Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: December 1969 & April 1970
Recording location: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England
Producer: Jimmy Miller Chief engineers: Glyn Johns & Andy Johns
Performed onstage: 1970-71, 1973, 1976, 1989-90, 1994-95, 1997-99, 2002-03, 2005-07, 2012-16, 2018
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitars: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Mick Taylor (incl. solo)
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Piano: Ian Stewart
Dead Flowers was all written before (we recorded it). I'd played it a hundred times at home.
It's a sort of joke. Yeah, it's probably a down lyric but it's done in an upbeat way; a vulnerable song done in an invulnerable way (laughs). It's a pretty straight country tune. I wrote it very quickly.... Mick Taylor, he sounds like a real old country player, with all these pulls and things. I like doing it really fast. The rest of the band always complain it's too fast, but that's the way I like doing it.
I used a brown Gibson ES-345 for Dead Flowers ...
I love country music, but I find it very hard to take it seriously. I also think a lot of country music is sung with the tongue in cheek, so I do it tongue in cheek. The harmonic thing is very different from the blues. It doesn't bend notes in the same way, so I suppose it's very English, really. Even though it's been very Americanized, it feels very close to me, to my roots, so to speak.
The "country" songs we recorded later, like Dead Flowers on Sticky Fingers or Far Away Eyes on Some Girls, are slightly different (than our earlier ones). The actual music is played completely straight, but it's me who's not going legit with the whole thing, because I think I'm a blues singer not a country singer - I think it's more suited to Keith's voice than mine.
I think some girl sent me a bunch of dead flowers, so I thought that was a good line.
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