Winning Ugly

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording locations: RPM Studios, New York City July-October 1985
7“ single B-side May 1991 
Never performed onstage

Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Electric guitars: Keith Richards
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: John Regan or Ivan Neville
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Kirsty MacColl, Janice Pendarvis & Dollette McDonald
Synthesizer: Chuck Leavell


I want to be on top, forever on the up
And damn the competition
I never play it fair, I never turn a hair
Just like the politicians

I wrap my conscience up, I want to win that cup
And get my money baby
But back in the dressing room
The other side is weeping

And we're winning, winning ugly (yeah)

And we're heading for the heartbreak
Heading for the blues

I will not act unkind, I will not be so blind
I will not walk so proud, come down from off my cloud

How can I live my life this way?
Beauty is staring me in the face
Ain't that the truth?

Hold on
Come on girl

Look out for number one, my country right or wrong
Let the devil take the hindmost
I was brought up to cheat so long as the referee
Wasn't looking

I'm never wrong at all, I always fight the call
I don't admit it
But back in the dressing room
The other side is screaming

Come on, baby
Come on, girl
A little bit louder
Walk a little bit prouder

Pretty, pretty, pretty

That's all right
Come on, girl
Watch me sinning...

Winning ugly
Come on, stay (...)
Stay on it, girl

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