16 August 2012

The Muse: Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday

 Tuesday was all about the rubies, ruby brooch, ruby belt, ruby leopard peep toe pumps, and of course the Rolling Stones. Opinions differ exactly who the song Ruby Tuesday is about, for years it was believed to be about a particularly mercurial groupie, or at least Keith Richards said so in a 1971 interview. However nothing Keith Richards said at any point in the seventies (or any other time I suppose) can be taken very seriously. In his recent biography, Life, Richards stated that the song was in fact about his then girlfriend, Linda Keith, who had left him and taken up with Jimi Hendrix and gotten hooked on drugs (what was that about the pot calling the kettle black Keith?). When she wouldn't come back to him, Richards went to her father, who brought her home from New York and had her legally grounded by the courts (was she underage? This part of the story seems a bit wooly) after that she felt Keith Richards betrayed her and they were estranged for many years. Either way it makes for a good rock n' roll story  and a hell of a song. The song was released alongside Let's Spend the Night Together (also a fine tune), and was recorded in November-early December 1966. It reached #1 in the US, and #3 in the UK. It was actually released twice in the Us on two back to back albums, Between the Buttons (great name, though I'm not sure I want to know what's in between Keith Richards' buttons) and a compilation album Flowers. That and its on The Royal Tenenbaum's soundtrack and plays while the boar's head Javelina is being rehung, that alone would make it epic in my book.

She would never say where she came from
Yesterday don't matter if it's gone
While the sun is bright
Or in the darkest night
No one knows
She comes and goes

Goodbye, ruby tuesday
Who could hang a name on you? 
When you change with every new day
Still I'm gonna miss you...

Don't question why she needs to be so free
Shell tell you it's the only way to be
She just can't be chained
To a life where nothings gained
And nothings lost
At such a cost

There's no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams
And you will lose your mind.
Aint life unkind? 

Goodbye, ruby tuesday
Who could hang a name on you? 
When you change with every new day
Still I'm gonna miss you...

Dress: vintage, Samantha Stevens Petites, thrifted via Salvation Army Family Store
Scarf: Marshall's
Shoes: Carlos by Carlos Santana, thrifted via Salvation Army Family Store
Belt: vintage, Motion East, thrifted via Salvation Army Family Store
Brooch: vintage, yard sale
Purse: no label,very old, not sure...Burlington Coat Factory? maybe?



Still Im gonna miss you...

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