Pretty Beat Up

Composers: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
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: Keith Richards
Electric guitars: Mick Jagger & Ron Wood
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Backing vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Electric piano: Bill Wyman
Organ: Ian Stewart
Saxophone: David Sanborn
Horns: CHOPS (The Sugarhill Horn Section)
 

Pretty beat up, pretty beat up

Ow, yeah, since you put me down  (pretty beat up, pretty beat up)
Yeah, since you left me lying around  (pretty beat up, pretty beat up)

Since you 86'd me - yeah   (pretty beat up)
And never re-stitched me   (pretty beat up)
My face is a mess   (pretty beat up)

Yeah, yeah, you should see my face  (pretty beat up, pretty beat up)
Yeah, it's a mess  (pretty beat up, pretty beat up)
You ought to see inside, in my heart  (pretty beat up, pretty beat up)

I'm marked for life  (pretty beat up)
I'm marked for life
Pretty beat up, p
retty beat up
Pretty beat up, pretty beat up

Pretty beat up, pretty beat up
Pretty beat up, pretty beat up

Yeah, that's right, baby
Ow! Pretty beat up

Pretty beat up
 
Like...  (pretty beat up, pretty beat up)
Yeah, I'm just like a battered baby, just left on the street  (pretty beat up, pretty beat up)
You ought to see the state I'm... I've been cut with a razor  (pretty beat up, pretty beat up)

Don't you cut me up, don't you cut me up
Don't you cut me up  (pretty beat up)
Oh baby  (pretty beat up)
Pretty beat up

Pretty beat up


Pretty beat up
 
 

TrackTalk

Ronnie is the main instigator and part writer of Pretty Beat Up. The chord sequence was his and I came up with the title and Mick added extra lyrics.

- Keith Richards, 1983


Pretty Beat Up, that's a song not really about very much. It's just about losing a woman. We could've made it the other way around. We could've sung She's pretty beat up or I beat her up, but the song's not actually about that.

- Mick Jagger, 1983

 
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