1973  The Rolling Stones UK and US Charts singles  Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, 'Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)' was the second single from 'Goats Head Soup' in the US and some European countries but the UK.
Its lyrics relate two stories: one based on the true story of New York City police shooting a boy because they mistook him for a bank robber, and the second of a ten-year-old girl who dies in an alley of a drug overdose. After telling the story of the police shooting the wrong person, Jagger sings, "You heartbreaker, with your .44, I want to tear your world apart." The .44 magnum cartridge had been recently made famous by the 1971 movie Dirty Harry, in which Harry Callahan uses "the most powerful handgun in the world" to cleanse the streets of crime. The lyrics complement the music, which Rolling Stone magazine described as "urban R&B", due to its funk influence and prominent clavinet part [played by Billy Preston].



Picture sleeves from around the world

Released in CS - often the generic tongue shaped sleeve - in the US, Canada, Brazil, Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, with 'Dancing With Mr D.' on the flip side, Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)' was the B-side of 'Star Star' in France, Germany and Portugal [and later on, of 'Angie' in Chile and Bolivia].


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In total, 42 editions worldwide include 'Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)' on the 7" format.



Dancing With Mr. D
[Mick Jagger / Keith Richards]

Down in the graveyard where we have our tryst
The air smells sweet, the air smells sick
He never smiles, his mouth merely twists
The breath in my lungs feels clinging and thick
But I know his name, he's called Mr. D.
And one of these days he's gonna set you free
Human skulls is hangin' right 'round his neck
The palms of my hands is clammy and wet

Lord, I was dancin', dancin', dancin' so free
Dancin', dancin', dancin' so free
Dancin', Lord, keep your hand off me
Dancin' with Mr. D., with Mr. D., with Mr. D.

Will it be poison put in my glass
Will it be slow or will it be fast?
The bite of a snake, the sting of a spider
A drink of Belladonna on a Toussaint night
Hiding in a corner in New York City
Lookin' down a fourty-four in West Virginia

I was dancin', dancin', dancin' so free
Dancin', dancin', dancin' so free
Dancin', Lord, keep your hand off me
Dancin' with Mr. D., with Mr. D., with Mr. D.

One night I was dancin' with a lady in black
Wearin' black silk gloves and a black silk hat
She looked at me longin' with black velvet eyes
She gazed at me strange all cunning and wise
Then I saw the flesh just fall off her bones
The eyes in her skull was burning like coals
Lord, have mercy, fire and brimstone
I was dancin' with Mrs. D.

Lord, I was dancin', dancin', dancin' so free
I was dancin', dancin', dancin' so free
Dancin', dancin', dancin' so free

Dancin', dancin'



Recorded in November & December of 1972
Producer: Jimmy Miller
Mick Jagger: vocals
Mick Taylor: electric lead guitar, bass, backing vocals
Keith Richards: rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Charlie Watts: drums
Nicky Hopkins: piano
Rebop Kwaku Baah & Pascal: percussion
The Rolling Stones - Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) US sheet music
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
[Mick Jagger / Keith Richards]

Recorded in November & December 1972 at Dynamic Sound Studios, Kingston, Jamaica - and w/ new lyrics in May and June of  1973
Producer: Jimmy Miller
Sound engineering and mix: Andy Johns
Mick Jagger: vocals
Keith Richards: bass, background vocals
Mick Taylor: Wah Wah Fuzz guitars, background vocals
Charlie Watts: drums
Billy Preston: keyboards
Jim Price: saxophone
Chuck Findley: trumpet
charts peak release date 7" single B-side
The Rolling Stones USA Singles Discography 15 December 15, 1973 RS-19109 Dancing With Mr. D
[Mick Jagger / Keith Richards]

'Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)' was first recorded in November and December 1972 before being re-recorded early the following summer. Jim Price arranged the song's horns and played sax, while Chuck Findley took over for Price on trumpet. Mick Taylor played the lead guitar part - which features use of a wah-wah pedal, and a Leslie speaker, Richards played bass; Billy Preston plays Clavinet (also using a wah-wah), and RMI Electra Piano.
The US B-side was 'Dancing With Mr. D' [the opening track of the album].



Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
[Mick Jagger / Keith Richards]

The police in New York City
They chased a boy right through the park
And in a case of mistaken identity
The put a bullet through his heart

The Rolling Stones - Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) Italian PSHeart breakers with your forty four
I wanna tear your world apart
You heart breaker with your forty four
I wanna tear your world a part

A ten year old girl on a street corner
Sticking needles in her arm
She died in the dirt of an alleyway
Her mother said she had no chance, no chance!
Heart breaker, heart breaker
She stuck the pins right in her heart
Heart breaker, pain maker
Stole the love right out of you heart

Heart breaker, heart breaker
You stole the love right out of my heart
Heart breaker, heart breaker
I wanna tear your world apart

Doo, doo doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo....



Covers
'Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)' was covered by the following artists:

  • First & Last 1994 CD: V/A: Like A Rolling Stone, '95.
  • Gov't Mule: 2014 CD 'Stoned Side of the Mule Vol.1'
  • Petri: 1975 7", LP: B-side of 'Tahdo En Kuin Hengittää Vain'. VA: Huipulla 7.
  • Quireboys: 1990


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