Tie You Up
(The Pain of Love)

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: Ron Wood
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood (incl. solo)
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Backing vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Electric piano: Chuck Leavell
Organ: Chuck Leavell
Bongos: Martin Ditcham
Percussion: Martin Ditcham
 

You're deaf to it, blind to it
Then
like a thunder clap
Feel the prickles
Slipping up and down your back


Why so divine?
The pain of love


You have to work at it, stay with it
P
ay for it, bust your ass
Lie for it, cheat for it
Forget about your past


Why so divine?
The pain of love


You dream of it passionately
You get aroused from it
Feel the hot come
Dripping on your thigh

Tell me w
hy? Let's simplify
The pain of love


You know, sometimes you crave for it, cry for it
Women will die for it
Looking back, cut the crap
Was it really worth the rap?

It's hard to survive
The pain of love


Well ain't that right

And I need a time out
Time to make my mind up

Substitute a line out
I'll be back next season with a bang


No release from the jail
No parole, no bail
Hard leather, 50 lashes
Heartbreak and money splashes

It's hard to survive
The pain of love


Well all right

The old maid is rouging up
Applying the final touches
Though she's late for the dance
I'll tell you tonight she's really going to have a ball

She's going to really tie me up
She's going to really tie me up
She's going to really tie me up
She's going to really tie me up

She's going to really tie me up
She's going to really tie me up

Yeah, the pains of love
Why they say divine?
The pains of love
 
Yeah (The pain of love)
Don't hurt me, don't hurt me, don't hurt me, don't hurt me  (the pain of love)

(Why so divine?)

Yeah, the pains of love

Yeah, that's what they call it, that's what they call it  (the pain of love)
Whoo! Baby, tie me up  (the pain of love)


Tie me up, tie me up
Tie me up  (the pain of love)

(The pain of love)  Don't abuse it
(The pain of love)  Don't abuse it

So divine, so divine
The pain of love
 
Don't hurt me, don't hurt me, don't hurt me, don't hurt me

Don't hurt me, don't hurt me, don't hurt me, don't hurt me, don't...


 
 

TrackTalk

(I)n a way, it's a matter of going back and emphasizing certain things... The Stones really laying it on thick. Yet it's treated in a different way. You can put out Tie You Up, which is kind of funny 'cause of all that shit that went down - some mouthy feminists... It's just a point of view. We only want to highlight it. By highlighting it, we hope that we're gonna make people aware of it. But then you get the very people you're trying to help and they're the first ones who start screaming. Because they take it on that literal level, Oh, "Tie You Up", the Stones just want to enslave you. Most of those chicks probably never had (S&M) anyway.

- Keith Richards, 1983


Pain of Love... is really just a playful song, I think. Just a kind of Lowell Fullsom soul riff with a little smash of S&M... Love is painful sometimes, sex too... or you can make it painful if you want to. Lots of people are fascinated by it because everyone understands the pains of love and parting. And I'm not really an S&M freak or anything. If I were I'd say so... and I'd get a lot of calls (laughs).

- Mick Jagger, 1983



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