Blue and Lonesome

Composer: Memphis Slim         Original performers: Memphis Slim, Little Walter (1959)      
Recording date:
December 2015 & April 2016
Recording locations: British Grove Studios, London, England; The Parlour Recording Studio, New Orleans, USA;
& Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producers: Don Was
& The Glimmer Twins     Chief engineer: Krish Sharma
Never performed onstage


Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Darryl Jones
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood (incl. solo)
Vocal: Mick Jagger
Harmonica: Mick Jagger
Wurlitzer piano: Matt Clifford
Hammond B-3 organ: Chuck Leavell

I'm blue and lonesome as a man can be
I'm blue and lonesome, yeah, as a man can be
I don't have no headaches about myself, my love has gone away from me

Baby please, baby please come back to me
Baby please come on home to me
Yeah my heart is full of misery, baby, you won't be sweet to me

Yeah, I'm going to cast my trouble down in the deep blue sea
Yeah, I'm going to cast my trouble, yeah, down in the deep blue sea
And the whales and fishes have no fuss over me



(In rehearsals) we would play blues versions and we played Commit a Crime, for instance, and we had played Blue and Lonesome.

- Mick Jagger, October 2016

We were recording some new songs and we just hit a wall on this one particular track. We needed to "cleanse the palate" and the ginger for the palate came about when Keith said, Let's play "Blue and Lonesome". Thankfully Krish Sharma, who recorded the album, kicked it into record and what you hear on this record is this one and only take of this song.
- Don Was, 2016

It was supposed to be, if it worked, one track on a new album, that Keith wanted Mick to do.
- Charlie Watts, April 2017

It's one I remember from growing up, like an old Little Walter song... I hadn't heard Blue and Lonesome for years. The wonderful lead licks, the harmonica... Mick thought exactly the same. It rekindled the flame.
- Ron Wood, October 2016

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