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The Rolling Stones - Shattered

(M. Jagger/K. Richards)

Shattered, shattered
Love and hope and sex and dreams
Are still surviving on the street
Look at me, I m in tatters!
I m a shattered
Friends are so alarming
And my lover s never charming
Life s just a cocktail party on the street
Big Apple
People dressed in plastic bags
Directing traffic
Some kind of fashion
Laughter, joy, and loneliness and sex and sex and sex and sex
Look at me, I m in tatters
I m a shattered
All this chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter bout
Shmatta, shmatta, shmatta -- I can t give it away on 7th Avenue
This town s been wearing tatters (shattered, shattered)
Work and work for love and sex
Ain t you hungry for success, success, success, success
Does it matter? (Shattered) Does it matter?
I m shattered.
Ahhh, look at me, I m a shattered
I m a shattered
Look at me- I m a shattered, yeah
Pride and joy and greed and sex
That s what makes our town the best
Pride and joy and dirty dreams and still surviving on the street
And look at me, I m in tatters, yeah
I ve been battered, what does it matter
Does it matter, uh-huh
Does it matter, uh-huh, I m a shattered
Don t you know the crime rate is going up, up, up, up, up
To live in this town you must be tough, tough, tough, tough, tough!
You got rats on the west side
Bed bugs uptown
What a mess this town s in tatters I ve been shattered
My brain s been battered, splattered all over Manhattan
Uh-huh, this town s full of money grabbers
Go ahead, bite the Big Apple, don t mind the maggots, huh
Shadoobie, my brain s been battered
My friends they come around they
Flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter
Pile it up, pile it high on the platter

"Shattered" is a song by The Rolling Stones from their 1978 album Some Girls. The song is seen as a reflection of American lifestyles and life in 1970s-era New York City, but also influences from the English punk movement can be heard. Recorded from October to December 1977, "Shattered" features lyrics by Mick Jagger on a guitar riff by Keith Richards. Jagger commented in a Rolling Stone interview that he wrote the lyrics in the back of a New York cab. "Shattered" was released as a single in the US and in 1979 climbed to #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Stones memorably performed the song live for an episode of Saturday Night Live during which Jagger apparently licked Wood's lips and tore his shirt off.

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