Rolling Stones songs: Sad Day
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There is only one thing in this world that I can’t understand, that’s a girl/ I keep a-readin’ the things you said, like a bad dream in my head…
Also known as: ‘Sad Ol’ Day’
Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: RCA Studios, Hollywood, USA, Dec. 3-8 1965
Guest musicians: Jack Nitzsche (piano)
*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 dreadful start of a day for the character in the song, who has a painful
awakening. He remembers the argument he has had with his girlfriend, who
has finally left him. Where has she gone? He phones her to find out, but she
is not there. The moral of this story of a breakup—yet another in the
Stones’ catalog—is that There is only one thing in this world/That I can’t
understand, that’s a girl.
As another song about the emotional ups and downs of women, and how
this is a source of stress and despair for their partners, “Sad Day” would
certainly not have been out of place on Aftermath. And as a folk-rock
number enhanced with Baroque arrangements, it would have fitted in
musically too. Recorded at the same session as “Mother’s Little Helper,”
“Take It or Leave It,” and “Goin’ Home,” it was left out of the final
selection for the album. Indeed, it can only be assumed that neither the
Stones nor Oldham were overly taken with it, as it was not included on any
LP until the compilation No Stone Unturned in 1973. Although it was
chosen as the B-side of the US single “19th Nervous Breakdown,” it failed
to set the world alight
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