The Spider and the Fly

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA,  May 1965

Performed onstage: 1965-66, 1995


Vocal: Mick Jagger
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Brian Jones
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Harmonica: Mick Jagger

Sitting, thinking, sinking, drinking
Wondering what I'd do when I'm through tonight
Smoking, moping, maybe just hoping
Some little girl will pass on by
Don't want to be alone but I love my girl at home
I remember what she said

She said "My, my, my, don't tell lies
Keep fidelity in your head
My, my, my, don't tell lies
When you've done your show, go to bed
Don't say 'Hi' like a spider to a fly
Jump right ahead and you're dead"

Sit up, fed up, low down, go round
Down to the bar at the place I'm at
Sitting, drinking, superficially thinking
About the rinsed-out blonde on my left
And then I said "Hi" like a spider to a fly
Remembering what my little girl said

She was common, flirty, she looked about 30
I would have run away but I was on my own
She told me later, she's a machine operator
She said she liked the way I held the microphone
I said "My, my" like a spider to a fly
"Jump right ahead in my web"