Have You Seen Your Mother,
Baby, Standing in the Shadow?

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording: IBC Studios, London, August & September 1966
First release: 7" Single, September 1966
Performed onstage: 1966

 

Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Acoustic guitars: Keith Richards
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Brian Jones

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Keith Richards
Background vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Piano's: Keith Richards & Ian Stewart
Tambourine: Jack Nitzsche
Horns: (unspecified musicians)
 

Have you seen your mother, baby, standing in the shadow?
Have you had another, baby, standing in the shadow?
I'm glad I opened your eyes
The have-nots would have tried to freeze you in ice

Have you seen your brother, baby, standing in the shadow?
Have you had another, baby, standing in the shadow?
Well I was just passing the time
I'm all alone but won't you give all your sympathy to mine?

Tell me a story about how you adore me
And we live in the shadow and we see through the shadow
And we live through the shadow and we tear for the shadow
And we hate in the shadow and we love in your shadowy life

I said Have you seen your lover, baby, standing in the shadow?
Has he had another, baby, standing in the shadow?
Just where have you been all your life?
Talking about all the people who would try anything twice, oh

Have you seen your mother, baby, standing in the shadow?
Have she had another, baby, standing in the shadow?
Well you take your choice at this time
The brave old world or the slide to the depths of decline