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Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: René ()
Date: May 19, 2014 10:40

Comments, input and alterations are very welcome!
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She’s So Cold
(Mick Jagger / Keith Richards)

Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, January 18 - February 12, 1979 and
Electric Ladyland Studios, New York City, New York, US,
November - December 1979

Mick Jagger - vocals, electric guitar
Keith Richards - electric guitar
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass
Ron Wood - electric guitar, electric slide guitar, pedal steel guitar
Bobby Keys - saxophone
Michael Schrieve - percussion

I'm so hot for her, I'm so hot for her, I'm so hot for her and she's so cold
I'm so hot for her, I'm on fire for her, I'm so hot for her and she's so cold
I'm the burning bush, I'm the burning fire, I'm the bleeding volcano
I'm so hot for her, I'm so hot for her, I'm so hot for her and she's so cold

Yeah, I tried re-wiring her, tried re-firing her, I think her engine is permanently stalled
She's so cold, she's so cold, she's so cold, cold, cold, like a tombstone
She's so cold, she's so cold, she's so cold, cold, cold, like an ice cream cone
She's so cold, she's so cold, when I touch her my hand just froze

Yeah, I'm so hot for her, I’m so hot for her, I'm so hot for her and it grieves me so
Put your hand on the heat, put your hand on the heat, oh c'mon baby, let's go
She's so cold, she's so cold, cold, she's so c-c-c-old, but she's beautiful, though
Yeah, she's so cold

She's so cold, she's so cold, I think she was born in an arctic zone
She's so cold, she's so c-c-c-old, when I touch her my hand just froze
She's so cold, she's so goddamn cold, she's so cold, cold, cold, she's so cold

Who would believe you were a beauty indeed
When the days get shorter and the nights get long
Lie awake when the rain comes, nobody will know
When you're old, when you're old, nobody will know
That you was a beauty, a sweet, sweet beauty
A sweet, sweet beauty, but stone, stone cold
You're so cold, you're so cold, cold, cold, you're so cold, you're so cold
I'm so hot for you, I'm so hot for you, I'm so hot for you and you're so cold
I'm the burning bush, I'm the burning fire, I'm the bleeding volcano

Produced by The Glimmer Twins

First released on:
The Rolling Stones - “Emotional Rescue” LP
(Rolling Stones Records CUN 39111) UK, June 23, 1980

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Date: May 19, 2014 10:45

The Stones at their best, re-inventing themselves again.

How is it even possible to make a rocker this mellow and soft-sounding (listen to the instrumental bridge), yet so swinging and raw?

The guitar sounds make a perfect match, with Ronnie's clean and soft sound, and Keith's ranchy Mesa Boogie-sound.

Great playing by everyone, but the drums and the bass deserve an extra mention, imo.

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: bitusa2012 ()
Date: May 19, 2014 10:47

Quote
DandelionPowderman
The Stones at their best, re-inventing themselves again.

How is it even possible to make a rocker this mellow and soft-sounding (listen to the instrumental bridge), yet so swinging and raw?

The guitar sounds make a perfect match, with Ronnie's clean and soft sound, and Keith's ranchy Mesa Boogie-sound.

Great playing by everyone, but the drums and the bass deserve an extra mention, imo.

not to mention that it's one of Jagger's great vocal deliveries imho. Just SO in sync with the music...brilliant!

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Date: May 19, 2014 11:01

Absolutely, bitusa thumbs up

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: Come On ()
Date: May 19, 2014 11:27

She absolutely is! Being a fast-rocker could heat her a bit...

(this was 1980 and I hadn't forgotten the ace-rocker 'Don't lie to me' 4 years earlier)


..she wouldn't say
I said something wrong
Now I long..

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: howled ()
Date: May 19, 2014 11:40

Not too bad and a bit Rockabilly.

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: Redhotcarpet ()
Date: May 19, 2014 11:42

Quote
DandelionPowderman
The Stones at their best, re-inventing themselves again.

How is it even possible to make a rocker this mellow and soft-sounding (listen to the instrumental bridge), yet so swinging and raw?

The guitar sounds make a perfect match, with Ronnie's clean and soft sound, and Keith's ranchy Mesa Boogie-sound.

Great playing by everyone, but the drums and the bass deserve an extra mention, imo.

+1

Excellent song, excellent production. Brilliant rocker, underrated of course. Every single member of he band shines on this. The combined effort is timeless. I love this track, it's one of my favorites.

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: May 19, 2014 11:59

The Stones reinvent their classic sound and bring it right up to date for the 1980s with a little help from a digital delay effect.

Jagger's lyrics echo the classic wooing technique employed by European poets down the ages of attempting to melt the moral frigidity of their lady loves - the best example being English poet Andrew Marvel's celebrated To His Coy Mistress.

He's one of the verses of this epic poem.

But at my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found,
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long preserv'd virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust.
The grave's a fine and private place,
But none I think do there embrace.


Jagger says as much in three lines:

When you're old, when you're old, nobody will know
That you was a beauty, a sweet, sweet beauty
A sweet, sweet beauty, but stone, stone cold


This is one song that we don't hear enough live and that works really well in both a stadium and arena.

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: mrsw ()
Date: May 19, 2014 12:44

This is one of my all time favourite songs!

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: drewmaster ()
Date: May 19, 2014 13:00

A stone-cold classic from the Stones in their late ‘70s Renaissance period, and possibly the slinkiest track they have ever recorded. She’s So Cold is a perfect melding of country boogie and the blues, with an extraordinarily propulsive rhythmic undertow.

The production here is immaculate; the sound … wow … it friggin’ leaps out of the speakers. The guitar-weaving is sublime … the Nashville-tinged twang of Ronnie on the lead, that glorious chugga-chugga growl of Keith on the rhythm, and Bill holding it all together … it all melds into sonic bliss. And Charlie has never sounded better either … so crisp, so loose and yet so tight at the same time. Mick is at the top of his game, boiling over with sexual frustration, yet knowing that he will have the last laugh … when the ice-cold object of his unrequited lust finds her beauty has vanished over time. We even get a tasty moan from Bobby’s sax.

Marvelous stuff.

Drew

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Date: May 19, 2014 13:54

Quote
Come On
She absolutely is! Being a fast-rocker could heat her a bit...

(this was 1980 and I hadn't forgotten the ace-rocker 'Don't lie to me' 4 years earlier)

Recorded in 1964, and played live in Texas in 1972 smiling smiley

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Date: May 19, 2014 13:55

Quote
Silver Dagger
The Stones reinvent their classic sound and bring it right up to date for the 1980s with a little help from a digital delay effect.

Jagger's lyrics echo the classic wooing technique employed by European poets down the ages of attempting to melt the moral frigidity of their lady loves - the best example being English poet Andrew Marvel's celebrated To His Coy Mistress.

He's one of the verses of this epic poem.

But at my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found,
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long preserv'd virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust.
The grave's a fine and private place,
But none I think do there embrace.


Jagger says as much in three lines:

When you're old, when you're old, nobody will know
That you was a beauty, a sweet, sweet beauty
A sweet, sweet beauty, but stone, stone cold


This is one song that we don't hear enough live and that works really well in both a stadium and arena.

Analog smiling smiley

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Date: May 19, 2014 13:57

<That you was a beauty>

Never mind grammar smiling smiley

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: Come On ()
Date: May 19, 2014 14:05

Quote
DandelionPowderman
Quote
Come On
She absolutely is! Being a fast-rocker could heat her a bit...

(this was 1980 and I hadn't forgotten the ace-rocker 'Don't lie to me' 4 years earlier)

Recorded in 1964, and played live in Texas in 1972 smiling smiley

Yup, but I heard it the first time was it -75,or-76 that 'Metamorphosis were released...and that was a song fully in class with them to two starters for Exile...Great rock'n'roll...


..she wouldn't say
I said something wrong
Now I long..

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: latebloomer ()
Date: May 19, 2014 14:10

...the best example being English poet Andrew Marvel's celebrated To His Coy Mistress.

Robert Herrick might have said it beter in, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.



No grammar problems for Marvel or Herrick, but it doesn't matter. I think Mick may have bested them both. She may be so cold, but the song is hot, hot, hot. hot smiley

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: May 19, 2014 14:29

Quote
DandelionPowderman
<That you was a beauty>

Never mind grammar smiling smiley

Yep - rock'n'rollers can get away with it. Even highly educated ones like Sir Mick.

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: FanOfGRARBITW ()
Date: May 19, 2014 14:30

Quote
DandelionPowderman
The Stones at their best, re-inventing themselves again.

How is it even possible to make a rocker this mellow and soft-sounding (listen to the instrumental bridge), yet so swinging and raw?

The guitar sounds make a perfect match, with Ronnie's clean and soft sound, and Keith's ranchy Mesa Boogie-sound.

Great playing by everyone, but the drums and the bass deserve an extra mention, imo.

And it's so much more complex than you would catch on a casual list. For example: There are several layers of vocals that are not at all loud in the mix but they add something to the lead vocal track.

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: Silver Dagger ()
Date: May 19, 2014 14:35

Quote
latebloomer
...the best example being English poet Andrew Marvel's celebrated To His Coy Mistress.

Robert Herrick might have said it beter in, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.



No grammar problems for Marvel or Herrick, but it doesn't matter. I think Mick may have bested them both. She may be so cold, but the song is hot, hot, hot. hot smiley

I bow to your knowledge of 16th century American poets latebloomer.

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: LQ1977 ()
Date: May 19, 2014 15:03

As you can see from my signature, I love this song. A bloody brilliant rock tune. hot smiley I have yet to hear it live, so bring it on in Oslo/Lisboa, please!

As a teenager, I used to play this really loud, sing equally loud and dance around in our living room. I still do that, but in my own apartment now. winking smiley

-------------------------------------------------------------

Literally 965 kilometers from being "Born in an Arctic zone".

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Date: May 19, 2014 15:28

Quote
Come On
Quote
DandelionPowderman
Quote
Come On
She absolutely is! Being a fast-rocker could heat her a bit...

(this was 1980 and I hadn't forgotten the ace-rocker 'Don't lie to me' 4 years earlier)

Recorded in 1964, and played live in Texas in 1972 smiling smiley

Yup, but I heard it the first time was it -75,or-76 that 'Metamorphosis were released...and that was a song fully in class with them to two starters for Exile...Great rock'n'roll...

Yep, very nice cover indeed thumbs up

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: Elmo Lewis ()
Date: May 19, 2014 16:42

Cool song! And a nice lead-in to "She Was Hot".

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: Eleanor Rigby ()
Date: May 19, 2014 16:44

Love the studio version. The live ones from the 81/82 tours were way too fast and bit all over the place.
I think its one of those songs which should be kept in the studio.
Top song...with a funny video clip

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Date: May 19, 2014 17:00




Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: Infamy ()
Date: May 19, 2014 17:08

Quote
DandelionPowderman


I love both this version and the studio one. Remember hearing the song for the first time watching the video rewind with Mick and Bill Wyman. So cool when Mick opened the ice box and you could see the video.

And by the way, I was born in an arctic zone! smiling smiley

Ray
12 and counting. No stopping! Miami next..

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: matxil ()
Date: May 19, 2014 17:15

Great example of how they managed for decades to always sound like the stones and sound new and fresh at the same time.
Great song, especially the studio version. Although I also love the live version where they f*** it up (Wembley 1982 I think).



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2014-05-19 17:15 by matxil.

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: May 19, 2014 17:19

this one started it all for me 34 years ago. listening to am radio and it came on it was like a bolt of electricity to my system.

bought the 45 then the album, then the entire catalogue, many times over.

I still love this song because it's beautiful though.

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: latebloomer ()
Date: May 19, 2014 17:34

Quote
Silver Dagger
Quote
latebloomer
...the best example being English poet Andrew Marvel's celebrated To His Coy Mistress.

Robert Herrick might have said it beter in, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.



No grammar problems for Marvel or Herrick, but it doesn't matter. I think Mick may have bested them both. She may be so cold, but the song is hot, hot, hot. hot smiley

I bow to your knowledge of 16th century American poets latebloomer.

Please don't Dagger, I know a little about a lot of things, but am an expert in none. As I'm sure you know, "a little learning is a dangerous thing..." grinning smiley

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: flacnvinyl ()
Date: May 19, 2014 18:10

Love this track so much. I am about to drive across town. Think I'll put it on!

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: Title5Take1 ()
Date: May 19, 2014 18:34

This is the first Stones song to have that great "clicking" sound—for lack of a better term—for the guitar that subsequently appeared on on Slave, Hang Fire, and parts of Start Me Up. I've never been able to duplicate it on my guitar.

Also, I'll admit to putting on She's So Cold and Too Tight after a couple of those RARE occasions (*cough, cough*) beautiful women have yawned in my face.

Re: Track Talk: She's So Cold
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: May 19, 2014 21:21

The best Bill Wyman 'rubber bass' of all.

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