Out of Tears

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

Line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Darryl Jones
Acoustic guitar: Mick Jagger
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Slide electric guitar: Ron Wood
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Piano: Chuck Leavell
Organ: Benmont Tench
Percussion: Lenny Castro
Strings: (unknown musicians)
 

I can't feel, feel a thing
I can't shout, I can't scream
Breathe it out, breathe it in
All this love from within

(And) I won't cry when you say goodbye
I'm out of tears
(And) I won't die when you wave goodbye
I'm out of tears (yes I am)

I won't drink, I won't eat
I can't hear, I won't speak
Let it out, let it in
All this pain from within

And I just can't pour my heart out
To another living thing
I'm a whisper, I'm a shadow
And I'm standing up to sing

And I won't cry, I swear my eyes are dry
I'm out of tears (yeah)
And I won't cry, I'm going to tell you why
I'm out of tears

Let it out from within
Some you lose, some you win
I can drift, I can dream
Til I float off your screen
 
 

TrackTalk

Out of Tears is totally Mick's (composition).

- Keith Richards, June 1994


Out of Tears (is completely mine). (It came j)ust kind of very quickly.

- Mick Jagger, June 1994


There's no set way to write songs. I used to say, Now we're writing songs. I'm gonna sit at my desk. Out of Tears was a little bit like that, where I'm sitting at the piano in Ronnie's studio going Da da ding, da da ding. Then you go and listen to it, and it's got this really good mood because it's you on your own. No one else is there, and you're creating the mood. There's a very sad mood to that song. The Stones are mainly a guitar band, but I think with a ballad sometimes it's nice to move away from that. And when a song is written on a keyboard, you get a different sort of melodic structure.

- Mick Jagger, 1994


Both Mick and I like to do that. You can have an idea for a song, and you play it on guitar and it just doesn't work. And then you try it on piano and suddenly it starts to make sense to you. Then you can go back to guitar and it all falls into place. To be able to write on a couple of different instruments gives you a whole different feel on a song.

- Keith Richards, 1994



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