Sweet Virginia

Album: Exile on Main St. (1972)


  • This song refers to drug trafficking: "yes I've got the desert in my toenail, and I hid the speed inside my shoe." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ted - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Keith Richards said in 2003: "Some songs - 'Sweet Virginia' - were held over from Sticky Fingers. It was the same line-up and I've always felt those two albums kind of fold into each other... there was not much time between them and I think it was all flying out of the same kind of energy." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • This was never released as a single, but it was one of the more popular songs on Exile on Main St., garnering significant radio play and making its way into the set list of many Stones concerts. This was somewhat surprising considering the last line of the song: "Got to scrape that s--t right off your shoes."

Comments: 3

  • Marc Roche from Oregon The sax solo kills....the harp intro is nice too
  • Kat from CaliforniaI think it’s Keith giving it his best at a high note
  • John Cole from South CarolinaWho sang the high parts on Sweet Virginia?
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