Get off of My Cloud

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“Get Off of My Cloud”  is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones.  It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as single to follow the successful “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”.  Recorded in early September 1965 and released that November, the song topped the charts in the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, reaching  No. 2 in Australia and Ireland.  (More from Wikipedia)

The frequent hit songs by the Yardbirds – “I’m a Man”, “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”, For Your Love, “Heart Full of Soul”, “Shapes of Things”, “Over Under Sideways Down”, etc. – hit my eardrums with at least as powerful an impact as the greatest Rolling Stones songs, like “Brown Sugar”, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, “Paint it Black”, Get off of My Cloud, Sympathy for the Devil, “Street Fighting Man”, etc.  To me though, these songs sound every bit as fresh to me today, probably because they haven’t been played to death on oldies’ radio as much as anything else.  


(May 2014)


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As with the songwriting teams that I wrote about last month, early on writing the music and writing the lyrics were handled separately.  From Wikipedia:  “One of the patterns that the Jagger/Richards collaboration initially followed has been that [Mick] Jagger wrote most of the lyrics while [Keith] Richards focused on the music.  Jagger discussed this in [a] 1995 interview with [Jann Wenner], whereby he explained how songs like ‘Get off of My Cloud’, ‘As Tears Go By’, ‘Wild Horses’, Tumbling Dice, and ‘Beast of Burden’ were created.  Jagger has also pointed out that this pattern was more prevalent in the early 1960’s, while in their later collaborations their roles have overlapped more, with both of them contributing lyrics and music.” 


(May 2015)


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The Rolling Stones’ bootleg albumThe Greatest Group on Earth is mostly familiar material as might be expected in a live concert.  However, until I got this album, I did not know or at least remember the song “I’m Free” (a different song from the well-known track, I’m Free from the Who’s album Tommy); it had been the b-side for the Stones’ second #1 song, “Get off of My Cloud”.  The album also includes two Chuck Berry songs, Carol and “Little Queenie”.  “Carol” was released as a single in January 1964, charting only in France, and was also on their first album, The Rolling Stones.  While Little Queenie was never recorded by the Stones on a single or a studio album as far as I have been able to tell, Carol as well as Little Queenie are included on their second live album, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert (1970).  According to Wikipedia:  “It [Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!] was reported to have been issued in response to the well known bootleg Live’r Than You’ll Ever Be” (the alternate name of The Greatest Group on Earth). 
(September 2017)
Last edited: March 22, 2021