Parachute Woman

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"Parachute Woman"
Song by the Rolling Stones
from the album Beggars Banquet
Released6 December 1968 (1968-12-06)
RecordedApril 1968
GenreBlues rock
Producer(s)Jimmy Miller

"Parachute Woman" is a song by the Rolling Stones featured on their 1968 album Beggars Banquet.

Inspiration and recording[edit]

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Parachute Woman" is a blues song and is one of the famous Beggars Banquet songs recorded on a cassette player and double-tracked for effect. Bill Janovitz comments in his review of the song:

The result is a raw and murky but atmosphere-filled blues track that spotlights Mick Jagger's mumbled sexual boasts and intense harmonica playing. With barely veiled innuendo – just enough to make it comical – Jagger makes like a modern-day Muddy Waters: "Parachute woman will you blow me out?/My heavy throbber's itching just to lay a solid rhythm down."[1]

Mick Jagger is on lead vocals and Keith Richards is on electric lead guitar, and Brian Jones plays acoustic rhythm guitar.[2] It is disputed whether the harmonica is played by Jagger and/or Brian Jones. Some sources give it as either Jones or Jagger but some have stated that it may have been by the both of them on separate harmonicas. Charlie Watts provides drums and Bill Wyman plays the bass.[1]

"Parachute Woman" was only ever performed live by the Rolling Stones two times. The first performance was during the 1968 Rock and Roll Circus and appears on the subsequent album. It would also be performed once during the 2002 Licks Tour, more than 30 years after its initial live debut.



  1. ^ a b Janovitz, Bill. "Rolling Stones: Parachute Woman – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  2. ^ Clayson, Alan (2008). The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet. Billboard Books. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-8230-8397-8.