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The great "Dead Flowers" by Jagger/Richards

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I’ll be in my basement room with a needle & a spoon and another girl can take my pain away
//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/66/Stickyfingersstones.jpg/220px-Stickyfingersstones.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.“Dead Flowers” is a sublime song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the Stones’ classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers.

Recording on “Dead Flowers” began on December 15, 1969 at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama.

According to some interpretations, the song is about a man whose girlfriend left him and because of his sadness turns to drugs to make him feel better:

Well when you’re sitting back in your rose pink Cadillac, making bets on Kentucky Derby Day, I’ll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon, and another girl can take my pain away

“Dead Flowers” is said to refer to heroin and there is much reference in the lyrics to the needle and spoon – paraphernalia common with heroin use.

The song is notable for its use of the Stones’ core members each playing their respective instruments, with Ian Stewart on piano and singer Mick Jagger taking up acoustic guitar.

The song appears on Sticky Fingers (1971), Ladies and Gentleman: The Rolling Stones (1974) and Stripped (1995).

The track is rolled out at many Stones gigs! The Stones actually performed the song during their A Bigger Bang Tour at Louisville’s famed Churchill Downs, in reference to the line from the song “… making bets on Kentucky Derby Day..”.

A live cut from their 1994 Voodoo Lounge Tour can be found on the 1995 live album Stripped.

The song is durable and has been covered by many artists ranging from the sublime (Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, etc.) to the ridiculous (Poison, etc.)!

Artists by whom the song has been recorded, include the following:

* Guns N’ Roses bootleg unplugged album
* GG Allin, on The Troubled Troubador (released in 1996).
* Gilby Clarke, on Pawnshop Guitars (released in 1994).
* Steve Earle, on Shut Up and Die Like an Aviator (released in 1991) and Ain’t Ever Satisfied: The Steve Earle Collection (released in 1996).
* The Good Brothers, on The Good Brothers Live (released in 1980).
* Henry McCullough, on Cut (released in 2000).
* The Karl Hendricks Trio, on Buick Electra (released in 1992).
* New Riders of the Purple Sage, on Live Austin, TX 06/13/1975.
* Nine Pound Hammer, on Mulebite Deluxe (released in 2005).
* Poison, on Poison’d (released in 2007).
* The Powder Kegs, on The Seedhouse (released in 2007).
* Michael Stanley, on The Farrago Sessions (released in 2006).
* Townes Van Zandt, on Roadsongs and Abnormal.

One of Townes Van Zandt’s versions of the song is included on the soundtrack to the film The Big Lebowski.

You can download this song as part of the great Sticky Fingers … as well as loads of other Stones stuff … HERE

Two great versions of this majestic song on video are coming up below!

Well, when you’re sitting there
In your silk upholstered chair
Talking to some rich folks that you know
Well I hope you won’t see me
In my ragged company
You know I could never be alone

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you’re the Queen of the Underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flower by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won’t forget to put roses on your grave

Well, you’re sitting back
In your pink Cadillac
Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day
I’ll be in my basement room
With a needle and a spoon
And another girl can take my pain away

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you’re the Queen of the Underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flower by the mail
Send me dead flowers to my wedding
And I won’t forget to put roses on your grave

Take me down little Susie, take me down
I know you think you’re the Queen of the Underground
And you can send me dead flowers every morning
Send me dead flower by the US mail
Say it with dead flowers at my wedding
And I won’t forget to put roses on your grave
No I won’t forget to put roses on your grave

(Jagger/Richards)

Keith Richards – Dead Flowers live

Keef and some muso buddies – including Willie Nelson, Hank Williams III and Ryan Adams – aka the Lost Highwaymen knock out this classic on US TV.

From: evilutionvision

The Rolling Stones – Dead Flowers live

The Stones knock out this classic on tour way back in 1972, not long after the release of “Sticky Fingers”. A great live clip of the boys at their prime!

From: bilsim

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July 9, 2008 Posted by | DeadFlowers, Hank Williams III, Music_ClassicRock, Rolling Stones, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Townes Van Zandt – Dead flowers – 1991


I’ll be in my basement room with a needle and a spoon and another girl can take my pain away

The late great Townes Van Zandt performs this Stones classic back in 1991.

It sounds as if Townes should have written this great and oft-covered song!

July 9, 2008 Posted by | DeadFlowers, Rolling Stones, Townes Van Zandt, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment