Start Me Up
Rolling Stones Lyrics


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If you start me up
If you start me up I'll never stop

You can start me up
You can start me up I'll never stop
I've been running hot
You got me just about to blow my top
You can start me up, you can start me up,
I'll never stop, never stop, never stop, never stop

You make a grown man cry
You make a grown man cry
You make a grown man cry
Spread out the oil, the gasoline
I walk smooth ride in a mean, mean machine
Start it up

You can start me up
Kick on the starter, give it all you've got
(You got, you got)
I can't compete
With the riders in the other heats
If you rough it up
If you like it you can slide it up, slide it up
Slide it up, slide it up
Don't make a grown man cry
Don't make a grown man cry
Don't make a grown man cry
My eyes dilate, my lips go green
My hands are greasy, she's a mean, mean machine
Start it up

Start me up
Ah, you've got to, you've got to
Never, never, never stop
Start it up
Ah, start it up, never, never, never
You make a grown man cry
You make a grown man cry
You make a grown man cry
Ride like the wind, at double speed
I'll take you places that you've never, never seen

You start it up
Love the day when we will never stop
Never stop, never, never, never stop
Tough me up
Never stop, never stop
You, you, you make a grown man cry




You, you make a dead man come,
You, you, you make a dead man come

Overall Meaning

"Start Me Up" by Rolling Stones is a rock song written by members of the band including Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and released in 1981. The song initially begins with the singer inviting someone to "start me up" and claiming that "if you start me up, I'll never stop". This gives a sense of excitement and eagerness to start something new, perhaps a relationship or a project. The lyrics "I've been running hot, you got me just about to blow my top" signify the high energy and pent-up emotions that the singer holds.


The song then goes on to describe a powerful woman who can make a grown man cry and who is compared to a mean machine that runs on oil and gasoline. The lines "If you rough it up, if you like it you can slide it up" suggest that she's adventurous and not afraid to take risks. The singer talks about competing with other riders and needing to be kicked into gear to keep up with them.


The chorus repeats the start me up line and declares that this energy will never stop. The last verse includes a comparison between the singer and the woman, both tough and ready to take on the world: "Tough me up, never stop, never stop, you, you, you make a grown man cry, you, you make a dead man come." This comparison implies that both the singer and the woman have an intense and unstoppable energy that is invigorating and thrilling.


Line by Line Meaning

If you start me up
If you ignite me to action


If you start me up I'll never stop
I'll keep going relentlessly


You can start me up
You hold the power to get me going


You can start me up I'll never stop
I'll never lose my momentum


I've been running hot
I'm ready and eager to take action


You got me just about to blow my top
You can sense my intense anticipation


You make a grown man cry
You have the power to move me emotionally


Spread out the oil, the gasoline
Prepare everything required for high-speed action


I walk smooth ride in a mean, mean machine
I operate with precision and skill in a powerful machine


Kick on the starter, give it all you've got
Rev up the engine and push it to the limit


I can't compete
I acknowledge my weakness in comparison to others


With the riders in the other heats
With those who are more skilled or experienced


If you rough it up
If you push me harder and challenge me


If you like it you can slide it up, slide it up
If you enjoy it, you can increase the intensity


My eyes dilate, my lips go green
I'm completely absorbed and focused, with adrenaline pumping


My hands are greasy, she's a mean, mean machine
I'm fully engaged with the machine I'm operating


Start me up
Ignite me into action


Ah, you've got to, you've got to
You have the responsibility to get me going


Never, never, never stop
Keep going, with no interruption or break


Ride like the wind, at double speed
Move quickly and with great intensity


I'll take you places that you've never, never seen
I'll lead you to new and exciting experiences


Love the day when we will never stop
I anticipate the day when we'll be in a state of perpetual motion


Tough me up
Challenge me and push me harder


You, you, you make a grown man cry
You have an emotional impact on me


You, you make a dead man come
You bring me back to life, energizing me




Lyrics Β© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
Written by: ELMER G. CLAWSON, GLEN QUACKENBUSH, KEITH RICHARDS, MICK JAGGER, SCOTT RICHARDSON, STEVE LYMAN, GARY QUACKENBUSH

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@honeybee-iv5yi

Charlie smirking as Jagger and the rest prance around is priceless

@MauriatOttolink

h o n e y b e e
Charlie wasn't smirking.. He was just the nicest guy, enjoying helping the others do their thing.
Kinda guy makes you think.."Gee ..Wish I'd known him!
Especially as I'm a jazz muso!"

@stephanieduncan933

Charlie's cute when he Snickers!

@petermills542

@@MauriatOttolink
Spot on, Charlie's having fun playing his part!
He said he thinks of drumming as an "accompanying instrument" which is the Jazzman's view that he applied to the Stones music with such great pleasure!!

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