Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: November 1966
Recording locations: Olympic Studios, London
Producer: Andrew Oldham Engineer: Glyn Johns
Performed onstage: 1967, 1989-90, 1997-99, 2003, 2005-07
Bass: Bill Wyman
Bowed double bass: Bill Wyman & Keith Richards
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Piano: Jack Nitzsche
Recorder: Brian Jones
Tambourine: Mick Jagger
She would never say where she came from
Yesterday don't matter if it's gone
While the sun is bright or in the darkest night
No one knows, she comes and goes
Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you
When you change with every new day?
Still I'm going to miss you
Don't question why she needs to be so free
She'll tell you it's the only way to be
She just can't be chained to a life where nothing's gained
And nothing's lost - at such a cost
"There's no time to lose", I heard her say
"Cash your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you
Will lose your mind in life unkind"
(On Ruby Tuesday) I over-dubbed double-bass, with me selecting the notes and Keith bowing the strings.
It was probably written about Linda Keith not being there (laughs). I don't know, she had pissed off somewhere. It was very mournful, very, VERY Ruby Tuesday and it was a Tuesday.
Ruby Tuesday is a ballad, but with a strong beat. It's very melodic, very weird, with some strange things in it. I think I prefer that (side of the single). It may prove to be the side that everyone goes for.
I like the other side, Ruby Tuesday, better. The a-side is a dancy, strong beat and this is very melodic and sounds a bit like Chopin in parts.
Ruby Tuesday is good. I think that's a wonderful song. It's just a nice melody, really. And a lovely lyric. Neither of which I wrote, but I always enjoy singing it.
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