All the Way Down

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: November-December 1982 & April-August 1983
Recording locations: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France
; Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas; & The Hit Factory, New York City
Producers: The Glimmer Twins & Chris Kimsey          Chief engineer: Chris Kimsey
     Never performed onstage

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Electric guitars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Backing vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Electric piano: Chuck Leavell
 

I was 21, naive, not cynical, I tried to please
Her wit, her speech, her repartee impressed me almost instantly

She went all the way
All the way down
She went all the way
All the way

She showed me sex a hundred ways and how she pimped 'em, how she paid 'em
And all the daughters, all the sons, all were welcome, all would come
Yeah

We went all the way
All the way down
We went all the way
All the way

I was being Mr. Cool, just a snotty little fool, like kids are now
I dreamed of reaching greater heights, I raved about it every night, and talked

She went all the way - all the way
All the way down
Yeah, she went all the way, all the way, all the way
All the way down

She's there when I close my eyes
There when I close my eyes

She's there when I close my eyes
She's there when I close my eyes


How the years rush on by: birthdays, kids and suicides
But still I play the fool and strut, still you're a slut

Hey baby!


She went all the way, all the way, all the way
All the way down
She went all the way, all the way, all the way
All the way down

She went all the way, all the way, all the way
All the way down, down, down
Down, down, down
Down, down, down
Down

You give me back my time up now, I can see it if I close my eyes
Was every minute just a waste? Was every hour a foolish chase?

No, I don't believe you slipped all the way  (She went all the way - all the way)
All the way down
She went all the way - all the way
All the way down
She went all the way - all the way
All the way down

She went all the way, all the way, all the way
All the way down
We went all the way, all the way
All the way down
We went all the way, all the way...

 
 

TrackTalk

All the Way Down's obviously a song about a long time ago.

- Mick Jagger, 1983


Well, All the Way Down started very light-hearted but it got more serious - about this girl I use to know that put me in a "bad" way - (laughs) MANY years ago. It's sort of nostalgic but you have to listen to it really, the words - it didn' t sound like that. It's got a pretty bit in the middle, (sings high) She's there when I close my eyes, (deeper) There when I close my eyes...

- Mick Jagger, 1984


All the Way Down could have been a better song - we didn't explore its full potential...

- Ron Wood, 2003

 
 
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