Yesterday's Papers

"Yesterday's Papers"
Song by The Rolling Stones
Released 20 January 1967
Recorded November 1966
Genre Psychedelic rock, psychedelic pop
Length 2:04
Writer Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham
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Yesterday's Papers is a song by The Rolling Stones from their 1967 album, Between the Buttons. It was the first song that Mick Jagger wrote on his own for The Rolling Stones. It was the opening track on the UK version of that album and was included on the US version.

Recorded in late 1966, Brian Jones's vibraphone and harpsichord are prominent: Keith Richards plays a distorted guitar with Charlie Watts on drums and Bill Wyman on bass and bells. The arrangement features all of the group except Watts doing backing vocals.

Whereas the stereo mix fades after one chorus, the mono mix continues for one more full chorus. The mono version is at one point near the end missing some of the backing vocals heard on the stereo version.

The song, supposedly directed at Jagger's ex-girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton , is one of several on this album and others that suggest abusive treatment of women, comparing yesterday's girl to yesterday's papers, something that can be just thrown out. This is exacerbated by the fact that Shrimpton tried to commit suicide over the breakup.

The tune was also covered by Chris Farlowe. A bootleg recording exists of an alternate backing track that includes strings.


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