"Jig-Saw Puzzle" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
There's a tramp sittin' on my doorstep
Tryin' to waste his time
With his methylated sandwich
He's a walking clothesline
And here comes the bishop's daughter
On the other side
She looks a trifle jealous
She's been an outcast all her life

Me, I'm waiting so patiently
Lying on the floor
I'm just trying to do my jig-saw puzzle
Before it rains anymore

Oh the gangster looks so fright'ning
With his Luger in his hand
When he gets home to his children
He's a family man
But when it comes to the nitty-gritty
He can shove in his knife
Yes he really looks quite religious
He's been an outlaw all his life

Me, I'm waiting so patiently
Lying on the floor
I'm just trying to do this jig-saw puzzle
Before it rains anymore

Me, I'm waiting so patiently
Lying on the floor
I'm just trying to do this jig-saw puzzle
Before it rains anymore

Oh the singer, he looks angry
At being thrown to the lions
And the bass player, he looks nervous
About the girls outside
And the drummer, he's so shattered
Trying to keep on time
And the guitar players look damaged
They've been outcasts all their lives

Me, I'm waiting so patiently
Lying on the floor
I'm just trying to do this jig-saw puzzle
Before it rains anymore

Oh, there's twenty-thousand grandmas
Wave their hankies in the air
All burning up their pensions
And shouting, "It's not fair!"
There's a regiment of soldiers
Standing looking on
And the queen is bravely shouting,
"What the hell is going on?"

With a blood-curdling "tally-ho"
She charged into the ranks
And blessed all those grandmas who
With their dying breaths screamed, "Thanks!"

Me, I'm just waiting so patiently
With my woman on the floor
We're just trying to do this jig-saw puzzle
Before it rains anymore

Lyrics submitted by spliphstar, edited by HibernusMortis

"Jigsaw Puzzle" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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  • +3
    General CommentWhat the hell is a methylated sandwich?
    pshmellon February 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentsame here...
    But I really hope it's not about sex. I felt like I could relate to the song - like it was about some kid who notices all this chaos and madness around him and all he wants to do is this simple thing, while he's waiting for something interesting, i guess, to happen for him.
    Ohhh well. Either way, it's a great song.
    BLAHness90on June 20, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentseems to me that the song is about the fact that life doesn't get any easier to understand as you get older...the puzzle remains the same
    peteaphidon September 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlove the slidy guitar and the whimsy feel
    coo2kachooon April 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favourite song from beggar's baquet
    bob_dylan_fanon June 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjust another great song off of beggars
    pstate272on July 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just love the idea of the Queen massacring a horde of grandmas who thank her for the honour. Not big on deference, the Stones. Also the bishop's daughter feeling the tramp has beat her in the outcast stakes. Lovely pictures in this song. And almost certainly about sex, or what's his woman doing there? Helping with his jigsaw puzzle? Never heard it called that before!
    morbid moragon August 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEhh...life is not grt and no one's life is either. Song just explains how no matter what side of life you come from there are always trials n tribulations. And how nobody really cares..leave me alone I am just trying to do this jigsaw puzzle..simple thing in a hectic but common world. First set of verses prob some fool waiting round for bad girl with love gone wrong...second some lowlife thug criminal either trying to do rgt for family cuz of hard times or just a general dirtbag...third is somewhat biographical with the references but again places everyone in the same boat...fourth is bout elders ranting n nagging bout stuff and prob shot at government in England. Don't give a shit because all I am trying to do is a jigsaw puzzle! I think the puzzle is a metaphor for life. Living it thru rain n shine!
    jason10983on December 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about a guy who is finally about to have sex a girl [she would be the jig-saw puzzle] but keeps getting interupted. this is one of the few songs mick and the boys have never played live, which is sad, i always imagined mick pointing to the various band members during the third verse of the song, but alas...
    kingmikekingon March 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttheve never played it live!!! madness, this is such a great uplifting song
    hoitsmithon August 23, 2006   Link

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