Let It Loose

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: July & October 1971-March 1972
Recording locations: Rolling Stones Mobile Unit, Keith Richards' home, Villefranche-sur-mer, France & Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producer: Jimmy Miller      Chief engineers: Glyn Johns, Andy Johns & Joe Zagarino
Never performed onstage

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tamiya Lynn, Dr. John, Clydie King, Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews & Joe Green
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Mellotron: Nicky Hopkins
Saxophone: Bobby Keys
Trumpet: Jim Price

Who's that woman on your arm
All dressed up to do you harm, yeah?
And I'm hip to what she'll do
Give her just about a month or two

Bit off more than I can chew
And I knew, yeah I knew what it was leading to
Some things, well, I can't refuse
One of them, one of them the bedroom blues

She delivers right on time
I can't resist a corny line  (can't resist it, can't resist it)
But take the shine right off you shoes - yeah, right off your shoes
Carrying, carrying the bedroom blues
Oh yeah, yeah

In the bar you're getting drunk, oh yeah, yeah

I ain't in love, I ain't in luck, oh no, no, no
Hide the switch and shut the light - won't you shut it?
Yeah, let it all come down tonight  (let it loose, let it all come down)
Let it all come down     

Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger
Your face I'll never see no more  (let it loose)
Oh no, no, no  (let it come down)
No, let it all come down tonight - won't you let it?  (let it loose, let it all come down)  
Yeah, keep your tears hid out of sight  (let it loose, let it all come down)
Yeah, let it loose  (let it all come down)
Yeah, let it loose  (let it all come down)
Ow, let it loose  (let it all come down)
Let it loose, let it all come down

Let it loose  (let it all come down)
Let it loose  (let it loose, let it all come down)
Yeah  (let it loose, let it all come down...)


What (Mick) wanted was this funk feeling, this real honest church feel. He had an appreciation for black music, and he said it openly, so that was out of the way. We knew he had this affinity for the blues and where it came from. Wilson Pickett came clearly out of a church, out of a black experience. Mick came out of a respect for black experience, or black music. The greatness comes out of the spirit.
- Tamiya Lynn

(Who's that woman on your arm/All dressed up to do you harm?) I think Keith wrote that, actually. That's a very weird, difficult song. I had a whole other set of lyrics to it, but they got lost by the wayside. I don't think that song has any semblance of meaning. It's one of those rambling songs. I didn't really understand what it was about, after the event.
- Mick Jagger, 2009

(Dr. John) just walked in. Mac Rebennack's like that. If there's music going on, in one way or another, he's gonna get his ass in there. I love the guy.
- Keith Richards, 2010

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