You Can't Always Get What You Want
The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones 1969 Let It Bleed LP

I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she would meet her connection
At her feet was her footloose man

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973
  • released in the U.S. as a B-side single to "Honky Tonk Women"
  • originally appeared on the 1969 Stones album, Let It Bleed
  • ranks #101 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • Stones drummer Charlie Watts does not play on the track; the drums are played by Jimmy Miller, the Rolling Stones' producer at the time
  • the mass vocal chorus heard on the open of the song is the London Bach Choir arranged by Jack Nitzsche and conducted by Javier Sanchez Broto
  • the line "I sang my song to Mr Jimmy" is a reference to Jimmy Miller, the Rolling Stones' producer, not Jimi Hendrix
  • on the record:
         Mick Jagger - lead vocal
         Keith Richards - acoustic, electric guitar, vocals
         Bill Wyman - bass
         Al Kooper - piano, organ, French horn
         Jimmy Miller - drums
         Rocky Dijon - congas, maracas
         Madeline Bell, Nanette Workman, Doris Troy - backing vocals
  • written by Jagger/Richards; Jagger reportedly wrote the tune on an acoustic guitar in his bedroom
  • produced by Jimmy Miller
  • recorded November 16, 17, 1968 at Olympic Studios, London, England
  • length- 5:00 (single), 7:31 (album)
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