Dandelion (song)

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"Dandelion"
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Single by the Rolling Stones
Released
  • 18 August 1967 (1967-08-18) (UK)[1]
  • September 1967 (US)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded June–July 1967[1]
Studio Olympic, London
Genre Psychedelic pop
Length 3:56
Label
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones UK singles chronology
"Let's Spend the Night Together" / "Ruby Tuesday"
(1967)
"Dandelion" / "We Love You"
(1967)
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
(1967)
The Rolling Stones US singles chronology
"Let's Spend the Night Together" / "Ruby Tuesday"
(1967)
"Dandelion" / "We Love You"
(1967)
"She's a Rainbow"
(1967)

"Dandelion" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and first released as a B-side to "We Love You" in August 1967. With lyrical references to British counting or nursery rhymes,[1] it reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart and number 14 on the US Billboard 100 singles chart.

The first demo version of “Dandelion” was recorded in November 1966. Originally titled “Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Blue”, it had different lyrics and was sung and played by Keith Richards.[1] On the released version, Mick Jagger sings the lead vocal.

The Rolling Stones have never performed "Dandelion" live;[2] nonetheless it has been included on several compilations, including Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2), More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies), Singles Collection: The London Years, and Rolled Gold+: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones.

The original single releases had a faded-in coda consisting of a short piano section from the A-side, “We Love You”; the coda is missing on most compilation albums, which include the song in a 3:32 edit, but it may be heard, for example, on Singles Collection: The London Years.[citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

The Rolling Stones[1]

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Margotin, Philippe; Guesdon, Jean-Michel (2016). The Rolling Stones All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track. eBook: Hachette Books. ISBN 978-0316317733. 
  2. ^ Rocks Off Setlists – Rolling Stones song live debuts
  3. ^ "Rolling Stones: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  4. ^ "The Rolling Stones Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 June 2016.