Back To Zero

Album: Dirty Work (1986)

Songfacts®:

  • Mick Jagger wrote this about his fear of a nuclear war.
  • This is the only Rolling Stones song Chuck Leavell got a writing credit for. Formerly with the Allman Brothers Band, he played keyboards with The Stones through the '80s.
  • Along with "Winning Ugly," one of 2 songs Mick Jagger wrote for Dirty Work. Keith Richards did most of the work on the album because Jagger was busy promoting his solo album, She's The Boss.

Comments: 7

  • Alastair from Stranraer, United KingdomIn Canada 'Back to Zero' was released as a B-side to the single, 'Winning Ugly'. Housed in an attractive cartoon picture sleeve.
  • Alastair from Stranraer, United KingdomThe foretelling of catastrophe is one reading ot the lyrics but if we think Jagger may be using coded metaphors for his own life and the band's present condition, the line "Back To Zero that's where we're heading" could be read as a cleaning of the slate and starting again. The track contains Stones references in lines such as "It's a monkey living on my back" and "I'm the fly inside the spider's web" (a volte-face from the Jagger of 1965 who was the predatory spider in the web).
  • Juan from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSWEET NEOCON,GUNFACE AND ANYBODY SEEN MY BABY ARE THE WORST SONGS TO ME. AND THE LYRICS OF WINNING UGLY ARE REALLY UGLY. BACK TO ZERO IS NOT MY FAVOURITE BUT FAR BETER THAN SWEET NEOCON.
  • Boris Müller from Zürich, Switzerlandneil is right: back to zero is top 5 of worst stones songs ever. winning ugly probably too.
    also horrible: suck on the jagular and sweet neocon...
  • Neil from Liverpool, U.k., Englandback to zero and winning ugly are the 2 worst things the stones ever released. I've heard better outtakes.
  • Ethan from Portland, Orworst stones song ever. what a "coincidence" that chuck helped write it.
  • Roddy from Southampton, EnglandLeavell also played keyboards in Eric Clapton's MTV unplugged and Train's Drops of Jupiter.
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