About The Rolling Stones’ unreleased song ‘Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Blue’…
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*Early version of ‘Dandelion’
Also known as: Fairground
Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Olympic Sound Studios London, England, Nov. 9-Dec. 6 1966
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
“Dandelion” is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and first released as a B-side to “We Love You” in August 1967. John Lennon and Paul McCartney sing backing vocals. Billboard described the single as “an easy beat rocker with a good story line.”
The song has lyrical references to British counting or nursery rhymes. The first demo version of “Dandelion” was recorded in November 1966. Originally titled “Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Blue”, it had different lyrics and was sung and played by Keith Richards. On the released version, Mick Jagger sings the lead vocal.
The recording’s arrangement makes use of baroque instrumentation; Brian Jones contributed a distinctive melodic figure played on Mellotron, while Nicky Hopkins performed on harpsichord. The two parts move in contrary motion, with Jones’ melody ascending against Hopkins’ descending pedal point. The song is in the key of B-flat major and in the 4/4 time signature.
The Rolling Stones have never performed “Dandelion” live; nonetheless, it has been included on several compilations, including Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2), More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies), Singles Collection: The London Years, and Rolled Gold+: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones.
The original single release fades out with a brief section of the Nicky Hopkins piano intro from the A-side, “We Love You”. The coda is missing on most versions of “Dandelion” appearing on compilation albums, which include the song in a 3:32 edit, but it may be heard, for example, in the 3:48 version included on Singles Collection: The London Years.
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