hurricane
And sad eyed people and dirty dreams
And battered suitcases and crying kids
And resignation at how life is

And easy money, wine that flows
And pretty pictures of sailing boats
And double dealers who take it back
If he should muddy your daughters, then thrown him back

I'm going to drive

I'm going to drive

I'm crying alive

I'm going to drive

To the edge of this a-world

Oh yes

I'm going through a desert across a plain
To the lonely mountain full of cloud and rain
Going to scream out loud at the rising sun
Going to ask for pleasure when my day is done

Hear my praying

I'm going to drive

I'm going to drive

I'm going to lie

I'm going to drive

Mm mm mm

Yeah, I'm going to drive

To the edge of this a-world, yeah

Lie, lie, lie - oh!



I wrote the B-side of the single Love Is Strong (on demand). Don Was said, Well, you know, we should have the B-sides done this week. It was always, like, next week we were gonna do the B-sides. And when we were there the last night in Dublin, Don said, Well, we should really have done the B-sides. I said, Well, I didn't do any B-sides. I didn't write any B-sides. He said, Well, couldn't you just go and write them? This is like at the end of the 6 weeks. And I said, Don, I feel, like, really tired. I do not want to write the B-sides. And he said, Well, why can't you just go in the corner of the cafeteria and do them? I said, Okay, I'll try it. So I went in and wrote The Storm and the next one, which is called Jump on Top of Me, and the next one, which is called, ah... (laughs). I forget what I called it! It's called Drive something - I don't know - Ride All Night or something. I can't remember; I changed it. But anyway, I wrote the three of them in one go. Walked in the room and just sat down and played them. And then we did them all in one take. So they were written and played all in one take. So that's writing on demand. And then I'll finish the lyrics up later.

- Mick Jagger, 1994

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