Let's Spend The Night Together

Album: Between The Buttons (1967)
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  • It's pretty obvious what's going on in this song, as Mick Jagger makes a play to bed down a lovely lady. All this talk of "satisfying her every need" got the attention of censors. Many radio stations either refused to play it or bleeped out the word "night."
  • The Stones had yet to score their first Top 10 hit in America when they made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. When they returned for their fifth appearance on January 15, 1967, they played this song, but with the lyric altered to "let's spend some time together."

    This was an unusual capitulation for The Rolling Stones, but Sullivan was a very big deal and would likely have banned them from the program if they didn't follow the rules. Jagger made his displeasure clear, rolling his eyes when he sang the line. It ended up being the group's last performance on the show with founding member Brian Jones, who died on July 3, 1969. They returned one more time, performing on November 23, 1969.
  • The lead instrument on this track is the piano, rather than guitar, which was unusual for The Stones. Jack Nitzsche, who often contributed keys for the group, played it.
  • According to Glyn Johns, who was the engineer at the session, the tapping sound in the bridge came about when two policemen came into the London studio while he was mixing the track. To distract them from the various drugs that were tucked away, the Stones' manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, had the cops record a take banging their batons for percussion, which made the final cut.
  • This was not on the British version of Between The Buttons because it was already released as a single there, and it was customary not to put singles on albums.
  • Marianne Faithfull, Mick's ex-girlfriend, claims Jagger wrote this song after their first night together.
  • This was one of four songs The Stones were not allowed to play in China when they tried to perform there in 2003. The others were "Honky Tonk Women," "Beast Of Burden," and "Brown Sugar." These songs were also removed from Chinese versions of their greatest hits compilation 40 Licks.
  • David Bowie covered the song on his 1973 album Aladdin Sane, the sound of which was heavily influenced by the raw rock style of the Rolling Stones.

    In his version, Bowie added the lyrics:

    They said we were too young
    Our kind of love was no fun
    But our love comes from above
    Let's make... love

    He released the song as a single, which reached #19 on the Dutch Top 40. "Lady Grinning Soul" was the B-side.
  • In 2003, Sheraton hotels used "Let's Spend The Night Together" as the slogan for their ad campaign. The version of the song used in the commercials was performed by a San Diego group called Convoy.

Comments: 28

  • Eric from The MidwestWhen the Stones performed on Ed Sullivan they were asked to change the lyrics. They did but Mick Jagger was obviously annoyed. You can see it when he rolls his eyes.
  • Steve from OttawaThe pounding piano notes at the start set the tone for, in my opinion, one of the two or three best Stones songs. The Jagger, then the whole band, rollicking and thrumming and lascivious and insecure at once. There is no other song that captures being twenty years old and newly grown and the excitement of a new relationship. Perfect.
  • Marty from Cleveland, OhTo shield our tender ears from the depredations of sexual innuendo, one of our local radio stations changed "night together" to "tonight gether" in order to keep the syllable count the same. The lyrics came out, "Let's spend the tonight gether." It didn't make any sense and the splice was pretty obvious, but nobody cared. We got it.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 15th 1967, the Rolling Stones performed "Let's Spent the Night (Time) Together" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    And on that that very same day it (along with "Ruby Tuesday") entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on April 28th it peaked at #55 (for 1 week) and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100 (Of course, "Ruby Tuesday" topped out at #1)...
    And Jim said, 'Girl, we couldn't get much higher'.
  • Matt from Washington, Dc, DcMy older brother was severely punished for teaching me the socially incorrect lyric, "my tongue's getting tired".
  • Bertrand from Paris, France"Let's Spend the Night Together" b/w "Ruby Tuesday" is The Rolling Stones' greatest two-sided Sixties hit, ironically only so because radio DJs, afraid of the direct come-on on the a-side, flipped the record and gave listeners the baroque ballad instead. The result is fascinating, a blistering yet ebullient tune about the liberating effects of the sexual revolution backed by a moody reflection on just what that freedom entails. One that stops just short of true regret.
  • Scott from Boston, MaThe other song was Honky Tonk Women.
  • Liuzhou from Liuzhou, ChinaThe facts say that "This was one of 4 songs The Stones were not allowed to play in China when they tried to perform there in 2003. The others were "Let's Spend The Night Together," "Beast Of Burden," and "Brown Sugar." These songs were also removed from Chinese versions of their greatest hits compilation 40 Licks."

    In fact, the didn't play until 2006. THe 2003 concerts were cancelled because of SARS.

    The banned songs were "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women," "Beast of Burden," "Let's Spend the Night Together" and "Rough Justice."

    Most shops still carry the full version of 40 Licks. Only the government shops sold the cut version and no one shops there anyway,
  • Craig from Melbourne, AustraliaPlayed live in Sydney in 2006 & it was bloody fantastic! Darryl Jones sang backing vocals!!
  • Shannan from Wilmington, DeVery cool song. I LOVE the Rolling Stones!!!!
  • Brittany from VirginiaOh no. Blue Laws outlawed a lot more than just alcohol on Sundays. This can be seen on "That Thing You Do!" when Guy's father finished reading the Telemart salespaper that announced it was open on Sundays. Guy's father says he's not sure he wants to live in a country where you have to do business on Sundays. (But the Blue Laws were in effect then [when the movie was set and stayed in effect until circa 1985] so I'm not entirely sure that they [Telemart] could do business then). Blue Laws [old, 1655] forbade things such as walking in a garden on Sundays, Women couldn't kiss their children on Sunday or fasting day, etc. But the later Blue Laws (some of which lasted up until 1985 - excluding the sale of alcohol on Sundays because here in Russell County, VA you still can't buy alcohol on Sundays) forbade the selling of houseware items such as pots, pans, and washing machines on Sunday. These laws even kept Grocery stores from opening on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI thought blue laws, only banned the serving of alcohol on Sundays in restaurants. What were all these blue laws anyway.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScIt says they weren't aloud to play "Beast of Burden" and "Brown Sugar." This one was listed twice. What was the other song they weren't aloud to play.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScWhat was the other song that the stones weren't alud to play in China. They listed this one twice.
  • Dave from Plains Township, PaHi, Gang! "Old Guy" here from '60s. You wonder why "Night" was bleeped out from "Let's Spend the Night Together."? Back then, I was 20 years old, and believe it or not, American culture was VERY conservative. Actors & actresses couldn't even say "damn!" or "pregnant" on tv & on the radio in the 50's and most of the 60's. I know; I was there. It's hard to grasp, but that's the reality the 'Stones' "Let's Spend the Night Together" was very sexually suggestive of premarital sex, which one really didn't do too much. I know, I TRIED!!; Also, when I was a teen back then, no businesses could be OPEN on Sunday; it was against the law -- called "Blue Laws."
    Hope this helps!!

  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaMike and Joey are right. As for you kitten, no. Jimmorrison did not care about sucsess. XX, you are incorrect. You are confused and thinking about the Beatles, and even then you are incorrect.
  • Mike from Germantown, MdWhy would radio stations bleep out the word Night? It's so stupid. Don't They normally only bleep out curse words? Last time I checked, night was not a curse word.
  • Joey from Nowhere Land, Cathat is so stupid that radios would *bleep* out the word night

    that's just stupid!
  • Jim from Philadelphia, PaGreat, great song. The most underrated Stone's song. It justs makes you tap your feet.
  • Nelle from Lima, PeruDo not mention Jim Morrison's name with such disrespect.
  • Homero from Monterrey , MexicoThey mix love, sex, need with a sarcastic enphasysis related to getting what they really want: sex.
  • Sam from Shanghai, ChinaThis song, along w/ Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women and Beast of Burden, WAS actually on the Chinese release of 40 Licks. Well it was on the one I bought anyway. And we can all blame SARS for cancelling the Stones' 2003 performance in Shanghai.
  • Xx from Whakatane, Hong KongReally good beat, a lot of fun to dance around to. The last big song before the Stones delved into psychadelia. Many call it the last good poppy single. After this song, a period of acid, the Maharishi, and pretty swirly colors, and then Jumpin Jack Flash and the first resurrection.
  • Kitten from Nyc, United StatesAt least Mick had some class and knew what it meant to make money and not burn down any bridges. Ed Sullivan was "it" back then, if you made it on there, you went everywhere. That's MORE than I can say for Jim Morrison who fu*&ed up the chance at anything that was good...
  • Kent Lyle from Palo Alto, CaAccording to some reports, Brian played the organ in this song. Brian became sort of a jack-of-all-trades on musical instruments at this time, but Keith often became frustrated at Brian's lack of interest in playing his primary instrument, the guitar.
  • Kabrams from Dallas, TxThe batons can be heard about 1:40 into the song.
  • Rhett from Melbourne, AustraliaMick would run from one side of the stage to the other when singing this song in concert. He is best known for his endless energy when performing.
  • Simon from Brno, Czech RepublicJack Nitzsche(1937-2000),who wrote the music of "Needles and Pins",played the piano and Brian Jones played the organ.
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