Tops

  Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
  Recording date: November 1972-January 1973, October-December 1980 & April-July 1981
Recording locations: Dynamic Sound Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Village Recorders, Los Angeles,
USA; 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        Chief engineers: Andy Johns, Baker Bigsby & Chris Kimsey
Performed onstage: 1981

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Mick Taylor (incl. solos)
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Maracas: ---
 

Ah-ha, haa...
Hey baby

Every man has the same come on: I'll make you a star
I'll take you a million miles from all this, put you on a pedestal
Come on   (come on, come on)

Have you ever heard those opening lines?
You should leave this small town way behind
I'll be your partner, show you the steps
With me behind, you're tasting of the sweet wine of success

Cause I'll, I'll take you to the top, baby  (hey baby)
I'll take you to the top

I'll take you to the top, baby

I'll take you to the top

Step on the ladder, toe in the pool
You're such a natural, you don't need no acting school
Don't need no casting couch or be a star in bed
But never, never let success go to your pretty head

Cause I'll, I'll take you to the top, baby
I swear we're never going to stop, baby

I'll take you to the top

Don't let the world pass you by
Don't let the world pass you by
Don't let the world pass you by

You better take your chance now, baby
Or be sorry for the rest of your sweet loving life, baby

Oh, sugar

Hey sugar, I'll take you to the top

I'll take you to the top, yeah

I'll take you to the top, sugar

I'll take you to the top, oh baby
Ah ya ya, ya-yah...

Ah ya ya, ya-yah...

I'll take you to the top
I'll take you to the top

I'll take you to the top

I'll take you to the top

 
 

TrackTalk

(There were) two songs on Tattoo You (I played on). One was called Tops and the other was called Waiting on a Friend.

- Mick Taylor, 1993



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