About The Rolling Stones’ song ‘Till the Next Goodbye’…
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You give me a cure all from New Orleans/ Now that’s a recipe I sure do need…
Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany, Jan. 14.28 1974; Rolling Stones Mobile, Stargroves, Newbury, England, Apr. 1974; Island Recording Studios, London, England, May 20-25 1974
Guest musicians: Nicky Hopkins (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:
Like so many Stones songs, “Till the Next Goodbye” tells the story of a
couple on the verge of falling apart. A man recalls meeting his lover in a
movie house on Forty-Second Street. Given that from the early seventies
onward, this particular New York thoroughfare was lined mainly with
theaters showing porn flicks, it seems a strange place to meet… Little
matter, time has passed, and having survived one crisis after another, his
feelings have become blunted. Nothing can now reawaken the love he once
had for his girl, not even her cider-apple-and-elderberry-wine-based miracle
cure concocted in New Orleans. He might be arranging to see her in the
coffee shop on Fifty-Second Street for a final meeting, and admits that he
could do without the tears she will cry when they say good-bye.
“Till the Next Goodbye” is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, featured on its 1974 album It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll.
Credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards recording on “Till the Next Goodbye” began at Munich’s Musicland Studios in November 1973. The song is a traditional ballad from the Stones’ middle period, with slight country music influences. It opens with an acoustic guitar which leads into Jagger’s performance. The lyrics deal with the “illicit meetings between two lovers”.
In his review of the song, Bill Janovitz says, “In the mid-’70s, a 42nd Street movie theater would have been a place of questionable repute and not a very romantic rendezvous. The lyric is unexpectedly complex; the point of view, Jagger as narrator, speaks to the mistress apologetically and with a guilty conscience… In one line on the bridge, Jagger manages to convey empathy, culpability, and frustration: ‘I can’t go on like this/Can you? Can you?’ On paper it seems clear, the narrator is asking out of the relationship (paraphrasing): ‘I can’t do this, can you?’ But the way Jagger sings it, it sounds like he’s asking, ‘You can’t do this anymore, can you?’ He’s conveying a different meaning altogether, almost as if he is playing both parts in one line.”
Recording continued at Jagger’s home in Newbury with the use of the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio and finished at Island Recording Studios in London. Jagger, Richards and Mick Taylor each perform acoustic guitar for the piece. Taylor also contributes electric slide guitar to the recording. Nicky Hopkins performs the song’s piano. Bill Wyman performs bass while Charlie Watts performs drums.
An overlooked song from the Stones canon of work, “Till the Next Goodbye” has never been performed live by the Stones and was not included on any compilation albums until the release of the Heartbreak EP in early 2021.
The song was rehearsed on 11 February 2014 in Paris, in preparation for the Rolling Stones 14 On Fire Asia Pacific Tour, which started in Abu Dhabi on 21 February 2014. In attendance was special guest Mick Taylor.
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