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ROLLING STONES SONGS: ‘YOU GOT THE SILVER’ (1969)

Rolling Stones songs: You Got the Silver
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What’s that laughing in your smile?/ I don’t care, no, I don’t care…

Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England, Fe b. 9-18 1969
Guest musicians: Nicky Hopkins (piano and organ)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
The song “You Got the Silver” (originally titled “You Got Some Silver
Now”) is one hundred percent Keith Richards. It bears the stamp of the
Stones guitarist all the more emphatically for having been inspired by his
girlfriend. You got my soul/You got the silver, you got the gold/If that’s your
love, just leave me blind: these words of love are addressed to Anita
Pallenberg, the blond German-Italian beauty who had left Brian Jones for
Keith Richards two years before, the Anita whose alluring presence hovers
over a number of the band’s masterpieces.

In his book, Tony Sanchez, Keith’s chauffeur and dealer at the time,
reveals an interesting facet of Brian, Keith, and Mick’s supreme muse:
“She was obsessed with black magic and began to carry a string of garlic
with her everywhere—even to bed—to ward off vampires.
She also had a strange, mysterious old shaker for holy water which she
used for some of her rituals. Her ceremonies became increasingly secret,
and she would warn me never to interrupt her when she was working on a spell.”
Whether he was interested or not in Anita Pallenberg’s esotericism, from
the very first notes on his acoustic guitar, Keith Richards perfectly conjures
up an atmosphere infused with magic and romanticism in “You Got the
Silver.” Alongside Keith, Brian Jones is still present—on autoharp—on this
track. Also worth singling out is the contribution of Nicky Hopkins on
piano and organ.
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