The Rolling Stones: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — March 29, 2022

398) The Rolling Stones — “Get Yourself Together/I Can See It”

One of the greatest Stones songs never to be released — a Between the Buttons outtake. Martin Elliott calls it a “lively rock and roll jaunt” (The Rolling Stones Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2012) and it is #1 on Ultimate Classic Rock’s list of unreleased Stones songs. Dave Swanson writes that:

Recorded in November 1966 at Olympic Sound Studios in London, ‘Get Yourself Together’ would have been a highlight of ‘Between The Buttons’ had it made the final cut. It’s a driving rocker written by Mick and Keith in classic Stones mode, with a soul riff at its core. The guitars blister as the band push it forward. Jagger is in fine form as well. It’s still a mystery as to why this was abandoned . . . .

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/unreleased-rolling-stones-songs/

It could be just me, but I hear definite wisps of Bob Dylan’s ‘66 outtake “She’s Your Lover Now.” (see #126). Coincidence?

Of the two apparent recordings of the song, I prefer #1, unfinished and more biting, but I include YouTube links to both so you can decide.

“I can see it, see it, see it, oh yeah, I can see it, see it, see it, oh yeah. You’ve got yourself together. You’re walking on my path, and you’re knocking on my kitchen door. I’m glad I know your name, but you don’t look the way as before. You look a whole lot better. I can see it, see it, see it, see it, see it. You’ve got yourself together. Well I see your information about the time that you left before. I guess you were away. It must have been a year or more. Well you look a whole lot better. I can see it, see it, see it, see it, see it. You’ve got yourself together, yes you have. Now I see that you’re on your own. I guess you went and broke your heart. If you try my way, we’d go my way if you treat me kind. Ah come on, come on, gotta, gotta, gotta. I can’t believe my eyes and I can’t believe my ears at all. I can’t believe you’re standing there all over by the home back door. But I feel a whole lot better. I can see it, see it, see it, see it, see. You’ve got yourself together. Yes, you have. I see we both could change but look what we both just do. We change in both directions, but we beam up close too soon. I feel a whole lot better. I can see it, see it, see it, see it, see it, yes I can see it, see it, mama, I can can see it, see it, see it, see it. You went and got yourself together. You went and got, got, got yourself together. ”

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