"Hang Fire" as written by and Mick/richards Jagger....
In the sweet old country where I come from
Nobody ever works
Yeah nothing gets done
We hang fire, we hang fire

You know marrying money is a full time job
I don't need the aggravation
I'm a lazy slob
I hang fire, I hang fire
Hang fire, put it on the wire baby
Hang fire, hang fire put it on the wire baby, go ahead
Hang fire

We've got nothing to eat
We got nowhere to work
Nothing to drink
We just lost our shirts
I'm on the dole
We ain't for hire
Say what the hell
Say what the hell, hang fire
Hang fire, hang fire, hang fire, put it on the wire baby
Hang fire, hang fire, hang fire, hang fire, hang fire, hang fire, put it on the wire baby

Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo
Doo doo

Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo
Doo doo, hang fire, hang fire, hang fire

Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo, hang fire, hang fire, put it on the wire baby
Doo doo

Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo
Doo doo doo
Doo doo

Yeah ten thousand dollars, go have some fun
Put it all on at a hundred to one
Hang fire, hang fire, hang fire, put it on the wire baby
Doo doo
Doo doo, hang fire, hang fire put it on the wire
Hang fire, hang fire, hang fire, hang fire
Put it on the wire baby
Put it on the wire


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"Hang Fire" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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    General CommentA swipe at The Stone's home country of England. They imply that the people are lazy and the politicians incompetent. It was first recorded in 1978 at the Some Girls sessions. Lyrics were added and it was repackaged for Tattoo You. Also a "Hang fire" is what happens when you pull the trigger on a rifle or pistol and nothing happens for a few seconds, then the gun goes off without warning, in a delayed reaction. A misfire is where you pull the trigger and NOTHING happens. Needless to say, hangfires are quite dangerous.
    kfe2on February 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn the sweet old country where I come from
    Nobody ever works
    Totally Brazil
    annazoffon November 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo "hang fire" also means to put off doing anything, to delay. In other words, "We just keep putting everything off." A funny takeoff on the UK's crappy economy and socialism-induced zombification of the workforce. But you can tell that even though the Stones are poking fun at England, they're doing it affectionately. Makes me grin every time.
    law4on January 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSay what the hell- Say WHAT THE HELL!!
    ztraycaton November 10, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationOne day many years ago, I was doing a bong when this song came on, and couldn't help but notice that when my lighter was at the appropriate angle, the fire did indeed seem to hang over the bowl. Thus, I concluded that "hang fire" means "get stoned."
    john101531on June 17, 2015   Link

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