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Play With Fire

by

The Rolling Stones



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This started out as an up-tempo song called "A Mess Of Fire."
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are the only Stones to play on this. The other Stones went to sleep after a long session, while producer Phil Spector filled in on bass and his assistant, Jack Nitzsche played harpsichord. They left to tour Australia the next day. Nitzsche was a prolific producer who also scored many movies, including The Exorcist and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. He died in 2000 at age 63.
Mick Jagger (1995): "It's a very in-your-face kind of sound and very clearly done. You can hear all the vocal stuff on it. And I'm playing the tambourine, the vocal line. You know, it's very pretty. Keith and me (wrote that). I mean, it just came out. It was just kind of rich girls' families - society as you saw it. It's painted in this naive way in these songs. I don't know if it was daring. It just hadn't been done." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
A janitor at the studio sang backup. At the end of an all-night session Jagger and Richards were the only Stones still awake, and they were desperate for another voice.
This was released as the B-side of "The Last Time," and does not appear on the English version of Out Of Our Heads. In England it was customary to not include single releases on albums.
This was featured in the 2007 movie The Darjeeling Limited. It's a rare instance of an entire song being used in a film.
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Comments (10):

Also used in the jarring movie 'Shoot the Moon.'
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
One of there best songs. The topic of the song is more along the lines of the view of the Father. The mother wasnt faithfull so mr bigshot kicked her to the curb. After clarifying that he lets his daughter know that she can have diamonds and other things, or go live with your mother..
- Leelee, stockton, CA
As already written, this music is about a warning.
- carlos, santa rita,
i agree with R in montreal...considering the time 1965 when rock and roll was still considered
to be "an evil" by alot of society especially the USA..."bad girls" could rebel by showing their approval (genuinely too)..especially those with money who could probably access people like mick....and jagger is saying..i know where you come from (you probably even get an allowance from daddy ) and you can get burned being seen with me...i dont play by the same rules...you're playing with fire. (and you might lose your allowance, amongst other things)
- tim, shaftesbury, England
My idea about the lyrics:
It's about a girl whose parents are rich are well known in society; and the guy is just saying: if you think that I'm only interesting because I'm popular, you are playing with fire and you better go back to your mother. Cause I'm not a quiet and aristocrat guy; don't play with me, I can put you in fire...
- R, Montreal, QC, Canada
Does anyone have any thoughts on what this song is about?
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
Great song. I think it says in the songfacts that Mick played tamberine.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
I love the song, I'd like to see the critics do better!
- Kelly, San Jose, CA
the tambourine on this track wasn´t played by an expert, it changes it´s downbeat all the time. looks like the player didn´t even watch what he was playing...
- bernhard, mannheim, Germany
Mucho excellente. Classic. I love it.
- kelly, los angeles, CA
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