Goats Head Soup
Side Two, Track Three
"Winter" – 5:31
On first listen, an utterly conventional rock ballad.
And it's sure been a cold, cold winter
And the wind ain't been blowin' from the south
It's sure been a cold, cold winter
And the light of love is all burned out
It works for me, however, as a pure mood piece, something the Stones didn't really engage in often. The banal lyrics are emotionally evocative in a way I can't really describe, helped along by the strings and Mick Taylor's kickass solo. This may be the most humble peice the Stones recorded in the 70s.
UPDATE: I listened to it again just now, and Mick Taylor's solo kicks seven kinds of ass.