Album: Goat's Head Soup (1973)
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  • The big rumor about this song is that it was written about David Bowie's wife, Angela, who wrote in her autobiography that she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger in bed together - a story Jagger denies. According to the rumor, Jagger wrote this song to appease her, but it was Jagger's bandmate Keith Richards who wrote most of the song. Jagger had this to say about it: "People began to say that song was written about David Bowie's wife but the truth is that Keith wrote the title. He said, 'Angie,' and I think it was to do with his daughter. She's called Angela. And then I just wrote the rest of it."

    There was also speculation that Richards' girlfriend Anita Pallenberg inspired this song, but Keith cleared it up in his 2010 autobiography Life, where he wrote: "While I was in the [Vevey drug] clinic (in March-April 1972), Anita was down the road having our daughter, Angela. Once I came out of the usual trauma, I had a guitar with me and I wrote 'Angie' in an afternoon, sitting in bed, because I could finally move my fingers and put them in the right place again, and I didn't feel like I had to s--t the bed or climb the walls or feel manic anymore. I just went, 'Angie, Angie.' It was not about any particular person; it was a name, like ohhh, Diana. I didn't know Angela was going to be called Angela when I wrote 'Angie.' In those days you didn't know what sex the thing was going to be until it popped out." >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • A rare ballad for The Stones, this was the first single released from Goat's Head Soup. It wasn't typical of their sound, since most of the band's material at the time was hard and aggressive. Still, it was a huge hit, and their only ballad that hit #1 in the US.
  • This is one of the few Rolling Stones songs that is acoustic.
  • Keith Richards wrote this song in Switzerland after the Exile on Main St. album had been approved by the record company, but before it was released. "Angie" was one of the first songs The Stones recorded for Goat's Head Soup, which they first attempted in Jamaica at the Dynamic Sounds studio in Kingston. They got very little done at these sessions, arriving nightly with armed escort and locking the doors until they were done for the day. Much of the album was done at sessions in Los Angeles and London under more hospitable conditions.
  • The Angela Bowie rumor picked up steam in 1990, when she went on The Joan Rivers Show and claimed she once walked in on David Bowie and Mick Jagger in bed together naked. What's even more shocking is that Rivers had her own talk show. She was quickly replaced by Arsenio Hall.
  • Nicky Hopkins played piano on this track. He became part of the band's inner circle after working on the 1966 Stones album Between The Buttons. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • In 2005 German chancellor Angela Merkel appropriated this acoustic ballad for her Christian Democratic Union Party. "We're surprised that permission wasn't requested," said a Stones spokesman of Merkel's choice of song. "If it had been, we would have said no."
  • The line from this song, "Ain't it time we said goodbye," was used as the title to Robert Greenfield's 2014 book, which chronicles his time covering the Stones' 1971 British tour and their Exile on Main St. sessions for Rolling Stone magazine. Greenfield is not a fan of the song, however, calling it "soppy and far too sweet for my taste."
  • Angela was born in a Catholic hospital, and her name was bestowed upon her by the nuns. "I'm glad she was called Angela, because Anita had adorned her with all these really weird names like Dandelion, which Angela quickly got rid of as soon as she grew up," Richards told Uncut magazine in 2020. "So she's Angie now, strangely enough."

Comments: 91

  • Ken from OregonHow is it surprising that the most famous ever female tonight show host ever had a tonight show? Why is a 14-year-old writing about the Stones?
  • Marcus from SwedenAngie is written by Keith and it stand for ANITA-I-NEED-YA
  • Opiatedave from NjAngie is clearly about heroin. No woman can replace you ?? Good to be alive ? Song is about stopping drug use.
  • Timotuck from HaitiYou gotta look deeper than a love song. No matter what even Keith and Mick think they meant, that's the beauty of words and art, we often express things that we're not even really aware we're saying. Think psychoanalysis and all that. We express what we're experiencing and feeling, we imbue our world with personal sentiments and the conflicts we're struggling with. It was the first song that Keith wrote coming off near death detox experience. The whole band was traumatized by addiction, if not their own, the impact on Keith and their entourage. All of them had heroin on the brain. So maybe they thought they were writing about sex and love, but now go and listen to Angie as the personification of heroin--or any serious drug-- and it all makes so much sense. As someone else said, 'up in smoke' and 'ain't i good to be alive'. Add to that, 'no lovin' in our soul' doesn't make sense if it's love for another human being. There are so many other metaphors for addiction, 'everywhere i look i see your eyes', 'your kisses still taste so sweet.' 'all those nights we cried.' And here you got Keith coming off of detox and saying, 'when will those clouds all disappear', 'where will it lead us from here', and 'ain't it time we said goodbye'. It's easier to just turn the analysis around and ask what doesn't sound like addiction. There are only two lines that challenge the interpretation of Angie being heroin: 'angie don't you weep' and 'i hate that sadness in your eyes.'
  • George from Vancouver, Canada"What's even more shocking is that Rivers had her own talk show. She was quickly replaced by Arsenio Hall." pure gold!
  • Pacific from California I learned something reading the comments, thanks.

    Aware the song is Angie, but sometimes I remember it as Angel, because of they way Keith sings it.

    The Heroin reference makes sense, given the “up in smoke” and “no money in our coats” and dreams etc.. also as someone mentioned here the hard pivot to “ain’t it great to be alive” which I think sort of makes an otherwise hopeless yearning song switch gears and kind of grounds the longing in the song.

    It could also be about a specific or various people they knew on heroin, or even lost to heroin, given the “can’t say we didn’t try..”

    Which can also work both ways lyrically, which the ambiguity adds to the wistful longing feeling “can’t say we didn’t try..” as in to quit (them) or “can’t say we didn’t try..” to escape with them.

    It’s a very beautiful and haunting song. In that whatever it is about, it speaks to the struggle with pain and illusion, in various ways.
  • AnonymousIn the article it states Keith didn't choose the name Angie for anyone. He wrote it fresh outta detox. He denied its about anyone..not long after Brian's death, I think they were all still reeking.
  • Ann R from CaliforniaI just read Keith Richards book, "Life." Pretty sure Angie is about Anita Pallenberg with whom Keith had 3 children.
  • Tom from Gaithersburg Just watched an episode on this song by Rick Beato. This is like other songs whose meaning or associations could be debated until the end of time. There is no definitive explanation and there won’t be. It’s an outstanding song - and that we can agree on.
  • Joe from JerseyAlways thought this was Jagger's love song for David Bowie....thus the Angie Bowie title...."there ain't a woman that comes close to you...."
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaI'm gonna get bricked but Erica I'm with your hubby. Not a big Stones or Mick fan, LOVE Charlie Watts though. And anyone who will name their child Dandoline... oh well.
  • Toni from UsaFor Erica in Michigan. Asked about the lyrics in a song "New York City". Someone said Shattered not bluesy at all, I think what you heard was Heartbreaker on the Goatshead Soup album. My daughter was named after the song Angie. Was either that or Bianca. She was born one year after the song was released. The she tells it now, which I like is" Well Angie is still hangin tough, but where is Bianca now." "Gone that's where she is!"
  • Kawa from Tokyo, JapanHi Music lovers,

    I think that the idea of this song came from Carole King's first big hit song 'It's Too Late' in 1971. Because there was an impressive line in that song like 'One of us changed or maybe we just stop trying '. This line was very impressive for Mick, I think so Mick probably got this line when he heard the song and thought 'This line was a great ! I've never heard that line before !'. I think he tried to write a new song using this line like 'We just stop trying !'. Because there were key lines in that song 'Angie' many times so I think Mick wrote 'Angie' by using this impressive words. And the rest is history.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 28th 1973, a video of the Rolling Stones performing "Angie" was aired on the premiere show of the ABC-TV program 'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert'...
    Earlier in the month on September 2nd the song entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #75; and six weeks later on October 14th, 1973 it peaked at #1 {for 1 week} and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #1 in Canada on October 7th, 1973 and in Australia on November 19th, 1973; and in both countries it stayed in the top spot for five weeks...
    Was their seventh of eight #1s on the Top 100 chart; "Miss You" on July 30th, 1978 was their last #1 {for 1 week} record.
  • Tom from Springfield, MaThere could be a duel meaning to this song, maybe. I have heard this song live and the line, " but ain't it time we said goodbye" was changed to, "but ain't it great to be alive." So, I believe it was about them kicking heroin. That makes the most sense to this guy. If you have ever been addicted to that stuff, this song has a whole lot of meaning. I think the line that they changed is the answer here. Just saying......
  • Zero from Nowhere, NjIt's such a beautiful and sad song, I'd hate for it to be about saying goodby to heroin, but knowing Keith Richards...
  • Peter from Bcc, Azit might not have been about anyone in particular. I find it funny that Angie couldnt just as well be Jane Doe, because most people have had to break up with someone they loved.
  • Eric from Philadelphia, PaHere's what Wikipedia has to say about this song and it's meaning: "Contrary to popular belief, the song was not about David Bowie's first wife Angela or about actress Angie Dickinson; Richards' daughter Dandelion Angela had just been born, and the name was one of Richards' contributions to the lyrics.[2] This song was written almost entirely both lyrically and musically by Keith Richards. The name Angie has no reference whatsoever to any of the people it has been typically attributed to. Keith Richards wrote in his biography that Angie is basically heroin and his attempt while detoxing in Switzerland to once and for all "say good by"."
  • Brian from Boston, MaI recently learned to play this on guitar.A great song and a great intro
  • Janice from Amesbury, MaI listened and cried to this song 24/7 for DAYS when I was 18 and my boyfriend broke up with me. What a torturous song! I love it, it's my favorite Rolling Stones song!
  • Susan from Rayleigh, United KingdomHey, any stones fans that could help me with this? I heard a great song in a bar--I know it was Jagger's voice. The beat was great--a bit "bluesy" and very retro stones. The only lyrics I could pick out amid the loud noise from the bar was "New York City." I wanted to listen intently but there was just too many distractions. Anyone might know the tune? If I hear it again, I'll know it for sure.
    - Erika, Shelby Twp Mich, MI

    Hi Erika, not sure when you posted the above comment as there doesn't seem to be any dates on this page. The song you are talking about is
    "Honky Tonk Woman". Great song! Susan from Rayleigh, Essex, England. 04.11.10.
  • Abby from London, United KingdomErika- the song may have been 'Shattered'.
    Anyways, this is one of the prettiest songs I've ever heard!
  • Budoshi from Sandnessjøen, NorwayMick never sings "Andy".. he sings "angie" consistantly and continually...
  • Madelyn from New York, Nyi read in Keith Richard's biography that Keith wrote this song for Anita Pallenberg, substituting the name Anita for Angie.
  • Brian from Boston, MaDude I just learned to play this on guitar. Very nice song.
  • Rick from Alamo, Txif you listen closely you can hear a woman crying in the background.
    Rick, Alamo, TX
  • Erika from Shelby Twp Mich, MiHey, any stones fans that could help me with this? I heard a great song in a bar--I know it was Jagger's voice. The beat was great--a bit "bluesy" and very retro stones. The only lyrics I could pick out amid the loud noise from the bar was "New York City." I wanted to listen intently but there was just too many distractions. Anyone might know the tune? If I hear it again, I'll know it for sure.
  • Erika from Shelby Twp Mich, MiI had to actually teach my husband who Mick Jagger was when we went to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. I scolded him for quite some time saying that he must have been in a coma or something to be that ignorant about music. We're working on the 70's rock n roll collection now. He still is resistant to even listen to one Pink Floyd album. Drives me crazy!
  • John from New Orleans, LaO.K. Ready for this? Years ago a hippie friend of mine told me that this song was mostly about or to Mick Taylor because Jagger and Taylor "had a thing" and Taylor was leaving the band. If you listen with headphones, notice that he says 'Angie' at first and then he starts to say 'Andy' from then on out. Regardless of weather it is about Taylor or not, Jagger was brilliant in 'cross-gendering' the song. I now many 'gays' that were/are huge fans from back in the day and I'm sure many picked up on this. Listen again and count how many times he says Angie/ Andy.
  • Angie from Martinez, GaThis is such a beautiful song about love and letting go. It has resonated throughout my life and relationships. And I'm an Angie, too!
  • Demian from Buenos Aires, Argentinathis song was written by mick for angela bowie!!!
  • Angie from Schnecksville, PaI think it's about me.
  • Stephanie from Los Angeles, CaLOVE LOVE LOVE this song :)
    I like the fact that no one knows exactly who this song was written for, except of course for mick and keith. It kind of adds to the whole allure of it, since no one knows for sure then it can apply to anyone you want and that's beautiful.
  • Demetris from Skoutari, GreeceHere's the definitive answer of the song's meaning.
    It written about all of our Angie!
    I'm sure many of you had an Angie in your life, perhaps her name was not Angie, but the words, the feelings are there regardless what her name was!
    This song is dedicated to all the "Angies" out there!
  • Demetris from Skoutari, GreeceHere's the definitive answer of the song's meaning.
    It written about all of our Angie!
    I'm sure many of you had an Angie in your life, perhaps her name was not Angie, but the words, the feelings are there regardless what her name was!
    This song is dedicated to all the "Angies" out there!
  • Denise from Cali, SwitzerlandDandelion Richard was barely out of the womb when this song would have been written/composed, so I'm guessing it is about Marianne with a little bit of Anita thrown in. Per earler comment, there is no doubt "Wild Horses" is re Marianne... Just look at Mick's expression when the song is played in the Gimme Shelter film!
  • Chris from Niagara Falls, NyAngie..the song is about ANITA pALLENBURG
  • Rosario from Naples, Flmy little sister was named after this song!
  • Alan from Somewhere, NcWhy all the concern about who Angie is. I'm perfectly willing to accept Keith Richard's daughter as the inspiration for the title. Can you imagine if it was "Debbie" or "Kathy", etc. How would that sound? It is a great lyrical word for Jagger to expand on. When you consider the Stones' roots as found in songs they have covered (especially Love in Vain, as the best example) from US southern blues musicians, it fits right in. SPECULATING on the nuances of a song without any real info is the sign of a mindless fan, or not a real fan at all. Remember the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" when everyone thought Paul had died? Now he is still going, one of only two left.
  • Fred from Laurel, MdSeriously, though, this song is the most haunting I think I've ever heard come out of a radio in over 40 years. It starts with two people, and deconstructs them, limb by limb -- their emotions for one another, their financial means, their beauty in each others' eyes, their dreams, their mutual touch, kisses, their mental images of each other, until, at the end, we're asked rhetorically, "Hey, ain't it good to be alive?" -- finally taking away all reason for living. Only song I can think of that even barely approaches it in soul-wrenching quality is "No Regrets" and the associated acoustic guitar instrumental solo tune whose name I've forgotten, both by Tom Rush.

  • Fred from Laurel, MdHey, gang, as long as we're postulating outlandishly about the subject of this song, how about this? Those clouds in the opening aren't referring to Carly Simon's 'clouds in my coffee,' but to Joni Mitchell's 'clouds that only block the sun' in "Both Sides Now." And then the 'no money in our coats' refers to "Marcie in a coat of flowers," the opening line of her song, "Marcie" (about the girl after a breakup!--well, really more of an abandonment, but...). Then 'all those nights...dreams going up in smoke'--are from "Night in the City" and 'dreams' from "Both Sides Now" and "Circle Game." So Angie is really Joni! OK, now I'm trying to work out how Angie is really Los Angeles. Didn't the Stones have a harrowing time in LA during their 1965 U.S. tour, prompting them to write "19th Nervous Breakdown"? Just read the lyrics again, with that picture in mind, and see how well that fits! OK, now that you're all convinced of that, here's how it really refers to Angela Cartwright, the little girl on The Danny Thomas Show...OK, would you believe Angela Lansbury, who was already famous by then in the title role in the Broadway musical, "Mame"?...

  • Susan from Toronto, CanadaI was surprised by all the attention Angie Bowie received for saying in 1990 on the THE JOAN RIVERS SHOW that she caught Mick and David in bed together, purely because I'd read the same exact information ten years before in an article Angie Bowie wrote for "Us Magazine" in 1981! I saw that JOAN RIVERS SHOW episode in 1990, and the only reason Angie was on that show was that she claimed she had FOR THE FIRST TIME the legal right to talk about her marriage with David, and so she was going to reveal some NEW gossip. So when she told the Mick-and-David story, I thought, "But she told that story almost ten years ago! Wouldn't the legal ban have applied in 1981?" I was disappointed because it was not new news to me! but it seemed to be new to everyone else! I guess that's just the power of TV over print.
  • Angie from Whiteriver, Azi was named after this song. my dad loves the rolling stones and david bowie.
  • Jim from San Dego, CaI really love the stones and have from the first time I heard them. Paint It Black drives me crazy. I don't exagerate, I've listened to that song more than 1,000 times. This song ANGIE has always made me get emotional when I heard it. Ever since 1973 when I first heard this track from Goat's Head Soup, I have wanted to attach an immage to the song. I just met my real 'Angie' and found my stairway to heaven. And yes I do think it's the best Stones song, but folks, it doesn't ven come close to "STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN". That's the best ballad in any language ever!
  • Angie from Largo, FlI was named after this song. My legal name IS Angie, NOT Angela. I love the fact I'm named after the song, except my life (relationships) is exactly like the lyrics. It's like a curse. Oh well, I still like it and I'm proud to be named after it...oh and I really had no idea about the David Bowie stuff until I read this and what a coincidence--my dad (who chose my name) has been told he looks like Bowie!
  • Yogui from San Luis Potosi, MexicoI was told that this is a John Lennon's song and he gave it to Jagger has a gift
  • Lou from Scranton, PaThe Bowie/Jagger in the sheets writing rumor was started by Angie Bowie on the Joan Rivers show. After her divorce from Bowie she was not allowed to publically speak about their marriage or their break-up. She was on Rivers' show along with Howard Stern. Stern was the one who pulled the Mick and Dave in bed writing story out of her. She claimed she was out all night and came home and found them in the sack. They said they were writing songs. One of them was Angie. Like a good English housewife she then served them breakfast. It was shocking. The most surprised of all was Keith Richards. He wrote the song about Himself and Anita Pallenberg. Golden Years was another song Angie claimed was written about her. Bowie wrote for Elvis Presley.
  • Phylis from New York, NyThe guy from WA who thinks the song is about Carly Simon.....NO, Just because they mention "clouds" means nothing. I agree the title is Keiths daughter.
  • Andy from Kitchener, CanadaFact or fiction? I have been told that the song Angie by the Rolling Stones was not written by Keith nor Mick. It was actually written by a man who wrote the song about his wife and sold it to studio musicians who then innovated and changed the song slightly to make it more marketable. Also I would like to nullify any suspicion of the song being written about Angela Richards. The lyrics simply do not make sense if you look at it that way.
  • Jillian from Cincinnati, Ohshows what I know - I thought it was about Angie Dickinson!

    ~Jillian from Cincinnati
  • Shannan from Wilmington, DeI Love This Song!!!!! In the video Mick is wearing yellow nail polish it's kind of weird, but I still think he's hot!! Love the song!!!!!!
  • Lexie from Haifa, Israelmakes me sry every time *sniffle*
    just brings up too many memories.
  • Desdemona from London, EnglandDAVID BOWIE!!!! IS ANGIE!!! DANCIN' IN THE SHEETS!!!
  • Angie from Ocean Springs, MsAs a kid I remember wondering if the song was about me......ha. Anywho, it's beautiful. I try to strum it once in awhile on my sons acoustic.
  • Bram from Zoetermeer, NetherlandsThis song has some magical effect; very good one! perhaps a lot of repeat in the melody, as the Stones often do, but at this one it's not disturbing, but very good actually
  • Angela from Mobile, AlI love it.. was named for it.Yes, I'm the child of ex-hippies! Angela Sunshine. Now tell me dose it get any better? Hell no! I've alway been a big fan for some reason??
  • Angie from Brooklyn Park, MnBest song ever done by the Stones. If it were not for this song I would not have a name. I was named after this song, and my name is not Angela it is Angie.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoDuring one of The Stones' tours when people were talking about how old they were (which people have been doing since the 80's; I don't remember exactly when this was), I saw a cartoon that showed two versions of Mick: on the left side he was above a caption that said "THEN" sensually singing "ANGIE!"; on the right he was above a caption that said "NOW" holding his heart and screaming "ANGINA!!"
  • Homero from Monterrey , MexicoOne of the few Rolling Stones love ballads.
  • Rick from Atlanta, GaHey Steve from Washington, as you may know, Mick actually sings backup on Carly Simon's "Your So Vain." I think if he were her mystery man, he would've picked up on it....and since Mick is indeed so vain...surely would've told the world "the song is about me!"
  • Juanduran from Rio, BrazilAngie was written aimed to hit the US market, in fact it was the first n1
    The music wasn't even written by 'Jagger/Richards', at the time they worked with two talented session musicians, a piano player called Nicky Hopkins and a guitar player
    See the credits in 'Goats Head Soup', mentions
    'string arrangements' by Nicky Harrison.
    Angie is a piano song, Jagger and Richards don't have the musicianship to write such piece, it was the typical case when the industry forces musicians to put a n1 hit. It happens all the time in the industry.
    They might have written the lyrics or sort of cooperated.
    Needless to say, the stones always hated the song, at the time of the acoustic hype of MTV unplugged the started to play it again live.
    (not trying to offend Stonians, I love The Stones, if people only knew the cases where songs are written by session musicians, well, it won't be a big they don't even appear on the credits, anyway Diane warren writes for many mega artists, and she is known, she also has a website).
  • David from Merseyside, Englandwot a beautiful song, maybe not one of the stones best, but one of their most meaningful, anyone who has had to let someone they love go can surely relate to this song
  • Angela from London, EuropeI heard it was supposed to be about Anita Pallenberg. Like "anita-i-need-ya" or something weird like that.
  • Jim from Philadelphia, PaGreat song. Very slow and different then a lot of other stuff the Stones do.
  • Steve from Graham, WaI think this song is Mick's answer to "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon. Remember she keeps talking about clouds in her coffee? This song starts out "when will those clouds all disappear?" Therefore you're so vain is about Mick. Angie is Carley Mystery solved.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScYeah. I don't have any Stones albums except for Exile on Main Street, but I have listened to them enough to know that they did plenty of acoustic songs.
  • Tom from National Parks, United StatesAre you people deaf??? Put on some headphones and listen to Mick carefully. For the first minute of the song he sings Angie. But from about 1:15 till the end of the song he signs Andy about half the time. This song is Mick's way of telling Andy Warhol goodbye. Andy used to do some of the Stones album covers, but not after this song. Now that you know who the song is about listen to the words again. "There ain't a woman that comes close to you..." "Everywhere I look I see your eyes..."
  • Brittany from Richmond, KyThis is my favorite song of all times! It almost makes you want to cry. It's a very mellow slow song that is great to listen to when you're depressed over a love that went bad.
  • Robert from Milwaukee, WiOne of the uppper comments states that this is one of the few acoustic Stones songs. WRONG! The Stones were very acoustic, both before and after writing this song. i.e. Street Fighting Man, Jumping Jack Flash, As Tears Go By, Paint It Black, Wild Horses, Sister Morphine, Moonlight Mile; Waiting on a Friend, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, Til the Next Goodbye, and almost the entire album/CD of Exile on Mainstreet! The person who said the Stones have few acoustic songs obviously doesn't really know the Stones.
  • Toby from Burlington, VaTo whoever said they have a connection to Keith Richard's daughter that's wicked cool. I was just wondering if you ever met Keith Richard himself because that would be awesome beyond compare. Anyways this song is great and the Rolling Stones are great.
  • Marius from Lüneburg, GermanyThis Song was used at the German Elections 2005! The conservative party (CDU) used it on their events... because the title was similiar to their female candidat "Angela Merkel"... really funny, because "Angie" is not a happy song :D ... well... i didnt voted for them, but they unfortunatly made it into the gouvernment :/
  • Tom from BrisbaneIn a Rolling Stone Magazine interview with Mick, he said he didn't know what the song was about, just a made up name by Keith.
  • Jeremy from Warren , RiHe does not say inject at all, i think your injecting!
  • Chris from Apex, NcActually alot of the early Stones material was acoustic. Keith Richards liked the raw sound he got when he stuck the little microphones from the tape recorders in the soundhole of his acoustic because it would overdrive the recorder to get that raw sound. Example Street Fighting Man.
  • Kevin from Carteret, Njwhat the hell kind of fact is "This is one of the few Rolling Stones songs that is acoustic"?? One of the few, except for all the acoustic numbers from Beggar's Banquet through Exile on Main Street
  • Lyzette from Moorpark, Calisten to the song!!!! he's not saying "angie, angie", he's saying "i inject, i inject". the rest of the song makes perfect sense!!
  • Jeremy from Warren , RiThis song is about Angie Bowie like Wild horses was written about Mr. Ed! Stones,Fenway here I come!!
  • Robert from Rotorua, New ZealandI read that Jagger told Angie Bowie that if she continued to say the song was written about her he would sue her.
  • Shea from Laguna Hills, CaI love this song...definitely one of my favorites
  • Adrian from London, EnglandI have met Angela Richards a few times as she is a friend of a friend. she is a very nice girl and not how you might expect her to of turned out given the reputation of her parents. I asked her this very question and she told me that it was written for her.
  • Eric from Cincinnati, Oh"Angie" is a symptom of The Rolling Stones' greatness, as it demonstrates their ability to turn out great songs in many different ways, not just the hard-edged style that they are best known for. Diverse styles is a good sign of a great artist/band (This applies to many other greats: Bowie, Beatles, Madonna, U2...)
  • Jake from Toronto, CanadaAfter Exile, great Stones' songs were few and far-between, but this is definitely the Stones' best ballad, and maybe their last GREAT song.
  • Tom from Newark, DeAll this speculation on the meaning of the song, and everyone leaves out the one that is correct: Keith Richards wrote most of the lyrics, the song is about Anita Pallenberg, as was Wild Horses, another acoustic Stones song.
  • Melissa from Mission Viejo, Caperfect breakup song.
  • Charlie from Thomaston, Cti was sure, i was positive, that the lyrics went angel, angel, where will it lead us from here? and that the song was named angel. and i loved it. but then i'd always here people talking about some song named "angie" and i'd be like: whats that? until finally i learned the truth, the name of the song is angie! well it should have been angel!
  • Paula from Houston, TxJust when I thought I had The Stones figured out, they wrote this beautiful, heartfelt ballad. My friend friend,Angie, used to listen to this song over, and over, and over again...
  • Logan from Abilene, TxDon is right, most Stones songs have at least an acoustic base underlying them. Just a few more examples: "Sweet Virginia", "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "You Can't Always Get What You Want", "Prodigal Son" and "Paint It Black" were all acoustic based songs. He started using acoustic more when he started messing around with open tunings around 1968.
    The overdriven sound was actually achieved by taking the wired microphone of a cheap cassette recorder and dropping it in the soundhole of his Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar, then overloading the recorder's input stage. (Information from Guitar World Acoustic, #58, with Keith Richards on the cover)
  • Myrene from Papakura, New ZealandTo hear this song Live was worth the $120 ticket ticket!
  • Victor from Vienna, VaOne of the best songs ever, definitely the best by the Stones
  • Don from Rapid City, SdI have to take offense at the "fact", "One of the few Rolling Stones songs that is acoustic". Here is a SHORT list of acoustic Stones songs. "Wild Horses", "As Tears Go By", "Dead Flowers", "Sweet Black Angel", and, beleive it or not, "Street Fighting Man" (the guitar part is an acoustic with a pick up attached and then plugged directly into the mixing board to get that overdriven sound. Pete Townsend did the same thing on "Pinball Wizard").
  • Chelsea from Nyc, OrWas NOT entirely written by Jagger. Keith wrote all the music, and added the title, which was inspired by his newly born daughter Angela. The strings gave this tune a very uncharacteristic Stonessound.
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