Plundered My Soul

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: 
July 1971, October-November 1971 & Fall 2009
Recording locations: Rolling Stones Mobile Unit, Keith Richards' home, Villefranche-sur-mer, France; One East Studio, New York City, USA;
The Village & Mix This!, Los Angeles, USA; & unidentified studio, London, England
Producer: Jimmy Miller, Don Was & The Glimmer Twins     Chief engineers: Glyn Johns, Andy Johns & Krish Sharma 
Mixer: Bob Clearmountain             Never performed onstage

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Mick Jagger
Rhythm electric guitar: Keith Richards

Lead electric guitar: Mick Taylor

Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Lisa Fischer & Cindy Mizelle
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Saxophone: Bobby Keys
Percussion: Mick Jagger

Can you believe it?
I won no medals in this love game
I've been resting on my laurels
I'm a bad loser, I'm a yard off my pace

Mmm, I smelled rubber and I soon discovered
That you'd gone for good
My indiscretions made a bad impression
Guess I was misunderstood

I thought you needed my loving
But it's my heart that you stole
I thought you wanted my money
But you plundered my soul

Plundered my soul

I started asking around
But your friends' pretty lips were sealed
I wrote a letter full of trite confessions
About who's the heel

I heard some gossip you'd become an alcoholic
Going to try it out
So I phoned every clinic in the yellow pages
Not a trace about

I thought you needed my loving
But it's my heart that you stole
I thought you wanted my money
But you plundered my soul

You plundered my soul

I ain't quitting but I'm close to admitting
I'm a sorry case
But on quiet reflection
My sad rejection's not a total disgrace

But I do miss your quick repartee
And the smile that lights up your face
You'll be a hard act to follow, a bitter pill to swallow
You'll be tough, you'll be tough to replace

I thought you wanted my loving
But it's my heart that you stole
You were a trick up my sleeve
My ace in the hole

I thought you wanted my money
But you plundered my soul

Oh plundered my soul
Oh yeah...  (you plundered my soul)
You plundered my soul
Yeah... oh yeah  (you plundered my soul)
Oh yes (...)  (you plundered my soul)


The (Exile outtakes) weren't all recorded in the same place. Some of them I really remembered, but some I didn't remember at all. Some of them were really together - maybe the one you've heard, it was called Plundered My Soul, that was perfect, you didn't have to edit, it was all perfect. Some of the others were much more loose jams.
- Mick Jagger, 2010

I’ve put Mick Taylor on Plundered My Soul, because he wasn’t on it. I wasn’t on it, he wasn’t on it, so obviously we were driving to the studio when that was done (laughs)... (I)t was very nice, it was just like the old days, you know, I just sat Mick down and we did it like half an hour...
- Mick Jagger, 2010

(I)t was one of Mick's songs. It was among the outtakes that had to be finished. Actually, some of them were finished. But this particular song didn't have a vocal on it and it didn't have any lead guitar. It just had Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts playing on it. So he asked me to step into the studio one afternoon, and I did some guitar in about three or four passes. I thought it turned out well.

- Mick Taylor, 2012

It's not typical of Exile on Main Street - it's just that it was recorded during that period. It's got backup vocals and things on it that were done a couple of years ago. The original track is just sort of Keith's rhythm guitar, Bill Wyman's bass playing and Charlie Watts' drumming, and it's very raw.

- Mick Taylor, 2012

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