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Rolling Stones songs: Let Me Down Slow
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There’s a swish in your step/ There’s a gleam in your eye…

Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: Studio France, West Indies, Nov- 2004; Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA, March 7-9 and June 6-28 2005
Guest musicians: Darryll Jones (bass)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
“Let Me Down Slow” is a Mick Jagger song. Other than the refrain, that is, which bears the signature of Keith Richards. The lyrics are somewhat atypical of the Glimmer Twins. They tell of a fragile lover who begs his girlfriend to let him down easy. If you’ve something to say/Don’t be too direct; I don’t want a confrontation/I got my back to the wall: we almost need to pinch ourselves to believe that it actually is Mick Jagger singing these words. In fact, “Let Me Down Slow” relates to a colorful episode in the life of the Stones.

At the end of the sixties, Keith spent the night with Marianne Faithfull in order to get his revenge on Mick for succumbing to the charms of Anita Pallenberg on the set of Performance. The Stones guitarist gives his own account of it in Life: “In fact, I had to leave the premises rather abruptly when the cat [Mick Jagger] came back. Hey, it was our only time, hot and sweaty. We were just there in, as Mick calls it in ‘Let Me Down Slow,’ the afterglow, my head nestled between those two beautiful jugs. And we heard his car drive up, and there was a big flurry, and I did one out the window, got my shoes, out the window through the garden, and I realized I’d left my socks.”

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