Jigsaw Puzzle

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: March & July 1968
Recording locations:
Olympic Sound Studios, London, England & Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producers: Jimmy Miller        Chief engineers: Eddie Kramer & Glyn Johns
Never performed onstage

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Slide electric guitar: Keith Richards
Vocal: Mick Jagger
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Synthesizer: Bill Wyman
Mellotron: Brian Jones
 

There's a tramp sitting on my doorstep trying to waste his time
With his mentholated sandwich, he's a walking clothes line
And here comes the bishop's daughter on the other side
And she looks a trifle jealous, she's been an outcast all her life

Me, I'm waiting so patiently
Lying on the floor
I'm just trying to do my jigsaw puzzle
Before it rains anymore

Oh the gangster looks so frightening with his luger in his hand
But when he gets home to his children, he's a family man
But when it comes to the nitty-gritty, he can shove in his knife
Yes he really looks quite religious, he's been an outlaw all his life

Me, I'm waiting so patiently
Lying on the floor
I'm just trying to do this jigsaw puzzle
Before it rains anymore

Yes, yes now
Oh, all right


Me, I'm waiting so patiently
Lying on the floor
I'm just trying to do this jigsaw puzzle
Before it rains anymore

Oh the singer he looks angry at being thrown to the lions
And the bass player he looks nervous about the girls outside
And the drummer he's so shattered trying to keep up time
And the guitar players look damaged, they've been outcasts all their lives

Me, I'm waiting so patiently
Lying on the floor
I'm just trying to do this jigsaw puzzle
Before it rains anymore

Oh there's 20 000 grandmas wave their hankies in the air
And burning up their pensions and shouting It's not fair
There's a regiment of soldiers standing, looking on
And the Queen is bravely shouting What the hell is going on? 
With a blood-curdling Tally-ho, she charged into the ranks
And blessed all those grandmas who with their dying breaths screamed Thanks
 
Me, I'm just waiting so patiently
With my woman on the floor
We're just trying to do this jigsaw puzzle
Before it rains anymore

All right, hey, hey, hey, all right, all right



 
 
TrackTalk

Don't tempt me, man! I love it as a track, but trying to play it onstage, I don't know. But I will put it to the boys if you like!
- Keith Richards, 2013, asked if the Rolling Stones ever considered to perform it in concert


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