Parachute Woman

Album: Beggars Banquet (1968)
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Songfacts®:

  • The Stones recorded a track of the music into an old mono cassette recorder to get a distinctive sound on this.
  • Performed in a Blues style, this song is loaded with sexual metaphors.
  • Mick Jagger played the harmonica on this track.
  • The Rolling Stones performed this on Rock and Roll Circus, a British TV special The Stones taped in 1968 but never aired. A series of musical acts and circus performances, it was released on video in 1995.
  • The Beggars Banquet album cover was designed to look like an invitation, with the letters RSVP at the bottom. This is not what The Stones had in mind. They wanted to use a photo of a graffiti-covered bathroom, but Decca Records wouldn't allow it. This resulted in a stalemate that held up the album's release until the band finally relented.

Comments: 8

  • Ken from Booneville,ms, MsDave Mason on lead guitar, listen Mick say "DAVE" right before the solo
  • James from Bronx, NyAWESOME. My heavy throbbers itchin just to lay a solid rhythm down! One of the highlights of Rock n Roll Circus
  • Reed from New Ulm, MnHave the Stones EVER put out a bad song?...if so, i sure don't know of any. as they say:
    " a rolling stone gathers no moss "
  • Craig from Melbourne, AustraliaBallsy song that should be performed live more.
  • Shannan from Wilmington, DeGreat Song! I Love The Stones! The Who were the best on Rock and Roll Circus!
  • Andrew from New York, United StatesI don't know this for a fact, but to me that slide part sounds like Keith. Brian's slide parts tend to be more melodic and single-note-y. This part is more chord-based, raunchy, and altogether more Keef-ish, to my ears. Certainly Keith was already playing great slide on the following LP, "Let It Bleed"- "Monkey Man" and "Love In Vain" are both Keith's slide, and I suspect the title cut is Keith too. Anyone know for sure?
  • Sammy from New York, NyI agree, excellent blues tune. I always loved it when the Stones played the blues like Love in Vain, Stop Breaking Down, Little Red Rooster.
  • Mike from Berkeley, CaLove Brian Jones slide guitar. I saw him play it on Rock'n Roll Circus, but his glass bottleneck hit the frets and kind of screwed up the sound. That isn't apparent on this cut. Great blues song. One of the Stones finest.
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