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Rolling Stones songs: Rain Fall Down
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It was all the usual crap/ All the usual sleaze…
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), Matt Clifford (keyboards & vibes)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
The second single released from A Bigger Bang, this song has a funk sound in the style of “Miss You.” Mick Jagger said of it: “Rain Fall Down is a song about London. It has a line, ‘Feel like we’re living in a battleground, everyone’s jazzed.’ That was in my head already. There were so many armed police in the streets. Walking around, seeing machine guns, is not how you imagine London to be. If we keep going down this track, we’re not going to get back.”
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
Mick Jagger wrote “Rain Fall Down” thinking of his own fair city of
London, where it had all begun for the Stones forty-five years before. The
song describes a young couple living in an apocalyptic setting of gray and
decrepit apartments strewn with garbage and abandoned even by those who
built them (the politicians, presumably). Through the prism of this couple,
Mick Jagger would himself acknowledge, in an interview given to
L’Express in 2005, that “‘Rain Fall Down’ is a song about London. It has a
line, ‘Feel like we’re living in a battleground, everyone’s jazzed.’ That was
in my head already. There were so many armed police in the streets.
Walking around, seeing machine guns, is not how you imagine London to
“Rain Fall Down” was the second single taken from A Bigger Bang
(coupled, moreover, with a will.i.am remix version and another version
named Ashley Beedle’s “Heavy Disco” Vocal Re-Edit). The single climbed
to number 33 in the United Kingdom and number 21 on the Billboard
Dance Club Play chart.
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