Just My Imagination
(Running Away with Me)

Composers: Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong        Original performers: The Temptations (1971)
Recording date: October-December 1977 & March-April 1978         Recording location: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France & Atlantic Studios, New York, USA 
Producers: The Glimmer Twins        Chief engineer: Chris Kimsey
Performed onstage: 1978-79, 1981-82, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2013, 2015


Line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (incl. solo) & Ron Wood
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Organ: Ian McLagan
 

I look out my window, watch her as she passes by
I say to myself I'm such a lucky guy
To have a girl like her is a dream come true
And of all the girls in New York she loves me true

But I tell you

It was just my imagination once again
Running away with me
It was just my imagination
Running away with me

Soon we'll be married and raise a family
Two boys for you, what about two girls for me?
I tell you I'm, I'm just a fellow with a one track mind
Whatever it is I want, baby, I seek and I shall find

I tell you


It was just my imagination once again
Running away with me
It was just my imagination
Running away with me

Every night I hope and pray:
Dear lord, hear my plea

Don't ever let another take her love from me
Or I will surely die


Her love is ecstasy, when her arms enfold me
I hear a tender rhapsody

But in reality, she doesn't even know...

(Just my imagination) ... me

Running away with me
It was just my imagination
Running away with me

I tell you

It was just my imagination once again
Running away with me
It was just my imagination
Running away with me

It was just my imagination once again
Running away with me
Let me tell you, it was just my imagination
Running away with me
Running away with me

Run away, run away, run away, run away, run, run, run, run, run
Run away, run away, run away, run away, run, run, run, run, run, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run, run, run, run, run
Run away, run away, run away, run away, run, run, run, run, run, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run, run, run, run, run
Run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run, run, run, run, run
Run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run away, run, run, run, run, run
 
 

TrackTalk

It's like a continuation (of us covering Ain't Too Proud to Beg), and I've always wanted to do that song - originally as a duet with Linda Ronstadt, believe it or not. But instead we just did our version of it - like an English rock & roll band tuning up on Imagination, which has only two or three chords... it's real simple stuff...

- Mick Jagger, 1978


Yeah, I made that (part about two girls for me) up. In reality the girl in the song doesn't even know me - it's a dream... I added the New York reference in the song. And the album itself is like that beause I was staying in New York part of last year...

- Mick Jagger, 1978



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