Rolling Stones – Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)

One of my favorite intros to any song.  Billy Preston did a  funky clavinet intro that sounds dark and huge. Mick Taylor’s solo on this song is perfect…without Mick Taylor they would have made those stretch of albums in the late sixties and early seventies but they would have sounded different. When Mick Taylor quit…they lost their sound from this period.

The song peaked at #15 in the Billboard 100 in 1974. It was on the great album Goats Head Soup which peaked at #1 in 1973.


From Songfacts

This tells two stories, a young man shot by police in a case of mistaken identity, and a 10-year girl who dies in an alley of a drug overdose. Neither is based on a true story, but is a commentary on urban America.

The horns were arranged by trumpet player Jim Price, who along with Bobby Keys on sax, provided the brass on records and tours for The Stones in the early ’70s. This was the last time Price recorded with The Stones. He went on to produce other artists, including Joe Cocker.

Keith Richards played bass and shared lead guitar duties with Mick Taylor.

Billy Preston played the piano.

The Stones played this on their 1973 European tour, even though it describes events in America.

Chuck Findley played trumpet on this. Other artists he worked for include George Harrison, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, the Carpenters, Julio Iglesias, Rod Stewart, Robert Palmer and Madonna.

Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Heartbreaker

The police in New York City 
They chased a boy right through the park 
And in a case of mistaken identity 
The put a bullet through his heart 

Heart breakers with your forty four 
I want to tear your world apart 
You heart breaker with your forty four 
I want to tear your world a part 

A ten year old girl on a street corner 
Sticking needles in her arm 
She died in the dirt of an alleyway 
Her mother said she had no chance, no chance! 

Heart breaker, heart breaker 
She stuck the pins right in her heart 
Heart breaker, pain maker 
Stole the love right out of you heart

Oh yeah, oh yeah
Want to tear your world apart
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Want to tear your world apart

Heart breaker, heart breaker 
You stole the love right out of my heart 
Heart breaker, heart breaker 
I want to tear that world 
I want to tear that world 
I want to tear that world apart

Heart breaker, heart breaker 
Stone love, stone love
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Heartbreaker, heartbreaker
Want to tear that world apart

Doo, doo doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

14 thoughts on “Rolling Stones – Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”

    1. I need to try that on acoustic… I couldn’t find this last night but Preston used a Wah Wah pedal along with the clavinet… that makes sense.


  1. One of my favorites by them from the 70s. Only recently found it was Preston doing that intro.. cool for him to be playing on hits for both the Beatles and Stones within about 3 years

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  2. You’re right it’s a dynamite intro. The video has a travelogue quality to it, like they were documenting what they saw when they were in America. I’m guessing those goat slides symbolized the evil oppression of the police force on the people. Musicians are so important in being the voice of the people. Did I understand you’re practicing again with your band in your comment?

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  3. One of my favorite Stones songs…just downright dirty in their own way…Billy Preston was everywhere in the 70s I believe.
    Oh we play every 3-4 weeks in my garage for the heck of it. Just to get together and play and go over old times. I play some by myself…it’s my outlet.


    1. From Beggars Banquet to Goat’s Head Soup they had a one of the best stretches of albums by anyone…after this though it started to drop a little in my opinion…it coincided with Mick Taylor quitting. He was a huge part of their sound.

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