Family

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

Recording location: Olympic Sound Studios, London June 1968
First release: Metamorphosis, June 1975

Never performed onstage



 


Mick Jagger: Vocal
Keith Richards:Acoustic guitar & Electric guitars
Charlie Watts: Drums
Bill Wyman: Bass
Nicky Hopkins: Piano
Jimmy Miller: Maracas
Jimmy Miller: Tambourine




Lyric:

Here's father, his heart screwed on
Yes here he's got (?) he's not sure
Cause he lost his life in an accident
They found his heart in the man next door

"What exactly's going to happen?"
He says with his pressed down mouth
"Will my borrowed brain still compute the same
Or will my daughter stop her sleeping out?"

Here comes the girl, she's got her head screwed on
But it ain't screwed on right
Her ambition is to be a prostitute
But the breaks just weren't right

What exactly's going to happen, tell me
When her father finds out
That his virgin daughter has bordello dreams
And that he is the one she wants to try out?

Yeah

Here is ma, she is living dangerously
As I said, she'll try anything twice
She thinks she can run right to the whirlpool's edge
And stop herself just in time

What exactly's going to happen
When she finally fizzles out?
And the lovers will just be sucked in two
To see what the colors of death are all about

Here's the son, he has his legs screwed on
Yeah they're screwed on pretty tight
But his brain is loose and it ain't no use
He's already lost the fight

What exactly's going to happen
When he's finally realized
That he can't play his guitar like E.G. Gin
Or write St. Augustine if he tried?

What exactly's going to happen
When the family finds out
That they've been in orbit now for a thousand years
And need a thousand more to climb out?