Out Of Time

Album: Aftermath (1966)
Charted: 45 81


  • In this song, Mick Jagger sings about snubbing a girl who wants him back. Getting the upper hand in a relationship was becoming a common theme with The Stones.
  • In England, this was a #1 hit for Chris Farlowe in 1967. Farlowe also covered The Stones' "Think" and "Ride On, Baby." Farlowe's cover, (which was produced by Mick Jagger), is the only Jagger/Richards written chart topper in the UK performed by another act.
  • This was left off the US version of Aftermath. A different version was included on the compilation album Flowers.
  • Brian Jones played the marimbas. He played many unusual instruments for the Stones until his death in 1969.
  • The Stones released a symphonic version on their album Metamorphosis. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 16

  • Paul Osman from Liverpool, EnglandWhen I first heard the Chris Farlowe version I thought it was the Drifters. The late Johnny Moore would have made an excellent version, like Mr Farlowe did .
  • Richard from SacramentoI heard it on Radio London pirate radio sta. while I was an exchange student in Germany summer 1966 and from the opening bass line fell in love with it. Jagger sings about rejecting her, but his voice is full of regret and longing for her. I came home singing it and my friends wondered where it came from, since it had not been released in the States.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1966 {June 17th} Chris Farlowe performed "Out of Time"* on the British ITV network television program, 'Ready Steady Go!'...
    Six weeks later it would peak at #1 {for 1 week} on the United Kingdom's Official Top 50 Singles chart...
    Between 1966 and 1975 the London native had seven records on the UK Singles chart, after "Out of Time", his next biggest hit was "Ride On Baby", it reached #31 in 1966...
    Chris Farlowe, born John Henry Deighton, will celebrate his 79th birthday this coming October 13th, 2019...
    * As noted above, "Out of Time" was composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and appeared on the Stones' UK released album, 'Aftermath'...
  • Joel from South FloridaA girl who wants to run away, discovers that she's had her day
    It's no good thinking that you are still mine
    You're out of touch, my baby, my poor unfaithful baby
    I said baby, baby, baby you're out of time

    FOR----> Bobby - Oconomowoc, Wi
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 17th 1975, "Out of Time" by the Rolling Stones entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #90, the following week it was at #85, and then on its 3rd and final week in the chart it peaked at #81.
  • Bobby from Oconomowoc, WiCan anyone tell me where to find the lyrics to the extended version of this song? There is an additional verse in the middle, and I can't make out what Mick is saying exactly.
  • Ryan from Camarillo, CaThese are great comments that truly add to the quality of this website. THANKS!
  • Bob from Berkeley, CaI bought the UK "Aftermath" album just to hear the long version of this song. Man, it was worth it.
  • Jan from Leuven, BelgiumChris Farlowes version was not a hit in 1967: it was the British number one on 30 july 1966 for one week.
  • Ryan from Boston, MaGreat song! One of my favorite Stones tunes.
  • Mario from Zagreb, CroatiaThe sound is pure Motown pop, with occasionly sensual Jagger who shoots with his fingers with complete selfconvince and sorry for himself, similar to tramp who walks around the streets in a movie West Side Story, ignorring the girl who is always following him. "You're out of touch, my baby, my poor discarded baby" sings Jagger with certain dose of superiorness while he talks about a girl which he canceled because once before she left him. He moved on, but even if he didn't do it, that moment of revenge is too sweet to renounce it. She must suffer as well as he once have suffered.
  • Johnny from Annan, ScotlandSong featured in the anti Vietnam war movie 'Cominh Home' staring Jane Fonda & John Voight.
  • Gideon from Reno, NvThere is a five-and-a-half minute version of this song on the UK "Aftermath" album. You never hear this on the radio.
  • Keith from Front Royal, VaYeah, this is a good one. One of the best pre-Beggars' Banquet Stones songs.
  • Ian from Glasgow, United StatesPity the karaoke producers can't get the lyrics correct " your absolute my baby" is often inserted
  • Mike from Berkeley, CaThe music and lyrics on this song aren't real flashy, but if you're a person who enjoys listening to the Stones sound at that time: it's a solid groove with an interesting instrumental flavor. Brian Jones marimbas, a good solid beat and some acoustic guitar work by Keith which kind of mimics Mike Bloomfields style on "Desolation Row" by Bob Dylan. Maybe it was influenced by that?
    I like it, anyway...
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Lita Ford

Lita FordSongwriter Interviews

Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.

"Private Eyes" - The Story Behind the Song

"Private Eyes" - The Story Behind the SongSong Writing

How a goofy detective movie, a disenchanted director and an unlikely songwriter led to one of the biggest hits in pop history.

Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear: Teddy Bears and Teddy Boys in Songs

Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear: Teddy Bears and Teddy Boys in SongsSong Writing

Elvis, Little Richard and Cheryl Cole have all sung about Teddy Bears, but there is also a terrifying Teddy song from 1932 and a touching trucker Teddy tune from 1976.


AdeleFact or Fiction

Despite her reticent personality, Adele's life and music are filled with intrigue. See if you can spot the true tales.

Jon Anderson of Yes

Jon Anderson of YesSongwriter Interviews

From the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon Anderson talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.

Jon Oliva of Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Jon Oliva of Trans-Siberian OrchestraSongwriter Interviews

Writing great prog metal isn't easy, especially when it's for 60 musicians.