She's So Cold

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: January-February 1979, November 1979-January 1980 & April 1980

Recording locations: Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas & Electric Lady Studios, New York City, USA
Producers: The Glimmer Twins        Associate producer & chief engineer: Chris Kimsey
Performed onstage: 1981-82, 2005-07, 2013-17

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood (incl. slide)
Pedal steel guitar: Ron Wood
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Saxophone: Bobby Keys
Percussion: Michael Shrieve
 

I'm so hot for her, I'm so hot for her
I'm so hot for her and she's so cold
I'm so hot for her, I'm on fire for her
I'm so hot for her and she's so cold

I'm the burning bush, I'm the burning fire
I'm the bleeding volcano
I'm so hot for her, I'm so hot for her

I'm so hot for her and she's so cold

Yes, I tried re-wiring her, I tried re-firing her

I think her engine is permanently stalled
She's so cold, she's so cold
She's so cold, cold, cold like a tombstone

She's so cold, she's so cold
She's so cold, cold, cold like an ice cream cone
She's so cold, she's so cold
When I touch her, my hand just froze

Yeah, I'm so hot for her, I'm so hot for her
I'm so hot for her and it grieves me so
Put your hand on the heat, put your hand on the heat
Ah come on, baby, let's go

She's so cold, she's so cold, cold
She's so c-c-c-c-cold but she's beautiful, though

Yeah, she's so cold

She's so cold, she's so cold

I think she was born in an arctic zone
She's so cold, she's so c-c-c-c-cold
When I touch her, my hand just froze

She's so cold, she's so goddamn cold

She's so cold, cold, cold, she's so cold

Who would believe you were a beauty indeed?
When the days get shorter and the nights get long
Light fades and the rain comes
Nobody will know

When you're old, when you're old
Nobody will know
That you was a beauty, a sweet, sweet beauty
A sweet, sweet beauty but stone, stone cold

You're so cold, you're so cold, cold, cold
You're so cold, you're so cold

I'm so hot for you, I'm so hot for you
I'm so hot for you and you're so cold
I'm the burning bush, I'm the burning fire
I'm the bleeding volcano
 
 

TrackTalk
 

Charlie: She's So Cold, quite honestly, was a track that Keith had going that I didn't know what was going on it. And I'm the drummer. And Mick wrote lyrics and I never heard a thing until after. Quite honestly.
Ron: I remember you and Keith and me and Bill trashing over and over...
Mick: Actually I wrote it in an hour (...)
Charlie: And I had a great time making the record with Keith. But was he was going to sing or what he wanted on it or what Mick was going to write, it was something I heard months later, in fact.
Mick: Well it was a bit like Shattered, in that way, you remember that one?
Charlie: Yeah, another one.
Mick: It was a bit like Shattered 'cause it was always there...

- Charlie Watts, Ron Wood & Mick Jagger, 1980


(The guitar sound is) our equivalent of that rockabilly thing. I think you'll find that comes from using a lot of analog delay on Ron's guitar or my guitar or both of them, and I dampen it. That'll give you that ticka-tacka-ticka.

- Keith Richards, 1982


Ron: The only obvious thing to me about it is that it fits that rhythm and that feel - she's-so-cold, you know? It comes off the tongue....
Mick:  It's really OUR version of "she's so cold". Which is, like, very funny because it is an obvious subject. It's like the old cold lady.
Ron:When I touch her, my hand froze.
Mick: Yeah, when I... No, when I touched her, I looked like an ice cream cone - isn't that it? (Laughs) ... There's another... I heard it on the radio the other day. And there's like three songs all about the same subject, so it's a very traditional one.

- Ron Wood & Mick Jagger, 1980


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