Rock and a Hard Place

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

Recording locations: Air Studios, Montserrat, Virgin Islands & Olympic Studios, London
March-June 1989
Rock and a Hard Place single 13th November 1989
Performed onstage: 1989-90, 1995, 1997, 2002

Line-up:

Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Electric guitars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Background vocals: Bernard Fowler, Lisa Fischer & Sarah Dash
Keyboards: Matt Clifford & Chuck Leavell
Brass: The Kick Horns
 

The fields of Eden are full of trash
And if we beg and we borrow and steal, we'll never get it back
People are hungry, they crowd around
And the city gets bigger as the country comes begging to town

We're stuck between a rock and a hard place
Between a rock and a hard place

This talk of freedom and human rights
Means bullying and private wars and chucking all the dust into our eyes
And peasant people poorer than dirt
Who are caught in the crossfire and have nothing to lose but their shirts, yes

You'd better stop, put on a kind face
Between a rock and a hard place

We're in the same boat on the same sea
And we're sailing south on the same breeze
Building dream churches with silver spires
And our rogue children are playing loaded dice

You'd better stop

Yeah, (...)

Give me the truth now, don't want no sham
I'd be hung, drawn and quartered for a sheep just as a well as a lamb

We're stuck between a rock and a hard place
A rock and a hard place
You'd better stop, put on a kind face

Oh yeah, can't you see what you're doing to me?

Between a rock and a hard place
That's what I said
Yeah, you better stop (...)

Yeah, I can't believe (...)
Yeah, come on now
Yeah
 
 

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