Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: December 1971-March 1972 Recording location: Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producer: Jimmy Miller Chief engineers: Andy Johns & Joe Zagarino
Performed onstage: 1969, 1972, 2002-03, 2006
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Harmony vocal: Keith Richards
Backing vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Saxophone: Bobby Keys
Trumpet and/or trombone: Jim Price
Maracas: Jimmy Miller
I'm the man on the mountain, come on up
I'm the plowman in the valley with a face full of mud
Yes I'm fumbling and I know my car don't start
Yes I'm stumbling and I know I play a bad guitar
Give me a little drink from your loving cup
Just one drink and I'll fall down drunk (yeah)
I'm the man who walks the hillside in the sweet
I'm the man that brings you roses when you ain't got none
Well I can run and jump and fish but I won't fight
You if you want to push and pull with me all night
I feel so humble with you tonight just sitting
in front of the fire
See your face dancing in the flame, feel your mouth kissing me again
What a beautiful buzz, what a beautiful buzz
Oh what a beautiful buzz, what a beautiful buzz
Yes I am nitty gritty and my shirt's all torn
But I would love to spill the beans with you 'til dawn
Give me a little drink...
(...) Yeah, let's it slow it down, baby
Come on up...
Mick made a mistake with the credits on two of the cuts. He listed Mick Taylor or somebody as playing bass on Loving Cup and one other track. It was really me.
Loving Cup... offers a few possibilities where you can turn some (bass) runs around or do some little slide things...
On the Forty Licks tour, when we were preparing the set list for a show in Yokohama, Chuck Leavell suggested we play Loving Cup, the ballad from Exile On Main Street. I didn't want to play the tune and I said, Chuck, this is going to die a death in Yokohama. I can't even remember the bloody song, and no one likes it. I've done it loads of times in America, it doesn't go down that well, it's a very difficult song to sing, and I'm fed up with it! Chuck went, Stick in the mud! so I gave in and put it in the set-list. Lo and behold, we went out, started the song and they all began applauding... Which just proves how, over time, some of these songs acquire a certain existence, or value, that they never had when they first came out. People will say, What a wonderful song that was, when it was virtually ignored at the time it was released.
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