Keep Up Blues

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards 
Recording date: January-March 1978 & August-September 2011
Recording locations: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France; La Fourchette, Pocé sur Cisse, France; Electric Lady Studio, NY and/or Berkeley Street Studios, Santa Monica, USA 
Producers: The Glimmer Twins, Chris KimseyDon Was           Chief engineers: Chris Kimsey, Krish Sharma & Matt Clifford
Mixer: Bob Clearmountain                     
Never performed onstage


Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitar(s): Keith Richards
Slide electric guitar: Ron Wood
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Harmonica: Mick Jagger 

I've got a new suit, kind of Italian style
It’s got a low-cut collar, kind of carved behind
Stitched in the waist and it's real tight in the butt - that's right
You better watch out, baby, see me strut my stuff

Yeah, come on

Yeah my shirt’s made in England and my shoes in Rome
You know I’m coming, smell my cologne
You've got to keep up, baby, keep up with the times - yeah, you better
Well better watch out, you’ll be left lagging far behind

Ah yeah
Keep up, baby, keep up

I've got a new apartment, the view's sublime
Sit on my sofa and let’s pass some time
The roof is leaking, oh the rent is high - yes it is
I've got to keep up, baby, keep up with the times

Yeah, you've got to keep up now, keep up

I, I've got a new actress, she ain't been in much
Except for filling a cocktail bar
But said she got a break, she got a starring part - listen - in a movie
If I don’t watch out, I’ll be pushing a shopping cart - that'll be me

You've got to keep up, baby, keep up, baby
Keep up, baby, keep up with the times, yeah
That's right, keep up with the times
Well if you don't watch out, you’ll be left lagging far behind
All right

What I said


I guess we didn't want to finish the blues or they were just sitting there. They didn't really have any lyrics or anything, the blues ones. They were in different states... Keep Up Blues, that didn't have anything.
- Mick Jagger, 2011

This contains a very humorous lyric all about keeping up with the times. It's an amusing one. No angst involved.
- Mick Jagger, 2011

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