Rolling Stones songs: Doncha Bother Me
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Still waiting here for a single idea/ In your clothes and your hair/ I wore it last year/ Oh no, doncha follow me no more…
Also known as: DON’T YA FOLLOW ME
Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: RCA Studios, Hollywood, USA, Dec. 3-8 1965
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
A strange paradox can be observed on this album: the member of the
Rolling Stones quickest to claim the legacy of the blues pioneers also did
the most to widen their musical horizons by turning his hand to a vast array
of musical instruments. In “Doncha Bother Me,” the Brian Jones who
comes to the fore, with his mastery of the bottleneck, once again returns to
his roots, in a sense.
Credited to Jagger-Richards, “Doncha Bother Me” (working title:
“Don’t Ya Follow Me”) is a blues number like those the Rolling Stones had
been playing from the outset. And would play again, notably during the
recording of the legendary Exile on Main St. This time, Mick Jagger
inveighs against all those people who copy others, who have no personality
of their own. I said “Oh no, doncha follow me no more,” he sings at the
start of each verse. This is no doubt to be interpreted as a reproach aimed at
the fans. With a line that Ray Davies would have been proud of, Well the
lines around my eyes/Are protected by a copyright law, the song can be seen
as the Stones’ equivalent of the Kinks’ “Dedicated Follower of Fashion”
(released as a single the same year as Aftermath)
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