Dancing with Mr. D

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: November 1972-January 1973 & May-June 1973
Recording locations: Dynamic Sound Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Village Recorders, Los Angeles, USA; & Island Recording Studios, London, England
Producer: Jimmy Miller        
Chief engineers: Andy JohnsBaker Bigsby 
Performed onstage: 1973, 2017

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Mick Taylor
Rhythm electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead electric guitars: Mick Taylor
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Congas: Rebop
Percussion: Pascal


Get down
Oh get down

Well, down in the graveyard where we have our tryst
The air smells sweet, the air smells sick
He never smiles, his mouth merely twists
The breath in my lungs feels clinging and thick

But I know his name, he's called Mr. D  (Mr. D)
And one of these days, he's going to set you free  (Set you free)
Human skulls is hanging right around his neck
The palms of my hands is clammy and wet

Lord, I was dancing, dancing, dancing so free
Dancing, dancing, dancing so free
Dancing, Lord, keep your hand off me
Dancing with Mr. D

Lord  (with Mr. D)
Well  (with Mr. D)

Will it be poison put in my glass?
Will it be slow or will it be fast?
The bite of a snake, the sting of a spider
A drink of Belladonna on a Toussaint night

Hiding in a corner in New York City
Looking down a .44 in West Virginia

I was dancing, dancing, dancing so free
Dancing, dancing, dancing so free
Dancing, Lord, keep your hand off me
Dancing with Mr. D

Ow!  (with Mr. D)
Whoo! Well... (with Mr. D)

(with Mr. D)

(with Mr. D)


Dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing
Dancing, dancing

Lord, I was dancing, dancing, dancing so free
Dancing, dancing, dancing so free
Dancing, Lord, keep your hand off me
Dancing with Mr. D

Lord, sing it loud...  (with Mr. D)
Well...

One night I was dancing with a lady in black
Wearing black silk gloves and a black silk hat
She looked at me longing with black velvet eyes
She gazed at me strange, all cunning and wise

I saw the flesh just fall off her bones
The eyes in her skulls were burning like coals
Lord, have mercy, fire and brimstone
I was dancing with Mistress D

Lord, I was dancing, dancing, dancing so free
I was dancing, dancing, dancing so free
Lord, I was dancing, dancing, dancing so free
Lord, dancing, dancing
Good God, I was dancing, dancing - Lord keep your hand off me
Dancing, dancing
I was dancing, dancing

I was dancing, dancing

Dancing, dancing

Dancing, dancing

Dancing, dancing

Dancing, dancing

Dancing, dancing

 
 

TrackTalk

Dancing with Mr. D is my riff and Mick's lyrics. I tend to work more on riffs while Mick has finished songs.

- Keith Richards, 1973



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