No Expectations

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: May-June 1968        Recording location: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England
Producers: Jimmy Miller         Chief engineer: Glyn Johns
Performed onstage: 1968-69, 1973, 1994, 1997, 2002-03, 2007, 2013

Probable line-up:

Bass: Bill Wyman
Rhythm acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Steel guitar (slide): Brian Jones
Vocal: Mick Jagger
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Claves: Charlie Watts

Take me to the station
And put me on a train
I've got no expectations
To pass through here again

Once I was a rich man
Now I am so poor
But never in my sweet, short life
Have I felt like this before

Your heart is like a diamond
You throw your pearls at swine
And as I watch you leaving me
You pack my peace of mind

Our love was like the water
That splashes on a stone
Our love is like our music
It's here and then it's gone
So take me to the airport
And put me on a plane
I've got no expectations
To pass through here again


That's Brian playing (steel guitar). We were sitting around in a circle on the floor, singing and playing, recording with open mikes. That was the last time I remember Brian really being totally involved in something that was really worth doing. He was there with everyone else. It's funny how you remember - but that was the last moment I remember him doing that, because he had just lost interest in everything.

- Mick Jagger, 1995

My favourite ballad (on the album) is No Expectations...

- Mick Jagger, 1968

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