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The Rolling Stones: Satisfaction

 

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for the Rolling Stones, was a number one hit on the charts in 1965. Even now it is ranked number 2 on Rolling Stone Magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

The riff of Satisfaction is written by Keith Richards and is one of the most famous guitar riffs of all times. It's very easy to play and is based on an E blues, like Keith Richards explains himself in this video:



Here's the mp3 of Satisfaction's guitar riff:


Here's the guitar chord chart for Satisfaction, only 3 basic chords (the same chords as in an E blues), have a look at the lyrics below to learn where to put the chords:

Satisfaction Guitar Chords

If you have a hard time playing these guitar chords, read this tutorial about Basic Guitar Chords...

Here are the guitar tabs for Satisfaction:

Satisfaction guitar tabs

        (Click here if you don't know How to Read Guitar Tabs...)

As you can see, the riff is very easy to play.

Keith Richards uses a fuzz, the Gibson Maestro Fuzzbox (guitar pedal that produces a kind of distortion), to make his guitar sound more like a horn section. It was one of the first times a fuzz was used on a commercial recording.

Some trivia about (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction:

  • Keith Richards found the guitar riff for Satisfaction in his sleep, during the Rolling Stones' third US tour. He briefly woke up during the night in his hotel room (Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida), recorded the riff and the phrase "I can't get no satisfaction" and went back to sleep.
  • The song is about the excessive commercialism they had seen in the States during their tours there.
  • The guitar riff sounds like "Dancing in the Street", a song written by Martha and the Vandellas. Keith Richards was worried it was too similar.
  • Satisfaction was the song that made the Rolling Stones the monster rock band it is today, it's their signature song.
  • The phrases "on a loosing streak" (a girl having her period) and "Trying to make some girl" was quiet shocking that time. Satisfaction was regularly censored when it was broadcast.
  • In 1980 the Rolling Stones recorded a stereo version of Satisfaction, with on one channel the electric instruments and on the other channel the acoustic.
  • Jack Nitze was the producer of Satisfaction, but he also played piano and tambourine (he didn't like Mick Jagger's attempt to play the tambourine part).
  • Many, many people did a cover of this song, including Britney Spears...

Here are the lyrics and chords for Satisfaction:

E
 I can't get no
A
 satisfaction
E
 I can't get no
A
 satisfaction
         E          B7
And I try, and I try,
         E          A
and I try, and I try.

(guitar riff enters)
        E         A
I can't get no
        E         A
I can't get no

          E            A
When I'm driving in my car
          E                A
And that man comes on the radio
          E                   A
And he's tellin' me more and more
           E            A
about some useless information
             E            A
Supposed to fire my imagination
         E       A
I can't get no

Oh no no no
         E       A
hey hey hey
              E  A
that's what I say

When I'm watching my TV
And a man comes on and tells me
how white my shirts could be
But he can't be a man cos he doesn't smoke
the same cigarettes as me
I can't get no,
no no no.

When I'm riding 'round the world
and I'm doing this and I'm signing that
And I'm trying to meet some girl And tell me
"Baby better come back maybe next week,
cos you see I'm on a losin' streak"
I can't get no,
no no no.
hey hey hey

I can't get no...