Goin' Home (Rolling Stones song)

"Goin' Home" is a song by rock band The Rolling Stones featured on their 1966 album Aftermath. At 11 minutes and 35 seconds, it was the longest popular music song at the time and the first extended rock improvisation released by a major recording act.

"Goin' Home"
Song by The Rolling Stones
from the album Aftermath
Released15 April 1966 (UK)
20 June 1966 (US)
Recorded3–8 December 1965, RCA Studios, Los Angeles
GenreBlues rock[1]
LabelDecca/ABKCO (U.K.)
London/ABKCO (U.S. and Canada)
Producer(s)Andrew Loog Oldham
Aftermath track listing
14 tracks
Side one
  1. "Mother's Little Helper"
  2. "Stupid Girl"
  3. "Lady Jane"
  4. "Under My Thumb"
  5. "Doncha Bother Me"
  6. "Goin' Home"
Side two
  1. "Flight 505"
  2. "High and Dry"
  3. "Out of Time"
  4. "It's Not Easy"
  5. "I Am Waiting"
  6. "Take It or Leave It"
  7. "Think"
  8. "What to Do"

Writing and recordingEdit

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Goin' Home" is a long blues-inspired track that is notable as one of the first songs by a rock and roll band to break the ten-minute mark and the longest recorded song on any Stones album.[2] While many bands had experimented with length in live performances, and Bob Dylan had written many songs by this point which reached the five/six-minute mark, "Goin' Home" was the first "jam" recorded expressly for an album. In an interview with the magazine Rolling Stone, Richards said:

It was the first long rock and roll cut. It broke that two-minute barrier. We tried to make singles as long as we could do then because we just liked to let things roll on. Dylan was used to building a song for 20 minutes because of the folk thing he came from. That was another thing. No one sat down to make an 11-minute track. I mean 'Goin' Home', the song was written just the first 2 and a half minutes. We just happened to keep the tape rolling, me on guitar, Brian [Jones] on harp, Bill [Wyman, on bass] and Charlie [Watts, on drums] and Mick. If there's a piano, it's Stew [Ian Stewart].[3]

Jack Nitzsche, a regular Stones contributor throughout the 1960s, here performs percussion.

The song, while lengthy, is built around a common theme, as opposed to later Stones songs of great length like "Midnight Rambler" or "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" which are divided into distinct sections punctuated by differing instrumentations. "Goin' Home" plays as a long jam, eventually deconstructing Richards' guitar piece, Jagger's lyrics, and Watts' drum lines which build in power as the song progresses. Jagger's lyrics are called "a basic expression of [his] pining for his girl and determining to go home and get him some. It's the bumpety-bump, ascending chorus of announcing his intentions to go home that's the most 'pop' element of the song."[1]


According to the music historian Nicholas Schaffner, at 11 minutes and 35 seconds, "Goin' Home" displaced the 1965 Bob Dylan song "Desolation Row" (11:21)[4] as the longest recording in popular music. He also cites it as "the first extended improvisation released by a major rock group — though by no means the last."[5]

"Goin' Home" can be heard in the happening sequence of 1967 film Col cuore in gola.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Going Home - The Rolling Stones | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Mick Jagger interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969)
  3. ^ Greenfield, Robert. "Keith Richards – Interview". Rolling Stone (magazine) August 19, 1971.
  4. ^ Everett, Walter (2008). "Duration". The Foundations of Rock: From "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes". Oxford University Press. ISBN 0190294973.
  5. ^ Schaffner, Nicholas (1982). The British Invasion: From the First Wave to the New Wave. McGraw-Hill. p. 69. ISBN 0070550891.

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