2000 Light Years from Home
|"2000 Light Years From Home"|
|Single by The Rolling Stones|
|from the album Their Satanic Majesties Request|
|A-side||"She's a Rainbow" (US)|
|B-side||"She's a Rainbow" (Germany)|
|Producer||The Rolling Stones|
"2000 Light Years From Home" is a song from The Rolling Stones' 1967 psychedelic rock album Their Satanic Majesties Request. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it also appeared as the B-side to the US single "She's a Rainbow", and charted as a single in Germany. Jagger reportedly wrote the lyrics in Brixton prison following his conviction on drug charges in June 1967. The working title of the instrumental backing was "Toffee Apple". The prominent string part is played by Brian Jones on mellotron. The sound effects at the beginning of the song before the melody starts was played by him on a piano. He played two tracks of several dissonant and unorthodox chords, then one track was reversed.
The number was regularly featured during the Stones' 1989-90 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tours; until 1997, when "She's a Rainbow" was also added to the band's stage repertoire, it was the only track from Satanic Majesties that the band had performed in concert.
After disappearing from setlists completely for 23 years, 2000 Light Years From Home was performed on June 29, 2013 at Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom.
The song is used in the film Men in Black 3.
- Mick Jagger: lead and backing vocals, percussion
- Keith Richards: electric guitar, backing vocals
- Bill Wyman: bass guitar
- Charlie Watts: drums
- Brian Jones: Mellotron (strings), sound effects via synthesizer (oscillator) and piano, percussion
Notable cover versions
"2000 Light Years from Home" has been covered by The Tragically Hip, The Danse Society, Grave Digger, Monster Magnet, Rachael Yamagata, Colonel Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, Cary Grace, and Sky Cries Mary.
- Show 46 - Sergeant Pepper at the Summit: The very best of a very good year. [Part 2] : UNT Digital Library
- Davis, S. (2002). Old Gods Almost Dead: The 40 Year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones. Aurum Press. p. 217.