Love Is Strong

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: September 1993-April 1994
Recording locations: Sandymount Studios, Ron Wood's home, St. Kildare, Ireland; Windmill Lane
Recording, Dublin, Ireland; & A&M Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producers: Don Was & The Glimmer Twins        Chief engineer: Don Smith
Performed onstage: 1994-95, 1998, 2006-07


Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Darryl Jones
Acoustic guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Lead vocals: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bernard Fowler & Ivan Neville
Wurlitzer piano:Chuck Leavell
Harmonica: Mick Jagger
Maracas: Mick Jagger

Your love is strong and you're so sweet
You make me hard, you make me weak
Love is strong and you're so sweet
And some day, baby, we've got to meet

A glimpse of you was all it took
A stranger's glance, it got me hooked
And I follow you across the stars
I look for you in seedy bars

What are you scared of, baby?
It's more than just a dream
I need some time
We make a beautiful team

Well love is strong and you're so sweet
And some day, baby, we've got to meet
Just anywhere, out in the park
Out on the street, out in the dark

And I follow you through swirling seas
Down darkened woods with silent trees
Your love is strong and you're so sweet
You make me hard, you make me weak

I wait for you until the dawn
My mind is ripped, my heart is torn
Your love is strong and you're so sweet
Your love is bitter taken neat

Yeah, love is strong, yeah
Yeah, all right
Love is strong, yeah
Oh yeah, you're so sweet
Love is strong... we've got to meet
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Love is strong.... oh yeah


Hybrids, ones (that Mick and I wrote) together (include): Love Is Strong, Got Me Rocking, and Sparks Will Fly.

- Keith Richards, June 1994

When you get a good playback, nobody says anything; you just nod at each other... Love Is Strong (was like that). That's the band; sounds like 'em every time. We didn't have to fiddle with it at all.

- Keith Richards, June 1994

We ran through it a bunch of times and I was playing harmonica, and I started singing through the harmonica mike, so you get this strange sort of sound. And then I started singing down an octave, so you get this kind of breathy, sexy tone. When we were in rehearsal, I'd come in quite early in the afternoon and put on a bunch of CDs and play harmonica along with them for my homework, 'cause like any instrument, you can't just pick it up and play it. It was good to put harmonica on a track like this. You always think of playing it on a 12-bar blues, and it's kind of fun to put it on one which isn't. It's good to work with another sequence.

- Mick Jagger, 1994

I started that one. To me, it's intimately related to Wicked As It Seems, which I did last year. All of our songs are like... this one's the cousin of that one. They're all offshoots of themes and motifs.

- Keith Richards, 1994

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