Dandelion

Album: Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol.2) (1967)
Charted: 8 14
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Songfacts®:

  • This was recorded in 1966 but not released until the summer of 1967. The psychedelic sound fit in perfectly with the summer of love.
  • The lyrics are based on nursery rhymes.
  • This was used as the B-side of "We Love You" The "Dandelion/We Love You" single (both tracks listed as the entry) hit #1 in Canada in late 1967 for one week, preceded by The Box Tops' "The Letter" and followed by The Ugly Ducklings' "Gaslight." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Kent - Toronto, Canada
  • When his first daughter was born in 1972, Keith Richards named her "Dandelion." Her mother, Anita Pallenberg, later called her by her middle name, Angela.

Comments: 23

  • Robert R from Oklahoma CitySure sounds like John (at least) singing the "makes you wise..." on the chorus. But who knows?
  • Johnnyzhivago from Holmby Hills, CaSemolina Pilchard sang backup on this song.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaMike from Germantown, try youtube to get the song on line. like the tune as well
  • Eli from PhiladelphiaIt is possible John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang background vocals on this song. But unfortunately, this has never been proven. It is a known fact however, that they did sing backup on this song's flipside, "We Love You".
  • Sunshine from Oklahoma City, OkKeith Richards named his daughter Dandelion but it was his mother not Anita who changed her name to Angela.
  • Bubba from New York, NyIt's clearly John Lennon and Paul McCartney harmonizing at the end of Dandelion. They are unmistakable.
  • Klitoris from Loveland, AzGreat Stones song!
  • Ken from Booneville,ms, MsJagger did sing and Brian did play on this
  • Bill from Toledo, OhLennon/McCartney DID sing background vocals. They wrote it as well.
  • Roy from Granbania, MaBrian Jones was the best Rolling Stone. He was an amazing multi-instrumentalist.
  • Kent from Toronto, CanadaThe "Dandelion/We Love You" single (both tracks listed as the entry) hit #1 in Canada in late 1967 for one week, preceded by The Box Tops'"The Letter" and followed by The Ugly Ducklings' "Gaslight".
  • Tyler from Orange County, CaThere's a great demo/bootleg recording of Dandelion that's entirely acoustic with just Keef on vocals. The melody is much stronger.
  • Perttu from Jyväskylä, FinlandBy the way, Brian Jones plays incredibly beautiful oboe and saxophone melodies on this song.
  • Perttu from Jyväskylä, FinlandI think "Dandelion" may be secret code, as it is a weed plant, the song sounds like they were high, when composing it. I really like Stones of that era '65-'69 and some of their later stuff.
  • Mike from Germantown, MdWhere can I get a recording of this online?
  • Derek from Anahiem, CaI love this song. Very melodic.

    There is a skeletal version of Dandelion with Keith sounding out a vocal.
  • Greg from Victoria, CanadaI was a teenager in 1967 but this Stones song provided me with years of listening pleasure. A solid classic Stones song.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis sounds liek something John&Paul would sing backup. Listen to it.
  • Barry from New York, NyNo Lennon/McCartney vocals on this track.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScI thought that John Lennon and paul McCartney sang back-up on 'We love You'. I didn't know they sang back-up on this song.
  • Mr. Chimp from Brno, Czech RepublicJohn Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backup vocals on this.
  • Mr. Chimp from Brno, Czech RepublicOriginally this song was named "Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Blue".
  • Chelsea from Nyc, OrJagger did NOT sing on "baby you're a rich man". Brian played on that song.
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