I Got The Blues

Album: Sticky Fingers (1971)


  • Mick Jagger wrote the lyrics about his breakup with Marianne Faithfull.
  • Bobby Keys played the saxophone on this track and Jim Price, who also came up with the horn arrangements, played the trumpet. They both joined The Stones for their 1970 European tour.
  • Billy Preston played the gospel organ on this track.
  • Sticky Fingers was the first album The Stones recorded on their own label, and the first in which Mick Taylor played guitar on nearly all the tracks. It has sold over 6 million copies since its release. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 8

  • Greg from Harrington Park, NjBilly Preston's Organ playing in this song is soaring, soulful and beautiful. Mick sings this with such passion. Beautiful blues guitar melody. One of the best all around songs the stones ever arranged.
  • Littlealton from Stranger In A Strange Land, CtThis song is a Stax clone. Always thought it was studio guys in England on horns.
  • Eddy from Peterborough, United KingdomI agree with Ben about the similarities between the stones and led zep. The guitar on 'nobody's fault but mine' and 'hots on for nowhere' (both from Presence 1976) remind me of some of Keith Richard's playing around the Exile On Main Street/ Black and Blue era. Also the guitar on the classic 'Since I've Been Loving You' (Led Zep 111) reminds me of Keith Richards for some reason. I was particularly proud to learn this the other day, being a musician and it is not as hard asit sounds, wicked!
  • Juan from Buenos Aires, ArgentinaJagger sings this one really well. The best slow blues Mick's performance , I think , is "Cry To Me " from "Out Of Our Heads". The organ fits incredible well. Horns too.
  • Ben from Chelsea, MeYeah, the first half of Sticky Fingers was kind of like the first half to Tattoo You- or another comparison, disc one of Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin- typical hard rocking songs that chart well. Then, on the second side of Sticky Fingers and Tattoo You, and disc 2 of Physical Graffiti, you've got more ballads and stuff. It's not necessarily out of place; and to be honest, I hate You Gotta Move, and I *really* hate how You Gotta Move is right after my favorite song from this album, Can't You Hear Me Knocking. Oh well.
  • Craig from Melbourne, AustraliaThis track fits on Sticky Fingers perfectly.
    Track list is:
    Brown sugar
    wild horses
    cant ya hear me knocking
    ya gotta move
    i got the blues
    sister morphine
    dead flowers
    moonlight mile

    I cant see how this is out of place
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI'd say the gelling was good and interesting. Wonder what the most bluesy Rolling Stones song there is? Too bad I asked this question on an unpopular songfact, It probably would have gotten many more responses if it had been on a more popular one.
  • Rory from Victoria, CanadaNot a great song by any means but not a bad one either, I mean compared to some of the stones stuff. I thought it was a good song, but the track itself was really out of place on the sticky fingers album, it brought down the whole experience. I mean you went from Brown Sugar to Cant You Hear me Knocking? to this? It just didn't gel.
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