Rolling Stones songs: Parachute Woman
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Parachute woman, will you blow me out?/ Well, my heavy throbbers itchin’/ Just to lay a solorhy rhythm down…
Written by: Jagger, Richard
Recorded: March 23-29, 1968, Olympic Sound Studios, London
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
The Stones recorded a track of the music into an old mono cassette recorder to get a distinctive sound on this.
Performed in a Blues style, this song is loaded with sexual metaphors.
Mick Jagger played the harmonica on this track.
The Rolling Stones performed this on Rock and Roll Circus, a British TV special The Stones taped in 1968 but never aired. A series of musical acts and circus performances, it was released on video in 1995.
The Beggars Banquet album cover was designed to look like an invitation, with the letters RSVP at the bottom. This is not what The Stones had in mind. They wanted to use a photo of a graffiti-covered bathroom, but Decca Records wouldn’t allow it. This resulted in a stalemate that held up the album’s release until the band finally relented.
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
Following the Stones’ controversial incursion (of debatable success) into
psychedelic rock, “Parachute Woman” confirms the return of the Stones to
what had been their main strength since 1963: an impassioned rereading of
the blues. Here there are no half measures from Mick and Keith. The song
could even be described as a florid tribute to their sexual exploits—possibly
the memory of some erotic experience during a US tour. In this respect the
third and final verse could not be any more explicit: Parachute Woman, will
you blow me out?/Well my heavy throbber’s itchin’ just to lay a solid rhythm
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