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Beast Of Burden by The Rolling Stones
Beast Of Burden by The Rolling Stones
Published: 2007/08/23
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Bette Midler - Beast Of Burden (Rolling Stones) (1984) HD 0815007
Bette Midler - Beast Of Burden (Rolling Stones) (1984) HD 0815007
Published: 2012/07/04
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1978 album The Rolling Stones - Beast of burden - Ranked in 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
1978 album The Rolling Stones - Beast of burden - Ranked in 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Published: 2011/07/13
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The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden
The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden
Published: 2015/02/11
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Divine Miss M: Bette Midler w/ Mick Jagger - Beast of Burden - 6 Degrees of Trivia - Fun Facts
Divine Miss M: Bette Midler w/ Mick Jagger - Beast of Burden - 6 Degrees of Trivia - Fun Facts
Published: 2008/12/11
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The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden Lyrics
The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden Lyrics
Published: 2013/04/14
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The Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden - Live OFFICIAL
The Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden - Live OFFICIAL
Published: 2013/04/30
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Beast of Burden - The Rolling Stones (cover) Jess Greenberg
Beast of Burden - The Rolling Stones (cover) Jess Greenberg
Published: 2014/08/20
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The Rolling Stones- Beast of Burden
The Rolling Stones- Beast of Burden
Published: 2010/03/08
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The Rolling Stones Beast of Burden
The Rolling Stones Beast of Burden
Published: 2010/12/04
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Rolling Stones-Beast Of Burden
Rolling Stones-Beast Of Burden
Published: 2010/07/03
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Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones - Cover by Broken Bones Matilda - Sam & Sarah Gotley
Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones - Cover by Broken Bones Matilda - Sam & Sarah Gotley
Published: 2015/11/10
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Karaoke Beast Of Burden - The Rolling Stones *
Karaoke Beast Of Burden - The Rolling Stones *
Published: 2015/06/02
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How to Play Beast of Burden on Guitar - Rolling Stones Song Lesson
How to Play Beast of Burden on Guitar - Rolling Stones Song Lesson
Published: 2017/01/08
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Jimmy Fallon & Billy Joel Sing "Beast of Burden"
Jimmy Fallon & Billy Joel Sing "Beast of Burden"
Published: 2016/01/07
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Bette Midler - Beast Of Burden Lyrics
Bette Midler - Beast Of Burden Lyrics
Published: 2012/04/19
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Nickelus F - "Beast of Burden" OFFICIAL VERSION
Nickelus F - "Beast of Burden" OFFICIAL VERSION
Published: 2013/01/29
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The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden acoustic cover
The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden acoustic cover
Published: 2010/03/07
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The Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden [1978] [lyrics]
The Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden [1978] [lyrics]
Published: 2016/06/05
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The Rolling Stones & Katy Perry  Beast Of Burden - Live SHOW 2013
The Rolling Stones & Katy Perry Beast Of Burden - Live SHOW 2013
Published: 2013/05/14
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The Rolling Stones | Beast of Burden | Some Girls
The Rolling Stones | Beast of Burden | Some Girls
Published: 2015/01/09
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Buckcherry Beast of Burden
Buckcherry Beast of Burden
Published: 2014/07/02
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Bette Midler - Beast of Burden (Single Version + HQ Audio)
Bette Midler - Beast of Burden (Single Version + HQ Audio)
Published: 2015/05/05
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Rolling Stones  "BEAST OF BURDEN"  Extended Version
Rolling Stones "BEAST OF BURDEN" Extended Version
Published: 2017/03/11
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The Rolling Stones & Ed Sheeran - Beast Of Burden - ZIP CODE Tour 2015
The Rolling Stones & Ed Sheeran - Beast Of Burden - ZIP CODE Tour 2015
Published: 2015/06/28
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Rolling Stones 2013-05-11 Vegas "Beast of Burden" with Katy Perry
Rolling Stones 2013-05-11 Vegas "Beast of Burden" with Katy Perry
Published: 2013/06/19
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Beast of Burden - The Rolling Stones
Beast of Burden - The Rolling Stones
Published: 2010/12/24
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Buckwheat Zydeco - Beast Of Burden (The Rolling Stones Cover)
Buckwheat Zydeco - Beast Of Burden (The Rolling Stones Cover)
Published: 2016/10/07
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Karaoke Beast Of Burden   Bette Midler
Karaoke Beast Of Burden Bette Midler
Published: 2015/05/19
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The Rolling Stones, Beast Of Burden & Kansas City (Opening song in 1963), Arrowhead Stadium, 6/27/15
The Rolling Stones, Beast Of Burden & Kansas City (Opening song in 1963), Arrowhead Stadium, 6/27/15
Published: 2015/06/28
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Beast Of Burden ~ Bette Midler ~ Johnny Carson
Beast Of Burden ~ Bette Midler ~ Johnny Carson
Published: 2012/09/10
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Beast of burden cover by Ryder McQueen
Beast of burden cover by Ryder McQueen
Published: 2013/05/14
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Lee DeWyze - Beast Of Burden - HQ - Top 12
Lee DeWyze - Beast Of Burden - HQ - Top 12
Published: 2010/03/17
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Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones Cover
Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones Cover
Published: 2013/06/10
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The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden (1978 HQ)
The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden (1978 HQ)
Published: 2017/01/20
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The Maine - "Beast Of Burden" The Rolling Stones cover(AFADB bonus footage #6)
The Maine - "Beast Of Burden" The Rolling Stones cover(AFADB bonus footage #6)
Published: 2012/12/04
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Ed Sheeran Joins The Rolling Stones for Amazing
Ed Sheeran Joins The Rolling Stones for Amazing 'Beast of Burden' Duet!
Published: 2015/06/29
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Beast of Burden
Beast of Burden
Published: 2014/04/15
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The Rolling Stones-Beast of Burden
The Rolling Stones-Beast of Burden
Published: 2009/03/17
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The Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden
The Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden
Published: 2013/03/20
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The Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden (Live)
The Rolling Stones - Beast Of Burden (Live)
Published: 2017/06/09
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Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden Solo
Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden Solo
Published: 2010/03/18
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Beast of Burden Lesson - Rolling Stones
Beast of Burden Lesson - Rolling Stones
Published: 2010/01/30
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The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden Acoustic Jam (MEV Experience)
The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden Acoustic Jam (MEV Experience)
Published: 2016/02/11
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The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden Guitar Lesson
The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden Guitar Lesson
Published: 2016/03/16
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Beast of Burden - Pete Herger (Rolling Stones New Acoustic Rock Cover)
Beast of Burden - Pete Herger (Rolling Stones New Acoustic Rock Cover)
Published: 2012/12/07
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Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden Bass Cover
Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden Bass Cover
Published: 2013/08/26
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Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden [HD]
Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden [HD]
Published: 2013/04/14
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"Beast Of Burden"    The Rolling Stones
"Beast Of Burden" The Rolling Stones
Published: 2016/09/12
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Beast Of Burden
Beast Of Burden
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"Beast of Burden"
Beastofburden.gif
Cover of the 1978 US single
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Some Girls
B-side "When the Whip Comes Down"
Released 9 September 1978 (1978-09-09)
Format 7"
Recorded
  • 10 October–21 December 1977
  • Pathé Marconi Studios
Genre
Length 4:24
Label Rolling Stones
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) The Glimmer Twins
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Miss You"
(1978)
"Beast of Burden"
(1978)
"Respectable"
(1978)
"Miss You"
(1978)
"Beast of Burden"
(1978)
"Respectable"
(1978)
Some Girls track listing

"Beast of Burden" is a song by English rock band The Rolling Stones, featured on the 1978 album Some Girls. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #435 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" and #433 on the 500 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time.

Inspiration and recording[edit]

A "beast of burden" is an animal, usually domesticated, that labors for the benefit of man, such as an ox or horse. The music and some lyrics were primarily written by Keith Richards. In the liner notes to the 1993 compilation disc Jump Back, Richards said Beast of Burden "was another one where Mick (Jagger) just filled in the verses. With the Stones, you take a long song, play it and see if there are any takers. Sometimes they ignore it, sometimes they grab it and record it. After all the faster numbers of Some Girls, everybody settled down and enjoyed the slow one."

In those same notes, Jagger says, "Lyrically, this wasn't particularly heartfelt in a personal way. It's a soul begging song, an attitude song. It was one of those where you get one melodic lick, break it down and work it up; there are two parts here which are basically the same." The song can be seen as allegorical, with Richards saying in 2003, "When I returned to the fold after closing down the laboratory [referring to his drug problems throughout the 1970s], I came back into the studio with Mick... to say, 'Thanks, man, for shouldering the burden' - that's why I wrote "Beast of Burden" for him, I realise in retrospect."

"Beast of Burden" was recorded from October–December 1977. Although basic lyrics were written before the Stones entered the studio, many of the lyrics on the recording were improvised by Jagger to fit with the smooth running guitars of Richards and Ronnie Wood. Characteristically, Richards and Wood trade off rolling, fluid licks. Neither is really playing lead or rhythm guitar, they both slip in and out, one playing high while the other is low. The song is another famed Some Girls song that features each band member playing his respective instrument without any outside performers; both Richards and Wood play acoustic and electric guitars, with Wood performing the solo.[1]

Release and aftermath[edit]

The song was released as the second single off the album. It charted at #8 in the US. A live version was recorded during their 1981 American Tour and was released as a B-side to "Going to a Go-Go", as well as being reissued on Rarities 1971-2003 in 2005. Another live version was recorded during their 2002-2003 Licks Tour which was released on Live Licks. The single edit of "Beast of Burden" was included on the compilation albums Sucking in the Seventies, Rewind (1971–1984), Jump Back, Forty Licks and GRRR!. A 5:20 version of the song with extra lyrics circulates among collectors.[2] It was taken from the eight-track mix of Some Girls, which features significant differences from all other versions of the album.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
US Cash Box 7

Bette Midler version[edit]

"Beast of Burden"
Beast of Burden.png
Single by Bette Midler
from the album No Frills
B-side "Come Back, Jimmy Dean"
Released February 10, 1984
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1983
Genre Hard rock, New wave
Length 3:48
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Chuck Plotkin, Brock Walsh, Danny Goldberg
Bette Midler singles chronology
"My Favourite Waste of Time"
(1983)
"'Beast of Burden'"
(1984)
"Under the Boardwalk"
(1988)
"My Favourite Waste of Time"
(1983)
"Beast of Burden"
(1984)
"Under the Boardwalk"
(1988)

In 1984, the song was covered by Bette Midler whose video for the song featured Jagger as the guest star. Midler's version, which reached #71 on Billboard's Hot 100, modified several lines of lyric (for example, changing "Pretty, pretty, girls" to "my little sister is a pretty, pretty girl"). The track appeared on Midler's No Frills album.

Track listing[edit]

7" Single

  1. Beast Of Burden 3:48
  2. Come Back, Jimmy Dean 3:51

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 71
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 12
German Singles Chart 15
Dutch Top 40 Singles Chart 10
Belgian Singles Chart[4] 15
Swedish Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
New Zealand Singles Chart 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 64

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Janovitz, Bill. The Rolling Stones "Beast of Burden". allmusic. 2007 (accessed 19 May 2007).
  2. ^ "The Rolling Stones-Beast of Burden". YouTube. 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 200. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ "Bette Midler - Beast Of Burden". Ultratop.be. Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  5. ^ BigKev. "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1984". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 

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