Keith Don't Go (Ode to the Glimmer Twin)

Album: Nils Lofgren (1975)

Songfacts®:

  • Following the disbanding of his band Grin in 1974, American multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren released his eponymous debut solo album the following year. A success with critics, Rolling Stone's Jon Landau labeled it one of the finest rock records of the year in a 1975 review. This track finds him paying tribute to Keith Richards who frequently co-produced Rolling Stones and other artists' records with Mick Jagger under the joint name "The Glimmer Twins."
  • Lofgren joined Neil Young's band at the age of 17, playing piano and guitar on the After the Gold Rush album. The musician maintained a close musical relationship with Young, appearing on his Tonight's the Night album and tour among others. He explained in an interview with Mojo magazine July 2011 why he penned this song for Keith Richards: "I'm on Neil's Tonight's the Night UK tour, I'm just 22, and in heaven. Every day, I'm meeting musicians, a dozen best friends of Keith, and he becomes a common conversation; how sick he is but what an enormous imprint he continues to make. My song was a giant thank you note saying, 'You're a medicine, we need you, why not stick around and take care of yourself.'"

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Dan ReedSongwriter Interviews

Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.

Scott StappSongwriter Interviews

The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.

Jimmy JamSongwriter Interviews

The powerhouse producer behind Janet Jackson's hits talks about his Boyz II Men ballads and regrouping The Time.

Matthew Wilder - "Break My Stride"They're Playing My Song

Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it.

Ian Anderson of Jethro TullSongwriter Interviews

The flautist frontman talks about touring with Led Zeppelin, his contribution to "Hotel California", and how he may have done the first MTV Unplugged.

Dave EdmundsSongwriter Interviews

A renowned guitarist and rock revivalist, Dave took "I Hear You Knocking" to the top of the UK charts and was the first to record Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."