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Rolling Stones songs: Please Go Home
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I don’t want to be on my own/ ‘Cause I can’t talk much better alone…

Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: RCA Studios, Hollywood, USA, Aug. 3-7 1966; 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

One of the lesser-known gems from The Rolling Stones’ extensive discography is the song ‘Please Go Home’ released in 1967. While not as ubiquitous as some of their other hits, this track showcases the band’s ability to experiment with different musical styles and lyrical themes.

‘Please Go Home’ finds The Rolling Stones exploring the realm of blues-inspired rock, a genre they had mastered early on in their career. With its catchy guitar riffs and infectious rhythm, the song instantly captivates listeners, leaving no doubt about the band’s musical prowess.

Lyrically, ‘Please Go Home’ delves into the familiar territory of love and relationships, a recurring theme in The Rolling Stones’ repertoire. However, unlike their more romantic ballads, this song takes on a humorous twist. The lyrics playfully tell the story of a persistent lover who just can’t take a hint, pleading with their partner to leave and give them some space.What sets ‘Please Go Home’ apart from other tracks is Mick Jagger’s charismatic vocal performance, exuding a mix of frustration and charm. His signature raspy voice adds depth and authenticity to the song, perfectly complimenting the raw energy of the music.

While not a chart-topping hit, ‘Please Go Home’ is a testament to The Rolling Stones’ versatility as musicians. It showcases their ability to seamlessly transition between different styles while maintaining their distinctive sound. Even though it may be overshadowed by their more popular songs, ‘Please Go Home’ remains a beloved track among dedicated Rolling Stones fans.

From Songfacts:
This is built around the “Bo Diddley Beat” – dun, da-dun, da-dun, da-dun, dun. The Stones toured with Diddley in England in 1963. The Stones also used the Bo Diddley Beat on “Not Fade Away” in 1964.

Brian Jones played the theremin on this track, an electronic device also used by Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”

Like that theremin? Here’s “Over The Rainbow” on one, an excellent example of its unique sound. Shop around online and you’ll find they go for about $300. If you’re too broke or too clever, make your own theremin following this YouTube podcast. Then come back and play along with the Stones!

This was not included on American versions of Between The Buttons. It is on the compilation Flowers in the US.

The Stones had an unusual track record for shuffling songs around between album releases in the states and the UK. In the US, this song was bumped to make room for two bigger hits, “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and “Ruby Tuesday.”
The name of this album, Between The Buttons, is a British expression meaning that you’re undecided about something. Urban legend has it that when producer Andrew Loog Oldham was asked about what they should title the album, he uttered this phrase and they took him literally. (Ref. rolling stones songs please go home)

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
Regrets and more regrets… The central character in this song is apparently having great difficulty recovering from his relationship with a woman who possesses every fault in the book. In any case, a mistake has been made and he asks, or rather orders, her to go home. I don’t have to ask what you do/I just have to look to get you. And then, in the fourth verse: You were told of the devious ways/That you thought you could get without pay. To what is Mick Jagger referring here? To the route that leads into the psychedelic world, or simply to the selfishness of a former girlfriend?