Neighbors

  Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: June-October 1979, October-December 1980 & 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, 2002-03

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood (incl. solo)
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger 
Backing vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jennifer McLean & Susan McLean  
Piano: Ian Stewart
Saxophone: Sonny Rollins
 

Neighbors, neighbors, neighbors

Neighbors, have I got neighbors, have I got neighbors
All day and all night
Neighbors, have I got neighbors ringing my doorbells
All day and all night

Ladies, have I got crazies, screaming young babies
And no piece and no quiet
I got TV's, saxophone playing, groaning and straining
With the trouble and strife

Is it any wonder
Is it any wonder
Is it any wonder
That we fuss and fight?

Neighbors, do unto strangers, do unto neighbors
What you do to yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself


Is it any wonder
Is it any wonder
Is it any wonder
That we fuss and fight?

Neighbors, do unto strangers, do unto neighbors
What you do to yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself


Neighbors, neighbors, neighbors, neighbors


Neighbors, neighbors, neighbors, neighbors


Neighbors, do yourself a favor, don't you mess with my baby
When I'm working all night
You know that neighbors steal off of my table, steal off of my table
Ain't doing all right, all right, all right, all right

Neighbors, do unto strangers, do unto strangers
What you do to yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself,
yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself, yourself
All right

 
 

TrackTalk

(There's no slide on Neighbors), but it sounds like it. Ron plays that solo, and a lot of his things on regular guitar sound like they're slide. He's wangled a way of playing it without them, because he keeps losing them (laughs). At the start of that solo he's bending about four strings. Sounds like slide.

- Keith Richards, 1982


Yeah, Patti and I (have been evicted from apartments in New York). Mick wrote the lyrics to that - and he NEVER has trouble with neighbors... I have a knack of finding a whole building of very cool people, you know, but there'll be one uncool couple... Neighbors is the first song I think Mick's every really written for me. It's one I wish I'd written, that.

- Keith Richards, 1981



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