19th Nervous Breakdown

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA, December 1965
 First release:7"Single, February 1966

Performed onstage: 1966-67, 1997-98, 2005

 

 

Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Brian Jones
Drums: Charlie Watts 
Bass: Bill Wyman
Background vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Piano: Ian Stewart
 

You're the kind of person you meet at certain dismal, dull affairs
Centre of a crowd, talking much too loud, running up and down the stairs
Well it seems to me that you have seen too much in too few years
And though you've tried, you just can't hide, your eyes are edged with tears

You better stop, look around
Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes, here it comes
Here comes your 19th nervous breakdown

When you were a child you were treated kind but never brought up right
You were always spoiled with a thousand toys but still you cried all night
Your mother who neglected you owes a million dollars tax
And your father's still perfecting ways of making sealing wax

Oh who's to blame?
That girl's just insane
Well nothing I do don't seem to work
It only seems to make matters worse
So please

You were still in school when you had that fool who really messed your mind
And after that you turned your back on treating people kind
On our first trip I tried so hard to rearrange your mind
But after awhile I realized you were disarranging mine

Here it comes
Here comes your 19th nervous breakdown