Live with Me

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"Live with Me"
Song by The Rolling Stones from the album Let It Bleed
Released 5 December 1969
Recorded 24 May 1969
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 3:33
Label Decca Records/ABKCO
Writer Jagger/Richards
Producer Jimmy Miller
Let It Bleed track listing

"Live with Me" is a song by The Rolling Stones from their album Let It Bleed, released in November 1969. It was one of the first recorded contributions by guitarist Mick Taylor, who joined the band in June 1969 (along with "Country Honk" from the same album and the single, "Honky Tonk Women"). The song also marks the first time the Stones recorded with tenor saxophonist Bobby Keys (also played on their 1971 hit, "Brown Sugar"), and the only time Leon Russell would play with the Stones. Russell and Nicky Hopkins contributed piano to the piece.

Written by Mick Jagger and Richards, "Live with Me" was recorded on 24 May 1969. As Taylor joined the band weeks later, his guitar part was dubbed over the basic track.

The song's lyrics were cited as the reason why the London Bach Choir asked not to be credited for their contribution to "You Can't Always Get What You Want"[citation needed]. The poet X. J. Kennedy suggested that the lyrics are part of a tradition of responses, beginning with John Donne and Sir Walter Raleigh and continuing through C. Day-Lewis, to Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love". Marlowe's poem begins "Come live with me and be my love".[citation needed]

Although never released as a single, it has been frequently performed live, and appears on the live albums Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! and No Security, as well as on the 1996 "Wild Horses" (live) single. The song was performed live with Christina Aguilera for the documentary Shine a Light.

Cover versions were recorded by Girlschool, Ghost and Rhett Forrester (1984 album Gone With the Wind).


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