Dandelion

Album: Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol.2) (1967)
Charted: 8 14
Play Video
  • Prince or pauper, beggar man or thing
    Play the game with ev'ry flower you bring
    Dandelion don't tell no lies
    Dandelion will make you wise
    Tell me if she laughs or cries
    Blow away dandelion

    One o'clock, two o'clock, three o'clock, four o'clock chimes
    Dandelions don't care about the time
    Dandelion don't tell no lies
    Dandelion will make you wise
    Tell me if she laughs or cries
    Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion

    Tho' you're older now its just the same
    You can play this dandelion game
    When you're finished with your childlike prayers
    Well, you know you should wear it

    Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailors lives
    Rich man, poor man, beautiful, daughters wives
    Dandelion don't tell no lies
    Dandelion will make you wise
    Tell me if she laughs or cries
    Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion

    Little girls, and boys come out to play
    Bring your dandelions to blow away
    Dandelion don't tell no lies
    Dandelion will make you wise
    Tell me if she laughs or cries
    Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion Writer/s: KEITH RICHARDS, MICK JAGGER
    Publisher: Abkco Music Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 23

  • Robert R from Oklahoma CitySure sounds like John (at least) singing the "makes you wise..." on the chorus. But who knows?
  • Johnnyzhivago from Holmby Hills, CaSemolina Pilchard sang backup on this song.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaMike from Germantown, try youtube to get the song on line. like the tune as well
  • Eli from PhiladelphiaIt is possible John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang background vocals on this song. But unfortunately, this has never been proven. It is a known fact however, that they did sing backup on this song's flipside, "We Love You".
  • Sunshine from Oklahoma City, OkKeith Richards named his daughter Dandelion but it was his mother not Anita who changed her name to Angela.
  • Bubba from New York, NyIt's clearly John Lennon and Paul McCartney harmonizing at the end of Dandelion. They are unmistakable.
  • Klitoris from Loveland, AzGreat Stones song!
  • Ken from Booneville,ms, MsJagger did sing and Brian did play on this
  • Bill from Toledo, OhLennon/McCartney DID sing background vocals. They wrote it as well.
  • Roy from Granbania, MaBrian Jones was the best Rolling Stone. He was an amazing multi-instrumentalist.
  • Kent from Toronto, CanadaThe "Dandelion/We Love You" single (both tracks listed as the entry) hit #1 in Canada in late 1967 for one week, preceded by The Box Tops'"The Letter" and followed by The Ugly Ducklings' "Gaslight".
  • Tyler from Orange County, CaThere's a great demo/bootleg recording of Dandelion that's entirely acoustic with just Keef on vocals. The melody is much stronger.
  • Perttu from Jyväskylä, FinlandBy the way, Brian Jones plays incredibly beautiful oboe and saxophone melodies on this song.
  • Perttu from Jyväskylä, FinlandI think "Dandelion" may be secret code, as it is a weed plant, the song sounds like they were high, when composing it. I really like Stones of that era '65-'69 and some of their later stuff.
  • Mike from Germantown, MdWhere can I get a recording of this online?
  • Derek from Anahiem, CaI love this song. Very melodic.

    There is a skeletal version of Dandelion with Keith sounding out a vocal.
  • Greg from Victoria, CanadaI was a teenager in 1967 but this Stones song provided me with years of listening pleasure. A solid classic Stones song.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis sounds liek something John&Paul would sing backup. Listen to it.
  • Barry from New York, NyNo Lennon/McCartney vocals on this track.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScI thought that John Lennon and paul McCartney sang back-up on 'We love You'. I didn't know they sang back-up on this song.
  • Mr. Chimp from Brno, Czech RepublicJohn Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backup vocals on this.
  • Mr. Chimp from Brno, Czech RepublicOriginally this song was named "Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Blue".
  • Chelsea from Nyc, OrJagger did NOT sing on "baby you're a rich man". Brian played on that song.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles

Timothy B. Schmit of the EaglesSongwriter Interviews

Did this Eagle come up with the term "Parrothead"? And what is it like playing "Hotel California" for the gazillionth time?

A Monster Ate My Red Two: Sesame Street's Greatest Song Spoofs

A Monster Ate My Red Two: Sesame Street's Greatest Song SpoofsSong Writing

When singers started spoofing their own songs on Sesame Street, the results were both educational and hilarious - here are the best of them.

Colin Hay

Colin HaySongwriter Interviews

Established as a redoubtable singer-songwriter, the Men At Work frontman explains how religion, sobriety and Jack Nicholson play into his songwriting.

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell

Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, Heaven And HellSongwriter Interviews

Guitarist Tony Iommi on the "Iron Man" riff, the definitive Black Sabbath song, and how Ozzy and Dio compared as songwriters.

Emmylou Harris

Emmylou HarrisSongwriter Interviews

She thinks of herself as a "song interpreter," but back in the '80s another country star convinced Emmylou to take a crack at songwriting.

Kerry Livgren of Kansas

Kerry Livgren of KansasSongwriter Interviews

In this talk from the '80s, the Kansas frontman talks turning to God and writing "Dust In The Wind."