Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: October-December 1977 & March-April 1978 Recording location: Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris, France & Atlantic Studios, New York, USA
Producers: The Glimmer Twins Chief engineer: Chris Kimsey
Performed onstage: 1978, 1994-95, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2013, 2015, 2021
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Pedal steel guitar: Ron Wood
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood
Pianos: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
(That was written by Keith and me in c)ombination. I wasn't out to make a disco record, making Far Away Eyes.
We aren't using a pull-string or a lot of slide right now, but Ron plays pedal steel, a bit on Shattered and Far Away Eyes. Country music's a part of the way we do that kind of thing, and it comes through even if it's done with straight guitars sort of pulling up against each other.
(O)n Far Away Eyes, I'm playing piano, though Keith is actually playing the top part - we added it on after. But I wouldn't say this song was influenced specifically by Gram (Parsons). That idea of country music played slightly tongue in cheek - Gram had that in Drugstore Truck Drivin' Man, and we have that sardonic quality, too.
I know (Mick) listens to - and used to - a lot of Merle Haggard (who hails from Bakersfield, California) ...When you think about it, he even sings Bakersfield in (Far Away Eyes)... I wonder why Bakersfield? I've got to ask him that. Maybe he don't even know himself. It must go back to him listening to a lot of Merle Haggard.
You know, when you drive through Bakersfield on a Sunday morning or Sunday evening - I did that about six months ago - all the country music radio stations start broadcasting live from L.A. black gospel services. And that's what the song refers to. But the song's really about driving alone, listening to the radio.
It's mimicry, it is, it's parody...
Mick feels the need to get into these caricatures. He's slightly vaudeville in his approach. Far Away Eyes is like that. He did it great every time except for the final take. It's good when he does it straight 'cause it's funny enough without doing a pantomime. It's the SOUND version of what he was doing wrong VISUALLY. When he sings it as a caricature it sounds like it would be great for a show. You expect Mick to walk out in his cowboy duds on an 18-wheeler set (laughs). Or sing it into his CB as part of his skit.
Currently, we're getting knocked for doing Far Away Eyes. Not so much in America, but abroad... where they don't really understand country music... Obviously, we can't play country music like authentic Chicago bluesmen. We do our best, but we can't copy - that's not the idea. And so it comes out the way it does... different!
Yeah, she's real, she's a real girl...
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