"Undercover Of The Night" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
Hear the screams from Center 42
Loud enough to bust your brains out
The opposition's tongue is cut in two
Keep off the streets 'cause you're in danger

One hundred thousand disparos
Lost in the jails in South America
Curl up baby
Curl up tight
Curl up baby
Keep it all out of sight
Undercover
Keep it all out of sight
Undercover of the night

The sex police are out there on the streets
Make sure the past laws are not broken
The race militia has got itchy fingers
All the way from New York back to Africa

Curl up baby
Keep it all out of sight
Curl up baby
Sleep with all out of sight

Curl up baby
Keep it all out of sight
Undercover
Undercover
Undercover
Keep it all out of sight
Undercover of the night

All the young men they've rounded up
Sent to camps back in the jungle
And people whisper, people double-talk
At once their fathers act so humble
All the young girls they have got the blues
They're heading on back to Center 42

Keep it undercover
Keep it out of sight
Keep it undercover
Keep it out of sight
Undercover
Keep it out of sight
Undercover
Keep it out of sight
Undercover of the night

Down in the bars, the girls are painted blue
Done up in lace, done up in rubber
The john's are jerky little G.I. Joe's
On R&R from Cuba and Russia
The smell of sex
The smell of suicide
All these things I just can't keep inside

Undercover
Keep it all out of sight
Undercover of the night
Undercover of the night
Undercover of the night
Undercover of the night
Undercover
Undercover, undercover the night


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"Undercover of the Night" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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    General CommentTheres a kettle drum in this,I'm sure thats what I'm hearing. Another great one. :)
    Thia007on November 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmusic snobs all of you.

    Look at this point, Mick was looking for terrors to write about, his life was close to perfect.

    IMOP, he did what he could and came up with another catchy R N R song.

    face facts the stones have very few great lyrical songs.....just throw this one in the bunch
    pton September 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwoah, nobody likes this song? i remember it coming out when i was 8 years old. sleazy song, violent video, dirty album cover. fantastic!
    papersnakeon July 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the fate of the poor in Latin America and throughout the third world. The young men are forced to fight for causes that they aren't necesarily in favour of while girls are sent to section 42 which is the prostitution district. The jazzed up musical style may have hurt the delivery of the message on this one. Check out my coments on Indian Girl. I have always thought that this song is a continuation of that theme of poor people bearing the brunt of political unrest.
    daleknowsiton March 10, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Center 42" may be fictional, but given the lyrics, it must refer to a torture center run by
    any repressive South American government. The young girls keep going back there either
    because they believe a loved one is imprisoned there, or if it's a prostitution
    reference, they are servicing the guards and officials.
    Lyrics mistake: the correct line is "and once-proud fathers act so humble."
    ProfessorAndroon June 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI completely agree with Papersnake:

    I was raised on jazz and funk... a white girl without a clue about rock n' roll until she hit high school.
    The Stones have scads of brilliant songs... this too is among them - gritty arrangements, cutting riffs ala base or drum or nashing guitar... a video equally dark and dirty - even quite possibly the impetus for the whole Miami Vice series aesthetic (note the dude getting shot in the back with a paper bag on his head). It's made out of concrete and sweat and I don't hear ' STUDIO and OVER PRODUCTION' in it at all. Just good and raw.

    ... most notable of all... thank god it's nothing like the bullshit song 'Moves like Jagger' courtesy of Maroon 5.

    Undercover of the Night evokes ATMOSPHERE.
    It even goes so far as to show 2 teenagers feeling each other up on the living room couch.


    ... made me completely squirm as a kid.

    It is positively seemless...

    SUCCESS!!!
    justfortodayon December 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsection 42 is the section of the tax code that deals with govt assisted housing
    wsp1013amon June 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRock and a Hard Place, Part II. Jagger's political songs are his best.
    bill102070on August 01, 2016   Link

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