Anybody Seen My Baby?

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: March-July 1997
Recording location: Ocean Way Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producers: Don Was, The Dust Brothers & The Glimmer Twins
Chief engineers: The Dust Brothers & Dan Bosworth
Mixer: Tom Lord-Alge           Performed onstage: 1997-98, 2016

Line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Jamie Muhoberac
Acoustic guitar: Waddy Wachtel
Electric guitars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood & Waddy Wachtel
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Sampled co-lead vocal: Biz Markie
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bernard Fowler & Blondie Chaplin
Keyboards: Don Was & Jamie Muhoberac
Shaker: Blondie Chaplin
 

She confessed her love to me, then she vanished on the breeze
Trying to hold on to that was just impossible
She was more than beautiful, closer to ethereal
With a kind of down to earth flavor

Close my eyes
It's 3 in the afternoon
Then I, I realize
That she's really gone for good

Anybody seen my baby?
Anybody seen her around?
Love has gone and made me blind, I've looked but I just can't find
She has gotten lost in the crowd

I was flipping magazines in that place on Mercer Street
When I thought I spotted her, mm-mm
And getting on a motor bike, looking really lady-like
Didn't she just give me a wave? Mm-mm

Salty tears
It's 3 in the afternoon
Has she disappeared?
Has she really gone for good?

Anybody seen - anybody seen my baby?
Anybody seen - oh, anybody seen her around?
If I just close my eyes, I reach out and touch the prize
Anybody seen, anybody seen her around?

Oh yeah, that's what I'm saying

We came to rock Brooklyn
And Queens
And Manhattan
And the Bronx
And Staten Island
I can't forget New Jersey
And Long Island
And all over the world
We came to rock for everybody all like this


Anybody seen - anybody, anybody seen my baby?
Has anybody seen her - anybody seen her around?
If I just close my eyes, I'll reach out, reach out and touch the prize
Anybody, anybody seen her around?
Oh yeah

(Anybody seen my baby?) Anybody seen my...
(Anybody seen her around?) Lost, lost, never found, oh yeah
I must have called her a thousand times - oh, sometimes I just think she's just in my imagination... oh
Oh yeah- uh-huh, huh-uh-huh-huh

Huh uh huh
Lost, lost in the crowd


 

 

TrackTalk

I thought Mick really captured the feeling of the moment on that song in particular. He was really conscientious about his work on this record and paid attention to every line. And since he likes to act and I like to direct, we took those roles and treated the vocals as if we were making a film. We talked about the motivation of the characters and trying to get inside each situation... He was very serious about being a good artist and I think it shows through. His vocals are fantastic.

- Don Was, executive producer, 1997


It's melodic, but then it's different. It has a slightly different groove to it. And it's got a lot of little sounds, ear-catching little soundscapes on it, you know. We did it to keep you interested. It's kind of R&B-influenced sort of soul music and it's kind of lightish, it's not heavy, but it's definitely R&B and it's very, it's really driven by the vocal chorus, really.

- Mick Jagger, 1997


Anybody Seen My Baby?, it's very good.

- Charlie Watts, 1997



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