Rolling Stones – Scarlet

Another new old song from the upcoming reissue of Goats Head Soup. This one features Jimmy Page and was probably named after his daughter. It has a very cool groove to it.

The Stones’ Keith Richards has his own recollections on how “Scarlet” took shape and how “we walked in at the end of a Zeppelin session. They were just leaving, and we were booked in next and I believe that Jimmy decided to stay.”

“Scarlet” was a freak accident. “We weren’t actually cutting it as a track,” enthuses Richards in a statement, “it was basically for a demo, a demonstration, you know, just to get the feel of it, but it came out well, with a line up like that, you know, we better use it.‘’

Keep digging in those vaults guys.


Baby you excite me
But you talk too much
Won’t stand on a corner
Love you more, oh yeah

Scarlet, why you wearing my heart, on your sleeve
Where it ain’t supposed to be

Scarlet, why you tearing my heart, all to pieces
It ain’t the way it’s supposed to be

Scarlet, why are you keeping my heart, to yourself
It ain’t the way it’s supposed to be

Scarlet, Scarlet
Ooh yeah!

You don’t have to change your mind
And leave this neighbourhood so far behind
Honey you don’t have to cry no more
When I come a knocking, right at your front door

Scarlet, Scarlet, Scarlet

Scarlet, why you wearing my heart, on your sleeve
Where it ain’t supposed to be
Scarlet, Scarlet, oh

Scarlet, Scarlet, Scarlet
Why you wearing my heart

Scarlet, why you wearing my heart
Scarlet, why you wearing my heart
Scarlet, why you wearing my heart

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

32 thoughts on “Rolling Stones – Scarlet”

    1. Yea I know…so was the other one…I think they have one more. You don’t hear that sound anymore hardly.


  1. Wonder what else they have in the vault? I was in high school when “Goats Head Soup” came out, and I wasn’t all that impressed. Had they included this track, my opinion would have been different.

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    1. I liked a few…I was always hooked on 100 Years Ago…a non Stones type song. Sticky Fingers and Exile I loved.
      Yea I don’t know why they woudln’t have included the last two.


  2. Agree it’s a cool song. In fact, to me, it sounds like a Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin tune played Rolling Stones style, especially the beginning. I will admit a certain degree of bias is entirely possible, given I know Page was involved. But the way the opening guitar riff is played really sounds like Page to me.

    I just checked how the upcoming reissue is currently listed in Apple Music. There are two additional tracks, track 11 and track 12, which are listed with no titles. I’m wondering whether both of these tunes are previously unreleased as well.

    Just like many other artists who have had such long careers, I bet there’s a good amount of additional, previously unreleased material left in the Stones’ vault.

    As for why they didn’t include “Scarlet” when the album came out initially, I could see various reasons, starting with egos – maybe the Stones simply didn’t want to have somebody from another big band on their album. Perhaps there were certain issues between the record labels. Or a plain oversight? Who knows…

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    1. I thought the same thing…I thought Physical Graffiti. I bet there is a whole lot of things. They used quite a bit with Tattoo You from around this period and 75.
      Why they didn’t include it on the original…it also could have been Record Company interference but yea…it very well could have been egos.

      One Zeppelin song to me is like a Rolling Stones style being played by Led Zeppelin….Night Flight off of Graffiti.

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    1. I know…I don’t know why they left it off…it’s one of their weaker “great” albums…it was still great but nothing like the 4 in front of it.


      1. It’s always hard to go back into your own history and try to recall why something was a pivot in your life…and, by extension, the lives of others. Minute details fade as the years advance. What may have been a sound decision, then, may seem, in retrospect…stupid, assuming you can even remember everything.

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      2. I think it could have been a record company thing because of Jimmy Page’s involvement…No we want this percentage if you release it with Jimmy.


    1. Yea…you have to wonder why they didn’t add it? My best guess is record companies because of Page’s involvement…but that could be wrong.


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