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"Dancing with Mr. D."
Song by The Rolling Stones
from the album Goats Head Soup
Released August 31, 1973
Recorded November & December, 1972
Genre Funk rock, blues rock
Length 4:53
Label Rolling Stones/Virgin
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller
Goats Head Soup track listing
10 tracks
Side one
  1. "Dancing with Mr. D"
  2. "100 Years Ago"
  3. "Coming Down Again"
  4. "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
  5. "Angie"
Side two
  1. "Silver Train"
  2. "Hide Your Love"
  3. "Winter"
  4. "Can You Hear the Music?"
  5. "Star Star"

"Dancing with Mr. D." is the opening track of rock and roll band The Rolling Stones' 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

Background[edit]

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Dancing with Mr. D." is a brooding rocker in line with much of the Stones' funk inspired recordings from the Goats Head Soup era. The song opens with a riff by Richards prominently repeated throughout the song. Jagger's lyrics allude to either dalliance with a succubus or Death;

Down in the graveyard where we have our tryst,
The air smells sweet, the air smells sick;
He never smiles, his mouth merely twists,
The breath in my lungs feels clinging and thick;
But I know his name, he's called Mr. D,
And one of these days, he's going to set you free

The song would best serve as an introduction to the Stones' studio-based sound of the mid-1970s after the sprawling epic Exile on Main St. Recording began at Dynamic Sound Studios in Kingston, Jamaica and would continue at Village Recorders in Los Angeles and Island Recording Studios in London. Billy Preston, who had contributed on a few songs with the Stones in the past, would become a heavy collaborator over the next few albums and here performs clavinet. Nicky Hopkins highlights with pianos throughout while Rebop Kwaku Baah and Pascal perform percussion. Mick Taylor performs electric slide guitar as well as bass while Charlie Watts performs drums.

Live performances[edit]

"Dancing with Mr. D." has been performed by the Stones only on their 1973 tour of Europe and during their opening concert of the No Filter tour 2017 in Hamburg. It served as the B-side to album mate "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)".

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