Jagger & Keith Richards (Inspiration by Billy
Recording date: January, October & December 1975 & January-February 1976
Recording locations: Rolling Stones Mobile Unit, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Mountain Recording Studios,
Montreux, Switzerland; Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany; & Atlantic Studios, New York City
Producers: The Glimmer Twins Chief engineers: Keith Harwood, Glyn Johns & Lew Hahn
Performed onstage: 1977, 1999
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Harmony vocal: Billy Preston
Piano: Billy Preston
Organ: Billy Preston
Horns: (unknown musicians)
Percussion: Ollie Brown
It was her second name
I came home one morning about a quarter to
I'm banging on my door 'cause I just lost my key
Open up baby, you've got someone else inside
I'm going to come and get you dead or alive
I took her out dancing but she drank away my
She said "I'm going to fix my face, don't you worry I'll be back"
I'm looking for her high and low like a mustard for a ham
She was crashed out in the bathroom in the arms of my best friend
Then one day she left me, she took everything
My car, she took my trailer home, she took my Sunday boots
My nose is on her trail, I'm going to catch her by surprise
And then I'm going to have the pleasure to roast that child alive
What I say?
Yeah baby, it was her second name
Melody was her second name
Sweet, sweet, sweet baby
Oh baby, sweet baby
Two more times
Actually, I do really like it. What it is,
it sort of came out of something that Billy [Preston] and I were
messing around with, just piano and voice. It's got an incredible
amount of overdub now, but down in the nitty-gritty it's really just a
rhythm section and voice, very simple, sort of four-to-the-bar kind of
bass line and drums, sort of old-fashioned rhythm. And it's a duet, me
and Billy... I wouldn't say that (he's playing a kind of coctail
piano). He'd get really offended. It's more sort of stride piano, isn't
it?... (I)t lends itself to that (Bobby Short-type) treatment. But it's
more bluesy. All that falsetto singing is live. Billy doing the piano
part and singing. Fucking marvelous.
Don't know (how much Billy Preston had to do with it). You'd better ask him. Oh, he had a lot to do with it, it's got on the label inspiration by Billy Preston, but Keith forgot to put it on here... See, Keith did all these credits, and he forgot to put the writers on, see?
Melody was a bit tongue in cheek for me really. It's hard to play live and take it any further. All we could do is make a reasonable copy of the reord onstage which I'm not particularly interested in doing.
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