Undercover of the Night

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
 Recording locations: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France;
Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas; & The Hit Factory, New York City  

January-March & May-August 1983

7“ single 1st November 1983

7“ single LIVE May 1991 
Performed onstage: 1989, 1994-95, 1999, 2002, 2006

 

 

Vocals: Mick Jagger
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Drums: Charlie Watts & Sly Dunbar
Bass: Robbie Shakespeare
Keyboards: Chuck Leavell
Percussion: Charlie Watts, Sly Dunbar

 

Hear the screams in Center 42
Loud enough to bust your brains out
The opposition's tongue is cut in two
Keep off the street 'cause you're in danger

One hundred thousand "disparus"
Lost in the jails in South America

Curl up, baby, curl up tight
Cuddle up, baby, keep all I say
Undercover, keep all I say
Undercover of the night

The sex police are out there on the streets
Make sure the passed laws are not broken
The race militia has got itchy fingers
All the way from New York back to Africa

Curl up, baby, keep all I say
Cuddle up, baby, keep all I say
Undercover, undercover
Undercover, keep all I say
Undercover of the night

All the young men, they've been rounded up
And sent to camps back in the jungle
And people whisper, people double-talk
Once proud fathers act so humble

All the young girls they have got the blues
They're heading on back to Center 42

Keep it undercover, keep all I say
Undercover, keep all I say
Undercover

Keep all I say
Undercover of the night

Down in the bars, the girls are painted blue
Done up in lace, done up in rubber
The Johns are jerky little G.I. Joes
On R&R from Cuba and Russia

The smell of sex, the smell of suicide
All these dream things I can't keep inside

Undercover, keep all I say
Undercover of the night

Undercover of the night
 
 

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