The Spider and the Fly

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About The Spider and the Fly

"The Spider and the Fly" is a song by English rock band the Rolling Stones, recorded in May 1965 and first released on the US version of their 1965 album Out of Our Heads. In the UK, it was released as the B-side to "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The lyrics speak about what the band, especially the leader, will do after their gig is over: Jagger explained in a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone, "I wasn't really that mad about it, but when you listen to it on record, it still holds up quite interestingly as a blues song. It's a Jimmy Reed blues with British pop-group words, which is an interesting combination: a song somewhat stuck in a time warp." In an AllMusic review, Mike DeGagne describes it as one of their earliest attempts at country music. It features early use of the Rolling Stones' "ancient form of weaving" by guitarists Richards and Brian Jones. Jagger performs harmonica on the recording while Jack Nitzsche provides percussion and keyboards. 


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Sittin', drinkin', sinkin', drinkin' 
Wonderin' what I'd do when I'm through tonight 
Smokin', mopin', maybe just hopin' 
Some little girl will pass on by 
Don't wanna be alone but I love my girl at home 
I remember what she said (what she said)
She said, "my, my, my, don't tell lies, keep fidelity in your head 
My my my, don't tell lies, when you're done you should go to bed 
Don't say hi, like a spider to a fly 
Jump right ahead and you're dead" 

Sit up, fed up, low down, go round 
Down to the bar at the place I'm at 
Sittin', drinkin', superficially thinkin'
About the rinsed-out blonde on my left 
But then I said "hi" like a spider to a fly 
Rememberin' what my little girl said (haha)

She was common, flirty, she looked about thirty 
I would have run away but I was on my own 
She told me later she's a machine operator 
She said she liked the way I held the microphone 
Then I said "hi" like a spider to a fly 
Jump right ahead in my web

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The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in Dartford in 1962. The earliest settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (keyboards, piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Since Wyman's retirement in 1993, the band's full members have been Jagger, Richards, Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood who joined in 1975. Darryl Jones (bassist) and Chuck Leavell (keyboardist) are regular contributors but not full band members. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Rolling Stones in 1989, noting that "critical acclaim and popular consensus has accorded them the title of the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.”Rolling Stone magazine ranked them 4… more »

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12 facts about this song

Band Origin
"The Spider and the Fly" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones.
Album Details
The song was first featured on the UK version of their 1965 album "Out of Our Heads".
Song Writer
"The Spider and the Fly" was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
The song was recorded between November 1964 and January 1965.
Musical genre of "The Spider and the Fly" is blues rock, a fusion genre combining elements of blues and rock.
Lyrics Origin
The song's title comes from a fable by Aesop; however, the lyrics don't reflect the story of the fable but rather an encounter with a groupie in a bar.
Uncommon Song
"The Spider and the Fly" is not one of the Rolling Stones' better-known songs and is seldom performed live in concerts.
American Album
Though originally released on the UK version of "Out of Our Heads", it did not appear on the American version. Instead, it was included as a track on the 1965 American album, "December's Children (And Everybody's)".
Mick Jagger’s Character
The song portrays Mick Jagger's character as being caught in a flirtatious conversation with a woman.
Unique Style
"The Spider and the Fly" stands out for its country blues style, which was not typical of The Rolling Stones' overall rock and roll sound.
The song was also released as the B-side to "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" in the UK.
The song has appeared on various compilifications and reissues of The Rolling Stones' work, including the 2002 collection "Forty Licks".

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