Always Suffering

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: March-July 1997
Recording location: Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producers: Don Was, Pierre de Beauport & The Glimmer Twins
Chief engineers: Ed Cherney & Dan Bosworth
Mixer: Ed Cherney            Never performed onstage


Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Darryl Jones
Acoustic guitar: Waddy Wachtel
Electric guitars: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Pedal steel guitar: Ron Wood
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Darryl Jones, Waddy Wachtel, Jim Keltner, Bernard Fowler, Doug Wimbish & Blondie Chaplin
Organ: Benmont Tench
Piano: Benmont Tench
Tambourine: Blondie Chaplin
Percussion: Jim Keltner

Let's take a walk, just you and me
And talk of days gone by
Across the fields, under the trees
Let's speak of you and I

While the whole world was wondering
We walked a steady line
When all our friends were wavering
We kept on trying

Mm, now we're always suffering
Already lost
Always suffering
Already lost

Remember when, on summer days
I would sing a lover's song
How you would smile, shower me with praise
And the sun shined on

Now the rain is falling slow
And the nights grow long
And the train cries out so hauntingly
She is gone

Now we're always suffering
Already lost
We're always suffering
Already lost

Please take these flowers, smell the perfume
Let your soul come alive
Let there be hope, hope in your heart
That our love may revive

Ah yes

For life is but a chance
On a wind swept hill
And the seeds of love are swirling above
Let them be still

Oh yes, but we're always suffering
We're already lost
Always suffering
Already lost - yeah

Oh yes, falling

Always suffering
We're already lost

Already lost



As they say in Jamaica, it is rough to be de king, mon. It still hurts, even with a few mil. Certain things get through. Mind you, I didn't write that song. Added some strings with Woody and Waddy, but didn't write it... I still haven't fully analyzed all (Mick's) lyrics - not that I often do. I don't know, maybe he IS always suffering! (laughs)

- Keith Richards, September 1997

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