It Must Be Hell

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: November-December 1982 & April-August 1983
Recording locations: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France
; Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas; & The Hit Factory, New York City
Producers: The Glimmer Twins & Chris Kimsey       Chief engineer: Chris Kimsey
Never performed onstage

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Rhythm electric guitars: Keith Richards
Lead (slide) electric guitars: Ron Wood
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Backing vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Electric piano: Chuck Leavell
Percussion (incl. maracas, bongos): Martin Ditcham, Moustapha Cisse and Brahms Coundoul
 

We've got trouble, that's for sure
We've got millions unemployed
Some kids can't write, some kids can't read
Some kids are hungry, some overeat

Well

Our TV leader boldly speaks
The words of Christ, he tries to preach
We need more power to hold the line
The strength of darkness still abides

It must be hell
Living in the world, suffering in the world like you
It must be hell
Living in the world, suffering in the world like you

Keep in a straight line, stay in tune
No need to worry, only fools
End up in prison or conscience cells
Or in asylums they help to build

It must be hell
Living in the world, suffering in the world like you - you, you, you, you, you
It must be hell
Living in the world, suffering in the world like you
Yes, it must be hell
Suffering in the world like you

Whoo, whoo!

Whoo, whoo!

Yeah, yeah

We're free to worship, free to speak
We're free to kill, it's guaranteed
We've got our problems, that's for sure
Clean up the backyard, don't lock the door

It must be hell
Living in the world, suffering in the world like you
Yes, it must be hell
Living in the world, suffering in the world like you

I said we, we ain't gonna drown
I said we, we ain't gonna drown

I said we, we are heaven bound
I said we, we are heaven bound
I said we, we are heaven bound
I said we, we are heaven bound
I said we, we are heaven bound
I said we, we are heaven bound
I said we, we are heaven bound
I said we, we are heaven bound
 
 

TrackTalk

Yeah, I had a lot of trouble explaining that to these German people. They said, (affecting German accent) You sound so ARROGANT. You are living in such a good vay. And the other people who do the vorking are living in Hell. I said, Well, that's not what it's about. I think I didn't get it right, I didn't get my point across (laughs). The point is... Well, ONE of the points is: even though in the West we have a tremendous load of problems, in the East they have even more. That's really the point.

- Mick Jagger, 1984



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