"Backstreet Girl" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
I don't want you to be high
I don't want you to be down
Don't want to tell you no lie
Just want you to be around

Please come right up to my ears
You will be able to hear what I say

Don't want you out in my world
Just you be my backstreet girl

Please don't be part of my life
Please keep yourself to yourself
Please don't you bother my wife
That way you won't get no help

Don't try to ride on my horse
You're rather common and coarse anyway

Don't want you out in my world
Just you be my backstreet girl

Please don't you call me at home
Please don't come knocking at night
Please never ring on the phone
Your manners are never quite right

Please take the favors I grant
Curtsy and look nonchalant, just for me

Don't want you part of my world
Just you be my backstreet girl

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"Backstreet Girl" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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  • +6
    General CommentPlease. It's Backstreet GIRL, maybe the most underrated Stones tune ever. Great accordion thing going on during a devastating commentary about having a girlfriend on the side.
    onesquaredon December 08, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit means like, you don't have to make this real and difficult . dont get no sympathy from my wife or anyone i know for that matter. don't do anything, you don't do it right. just be normal and take my favors. backstreet girl=hidden mistress. only exist because i can't have you any other way. in a more gruesome manner he could have said "cut off your hands!"
    haileybananason March 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA good example (along with Under My Thumb) about how the Stones have the balls to write a song about a subject that is not very popular. They are not going to get any pats on the back for doing this song, but they don't care. The kick is that they make it a very easy song to listen to.
    StreetSenseon September 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful music...but less than beautiful lyrics, which are deeply troubling.

    However, I'm not convinced the words are written from Jagger's perspective. A line that leaps out is "Please don't you bother my wife" but Jagger wasn't married then (1967)!


    So it's likely he was just using creative license and portraying/critiquing a certain type of character - a misogynistic rich rotter.
    RayD8oron April 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment“Don't try to ride on my horse. You're rather common and coarse anyway". This song is about a member of the British upper class having an on-the-side low-class girl (“Back street Girl") to satisfy his secret sexual desires. Of course she should not bother his wife or even be seen out in the open at all. An embarrassment for a gentleman such as he.
    Dannyboy512on September 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song... Not just the beautiful melody, but the sincerity in it. It's what StreetSense wrote: not many people have the guts to write the truth about subjects like that.
    Hobgoblinon February 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuperb song, as already noted. Have been to many Stones concerts over the years and my only disappointment was to never have heard this live. Its beautifully haunting music and the daring social commentary that one can read into the lyrics qualify this as bona fide art, rather than simple entertainment.
    squimeauxon February 06, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo deceiving...lovely music with such a wicked undertone! Pure Stones!!
    jason10983on December 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the most important lines are at the beginning and the end.

    I don't want you to be high
    I don't want you to be down

    Don't want you part of my world
    Just you be my backstreet girl

    Jagger wants to greet and maybe meet her. He wants to see her out in the street through the window. He doen´t want her to take part with his sex, drugs and rock´n roll - hell. She´s the one who is not guilty.

    So I have an opposite opinion of the meaning. Not wicked, not bothering any wife. He doesn´t want her to do that, even not to knock on his door.

    By the way, my father was searching the song for a decade and wanted me to do it. He heard it about 100 times on a lost record. He told me, german radio played the song when the three-mounth pope died. Think I´ve noticed some Christmas bells ;-)
    Listeningpartyon December 13, 2014   Link

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