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You Got The Silver by The Rolling Stones

Album: Let It BleedReleased: 1969
  • This was the first time Keith Richards sang the entire lead vocal. He shared vocals with Mick Jagger on "Salt Of The Earth."
  • Richards wrote this about his then-girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg. She was going out with Brian Jones before taking up with Richards.
  • Brian Jones played the autoharp, which is a string instrument with a series of chord bars attached to dampers to isolate the desired chord. Jones played many unusual instruments for The Stones, and this was one of the last songs he contributed to. Stung out on drugs, he rarely showed up to the Let It Bleed sessions, and was not always functional when he did.
  • This was the only song on Let It Bleed that Jones got credit for helping to write. It was recorded a year earlier, when he could still contribute.
  • The Stones did record a version with Jagger singing lead, but decided to release the one with Richards singing.
  • Although not released on the soundtrack, this was used in the Michaelangelo Antonioni film Zabriskie Point. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Joel - Chicago, IL
  • Nicky Hopkins played piano and organ on this. He played with The Stones on albums from Between The Buttons through Black And Blue. Along with Ian Stewart and Billy Preston, Hopkins was one of the 3 major contributors on keyboards for The Stones. Preston usually played on Soulful, Gospel-type numbers where an organ was required, Stewart played boogie-woogie on fast songs, and Hopkins played on the ballads. Hopkins also played with The Beatles and Jeff Beck. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
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Comments: 11

This is, quite simply, Keith's greatest vocal performance and perhaps the best Rolling Stones song of this entire period, if not ever. There is a pure strength and self-assurance in Keith's delivery which reminds me very much of Dylan's "It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry"-- two fundamentally flawed vocalists going all out and doing something beyond themselves.Domyo - Bloomington, In
I believe he should have had credit for many of the Stoens songs because without his musical contributions they wouldnt have sounded as good. Especially 2000 LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME,UNDER MY THUMB,RUBY TUESDAY(which he did write with Keith) and RUBY TUESDAY AND many more.Ken - Booneville,ms, Ms
Hooray for Keith!Peter Griffin - Quahog, Ri
We used to listen to this one doing mescaline in 69, cut school and get ripped at my buddy's house. The stinging electric guitar part goes right through you, particularly those last few chords at the end.......Stig - Chicago, Il
Fabulous song. Keith voice was very good at the time.

Start listening to the Let It Bleed album with this one through the end. A real trip.
R - Montreal, Qc, Canada
I recently saw Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi in concert and they covered it. It was genius. I hear it is on one of her albums.Laura - Santa Fe, Nm
Correct. Jones never received a writing credit for any song. He certainly desrved one , I'd think, for "Under My Thumb" and probably quite a few of the earlier ones.Keith - Winchester, Va
Keith uses his (then) new found penchant for open tuning on this number.Dave - London , Canada
I'm not sure that Brian got any writing credits for this song. In fact, I don't believe he ever had any beyond the group credit 'Nanker Phelge' on some of their earliest compositions. However, it was the last Stones song to feature any meaningful contribution from him.Kent Lyle - Palo Alto, Ca
According to myself, one of the best Rolling Stones´ songs ever.Mr. Chimp - Brno, Czech Republic
This is a Great Song, like LET IT BLEED, in my opinion one of the greatest Rolling Stones albunsNicolas - Buenos Aires, Argentina
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