Waiting on a Friend

  Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

Recording locations: Dynamic Sound Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris,
France; & Atlantic Studios, New York City
November-December 1972, June-October 1979 & April-June 1981
 7“ single  30th November 1981
Performed onstage: 1981, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2007


Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Mick Taylor
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Saxophone: Sonny Rollins
Percussion: Jimmy Miller

Watching girls go passing by
It ain't the latest thing
I'm just standing in a doorway
I'm just trying to make some sense

Out of these girls go passing by
The tales they tell of men

(But) I'm not waiting on a lady
I'm just waiting on a friend

A smile relieves a heart that grieves
Remember what I said

Don't need a whore, I don't need no booze
Don't need a virgin priestess
But I need someone I can cry to
I need someone to protect

Making love and breaking hearts
It is a game for youth

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