This was originally titled "Good Time Woman," with different lyrics. Mick Jagger told the story of the song to The Sun
newspaper May 21, 2010: "It started out with a great riff from Keith and we had it down as a completed song called Good Time Women
. That take is one of the bonus tracks on the new Exile
package; it was quite fast and sounded great but I wasn't happy with the lyrics.
Later, I got the title in my head, 'call me the tumbling dice' so I had the theme for it. I didn't know anything about dice playing but I knew lots of jargon used by dice players. I'd heard gamblers in casinos shouting it out.
I asked my housekeeper if she played dice. She did and she told me these terms. That was the inspiration."