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Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones

Start Me Up

Tattoo You
classic rock rock the rolling stones 80s british


'Start Me Up' is a song by The Rolling Stones featured on the 1981. album "Tattoo You" and is often used to open the Stones' concerts. The song opens with what has since become a trademark riff for Keith Richards. It is this, coupled with Charlie Watts' steady backbeat and Bill Wyman's echoing bass, that comprises most of the song. Lead guitarist Ronnie Wood can clearly be heard playing a layered variation of Richards' main riff. Often live versions of the song are lengthened by giving Wood a solo near the middle of the song, pieces of which can be heard throughout the original recording. 'Start Me Up' peaked at No. 7 on the UK Singles Charts in August 1981., where it remains a significant single as the Stones have not been back into the UK Top 10 since. In Australia, the song reached No. 1 in November 1981. In the United States, 'Start Me Up' spent three weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard Top Tracks chart.


The Rolling Stones are an English rock group that formed in London in 1962. First popular in Europe, they quickly became successful in North America during the "British Invasion" of the mid-60s. Since then, their worldwide sales are estimated at more than 200 million albums. In 1989, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004, they ranked number 4 in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2008, Billboard Show more ...

Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones

(M. Jagger/K. Richards)

If you start me up
If you start me up I ll never stop
If you start me up
If you start me up I ll never stop
I ve been running hot
You got me ticking gonna blow my top
If you start me up
If you start me up I ll never stop
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 it up
Kick on the starter give it all you got, you got, 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, 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
If start me up
Give it all you got
You got to never, never, never stop
Never, never
Slide it up
You make a grown man cry
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
Never stop, never stop
Tough me up
Never stop, never stop, never stop
You, you, you make a grown man cry
You, you make a dead man cum
You, you make a dead man cum



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