The Rolling Stones – Hang Fire

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The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as occasional pianist until his death in 1985. Jones departed the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1975.

Since then, Ronnie Wood has been on guitar in tandem with Richards. Following Wyman’s departure in 1993, Darryl Jones has been the main bassist. Other notable keyboardists for the band have included Nicky Hopkins, active from 1967 to 1982; Billy Preston through the mid-1970s; and Chuck Leavell, active since 1982. The band was first led by Jones but after teaming as the band’s songwriters, Jagger and Richards assumed de facto leadership.

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The Rolling Stones – Hang Fire

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them fourth on the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list, and their estimated record sales are above 200 million. In 2008, the band ranked 10th on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists chart.

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“Hang Fire” is a song by rock and roll band The Rolling Stones from their 1981 album Tattoo You. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, “Hang Fire” is a fast-paced, up-tempo rock and roll track, which belies the happy beat with sharp, satirical lyrics directed squarely at England’s economic decline through the 1970s.
β€œIn the sweet old country where I come from, Nobody ever works, Yeah nothing gets done/We hang fire, we hang fire.”

The song is a bleak look at English society of the time. The lyrics lament an unemployed working class Englishman who would rather bet the horses than try to marry into the upper class, the only way to get ahead in English society.
β€œ You know marrying money is a full time job/I don’t need the aggravation/I’m a lazy sod.”

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