Brown Sugar
(with Eric Clapton)

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
First release: digital download, June 2015

Recording date: December 1970             Recording locations: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England

Producer: Jimmy Miller          Chief engineers: Glyn Johns & Andy Johns
Never performed onstage


Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Rhythm electric guitars: Keith Richards & Mick Taylor
Slide electric guitar: Eric Clapton
Lead electric guitar: Mick Taylor
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Harmony vocal: Keith Richards
Piano: Al Kooper
Saxophone: Bobby Keys
Handclaps: Mick Jagger
 

Yeah, Gold Coast slaveship bound for cotton field
Sold in a market down in New Orleans
Skydog slaver know he's doing all right
Hear him whip the women just around midnight

Brown sugar
How come you taste so good?

Brown sugar
Just like a young girl should - ah yeah


Yeah, drums beating, cold English blood runs hot
Lady of the house wondering where it's going to stop
House boy knows that he's doing all right
You should have heard him just around midnight

Brown sugar
H0w come you taste so good?

Brown sugar
Just like a young girl should - ah yeah, yeah, yeah...


Ah yeah

Ah get down to the ground, brown sugar
How come you taste so good?

Ah get down, get down, brown sugar
Just like a young girl should,

I bet your mama was a tent show queen
And all her boyfriends were sweet 16
I'm no school boy but I know what I like
You should have heard me just around midnight

Brown sugar
How come you taste so good?
Ah get down, brown sugar
Just like a young girl should

Ah get down, get down, brown sugar
How come you taste so good?
Ah get down, get down, brown sugar
Moving around, yeah - come on now, moving around, yeah

Ah get down to the ground, brown sugar
Just slid on down, just lay it on down

Ah get down on your knees, brown sugar
How come, how come - whoo!


How come down, down, down, down, down, down...
Whoo!

Ah how come you taste so good, baby?
Ah get down to the ground, brown sugar
How come you taste so good?

Down to the ground, brown sugar
How come you taste so good?

 

 
TrackTalk

We cut a version of Brown Sugar with Al Kooper, it was a good track. He's playing piano on it at Bobby Keys' and my birthday party, which was held at Olympic Studios... We wanted to use it 'cause it's a new version but there's something about the Muscle Shoals feel of the album one, that we got into at the end of the last American tour.
- Keith Richards, 1971


Keith and Bobby Keys had a joint birthday party at Olympic. I remember Al Kooper and Eric Clapton being there. I recorded this Brown Sugar jam that went on for 15 minutes... Everyone was playing live, like a big club. I remember George Harrison turning up too.
- Chris Kimsey (assistant engineer), 2015



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