Rolling Stones songs: We Love You
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We don’t care if you hound “we”/ And love is all around “we”/ Love can’t get our minds off…
Also known as ‘We Love You, Goodbye’
Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England, June 12-13 1967
Chest musicians: John Lennon and Paul McCartney (backing vocals), Nicky Hopkins (piano)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote this after they were arrested along with Brian Jones on drug charges stemming from a raid on Keith’s house, Redlands, on February 12, 1967. This song was a thank you message to the fans who supported Jagger and Richards through their arrest – note the jail ambiance at the beginning.
This was also a “Thank You” to The Beatles, The Who and the editorial page of the London Times, who supported and spoke out in favor of the Stones after Jagger, Richards and Jones were arrested on drug charges. The Who recorded and released a double A-side of the Stones’ “The Last Time” and “Under My Thumb” to keep the Stones’ music alive while they were going through their court and prison difficulties. ç
The Rolling Stones lead guitarist at the time, Brian Jones, played a Mellotron, which was an early synthesizer, on this track. Jones was a founding member of the band, but the more popular they got, the more his drug habit affected him. By 1969 he was out of the band’s good graces and was fired, then found dead in his swimming pool less than a month later. “We Love You” is a testament to his influence on the band. “Despite being off his head on Mandrax by this time, Brian manages to arrange the track with that syncopated layer of psychedelic madness,” says Nick Reynolds, co-producer of the documentary Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones. “Pure genius.”
The Beatles and Rolling Stones collaborated a bit in 1967: John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backup on “We Love You,” and Mick Jagger sang on the Beatles’ “Baby You’re A Rich Man.”
The Stones made a promotional film for this song that was banned by the BBC but shown elsewhere. It was directed by Peter Whitehead and based on The Trials Of Oscar Wilde with Mick Jagger as Oscar, Keith Richards as the Marquis and Marianne Faithfull as Bosie.
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
What with the trials and repeated scandals, spring and early summer 1967
were particularly tough times for Mick, Keith, and Brian. It was in this
oppressive, anxious atmosphere, after Mick and Keith had been released on
bail but before their appeal was upheld, that “We Love You” was composed.
You will never win/Your uniforms don’t fit/We forget the place we’re
in/Because we love you, we love you. “We Love You” is more than just the
Rolling Stones’ contribution to the Summer of Love and the new hippie
culture. Above all, it sounds like a hymn of thanks and love from the group
to their fans, and is perhaps also, a plea for tolerance. It was released as a
single (with “Dandelion” as the B-side) on August 18 in the United
Kingdom and on September 2 in the United States, climbing to number 8
and number 50, respectively on the charts. This was a relative flop that
would surprise the group.
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“We Love You” is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones that was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It was first released as a single on 18 August 1967, with “Dandelion” as the B-side. The song peaked at number eight in Britain and number 50 in the United States, where “Dandelion” was promoted as the A-side and peaked at number 14. The recording features a Mellotron part played by Brian Jones and backing vocals by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles.
The single’s two tracks were the final Stones recordings receiving a production credit for band manager Andrew Loog Oldham. The recording session represented Oldham’s last work with the band before resigning as their producer.
Written in the aftermath of the drugs arrests faced by Jagger and Keith Richards at the Redlands country home of the latter in Sussex that year, “We Love You” opens with the sounds of entry into jail, and a cell door clanging shut. The draconian nature of the sentences handed down to the two Stones relative to the charges prompted a stern editorial in The Times on 1 July 1967, titled “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?”, in protest.
The song’s lyrics appear to be “a spoof” of the Lennon–McCartney song “All You Need Is Love”, which the Beatles performed on the Our World satellite broadcast on 25 June. Alternatively, as Lennon insisted was the case, in his famous 1970 Rolling Stone interview, the lyrics can be seen as echoing the message of the Beatles song, on which Jagger and Richards were among the many chorus singers. On close examination, “We Love You” espouses a strong anti-establishment stance, proclaiming “we don’t care if you hound we and lock the doors around we” and “you will never win we, your uniforms don’t fit we.
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