Indian Girl

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: June 1979-January 1980 & April 1980
Recording locations: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France & Electric Lady Studios, New York City

Producers: The Glimmer Twins        Associate producer & chief engineer: Chris Kimsey
Never performed onstage

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitars: Keith Richards
Pedal steel guitar: Ron Wood
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Piano: Keith Richards
Synthesizer: Bill Wyman
Horns:
(unknown musicians)

Marimbas: Jack Nitzsche or Ian Stewart
 

Little Indian girl, where is your mama?
Little Indian girl, where is your papa?
He's fighting in the war in the streets of Masaya
 
All the children were dead
Except for one girl who said
Please Mr. Gringo, please find my father

But I say:

Lesson number one
That I learned while I was young:
Life just goes on and on, getting harder and harder

Little Indian girls from Nueva Granada


Ma says there's no food, there's nothing left in the larder
Last piece of meat was eaten by the soldiers that raped her

Lesson number one
That you learn when you're young:
Life just goes on and on, getting harder and harder
Life just goes on and on, getting harder and harder

Little Indian girls from Nueva Granada

Little Indian girls from Nueva Granada


Yes, I saw them today
It's a sight I would say
They're shooting down planes with their M-16s and with laughter

Mr. Gringo, my father he ain't no Che Guevara

And he's fighting the war on the streets of Masaya

Little Indian girl, where is your father?

Indian girl, where is your mama?
They're fighting for Mr. Castro in the streets of Angola

La-la-la-da, la-la-la-da


 

TrackTalk
 

(No, the song is not about a "cause" I believe in.) No, it's not like No Nukes in Central Park (laughs)... No. It's just... a very general kind of... It makes a change from the other songs which are mostly about trying to pick up girls. But I mean, you know, it's like I think one... one song that isn't about trying to pick up girls is (...) Even though I like to keep it as light-hearted as possible.

- Mick Jagger, 1980



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