Monday, April 14, 2008

You Better Move On

December's Children (And Everybody's)
Side 1, Track 3
"You Better Move On" (Arthur Alexander) – 2:39

Arthur Alexander is known to readers of this blog, if he is known at all, primarily as the composer of "Anna (Go To Him)", a song the Beatles covered. Alexander seems to have had a real knack with these soul ballads: "You Better Move On" is a clever little piece of songwriting.

Unfortunately, the Stones lack a singer who could really do justice to this kind of material – while John Lennon's amateurish earnestness made "Anna" a charming homage, Jagger's jaded posture that make him so good on cynical songs like "Satisfaction" just make him sound condescending here.