Almost Hear You Sigh

Composers: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Steve Jordan
Recording date: March-June 1989
Recording locations: Air Studios, Montserrat, Virgin Islands & Olympic Studios, London, England
Producers: Chris Kimsey & The Glimmer Twins        Chief engineer: Christopher Marc Potter
Performed onstage: 1989-90


Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Classical acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Lisa Fischer, Sarah Dash & Bernard Fowler
Keyboards: Chuck Leavell & Matt Clifford
Tambourine: Luis Jardim
Bongos: Luis Jardim
Percussion: Luis Jardim

I can almost hear you sigh
I can almost hear you cry
On every crowded street
All the places we would meet

What'll I do without you?
They say life goes on
I'm feeling sorry for myself
I can't believe you're gone

And you acted much too calm
You turned on all the charm
You had a cold look in your eyes   (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)


And I feel your tongue on mine
Mmm, silky smooth like wine
I'm living with these memories
It's all that's left of you and me

I can almost hear you sigh, almost hear you cry
When you made sweet love to me
And you turned on all the charm, acted much too calm
You had a cold look in your eyes

Did it mean nothing?
Was it all in vain?
Was I just your fool
Or was the pleasure pain?

And have you set me free?
Or will I wake up in the morning
And find out it's been a bad dream?

(Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)

Come on, I beg you
I want to be your main man

I can almost hear you sigh, almost hear you cry
When you made sweet love to me
I can almost see you smile, it stretched to half a mile
You had a stone cold look in your eyes

Yeah, oh
Come on
Almost see you laugh
I don't need no photograph
Come on, come on, girl
Nothing left to say now

I can't believe, can't believe you're gone   (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
I just can't believe, can't believe you're gone   (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
No, no - come on, baby, yeah   (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
  (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)



There were a couple (of songs) that I'd started working on during my own album. They were embryonic at the time, and since I didn't use them, I said to (Mick), Well, I think there's something here you might like. It was slight recall on Beast of Burden, and I know Mick likes singing that sort of thing. It suits him better than it does me.

- Keith Richards, 1989

I think with the Winos I wasn't sure how to sing Almost Hear You Sigh. So that gave me extra time, to pass it on to Mick and say, Hey, it goes like this.

- Keith Richards, December 2018

When you're playing something like that, the obvious thing you start hitting is the soul licks. When we first did Almost Hear You Sigh, I played it very much like Beast of Burden. In fact, it was TOO much like it, so I called it Cousin of Beast of Burden (laughs) - I don't know if it was going to get any further than a poor relative. But as we started to add the bridge part and it started to open up for me, then I thought to myself exactly what you said - Curtis Mayfield. It's that style. Curtis is the king of that.

- Keith Richards, 1989

The other thing I did this year, I decided I was ready to buy a good classical guitar, a gut-string. I got this Velasquez, a beautiful instrument made in 1956. It's just growing up; it's just 33 (laughs). I started to use that on Steel Wheels. (I played the solo with it on Almost Hear You Sigh). Yeah, we called him Guts.

- Keith Richards, 1989

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