Dirty Work

Album: Dirty Work (1986)
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  • Living high, sitting in the sun
    Sit on your ass till your work is done
    You lazy mother, your hands are clean
    You pull the strings and you got the clout
    There's something filthy living in your mouth
    Pushing your buttons you get away free

    You let somebody do the dirty work
    Find some loser, find some jerk
    Find some dumb ass do it all for free
    Let somebody do the dirty work
    Find some loser, find some jerk
    Find some greaseball, yeah

    It's beginning to make me angry
    I'm beginning to hate it
    You're a user, you're a user
    I'm gonna shake you

    Let somebody do the dirty work
    I never see no grease on you baby
    Never roll your sleeves up, do you, never baby
    Let somebody do the dirty work
    Find some fucker, find some jerk
    Do it all, do it all for free

    While you're out having all the fun
    They'll take the blame when the trouble comes
    Let somebody do it, do it

    It's beginning to make me angry
    I'm beginning to hate you
    You're a user, I hate you
    When you push you make me crazy

    Let somebody do it all for free
    Let somebody do the dirty work
    Let somebody do it all for free
    Let somebody do the dirty work
    Let somebody do the dirty work
    Pushing it harder, pushing it harder Writer/s: KEITH RICHARDS, MICK JAGGER
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 2

  • Alastair from Stranraer, United KingdomAn outtake from the sessions shows that in an earlier version of the song, the phrase Dirty Work was reference to sexual shenanigans. Before Jagger (was it he?) decided on a different theme.
  • Susan from Toronto, CanadaIt's funny Mick sings this song, because Keith apparently wrote this song ABOUT Mick. Mick was also working on his first solo album SHE'S THE BOSS at the time DIRTY WORK was being recorded. Keith felt the other Stones were working hard on DIRTY WORK and Mick would just pop in briefly to record his vocals and leave. This lines like, "You never roll your sleeves up do you ever, baby?" So Mick is actually singing a song critical of himself!
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