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About Shattered

"Shattered" is a song by The Rolling Stones from their 1978 album Some Girls. The song is a reflection of American lifestyles and life in 1970s-era New York City, but also influences from the English punk rock movement can be heard. Recorded from October to December 1977, "Shattered" features lyrics sung in sprechgesang by 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. Most of Richards' guitar work is a basic rhythmic pattern strumming out the alternating tonic and dominant chords with each bar, utilising a relatively modest phaser sound effect for some added depth. Due to the absence of bassist Bill Wyman, the bass track is played by Ronnie Wood. "Shattered" was released as a single in the United States with cover art by illustrator Hubert Kretzschmar and in 1979 climbed to number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Rolling Stones performed the song live for an episode of Saturday Night Live. 


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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 
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? 

Look atme
I'm shattered
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 up, pile high on the platter

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The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in Dartford in 1962. The earliest settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (keyboards, piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Since Wyman's retirement in 1993, the band's full members have been Jagger, Richards, Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood who joined in 1975. Darryl Jones (bassist) and Chuck Leavell (keyboardist) are regular contributors but not full band members. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Rolling Stones in 1989, noting that "critical acclaim and popular consensus has accorded them the title of the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.”Rolling Stone magazine ranked them 4… more »

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Written by: Keith Richards, Mick Jagger

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12 facts about this song

Release and Album
"Shattered" is a song by English rock band the Rolling Stones from their 1978 album "Some Girls."
Chart Performance
The song peaked at number 31 in the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1979.
Songwriting Credits
Like most of the Rolling Stones' songs, "Shattered" is credited to the songwriting partnership of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Lyrics and Themes
The song is a reflection of American lifestyle and culture, especially focusing on life in New York City.
First Live Performance
The first live performance of the song by the band was on July 1, 1978, in Lakeland, Florida, a month before the release of the Some Girls album.
Music Video
The official music video for "Shattered" features a live performance of the band in Fort Worth, Texas.
Unofficial Theme
Many consider the song to be an unofficial theme for the city of New York due to its lyrical content.
Song Style
The song is known for its driving beat and main riff, which is played by Keith Richards, while Mick Jagger sings in a rapid-fire, near rap-like fashion.
Rolling Stones' Experimentation
"Shattered" is one of the tracks from the period when The Rolling Stones were experimenting with genres like disco and punk.
Song Legacy
Despite not reaching the top of the charts, "Shattered" remains a fan favorite and is frequently included in the band's live performances.
Remix Version
A remix version of "Shattered" was included in the 2005 compilation album "Rarities 1971-2003".
Keith Richards also serves as a co-vocalist in this track, providing multi-vocals and backing vocals with Mick Jagger.

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