♫ Ruby Tuesday ♫

Back in April, I had a request for a song that I was familiar with by an artist I was not familiar with.  Confused yet?  Well, the song, as you can see from the title, is Ruby Tuesday, and I was familiar with the Rolling Stones’ version, but the one requested was by a singer, Melanie, with whom I was not familiar.  As so often happens, life interfered (more likely Donald Trump interfered with my life), and I forgot all about it.  Tonight, I wanted to play something special for the requester of the song, so I dug back through my notes and said … AHA!!!

By the way … any of you who have requested a song that I haven’t played … feel free to nudge or remind me, for I truly am a very forgetful old woman these days, and my intentions are good, but …

This was the fourth US #1 hit for the Rolling Stones in 1967, written by Keith Richards, who says of the song …

“It was probably written about Linda Keith not being there.  I don’t know, she had pissed off somewhere. It was very mournful, very, VERY Ruby Tuesday and it was a Tuesday. That’s one of those things – some chick you’ve broken up with. And all you’ve got left is the piano and the guitar and a pair of panties. And it’s goodbye you know. And so it just comes out of that. And after that you just build on it. It’s one of those songs that are easiest to write because you’re really right there and you really sort of mean it. And for a songwriter, hey break his heart and he’ll come up with a good song.”

Originally called Title B, this was mainly written by Brian Jones and Keith Richards, but in keeping with Stones tradition, it was credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  The Stones’ version hit #1 in the U.S., #2 in Canada, and #3 in the UK.  And then along came …

Melanie Anne Safka, better known as just Melanie. She is best known for the 1971/72 global hit Brand New Key, her composition What Have They Done to My Song Ma, and her 1970 international breakthrough hit Lay Down (Candles in the Rain), inspired by her experience of performing at the 1969 Woodstock music festival.  She was at Woodstock and still I haven’t heard of her?  Odd that.  Now, I listened to the first two mentioned and I have to admit that I wasn’t fond of either.  And, sorry David, but I still prefer the Stones’ version of this one.

And with all that said, I now offer you Ruby Tuesday by both Melanie, and the Rolling Stones!  Oh … Rod Stewart also covered the song in 1993, so maybe I’ll throw that one in just for fun, too.  Which is your favourite?

Ruby Tuesday
The Rolling Stones (also Melanie, Rod Stewart)

She would never say where she came from
Yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone
While the sun is bright
Or in the darkest night
No one knows, she comes and goes

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I’m gonna miss you

Don’t question why she needs to be so free
She’ll tell you it’s the only way to be
She just can’t be chained
To a life where nothing’s gained
Or nothing’s lost, at such a cost

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I’m gonna miss you

“There’s no time to lose, ” I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams and you will lose your mind
Ain’t life unkind?

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I’m gonna miss you

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I’m gonna miss you

Songwriters: Keith Richards / Mick Jagger
Ruby Tuesday lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc

35 thoughts on “♫ Ruby Tuesday ♫

  1. Thank you for your kindness. I think you played them in order of favouritism. Melanie for me just puts more into the song without actually changing it. I’m a big fan of Rod Stewart but perhaps he should be retired before he tries to sing that one again. I loved hearing her again.Seems opinion favours her.
    Cwtch

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  2. Maybe you had to grow up with Melanie, and her fantastic voice, to really appreciate her music. I don’t know. Melanie was the ultimate flower child, and when she sang the music she wanted to sing, she was incredible. Look What They Done to My Song, Ma was a lament about the commercialzation of her music. Brand New Key was the result of that commercialization. Listen to “I Really Loved Harold” and “I Don’t Eat Animals” and “Beautiful People” and “Psychotherapy” and so many many others. She wasn’t afraid to challenge the powers-that-be.
    Until she got brainwashed by the scientologists.
    Melanie was the alter-ego of Janice Joplin, who rocked the world with her bluesy screams. Melanie was the soft folksinger, but with an equally powerful voice. Between them they ruled the feminist sound of rock in the late 60s and early 70s. They helped teach us men that women deserved an equal if not superior place in music. That is my opinion.

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    • Yeah, I think you are most likely right … that one had to grow up with her music, her voice. I did not care much for what I listened to last night, but that’s just me. Now, you mention Janis Joplin, and Janis … or at least some of her work … I could get into. Still, for some reason, I mostly prefer male singers.

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      • Whereas I agree ‘I got a brand new pair of roller stakes’ could grate on the nerves….(it did on mine) otherwise her voice just hit part of me in a good way.
        Singers can do that to you.
        F’instnace when I was younger I liked Rod Stewart with The Steam Packet, Faces and his first two solo albums, and then the voice, the hair and the general demeanour began to grate big style….now all I have is YouTube clips of him from the mid 1960s when he was just another singer and Long John Baldry was more well-known……ah me…..🙄

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        • I didn’t, thankfully, hear the one about the new roller skates. Yes, voices can do that to you … for me, it is James Taylor … and of course, Stevie Wonder. Different strokes for different folks, as they say. I liked Stewart okay in his later years, though I must admit his rendition of Ruby Tuesday truly sucks. I don’t think I heard his earlier music. Recommend one and I’ll listen to it …

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          • I have to say the one singer who grates on my nerves is John Anderson of Yes. I like Ghetti Lee of Rush and people say they’re similar but I don’t see that at all. I’m not a big fan of the raspy voices of rod Stewart or the lead singer of Blue October but the rasp in Bruce Springsteen’s voice doesn’t bother me. Go figure all that out. lol.

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            • One of Herb’s favourite groups is Yes … I’ve listened to some of their stuff and liked it alright, though I wouldn’t go out of my way to hear it. Heh heh … I think there is no explaining why we like the artists and songs we like, it just “is what it is”. I like the raspiness of Kenny Rogers, but like you, not some others.

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  3. Speaking of the rolling stones, a friend of mine asked me to cover 2000 light years from home, he feels that I could do something really interesting with that one, particularly since I recently did what I feel is a pretty good cover of Echoes by Pink Floyd if I do say so myself.
    I have to agree with Jill that the original is still the best but I did find a 4th version that I like pretty well by Deana Carter. check this out you guys.

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    • Congratulations on that, Scott!!! I’m sure you will think me a cultural throwback, but “2000 Lightyears From Home” is a song I had never heard! I did go listen to it just now, and … just not quite my style of music, but I know you will do it beautifully, for you are very talented. I haven’t had the chance to listen to as much of your music as I would like, but I’ve liked everything I’ve heard so far. As re the Deanna Carter version of “Ruby Tuesday” … not bad, but I’ll stick with the Stones!

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