Torn and Frayed

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording location: Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, USA December 1971-March 1972
Performed onstage: 1972, 2002


Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Pedal steel guitar: Al Perkins
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Mick Taylor
Harmony vocal: Keith Richards
Background vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Organ: Jim Price

Hey, let him follow you down

Way underground, wind and he's bound
Bound to follow you down
Just a dead beat right off the street
Bound to follow you down

Well the ballrooms and smelly bordellos
And dressing rooms filled with parasites
Onstage the band has got problems
They're a bag of nerves on first nights

He ain't tied down to no hometown
Yeah, and you thought he was reckless
You think he's bad, he thinks you're mad
Yeah, and the guitar player gets restless

Well (And) his coat is torn and frayed
It's seen much better days
Just as long as the guitar plays
Let it steal your heart away

Joe's got a cough, sounds kind of rough
Yeah, and the codeine to fix it
Doctor prescribes, drugstore supplies
Who's going to help him to kick it?

Just as long as the guitar plays

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