Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)

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"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Goats Head Soup
B-side "Dancing with Mr. D"
Released December 1973
Format 7"
Recorded November–December 1972, May–June 1973
Genre Rock, funk rock, hard rock
Length 3:27
Label Rolling Stones
Writer(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
"It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"
Goats Head Soup track listing

"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" is the fourth track on The Rolling Stones' 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"'s lyrics relate two stories: one is a story of New York City police shooting a boy because they mistook him for someone else, and the second of a ten-year-old girl who dies in an alley of a drug overdose. Neither of these events are known to be factual.

After telling the story of the police shooting the wrong person, Jagger sings,

You heartbreaker, with your .44, I want to tear your world apart.

The .44 magnum cartridge had been recently made famous by the 1971 film Dirty Harry, in which Harry Callahan uses "the most powerful handgun in the world" to cleanse the streets of crime. The lyrics complement the music, which Rolling Stone magazine described as "urban R&B", due to its funk influence and prominent clavinet part (played by Billy Preston).[1]

"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" was first recorded in November and December 1972 before being re-recorded early the following summer. Jim Price arranged the song's horns and played sax, while Chuck Findley took over for Price on trumpet. Mick Taylor played the lead guitar part (which features use of a wah-wah pedal, and a Leslie speaker), Richards played bass; Preston plays clavinet (also using a wah-wah), and RMI Electra Piano.[2] Released as the second single from Goats Head Soup in the US only (after the #1 hit "Angie"), it reached #15 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 and has remained a staple on AOR and classic rock radio stations.

The song appeared on the American version of the compilation album Rewind (1971-1984).

It was featured in the series finale of the CBS drama Cold Case, and the 2013 David O. Russell film American Hustle.[3]


  1. ^ Scoppa, Bud (1973-11-08). "The Rolling Stones: Goats Head Soup: Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  2. ^ McPherson, Ian. "Track Talk: Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)". Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  3. ^ Pockross, Adam (18 April 2013). "Sony Shows First Footage of Jennifer Lawrence in ‘American Hustle’ at Cinemacon". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 

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