Ruby Tuesday

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: November 1966
Recording locations: 
Olympic Studios & Pye Studios, London, England
Producer: Andrew Oldham      Engineer: Glyn Johns
Performed onstage: 1967, 1989-90, 1997-99, 2003, 2005-07, 2013-14

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Bowed double bass: Bill Wyman & Keith Richards
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
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

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you
When you change with every new day?
Still I'm going to miss you

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

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you
When you change with every new day?
Still I'm going to miss you

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you
When you change with every new day?
Still I'm going to miss you
 
 

TrackTalk

(On Ruby Tuesday) I over-dubbed double-bass, with me selecting the notes and Keith bowing the strings.

- Bill Wyman, Stone Alone, 1990


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.

- Keith Richards, 2003


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.

- Mick Jagger, 1967


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.

- Mick Jagger, 1967


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.

- Mick Jagger, 1995


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