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Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: René ()
Date: November 30, 2009 10:16

Comments, input and alterations are very welcome!
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Don’t Stop
(Mick Jagger / Keith Richards)

Guillaume Tell Studios Davout, Suresnes, Paris, France, May 13 - June 7, 2002

Mick Jagger - lead vocals, backing vocals, electric guitar, percussion
Keith Richards - electric guitar, backing vocals
Charlie Watts - drums
Ron Wood - electric guitar
Darryl Jones - bass
Chuck Leavell - piano
Blondie Chaplin - tambourine

Well, you bit my lip and drew first blood and warmed my cold, cold heart
And you wrote your name right on my back, boy, your nails were sharp

Don't stop, honey, don't stop
Don't stop, beg ya, don't stop

Well, I love your screams of passion in the long hot summer night
But you pepper me with poison darts and twisted in your knife

But, don't stop, honey, don't stop
Don't stop, beg ya, don't stop

Well, the only thing I ask of you is to hand me back some pride
Don't you dump me on some dusty street and hang me out to dry

Don't stop, honey, don't stop
Beg ya, don't stop, baby, don't stop, honey

Well, I'm losing you, I know your heart is miles away
There's a whisper there, where once there was a storm
And all that's left is that image that I'll filed away
And some memories have tattered as they've torn

Don't stop, don't stop
Beg ya, don't stop, honey, baby, don't stop, honey, honey
Don't stop, baby, don't stop
Beg ya, don't stop, come on honey, don't stop, play on, baby
Don't stop, baby, baby, don't stop
Honey, don't stop, don't ya stop
I know I got ya some picture that I filed away
Honey, don't stop, I beg ya, don't you stop

Produced by The Glimmer Twins & Don Was

First released on:
The Rolling Stones - “Forty Licks” 2CD
(Abkco Records / Virgin Music CDVD 2964) UK, September 30, 2002

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Deathgod ()
Date: November 30, 2009 10:44

love it
great lil rocker
good to see Mick on the guitar

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Rockman ()
Date: November 30, 2009 10:44





ROCKMAN

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: studiorambo ()
Date: November 30, 2009 11:53

I hadn't bought Forty Licks, or heard the track anywhere else before the opening Licks show in Melbourne, but it stood out as a new one and I can vividly see Mick up front with his guitar, singin' his little heart out.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: windmelody ()
Date: November 30, 2009 12:27

The song is nice but far from beeing great, I am fan of Charlie Watts', but on this track he sounds extremely bored.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: ablett ()
Date: November 30, 2009 12:37

Dreadful stuff. Sounds like it was knocked out in ten minutes. Lyrics are also terrible.

Stones by numbers, purely a filler

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: whitem8 ()
Date: November 30, 2009 12:40

Boring cookie cutter stones. They can and should do much better.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Svartmer ()
Date: November 30, 2009 12:46

I like the song, nice production too. Strangely enough it´s the most frequent song played on public radio in Sweden.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: ablett ()
Date: November 30, 2009 12:58

Can you imagine the Stones getting away with any of the new songs on forty licks if someone like Rick Rubin had been at the helm?

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: whitem8 ()
Date: November 30, 2009 13:03

No way! He would have put them back to work! And brought Keith and Mick together to actually collaborate and write one together. Not just sprinkle "fairy dust".

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: studiorambo ()
Date: November 30, 2009 13:16

You're right. Don't Stop sounds the way Keith describes it's creation.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: November 30, 2009 13:31

Worst Stones song since 86. Boring, plodding four to the floor stadium beat and written in desperate hope of copying the success of their last major hit Start Me Up. They just sound so tired, like they're going through the motions.
And that insidious beat is constant all the way through, there's no sense of musical drama like the attacking guitars coming at you in Undercover or One Hit.
Lyrically it's Jagger on autopilot, probably knocked off in a few minutes in the studio. Be happy not to hear this one in concert ever again.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: whitem8 ()
Date: November 30, 2009 14:12

yeah, I mean I don't hate it, but Silver Dagger you have a good description. It is very tired and very boring. I read in an interview around the time of Licks where Jagger describes his writing as being very quick, knock off, a few words at home then a quick polish in the studio. Now this could be our favorite Mick being an enigma, but Don't Stop sound like he used much less effort compared to the effort he puts forth in the gym!

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Bimmelzerbott ()
Date: November 30, 2009 14:14

I like it.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: with sssoul ()
Date: November 30, 2009 14:16

the band seemed to have fun playing it in concert

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: frankotero ()
Date: November 30, 2009 14:19

Overall I like the song. Musically not very strong but the lyrics are typical Mick (funny and sexual). And the title has a message that's probably on the minds most Stones fans.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Svartmer ()
Date: November 30, 2009 14:26

Quote
whitem8
yeah, I mean I don't hate it, but Silver Dagger you have a good description. It is very tired and very boring. I read in an interview around the time of Licks where Jagger describes his writing as being very quick, knock off, a few words at home then a quick polish in the studio. Now this could be our favorite Mick being an enigma, but Don't Stop sound like he used much less effort compared to the effort he puts forth in the gym!

Well, how big effort do you think they put into Honky Tonk Women? A good rock song doesn´t necessarily need weeks of hard work. It´s not Bach or Beethoven we´re discussing.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Greg ()
Date: November 30, 2009 14:36

A special mention should go to the mickisch bridge one can feel coming almost from the first chord.

The songs biggest merit is that they seemed to have a great time playing it live. Especially Ronnie got a big kick out of it.

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"Music is the frozen tapioca in the ice chest of history."

"Shit!... No shit, awright!"

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: The Stones ()
Date: November 30, 2009 14:41

I think it's a decent tune and a pretty enjoyable moment on the MSG gig on Four Flicks. Nice guitar-cam on Ronnie there.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: whitem8 ()
Date: November 30, 2009 14:42

Quote
Svartmer
Quote
whitem8
yeah, I mean I don't hate it, but Silver Dagger you have a good description. It is very tired and very boring. I read in an interview around the time of Licks where Jagger describes his writing as being very quick, knock off, a few words at home then a quick polish in the studio. Now this could be our favorite Mick being an enigma, but Don't Stop sound like he used much less effort compared to the effort he puts forth in the gym!

Well, how big effort do you think they put into Honky Tonk Women? A good rock song doesn´t necessarily need weeks of hard work. It´s not Bach or Beethoven we´re discussing.

so true, but you get a sense that Honkey Tonk Woman was Keith and Mick playing off each other, and more focus, not just worn out cliches. It has a more classic blues feel to it, and a far superior riff and lyrics are interesting.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Erik_Snow ()
Date: November 30, 2009 15:51

I like it - especially when getting it live in 2003; easy riff and lyrics.....but the song doesn't pretend to be something more than that either....unlike other recent songs with a an easy structure....Rough Justice for instance
...I understand if somebody dislike "Don't Stop" - but to me it's a pleasant RS-pop-rocker; 'ala Too Tight - easy to like, easy to dismiss



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2009-11-30 16:10 by Erik_Snow.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: sirdoug ()
Date: November 30, 2009 15:53

I dig the song quite a bit

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: ablett ()
Date: November 30, 2009 16:00

"Well, how big effort do you think they put into Honky Tonk Women?"

Don't Stop and HTW in the same breath. Who'd have thought it.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: November 30, 2009 16:06

Quote
ablett
"Well, how big effort do you think they put into Honky Tonk Women?"

Don't Stop and HTW in the same breath. Who'd have thought it.

Exactly. And Mick and Keith were in the middle of their songwriting prime in 69. Nowadays it's a major effort to get the two in the same room outside of touring let alone write a song together - and it shows.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Svartmer ()
Date: November 30, 2009 16:14

Quote
ablett
"Well, how big effort do you think they put into Honky Tonk Women?"

Don't Stop and HTW in the same breath. Who'd have thought it.

Not you, obviously. Anyway, I didn´t compare them, just took HTW as an example of a great, but fairly simple rock song.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: loog droog ()
Date: November 30, 2009 16:14

Borr-ring!

Not a great song, or even a good song if you compare it to the overall level of quality set by the Stones.

In concert, it was just a big waste of time.... a better selection would have been either anything else in their catalog or perhaps even a cover of the 60's soul song, "Stop " by Howard Tate.

Because I just wanted them to stop when they plowed through "Don't Stop " at a show in Anaheim. First time I ever looked at my watch during a show.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: ablett ()
Date: November 30, 2009 16:17

I'm not having a pop Svartmer! But I'd also say HTW aint a particularly simple song.

Don't stop could be knocked out by any half decent band.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: tomremi ()
Date: November 30, 2009 16:57

One of my favorites.

-TomR

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Big Al ()
Date: November 30, 2009 17:00

Its a harmless throwaway.

Re: Track Talk: Don't Stop
Posted by: Tropical_Disease ()
Date: November 30, 2009 17:27

worst stones music video of all time


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