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ROLLING STONES SONGS: ‘SAD SAD SAD’ (1989)

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Are you ready for the gilded cage/ Are you ready for the tears of rage/ Come on baby, don’t let them drown you out…

Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: Air Studios, Montserrat, March 29-Apr. 1989; Olympic Sound Studios, May 15-June 29 1989
Guest musicians: Chuck Leavell (organ and piano), The Kick Horns (brass), Bernard Fowler (backing vocals)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From Songfacts:
This is the first track from Steel Wheels, an album that brought The Stones back together. Jagger and Richards had both done solo albums and it looked like The Stones may have been done.

The horns were played by the Brass ensemble The Kick Horns.

Ron Wood played bass. Bill Wyman, The Stones bassist, had to deal with the press after announcing his engagement to 18-year-old Mandy Smith, and was not available. Wyman and Smith divorced soon after their marriage.

Charlie Watts helped write this, but as was custom for The Stones, it was credited only to Jagger/Richards.

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
“Sad Sad Sad” is the fanfare that accompanies the Rolling Stones’ return to
the arena. What is more, the song’s riff testifies to an undiminished desire
on the part of the Glimmer Twins to enter the fray. A riff is almost certainly
from Mick Jagger, who plays electric guitar alongside Keith Richards. Are
you ready for the gilded cage/Are you ready for the tears of rage/Come on
baby, don’t let them drown you out
: Mick seems to be advising his partner,
in a vengeful voice, on how to survive the chaos of her life. Or should the
song perhaps be seen as an oblique reference to the indestructibility of the
Stones, who had survived the deterioration of relations between Mick and Keith?

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