Blinded By Rainbows

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: September 1993-April 1994
Recording locations: Sandymount Studios, Ron Wood's home, St. Kildare, Ireland; Windmill Lane
Recording, Dublin, Ireland; & A&M Recording Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producers: Don Was & The Glimmer Twins        Chief engineer: Don Smith
       Never performed onstage


Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Darryl Jones
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Rhythm electric guitar: Mick Jagger
Lead electric guitar: Ron Wood
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Harmony vocal: Keith Richards
Organ: Benmont Tench
Piano: Benmont Tench
Percussion: Lenny Castro

Did you ever feel the pain
That He felt upon the cross?
Did you ever feel the knife
Tearing flesh that's oh so soft?

Did you ever touch the night?
Did you ever count the cost?
Do you hide away the fear
Put down paradise as lost?

(Yeah) You're blinded by rainbows
(And) Watching the wind blow (And faces in windows)
(And) Blinded by rainbows

Do you dream at night? Do you sleep at night?
I doubt it

Did you ever feel the blast
As the Semtex bomb goes off?
Do you ever hear the screams
As the limbs are all torn off?

Did you ever kiss the child
Who just saw his father shot?
Do you ever shed a tear
As the war drags on and on?

Do you ever touch the night
Or is it just another job?
Do you fear the final hours
Put down paradise as lost?

Do you ever fear the night?
Could it be the war is lost?
Do you fear the final hour?
Do you kneel before the cross?

Do you dream at night? Do you scream at night?
Do you smell the fear? Is your conscience clear?
Are you caked in sweat?  Are your clothes all wet?
Do you see the light? Is the end in sight?
See the face of Christ, enter paradise?
I doubt it

Inside Take

That is Mick's song, totally.

- Keith Richards, 1994

I was writing it at the end of the Wandering Spirit album (Mick's 3rd solo album). I was sort of halfway through with it, and I thought, Well, this would be better suited to the Rolling Stones' next album. It was all kind of in my head, rather than written down. But you know, it's pretty strong. I think it's good to have one like that on the record, it shakes you up a bit. Otherwise all the songs are about girls and cars and immaturity.

- Mick Jagger, 1994

It's just a bit like a Staples Singers kind of sound, a little bit... I was trying to take that song a little bit in that direction. Didn't quite go the way I was expecting, but I think it worked out all right.

- Mick Jagger, 1994