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The Rolling Stones Winter Lyrics

Last updated: 07/08/2014 03:31:05 AM

(M. Jagger/K. Richards)

And it's sure been a cold, cold winter
And the wind ain't been blowin' from the south
It's sure been a cold, cold winter
And the light of love is all burned out

It sure been a hard, hard winter
My feet been draggin' 'cross the ground
And I hope it's gonna be a long, hot summer
And the light of love will be burnin' bright

And I wish I'd been out in California
When the lights on all the Christmas trees went out
But I been burnin' my bell, book and candle
And the restoration plays have all gone 'round

It sure been a cold, cold winter
My feet been draggin' 'cross the ground
And the fields has all been brown and fallow
And the springtime take a long way around

Yeah, and I wish I'd been out in Stony Canyon
When the lights on all the Christmas trees went out
But I been burnin' my bell, book and candle
And the restoration plays have all gone 'round

Sometimes I think about you, baby
Sometimes I cry about you
Lord well well well

Sometimes I wanna wrap my cold around you
Sometimes I wanna keep you warm
Sometimes I wanna wrap my cold around you
Sometimes I wanna burn a candle for you

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Winter | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/8/14

I always thought the lyric was "I been burnin' my bare, broken candle." Seems to make more sense in the song. Why would you burn a bell? Maybe I take it too literally. Loved the movie though.

Regardless, great song and I agree that the Carla Olson/Mick Taylor version is how it was supposed to sound. Taylor was great on Goats Head Soup and It's Only Rock 'n Roll. Very creative, experimental blues guitarist. Fantastic tone too.

The Stones never gave him the credit he deserved...I always pitied the "other guitar player" in that band, including Woody, whose great style forged in Faces was buried by Mick/Keith.

Winter Memories | Reviewer: Massjudo | 7/12/13

After reading all of these cool reviews I just had to chime in. I bought Goats Head Soup circa 1979. Winter was the song that gave me goose bumps, it still does. I'm from Massachusetts and had a crush on a girl named Lynn. Whenever I hear Winter now, I'm magically transported back to my teenage years. The urge to spark up some incense and go to a keg party is very strong.

Bell Book Candle | Reviewer: Dekko | 5/29/13

Burning Bell Book and Candle has something to do with the same titled Braodway performance of a famous TV series during the 50's or 60's, not quite sure. Thanks, Dekko, Serbia.

Mick Taylor | Reviewer: John | 1/7/13

This is really a Mick Taylors song. Keith did not play on it and probably did not write it even though his name is on the credit. He and Jagger always included each other in the credit even if the other had nothing to do with the song, much to the displeasure of Mick Taylor. If you want to hear how the song is suppose to sound go you youtube and search Winter by Mick Taylor and Carla Olson.

Got me thru New England winters | Reviewer: E. Koelsch | 9/23/12

I was in my early teens bought goats head soup and this was my favorite song. It continues to be one of my over all "bring back memories song" from a winter in MA. and girl I had a crush on moved to CA. Just picked up guitar then and tried to learn it.

asdfghjkl | Reviewer: marianne | 12/7/11

okay so it's been real cold here in California, and this song just defines how I feel about everything about Winter. beautiful song. Goats Head Soup is an A M A Z I N G album and definitely in my favourite Stones albums. I wish I could have been alive when this song came out and saw them perform it live OH MAN that would be fantastic. Thank you Stones

Vote for Winter | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/24/11

Its June 2011. I've been listening to this song since 1975 when I first heard it as an 11 year old. It killed me then as a soft, reflective, deeply emotionally poignant song just like star fucker kicks my ass as a hard rocker. What range! What depth! What diveristy! I just finished reading Keith's "Life", and to know what they were going through back then - tons of success, drugs, meeting all their favorite influences... I can't imagine, given they were in their 20's, how they stayed sane enough to produce such eloquent, mature and meaningful music. I guess that's what's great about life - some things are unexplainable. But one of their best tunes, and surely one the best albums of the times. Thanks a lot boys. Even my wife smiles when she hears this - and she doesn't even like the Stones.

thanks guys | Reviewer: matt | 2/4/11

Thanks to the Stones and to the people here who wrote so insightfully and movingly about this song. I discovered it after acquring a copy of this CD when I was building my Rolling Stones collection, and I was aware that Goat's head Soup was considered a lesser effort. When I heard "Winter" and a few of the other ballads, I learned a valualbel lesson--even leesser efforts from great bands might contain gems that you shouldn't miss. Aside from listening to it, it's one of the numbers I have in my memory and I like to summon it. The lyrics are oddly reflective for Jagger, who takes on a strange persona, and it's incredibly evocative because it's not so rigorous in its ideas--rahter, it summons a modd built on associations. Beautifully sung by Jagger -- he's an underrated voclaist, and taking advantage of Mick Taylor, who brought the band to places it hasn't gone since. I was so pleased to read the other comments, discovering others who share my appreciation of this song. Thanks.

This song got me through many cold, cold Boston winters. | Reviewer: Stephen | 1/3/11

I bought the Goat's Head Soup album when it first came out. It was one of my favorite albums for the longest time.
Over the years I lost some of the old vinyls - moving, military, etc. - so I bought the CD about 6 years ago.
I still love Goat's Head Soup, and Winter is still one of my favorite Stones songs.
Words can never explain how the song set into me whenever I heard it back when in the dead of winter. I spent many nights, and days, listening to it while keeping warm with a pretty, pretty girl.
I finally relocated to California about 17 years ago. I am not sure if the song had any hidden bearing on that, but no more cold, cold winters for me. Though, I took the spark with me (my woman loves that part of me ;-) Thanks Mick.

The song brings back great memories, and I still enjoy it just as much now as I did then.

No doubt about it - it's one of many timeless classics by the Stones.

Great song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/17/10

I rediscovered this song on vinyl after getting my turntable working again. Wonderfully moving, evocative song. to Nick Harrison below, yes, you got the strings right. Thanks. Would love to hear more stories about how this came together.

Hard to believe it's been nearly 40 years... | Reviewer: CalamityJayne | 5/3/10

I've loved this song since I first heard it in the early 70s -- on the Goats Head Soup album released in Europe (I was living in Germany at the time)... I don't think this song was included on the version originally released in America, which might be why it's rarely heard here in the States. My interest was renewed when I heard it as background music at the end of last night's episode of "Cold Case". I was able to play & download it at:

Winter! | Reviewer: Mick | 1/11/10

Great song! Growing up in Maine I really identified with this song. "Wish I was out in California when the lights on all the Christmas trees went out" was something I exactly how I felt. "My feet been draggin cross the floor" was me all winter. Great guitars and vocals! Stones rule!

bell, book and candle | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/10/10

Adding to all the compliments I read: I think Mick uses his voice here both as lyrics performer and as an instrument, wonderful. Furthermore, the mystical lyrics about the Burning of the Bell, Book and Candle. Which, as far as I could find out, means that one is, by order of the pope (...), emitted from the real faith. Whilst all this song is about pure love. Religion can learn from this kind of rock.

winter an inside view | Reviewer: nick harrison | 8/6/09

As the string arranger on winter I was impressed by the clarity of direction given to me by Mick Jagger.
In his characteristic style he sang all the little phrazes with all the accents he wanted.
Certainly my favourite song on the album - I hope we got the strings right!

Nick Harrison

The Stones can always amaze you, even years later.. | Reviewer: Arpod the Wonder Dog | 3/20/09

Believe it or not, it took me to 2006 to finally hear this song. I was headed up-state NY (of course in the winter time) and a station played it. I was blown away and vowed I'd find out about this great "moody, cold song" that made me shiver. Now I love it and play it often (since I've never heard it again since on any station) Anyone know what it's about?