Coming Down Again
|"Coming Down Again"|
|Song by The Rolling Stones|
|from the album Goats Head Soup|
|Released||31 August 1973|
|Recorded||November and December 1972|
|Goats Head Soup track listing|
Credited to Jagger/Richards, "Coming Down Again" is largely the work of Richards, who went as far as to say, "Coming Down Again' is my song," at the time of its release. A slower ballad similar in mood to another track on the album, "Angie", the lyrics tell of Richards' relationship with then-girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, who had chosen to abandon her romantic liaison with his friend and bandmate Brian Jones in favour of one with Richards.
|“||Share your thoughts, there's nothing you can hide; She was dying to survive;
I was caught, oh, taken for a ride; She was showing no surprise
|“||Slipped my tongue in someone else's pie; Tasting better ev'ry time;
He turned green and tried to make me cry; Being hungry, it ain't no crime
The song opens with Stones recording veteran Nicky Hopkins playing keyboards front and center alongside a fluid, prominent bassline performed by Mick Taylor. Guitars are performed by Richards, who uses the wah-wah pedal for much of the song (an effect used often on Goats Head Soup), as well as Leslie speakers. Charlie Watts performs a "trademark start-stop drum arrangement... that by now had become a familiar device." Bobby Keys performs a saxophone solo near the middle of the song. The session guitarist Miles Miller is thought to have laid down guitar lines that didn't make it onto the final album version. Jagger gives support to Richards on backing vocals.
Recorded in Kingston's Dynamic Sound Studios in November and December, 1972, "Coming Down Again" is regarded as one of Richards' best lead vocal performances. Despite some popularity, Richards has never performed the song live on tour with the Rolling Stones.