The Rolling Stones: Ruby Tuesday Meaning
Song Released: 1966
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Ruby Tuesday Lyrics
Yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone
While the sun is bright
Or in the darkest night
No one knows
She comes and goes
Goodbye, ruby tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every...
anonymous Apr 2nd, 2008 4:27pm report
This song's about regretting losing someone you loved but could never keep because they were constantly seeking some new thing to fill their lives, a new experience, place, feeling or love. It's basically about accepting that you were in love but it could never last.
anonymous Nov 26th, 2007 11:16pm report
It's about Keith Richard's first girlfriend Linda Keith. who was a model, and was addicted to drugs, and the song is about how she never knew what she wanted...
Keith Richards wrote it.
anonymous Sep 4th, 9:49am report
Brian Jones came up with the outline of the song and it was worked up by Keith Richards and Bill Wyman. Mick Jagger wrote the lyrics. If you substitute the word she with he, it is quite obvious that the song is about Brian Jones himself, whose independent life style from the band was an issue with Jagger and manager Oldham. Jagger regarded him as a threat as not only was Brian Jones an exceptional and experimental multi-instrumentalist his good looks made him the sex bomb of the band who attracted all the attention in the media and at live shows. Jagger was jealous of Brian Jones, the founding member of the band and their music genre, and wanted to get rid of him which of course he succeeded in doing three years later but did he have any regrets and miss him?
anonymous Sep 25th, 2018 9:06pm report
lsd- the shortcut to nowhere; the price of admission and the realites of life growing up the late 1960s
anonymous Jan 2nd, 2018 1:13pm report
Keith has admitted it was about Linda and was co-written with Brian Jones, though the credit goes Jagger/Richards. Brian participated in writing more material and gets credit for none of it. Don't know why receiving credit & royalties must have been unimportant to him. His performance on this track really make it the great tune it is. I suppose Andrew Oldham wanted the Stones to have their own "Lennon/McCartney" team. I think Brian and George Harrison had a lot in common!
I was with a prostitute for 2 years - the song depicts her very well. She would never accept hanging a name on her and she was always mysterious about the places she went. I loved her yet she was no ones object. Love how Mick relates Life to Dreams we can lose. So True! Without Dreams we truly are lost in Life. Sad Song, especially if you have lost your Dreams.
anonymous Sep 27th, 2017 9:05pm report
Ruby tuesday is marriane faithful.
anonymous Jan 29th, 2017 1:22pm report
all i can say
i love it
and as me anybody can use the meaning of the song for their own reasons
no matter what a person is thinking
anonymous Jul 4th, 2016 7:05pm report
We think ruby Tuesday rhymed
anonymous Jul 25th, 2015 7:33pm report
The Top Rated comment is justifiably the best. We know it was about Linda Keith, whom Keith truly cared for. It's really weird the crazy things some people come up with!
I think it was about Jagger and the way he felt about life at the time and he just projected that into a song about a girl. That would be consistent with the interviews and public statements he used to make at that time in his life.
Also listen to "Sittin' on a Fence".
anonymous Oct 3rd, 2011 10:52am report
Its a love song about a man who suspects that his girlfriend is a prostitute who is hooked on drugs (no one knows, she comes and goes) she never tells him that she is a hooker who uses dope everyday and has slept with hundreds of jons. So he is deeply head over heels in love with her.
This song is about how unconditionally he loved a woman
(probably a groupie).
This woman (he probably didn't know her name>> Who could hang name on you?) was constantly moving and changing her mind but he would always love her.
It's also about not wasting time, and not giving up dreams.
anonymous Apr 20th, 2008 4:49pm report
Actually Mick Jagger and Brian Jones wrote it but it was credited Jagger/Richards
anonymous Sep 5th, 2007 9:52pm report
The song reminds me of the positive human experience of feeling the renewed hope or promise that each new day brings and perhaps at the end of the day a momentary sense of loss. She is both beginning and the end.
So why Tuesday & why ruby? Etymolically Middle English Tuesdai, from Old English Twesdæg, Tiu's day : Twes, genitive of Tw, Tiu; see Tiu + dæg, day (translation of Latin dis Mrtis, Mars' day). The ruby red planet. Astrologically Mars represents spontaneous action, desire, ones personal identity and creativity & Mars represents the beginning and the end.
Juxtaposition parallels in the song both by the sexual significance of Mars the male sign planet and by the use of she in the song and by the harsh reality of that time day of mediocrity and by ones own dreams and desires of perfection.
anonymous Jan 22nd, 2007 1:32pm report
Psh, I seriously just think it's about drugs. I'm probably not wrong, either.
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