"19th Nervous Breakdown" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
You're the kind of person you meet at certain dismal, dull affairs
Center of the crowd, talking much too loud, running up and down the stairs
Well, it seems to me that you have seen too much in too few years
And though you've tried you just can;t hide your eyes are edged with tears

You better stop, look around
Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes here it comes
Here comes your ninteenth nervous breakdown

When you were a child you were treated kind
But you were never brought up right
You were always spoiled with a thousand toys but still you cried all night
Your mother who neglected you owes you a million dollars tax
And your father's still perfecting ways of making ceiling wax

You better stop, look around
Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes here it comes
Here comes your ninteenth nervous breakdown
Oh, who's to blame, that girl's just insane
Well, nothing I do don't seem to work
It only seems to make matters worse
Oh, please

You were still in school when you had that fool who really missed your mind
And after that you turned your back on treating people kind
On our first trip I tried so hard to rearrange your mind
But after a while I realized you were disarranging mine

You better stop, look around
Here it comes, here it comes, here it comes here it comes
Here comes your ninteenth nervous breakdown
Oh, who's to blame, that girl's just insane
Well, nothing I do don't seem to work
It only seems to make matters worse
Oh, please

When you were a child you were treated kind
But you were never brought up right
You were always spoiled with a thousand toys but still you cried all night
Your mother who neglected you owes you a million dollars tax
And your father's still perfecting ways of making ceiling wax

You better stop, look around
Here it comes, Here comes your ninteenth nervous breakdown


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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is a perfect example of how quickly Mick Jagger turned from a mediocre to an excellent lyricist( Get Off My Cloud is another good example). He was very insightful for a 22/23 year old. I couldnt have written lyrics as good at that age---or now for that matter! I've never believed in all that sell your soul to the devil for instant fame garbage but it does seem like something very strange happened to the Stones around 1965 that turned them into excellent musicians.
    JumpyJackon November 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMarianne Faithful is realllly pretty. But yeah, I think I'm about on my 19th nervous breakdown. this is a fitting song.
    subterranean_summeron May 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis was recorded in December of 1965 and Mick was still with Chrissie. This was most likely about her, as he always complained about how high maintainence and self absorbed she was. He supposedly wrote Under my thumb about her too, when their was a power shift in their relationship. Marianne and him didn't get together until late 66, early 67.
    jenn7575on September 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell it happened to Robert Johnson too, didn't it?
    chrisb1on March 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI suppose.
    JumpyJackon May 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI suppose.
    JumpyJackon May 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAw this reminds me of my mum when im getting on her nerves she'll always say "Im on my 19th nervous brakedown" excellent song
    Final strawon August 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Marianne Faithful, who was a wild child from the age of 15 (as I would have been been if I'd been young, rich and gorgeous in London in the 60's) and whose mother was some kind of faded Eastern European Royalty.

    Obviously, she had a good go at disarranging Jagger's mind too.
    skittenon March 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn Marianne Faithfull's autobiography she states that the song is about Chrissie Shrimpton. Also, it's "sealing wax" not "ceiling wax."
    Cary Graniteon June 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite stones song ever.
    lin_neaon March 13, 2007   Link

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