Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow

Take one listen and suddenly you are walking along Carnaby Street in Swinging London in 1967.

While under the influence of what was going on at the time…The Stones dipped their toe in the wild and colorful Psychedelic water. This was right after Sgt Peppers and experimentation was in the air.

The result was Their Satanic Majesties Request. I know some Stones fans that won’t mention this album but I’ve always liked it. 

It didn’t suit them as well as their earlier pop and later rock and blues style but the album did have some high points.

The string section was arranged by John Paul Jones, who was doing session work two years before he joined Led Zeppelin. Nicky Hopkins also played piano on this song.

This song was written by Jagger and Richards.

She’s A Rainbow peaked at #25 in the Billboard 100 and #9 in Canada.

The song returned to Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart in 2018 as a result of its appearance in a commercial for the all-new Acura RDX.

Mick Jagger: There’s a lot of rubbish on Satanic Majesties. Just too much time on our hands, too many drugs, no producer to tell us, “Enough already, thank you very much, now can we just get on with this song?” Anyone let loose in the studio will produce stuff like that. There was simply too much hanging around. It’s like believing everything you do is great and not having any editing.

She’s A Rainbow

She comes in colors ev’rywhere
She combs her hair
She’s like a rainbow
Coming, colors in the air
Oh, everywhere
She comes in colors

She comes in colors ev’rywhere
She combs her hair
She’s like a rainbow
Coming, colors in the air
Oh, everywhere
She comes in colors

Have you seen her dressed in blue?
See the sky in front of you
And her face is like a sail
Speck of white so fair and pale
Have you seen a lady fairer?

She comes in colors ev’rywhere
She combs her hair
She’s like a rainbow
Coming, colors in the air
Oh, everywhere
She comes in colors

Have you seen her all in gold?
Like a queen in days of old
She shoots colors all around
Like a sunset going down
Have you seen a lady fairer?

She comes in colors ev’rywhere
She combs her hair
She’s like a rainbow
Coming, colors in the air
Oh, everywhere
She comes in colors

She’s like a rainbow
Coming, colors in the air
Oh, everywhere
She comes in colors

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

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39 thoughts on “Rolling Stones – She’s A Rainbow”

      1. “In Another Land” and guess what? It charted! Only two songs charted…this one and Mr Wyman’s In Another Land.
        I was happy to see Bill at least get some credit lol. He should have gotten credit on Jumping Jack Flash…Mick and Keith did not like to split the publishing pie at all.

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      2. LOL yes! here is Wiki

        It peaked at number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and at number 62 at the Cash Box Top 100 singles chart, on which it was credited to Bill Wyman.

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  1. It’s a great track, but gather it’s not a great album. At least Jagger’s self-aware about it. Still, I like this one and was happy when it had a “second life” through that commercial.

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    1. It had to be tough at the time. It was being compared to Sgt Pepper…which clearly influenced it. I like at least 4 songs off of that album…so that is not too bad.

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  2. It’s good when an artist can look back and say that this misfired on a release.
    Some of my favourite albums from bands that say that about a certain album. I tend to gravitate to those more to hear what was the bands problem about it lol

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    1. Yea they tried to follow the Beatles and it just wasn’t their cup of tea so to speak…I’m going to post 2000 Man off this album and I love Ace’s version of it also.
      I like the odd albums also of bands. It gives you a different side.

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      1. I have to say…and this is not popular among some KISS fans but I lean toward Ace and Peter…I like Peter’s voice a lot…and Ace…is just cool lol.

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      2. Dude I have been a fan since 78 and I agree with you! I wanted to be Space Ace when I was a young kid as he looked like he was from outer space lol
        Ace and Pete on the first three KISS records were awesome.
        Ace wrote some cool stuff Parasite and Strange Ways come to mind and of course Cold Gin.

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      3. Ace gave the band some rock and roll character. I read the Ace and Peter autobiographies and loved them. I also liked “Shock Me”… our garage band has kicked that one around…fun song.

        I don’t think he wrote it but I like New York Groove also.

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      4. Meant to add the Ace solo album from 78 is stellar! Last year I reviewed all 4 solo albums last summer which was fun as outside of Aces I don’t think I listened to the other 3 guys records since 1980 lol

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      5. Yea that is what a lot of people said! Ace’s was THE one to listen to…I just mentioned it but New York Groove was great…he didn’t write that but I love it.

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      6. Reminds me of the Halloween Tom Snyder interview with KISS…Gene staring bullets through Ace…I’m thinking…go Ace go…

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      7. Ace was polluted and Gene was pissed. I guess the producers told Synder that Paul and Gene were the main guys and the other two didn’t say much.
        Ace fooled them all..his laugh is the best Ack Ack lol

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  3. I like to give that album a listen now and then. I try to block out the fact that it’s the Stones (especially Keith) because, as you say, this music really didn’t fit them. This song in particular is great. I’d like the album a lot more if they’d put “We Love You” on it.

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    1. I somehow got the original single of “We Love You” back in the 70s…I always liked it and liked it more when I found out that John and Paul were on it.
      What is sad to me about the Stones is right before this they were doing excellent pop like Ruby Tuesday etc…I wish that would have gone on a little longer in that vein…I love the later music of course but…I have a fondness of their pop era.

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  4. One of the finest tribute songs to the feminine out there. I adore it. Nicky Hopkins on piano and the odd sound effects that mimic Beatles Sgt. Pepper give it a lot of character.

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  5. I love the album, always have done (and I wish I’d kept it, though its 3D cover would now give me headaches! Did you ever have the vinyl album?). There’s maybe one track I don’t like (but I can’t remember right now which it is!) This one, though, She’s A Rainbow… love it!

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    1. Yes I had it but it didn’t have the 3d cover…it was just a flat picture back when I got it in the 80s I believe.

      I like 2000 Man, 2000 Lights Years From Home, and a few others. It’s better than Keith or Mick let on.

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      1. There was a lot of dislike of it at the time, much in the same way as Zeppelin 3 wasn’t accepted, mostly because it was outside the original music genre. Some people have a hard time adapting. I was actually one of those who initially hated Zep 3 (but I came around to it!) I’ve always loved Satanic Majesties, though.

        The 3D cover was very thick and the actual 3D wasn’t all that good – didn’t have a very wide angle of view to see the effects. And it made the album sleeve very heavy! But it was still great fun.

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      2. I would like to get the original cover… It would have been great to be alive at that time…well I was but just barely at 6 months.

        I can see that about Led Zeppelin 3…you saw it real time and I got it after hearing their catalog so it wasn’t as much of a difference.

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  6. I always liked the closing seconds of feedback/ out of tune guitars (not really sure what the noise is…) Like they were worried the rest of the song was too nice and suddenly remembered that they were the Stones

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