We Love You

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
First release: single, August 1967
Recording date: May & July 1967       Recording location: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England
The Rolling Stones        Chief engineer: Glyn Johns
Never performed onstage

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Mellotron (brass sounds): Brian Jones


We don't care if you only love we
We don't care if you only love we

We love you
We love you
And we hope that you will love we too

We love they
We love they
And we want you to love they too

We don't care if you hound we
And love is all around we
Love can't get our minds off
We love you  (we love you)
You will never win we
Your uniforms don't fit we
Forget the place we're in
Cause we love you  (we love you)

Of course we do

I love you
I love you
And I hope that you approve them too

We love you - we do

We love you - we do



I sing the lead and some harmonies, Brian played the mellotron, Bill the bass and Charlie on the drums. Brian was away when we did the voice tracks. The music is kind of freer and the kind of thing we are aiming for on the next album.

- Mick Jagger, August 1967

The piano riff that starts the song was an idea I'd had in my head for about three weeks, and it fit beautifully.

- Nicky Hopkins

We just had a very, very basic thing and Mick and I think we're going to jail, so our minds weren't totally concentrated; but yeah, that was Nicky's riff all the way through. Without that piano it wouldn't have happened.

- Keith Richards

(Brian plays) the brass on We Love You, all that Arabic riff.

- Keith Richards, 1971

The tape played backwards at the end of We Love You is the last few bars of Dandelion, and we took the warders' footsteps from an actual prison sound effects tape.

- Mick Jagger, 1967

Don't ask me questions like that (about Paul McCartney singing backup vocals). You know we could not do things like that when we record for different labels...
- Mick Jagger, 1967

You know, that was quite a loose and funky session so whilst I remember being on We Love You, I'm not sure about Dandelion.

- Paul McCartney, 2020

We Love You - well it's funny. It's last month's message for this month! I had a piece off one of the Goons LP I wanted them to use for the sound of the prison gates at the beginning... We Love You was really a case of creating the music in the studio. Although Mick and Keith had the basic idea for some time.

- Bill Wyman, 1967

We put the jail noises on while we were waiting for the appeal. I really like it - it's got a foreboding sound.

- Mick Jagger, 1967

It's just a bit of fun. You're not meant to think about it - it's very funny I think. I'm not involved in this
love and flowers scene but it is something to bring people together for the summer - something to latch on to. In the winter we'll probably latch on to snow!... The word love as we use it means an all embracing emotion for the rest of humanity.
- Mick Jagger, 1967

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