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You Got the Silver

"You Got the Silver"
Song by The Rolling Stones from the album Let It Bleed
Released 5 December 1969
Recorded 18 February 1969
Genre Blues[1]
Length 2:50
Label Decca/ABKCO (UK)
Writer Jagger/Richards
Producer Jimmy Miller
Let It Bleed track listing

"You Got the Silver" is a song by English rock and roll band The Rolling Stones from their 1969 album Let It Bleed. It was also released as the b-side to the "Let It Bleed" single in Japan.

Recorded on 18 February 1969, "You Got the Silver" is the first Stones song to feature guitarist Keith Richards on solo lead vocal throughout (Richards previously sang separate lead vocals on parts of "Something Happened to Me Yesterday" from Between the Buttons and "Salt of the Earth" from Beggars Banquet).[2] One of Richards' own compositions, "You Got the Silver" is said to be written about his then-girlfriend Marcella Ramos.

It is the last Stones recording with Brian Jones to be released. He plays autoharp, one of his two appearances on the album. The band recorded a version of the song with Jagger on lead, but opted to use Richards' version for the official release. The Jagger version has since become a well-known bootleg recording.


"You Got the Silver" was featured in the Michelangelo Antonioni film Zabriskie Point.

It was played live during the No Security Tour in 1999 for the first time. It has been brought out again by Richards for the 2006 A Bigger Bang Tour and 2007 European Tour. A live recording taken from the 2008 documentary Shine a Light is featured on the album of the same name. During live performances, the song is highly notable for being sung by Richards without him playing guitar or any other instrument. The song was played live during the Rolling Stones' 50 and Counting tour performance (July 2013), which appears on the Hyde Park Live recording and features Ron Wood playing slide guitar.

The song was covered by blues singer Susan Tedeschi on her 2005 album, Hope and Desire and by neo-bluegrass group Crooked Still on its 2010 album, Some Strange Country.


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