Rolling Stones songs: Something Happened to Me Yesterday
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He don’t know if it’s right or wrong/ Maybe he should tell someone/ He’s not sure just what it was/ Or if it’s against the law…
Written by: Jagger, Richard
Recorded: RCA Studios, Hollywood, USA, Aug. 1966; Olympic Sound Studios, London, England, Nov-Dec. 1966
Guest musicians: Nicky Hopkins (piano)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
“Something Happened to Me Yesterday” is the closing track of the Rolling Stones’ 1967 album Between the Buttons.
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and recorded in August and November 1966, “Something Happened to Me Yesterday” is the first officially released Rolling Stones track to feature Richards on separate lead vocal. Jagger sings the verses, while Richards sings the chorus. Richards plays electric and acoustic guitars; Charlie Watts is on drums and Bill Wyman on bass; Brian Jones whistles and plays trumpet, trombone and tuba; Jack Nitzsche plays piano; and the Mike Leander Orchestra performs the brass section.
At the time of the song’s release, Jagger said: “I leave it to the individual imagination as to what happened.” Matthew Greenwald calls it “one [of] the most accurate songs about LSD”.
The song ends with a spoken passage: “Well thank you very much and now I think it’s time for us all to go. So from all of us to all of you, not forgetting the boys in the band and our producer Reg Thorpe, we’d like to say God bless. So if you’re out tonight, don’t forget, if you’re on your bike, wear white. Evening all.” Jagger has said (plainly facetiously) that this passage is “something I remember hearing on the BBC as the bombs dropped”. However, this sort of homily was typically rendered at the end of an episode of the early police procedural Dixon of Dock Green by PC Dixon, an old school bobby.
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
This number probably refers to an experience with LSD or mescaline. The
narrator is describing his feelings not during the trip, but afterward. He feels
the need to confide in someone totally integrated into traditional society:
Something happened to me yesterday, he tells him. Is it legal or illegal? He
doesn’t know. What he does know is that it was so groovy, something very
strange… that really threw him. A memory, nonetheless: Someone’s singing
loud across the bay/Sittin’ on a mat about to pray.
Had Mick Jagger and Keith Richards become Jesus freaks, by any chance?
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