Dance Little Sister

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: January-February, April-May & August 1974
Recording locations: Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany; Rolling Stones Mobile Unit, Mick Jagger's home, Newbury, England;

& Island Recording Studios, London, England

Producers: The Glimmer Twins        Chief engineers: Keith Harwood, Andy Johns & Glyn Johns
Performed onstage: 1975, 1977

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Rhythm electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead electric guitar: Mick Taylor
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Piano: Ian Stewart
Congas: Mick Taylor

 
On Thursday night, she looked a fright
Her prickly hair all curled, Lord what a sight

Dance, dance little sister, dance

On Friday night, she all decked out
Her high heel shoes, her dress so tight

Dance, dance little sister, dance

On Saturday night, she basodee*
She stepping high on Frederick Street

Dance, dance little sister, dance

I said dance, dance little sister, dance
Dance little sister, dance
Dance little sister, dance

I said dance, dance little sister, dance
Dance little sister, dance
Dance little sister, dance

It make me hot, I wet with sweat
It burn like hell before I left

Dance, dance little sister, dance

Get next to me, drive me close
Don't mamaguy* me, I lose control

Dance, dance, my boy, oh dance

I said dance, dance little sister, dance
Dance little sister, dance
Dance little sister, dance

I said dance, dance little sister, dance
Dance little sister, dance
Dance little sister, dance

Ah, jump out of Africa with a step that looks so bold
Ah, when you're kicking high, it make my blood run cold

I said dance, dance little sister, dance
Dance little sister, dance
Dance little sister, dance

I said dance, dance little sister
Dance little sister
Dance little sister, dance

I said dance, dance little sister
...little sister
Dance, dance little sister, dance


On Saturday night, we don't go home
We bacchanal*, ain't no dawn

Dance little sister, dance

I said dance, dance little sister
Dance little sister
Dance little sister, dance

I said dance, dance little sister
Dance little sister
Dance little sister, dance
 
 

 
 

*Thanks to Christian Tanneau for pointing out that these words are from a Trinidadian dialect, as Frederick Street is in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Basodee: drunk, light headed, half silly
Mamaguy: to fool somebody with smart talk, to ridicule, false praise
Bacchanal: large noisy happening, scandal, big party, confusion
 


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