Rolling Stones – It’s All Over Now

To show how little things change. I found my high school journal. We all had to write a journal and our English teacher would read it.  This was my first entry.  Tuesday, September 6, 1983: On Sunday I played music with a couple of my friends. I play bass and my friends play guitar and drums. We play rock, mostly like The Beatles, Who, and The Rolling Stones etc… I’ll leave the rest of the page out.

This is one of the first songs I learned on guitar. It’s a great song for beginners. This one was not written by the Stones but they do a good cover. This was before they started to write more of their songs.

I like the Brian Jones era of the Stones and I try to post as many songs as possible from that period. Besides his bizarre death, Brian gets forgotten. George Harrison and Brian Jones became friends because they had a lot in common. They were in a similar situation in their respective bands. The big difference was George had more of a support system than Brian did in his band. John and Paul had a monopoly on songwriting but they would help George and he was given a chance to grow as a songwriter within the group. The Stones didn’t work that way…it was basically the Mick and Keith show in songwriting.

Brian could be his own worst enemy and had a hard time handling fame but he was a very talented musician. Probably the best musician in the band.

New York disc jockey Murray the K gave The Stones a copy of The Valentinos’ version of this song and suggested they record it. Bobby Womack wrote this song and hated the Stones version of it. He changed his mind when the royalty checks came in and he tried to get them more songs.

They recorded this during their first US tour at Chess Studios in Chicago. During these sessions, they also recorded “Time Is On My Side.” The song peaked at #24 on the Billboard 100 and #26 in Canada in 1964.

Keith Richards:  “We cut that in Chess Studios the first time in Chicago. The year before we were playing bars in England, you know. And then we’re walking into Chess Studios which was where all of these records that had been made that were so important to us. Now and again in life you get this feeling that you’ve died and gone to heaven. Luckily, neither was true. American studios at that time were so much more together than in England. I mean, they had some good stuff in England but they didn’t have knowledge of how to record it. We were lucky. There were a couple of guys like Glyn Johns in England who had a rough idea of recording. But the way you’d get a sound in an American studio in those days was the difference between day and night, compared to working in England or Europe. I mean these cats, in America, they’d done it already. So to work in Chess was our first taste of American record.”

It’s All Over Now

Well, baby used to stay out all night long
She made me cry, she done me wrong
She hurt my eyes open, that’s no lie
Tables turn and now her turn to cry

Because I used to love her, but it’s all over now
Because I used to love her, but it’s all over now

Well, she used to run around with every man in town
She spent all my money, playing her high class game
She put me out, it was a pity how I cried
Tables turn and now her turn to cry

Because I used to love her, but it’s all over now
Because I used to love her, but it’s all over now

Well, I used to wake in the morning, get my breakfast in bed
When I’d gotten worried she’d ease my aching head
But now she’s here and there, with every man in town
Still trying to take me for that same old clown

Because I used to love her, but it’s all over now
Because I used to love her, but it’s all over now

Because I used to love her, but it’s all over now


Author: Badfinger (Max)

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

23 thoughts on “Rolling Stones – It’s All Over Now”

  1. Your early journal is quite a special keepsake. I never had a teacher who required us to keep a journal, and now I wish I had those writings to reflect back on. This is the era of Stones music I grew up with. It’s my favorite of their eras. The Valentinos’ version is great. I’ll always love the Stones’ version as well.

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    1. I am so happy she made us do that with the journal. At the time I didn’t care for it but yes….looking back I can remember some of those forgotten days.

      I do love this era as well of the Stones. Much more variety from them.


  2. I had a diary in middle school. I finally trashed that thing in my 30s. Eek!

    In 9th grade, I had teacher that made the class journal…personal or stories. I started a story and discovered that I would never be a novelist. Character development isn’t my thing. One classmate seemed to enjoy what I did manage to write and wanted to know an outcome. I had none. ☺🥴🙄

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    1. You never kept it? That sucks…you would probably love looking at it now.
      I’m not a good story teller either…as a songwriter I’m not a story teller…I write about emotion…one of my friends….Chris…is great at story telling songwriting…I never could.


      1. Ok… despite what all was going on with me…like me living in our old house before it got sold alone…I was pretty happy…music helped me a lot…it gave me an identity that I didn’t have before.


      2. It really helped me Vic…I had quit baseball in High School and music filled the vacuum that was there. I started to get known at the time because of music.


      3. The only thing I had to hang on to was singing. I sang in the chorus, sang in a trio and sang in our pageant. I was in marching band but, a guy in band made my life hell.

        I thought about musicals but, they aren’t really my thing. Then…in my senior year, I got into graphics & computers. I became a geek at 17. That helped.

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      4. No musicals never appealed to me either to tell you the truth. I LOVE plays but not musicals. We were picked to play the music to a 50s play…we had a ball but ad libbed the whole thing.

        I like my escape…a rock band with no school rules…it was like a band of brothers…or a gang.


  3. We never were told to keep a journal for school, if we had it would be interesting to look back on now, though realistically it would likely have long disappeared by now. How many days did you keep at it? Did you have to read parts out in class….that would be interesting to hear I’m sure (the other people’s secrets and surprises).
    Half-knew this song, not a bad one at all.

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    1. I only have a couple of things from childhood Dave. My parents got divorced and remarried…so things got scattered everywhere. I can’t believe I have this!
      I don’t know if it’s a bad thing but my music tastes haven’t changed much lol.

      I really enjoyed reading it though.

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  4. I’m glad you included the original Valentinos version. I like The Stones version better. Happy they dubbed over the video track, imagining it would be the girls’ screams drowning out the music. Mick looked young and handsome in that video. Excellent tune!


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