Romm Diamonds Blog
August 29th, 2014
Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you super songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, we feature Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones performing their 1965 release, “Play With Fire.”

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A song that takes a critical look at the lifestyle of Jagger’s high-society girlfriend, “Play With Fire” starts off with the line, “Well, you've got your diamonds and you've got your pretty clothes / And the chauffeur drives your car / You let everybody know / But don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire.”

Although the song is credited to Nanker Phelge, the pseudonym used when the whole band collaborated on a track, SongFacts.com reports that lead singer Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards were the only band members awake when the song was recorded very late one night at RCA Studios in January of 1965.

It was reported that record producer Phil Spector stepped in on bass guitar, his assistant Jack Nitzsche played harpsichord and a night janitor helped out with backup vocals. (Who knew?)

In a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Jagger said the song still sounds “amazing.”

“I mean, it's a very in-your-face kind of sound and very clearly done,” Jagger said. “You can hear all the vocal stuff on it. And I'm playing the tambourines, the vocal line. You know, it's very pretty."

Buried on the B-side of their single, “The Last Time,” “Play With Fire” met with only marginal commercial success. It topped out at #96 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The Stones seemed to have a fondness for the song, however, as it was performed in concert during the tours of 1965 and 1966, and then revived more than 20 years later when the band toured in 1989 and 1990.

The Rolling Stones, which celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012, are credited with more than 250 million album sales. They are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and were ranked fourth on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”

We hope you enjoy the video of The Rolling Stones performing “Play With Fire.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

“Play With Fire”
Written by Nanker Phelge (The Rolling Stones). Performed by The Rolling Stones.

Well, you've got your diamonds and you've got your pretty clothes
And the chauffeur drives your car
You let everybody know
But don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire

Your mother she's an heiress, owns a block in Saint John's Wood
And your father'd be there with her
If he only could
But don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire

Your old man took her diamonds and tiaras by the score
Now she gets her kicks in Stepney
Not in Knightsbridge anymore
So don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire

Now you've got some diamonds and you will have some others
But you'd better watch your step, girl
Or start living with your mother
So don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire
So don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire