"All The Way Down" as written by and Mick/richards Jagger....
I was twenty one naive
Not cynical, I try to please
Her wit, her speech, her repartee
Impressed me almost instantly

She went all the way
All the way down
She went all the way, all the way

She showed me love a hundred ways
How she pimped and how she paid
All the daughters, all the sons
All were welcome, all would come

We went all the way
All the way down
We went all the way, all the way

I was King, Mr. Cool
Just a snobby little fool
(Like kids are now.)
I dreamed of reaching greater heights
I raved about it every night
Talk is cheap

She went all the way, all the way
All the way down, yeah
She went all the way
All the way all the way
All the way, all the way down

She's there when I close my eyes
There when I close my eyes
She's there when I close my eyes
There when I close my eyes

How the years they rush on by
Birthdays, kids and suicides
Still I play the fool and strut
Still you're a slut

Hey girl, she went all the way
All the way, all the way
All the way down
She went all the way
All the way, all the way
All the way down
She went all the way
All the way, all the way
All the way down

You give me back that time right now
I can see it if I close my eyes
Was every minute just a waste?
Was every hour a foolish chase?
I don't believe it

She went all the way
All the way down
She went all the way
All the way down
She went all the way
All the way down
She went all the way
All the way all the way
All the way down
She went all the way
All the way all the way
All the way down


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"All the Way Down" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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    General CommentLiked this one when it came out in 83/84 but I could never understand what the words were (it's played really fast).
    Years later I now see how telling they lyrics are of jagger in that period of his life.
    fatAmericanon December 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHave loved the UNDERCOVER Lp since I bought it as a teenager when it first came out. Really rocking.
    As for ALL THE WAY DOWN - my thoughts, and these are just my thoughts and I'd like to hear feedback or further illumination from others, are the song is about the relationship of Mick & Marianne Faithful. They were pretty hot & heavy, glamorous and famous in the 60's to 1970, but by time the 80's came she was basically a homeless, drugged mess(quite a shame)trying to restart a "career" for the 3rd time. Who knows, maybe Mick heard about her in the news and was thinking about her and decided to write a song. Then again maybe not....

    Key are lyrics like:

    "I was twenty one naive Not cynical, I try to please Her wit, her speech, her repartee
    Impressed me almost instantly"

    I read when Mick first met her in the early, wild days of the Stones at a party (maybe 1964? please correct me) she was a married, elgant social climber and he was a pimple faced young singer. While trying to impress her he spilled his drink on her.

    "She showed me sex a hundred ways,
    How she pimped and how she paid
    All the daughters, all the sons
    All were welcome, all would come"

    Not too sure her, they did have a son however there also may have been a miscarriage or 2, hence the daughers/sons part.
    Pimped & paid may be her drug habit. Reading UP & DOWN WITH THE ROLLING STONES Tony Sanchez talks about Marianne whoring around for drugs.

    "I was king, mr cool
    Just a snotty little fool (like kids are now)
    Dreamed of reaching greater heights
    I raved about it every night (talked)"

    Mick's ego.... snotty little fool could refer to either one of them. He wanted greater heights and she wanted herion.

    "How the years rush on by,
    Birthdays, kids and suicides
    But still I play the fool and strut
    Still you're a slut"

    Time goes by...Now Mick talks about the 80's... suicides COULD be Brian Jones, also a line in IT'S ONLY ROCK & ROLL refers to suicide.
    Obviously Mick likes to play the fool and strut, and I supposed Marianne, according to Mick, was still a slut. There are many documents about how she was with other men & women during their time together. I supposed if a woman "sells" herself for drugs she would be considered a slut. I dunno - ask Mick.

    Other than the sexual reference of "ALL THE WAY DOWN" the title could be that she & her lifestyle (especially her herion addiction)brought him down when intead both of them had a chance to more elevated people. Still a Mick ego sided song. If it IS about he & MF then it would be cool to hear her side of it.

    Once again, only my quick thoughts - some may be on target and some totally foolish.
    enjoy


    mageestouton February 18, 2010   Link

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