Start Me Up

  Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

Recording locations: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France; Electric Ladyland Studios
& Atlantic Studios, New York City
January-March 1978, June-December 1979 & April-June 1981
7“ single  14th August 1981
Performed onstage: 1981-82, 1989-90, 1994-95, 1997-99, 2002-03,  2005-07


Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman 
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood


If you start me up
If you start me up, I'll never stop

I've been running hot
You've got me (...) my top

You make a grown man cry

Spread out the oil, the gasoline
I walk smooth, ride in a mean, mean machine
Start it up

If you start me up
Kick on the starter, give it all you got
I can't compete
With the riders in the other heats

If you rough it up
If you like it, you can slide it up

Don't make a grown man cry

My eyes dilate, my lips go green
My hands are greasy, she's a mean, mean machine

Start it up

Start me up
Ah give it all you've got - you've got to never, never, never stop
Start me up
Ah don't trip me up, just start me up

Never, never, never...

Ride like the wind at double speed
I'll take you places that you've never, never seen

Start it up
Love the day when we will never stop, never stop...
Start me up
Never stop, never stop

You, you, you make a grown man cry
You, you (you) make a dead man come
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