Dancing with Mr. D

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording: Dynamic Sound Studios, Kingston, Jamaica & Island Recording Studios, London

November-December 1972 & May-June 1973

7" single B-side
 

Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Rhythm electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead electric guitars: Mick Taylor
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Keith Richards
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Mick Taylor
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
 

Get down...

Well, down in the graveyard where we have our tryst
The air smells sweet, the air smells sick
He never smiles, his mouth merely twists
The breath in my lungs feels clinging and thick

But I know his name, he's called Mr. D
And one of these days, he's going to set you free
Human skulls is hanging right 'round his neck
The palms of my hands is clammy and wet

(Lord) I was dancing, dancing, dancing so free
Dancing, dancing, dancing so free
Dancing, Lord, keep your hand off me
Dancing with Mr. D

Will it be poison put in my glass?
Will it be slow or will it be fast?
The bite of a snake, the sting of a spider
A drink of Belladonna on a Toussaint night

Hiding in a corner in New York City
Looking down a .44 in West Virginia

Dancing, dancing

Sing it loud...
Well...

One night I was dancing with a lady in black
Wearing black silk gloves and a black silk hat
She looked at me longing with black velvet eyes
She gazed at me strange, all cunning and wise

I saw the flesh just fall off her bones
The eyes in her skulls were burning like coals
Lord, have mercy, fire and brimstone
I was dancing with Mistress D

Lord, I was dancing, dancing, dancing so free...