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How Linda Ronstadt Changed the Lyrics to Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice”


Many of Linda Ronstadt’s songs were covers. For example, she performed a blues rendition of “Tumbling Dice” by The Rolling Stones. Ronstadt has revealed why she decided to cover the runway.

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Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones was not a big fan of “Tumbling Dice”

Exile on Main St. is one of the most famous Rolling Stones albums. The Guardian says the band primarily recorded the album in 1971 at a house called Villa Nellcôte in the south of France. Keith Richards was renting the house at the time.

During the craft Exile on Main St., the Rolling Stones had irregular work schedules. This irregular schedule did not prevent the group from writing popular songs for Exile on Main St., like “Tumbling Dice”. While the song rose to fame, Mick Jagger was not a huge fan of it.

“I don’t think it’s our best thing,” he told Rolling Stone. “I don’t think there are any good words. But people seem to really like it, so much the better for them. Interestingly, Jagger didn’t remember who wrote the melody for the song and he didn’t care.

Rolling Stones’ Tumbling Dice

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Why Linda Ronstadt decided to cover ‘Tumbling Dice’

Ronstadt told Pop Matters how she came to cover “Tumbling Dice”. “The Rolling Stones stayed in Malibu for a while,” she recalls. “Ronnie Wood had a place. Mick taught me that. I felt like I could sing ‘Tumbling Dice’ because I really identified with the lyrics.

Ronstadt changed the opening lines of the song for its cover. The Rolling Stones version begins with “Women think I’m tasty / but they’re always trying to waste me / make me burn the candle.” Ronstadt’s version opens with the lines “People try to rape me / always think I’m crazy / make me burn the candle.” She revealed that she changed the lyrics to reflect the issues that often accompany stardom. “When you’re exposed to a large segment of the public, someone is trying to rape you somehow, but it wasn’t like now with internet trolls,” Ronstadt said.

“Falling dice” by Linda Ronstadt

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How the audience reacted to the 2 versions of ‘Tumbling Dice’

The Rolling Stones version of “Tumbling Dice” was a success. In 1972, it reached 7th place on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the charts for 10 weeks. The Official Charts Company reports the song is top ranked in the UK, reaching No.5 and remaining on the charts for eight weeks.

The Rolling Stones perform “Tumbling Dice”

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Ronstadt released his version of the song in 1978. It peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the charts for eight weeks. On the other hand, The Official Charts Company claims that their version of the song has not been listed in the UK. .

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