Back Street Girl

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
First release: UK version of Between the Buttons LP, January 1967    1st US release: Flowers, June 1967
Recording date: August & November 1966
Recording locations: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA; 
Olympic Studios & Pye Studios, London, England
Producer: Andrew Oldham        Engineers: Dave Hassinger & Glyn Johns
Never performed onstage

Probable line-up:

Tambourine: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Vocal: Mick Jagger
Vibraphone: Brian Jones
French accordionNick De Caro
Harpsichord: Jack Nitzsche
 

I don't want you to be high
I don't want you to be down
Don't want to tell you no lie
Just want you to be around

Please come right up to my ears
You will be able to hear what I say

Don't want you out in my world
Just you be my back street girl

Please don't be part of my life
Please keep yourself to yourself
Please don't you bother my wife
That way you won't get no help

Don't try to ride on my horse
You're rather common and coarse anyway

Don't want you out in my world
Just you be my back street girl

Please don't you call me at home
Please don't come knocking at night
Please never ring on the phone
Your manners are never quite right

Please take the favors I grant
Curtsy and look nonchalant just for me

Don't want you part of my world
Just you be my back street girl

Just you be my back street girl
 
 

TrackTalk
 

I wrote this in some weird place which I can't remember. It's got the feeling of a French café about it. I just thought about this chick... it was an easy number to write. Nice ballad.

- Mick Jagger, 1967


That's the only decent song [on Between The Buttons].

- Mick Jagger, 1975



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