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"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is a song, written and recorded by The Rolling Stones in 1965.

It was covered on numerous occasions by The Residents, including on their 1976 single "Satisfaction".

History

Keith Richards wrote "Satisfaction" in his sleep and recorded a rough version of the riff on a Philips cassette player. He had no idea he had written it. The Rolling Stones first recorded the track on 10 May 1965 at Chess Studios in Chicago, Illinois.

They re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California, with a different beat and the Maestro fuzzbox adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff. The song's success boosted sales of the Gibson fuzzbox so that the entire available stock sold out by the end of 1965.

The Residents' cover versions

Abortive and brief instrumental versions of the same song can be heard on the group's first two known demo tapes, Rusty Coathangers for the Doctor and The Ballad of Stuffed Trigger, recorded in 1970.

The version featured on Rusty Coathangers is part of a longer, improvised take which also includes a rendition of "When Johnny Comes Marching". The Stuffed Trigger version is a short, abstract take at the very start of the demo.

The single version of "Satisfaction" was performed at The Residents' first official live performance in 1976.

In 1982 the group re-recorded Satisfaction in their private studios, and this version became the penultimate song in the set list of the group's debut performance tour The Mole Show, segueing into the closing number, "Happy Home".

Raoul N. Di Seimbote arranged the backing vocals for the 1976 studio recording.

Lyrics

The Rolling Stones version (1965)

I can't get no satisfaction
I can't get no satisfaction
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can't get no, I can't get no
When I'm drivin' in my car
And a man comes on the radio
He's tellin' me more and more
About some useless information
Supposed to fire my imagination
I can't get no
Oh no no no
Hey hey hey
That's what I say
I can't get no satisfaction
I can't get no satisfaction
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can't get no, I can't get no
When I'm watchin' my TV
And a man comes on and tells me
How white my shirts can be
But he can't be a man 'cause he doesn't smoke
The same cigarettes as me
I can't get no
Oh no no no
Hey hey hey
That's what I say
I can't get no satisfaction
I can't get no girl reaction
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can't get no, I can't get no
When I'm ridin' round the world
And I'm doin' this and I'm signin' that
And I'm tryin' to make some girl
Who tells me baby better come back maybe next week
'Cause you see I'm on a losing streak
I can't get no
Oh no no no
Hey hey hey
That's what I say
I can't get no, I can't get no
I can't get no satisfaction
No satisfaction, no satisfaction
No satisfaction, I can't get no

The Residents version (1976)

I can't get no
I can't get no
Satisfaction
When I'm at the football game
And the jack falls down and fumbles
And his skull goes back
And he breaks his neck
I just laugh and crack my knuckles
I can't get no
I can't get no
Satisfaction
Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
That's what I say
When I'm at the picture show
And I can't get no popcorn
And I grab a knife
And I stab at it
And I beat on Dinah Shore
And you think I'm all messed up
Well I think you're all messed up
And I grab a gun and I blow the gun...
When I'm goin' to my job
And I'm riding on the bus
And I grit my teeth
And I clench my fist
And I rip up this whole bus
Satisfaction
Satisfaction
Satisfaction
Satisfaction
Satisfaction
Satisfaction
Satisfaction
Satisfaction
Satisfaction

Personnel

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Promo for the 1978 reissue of "Satisfaction"

1976 version

Appears on

  1. San Mateo home recording, interpolated with "When Johnny Comes Marching", 1970
  2. San Mateo home recording, 1970
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 studio recording, 1976
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Mole Show live at the Roxy, 1982
  5. The Mole Show live in Holland, 1983
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! live, 1976
  7. The Mole Show live (date unconfirmed), ca. 1983
  8. The Mole Show live in San Francisco, 1982
  9. Oh Mummy! Oh Daddy! instrumental backing tape, 1976
  10. The Uncle Sam Mole Show live in Washington DC, 1983
  11. live in the studio, 1982

See also

External links and references

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