Salt Of The Earth (4:57)

Cover of Beggars Banquet

From Beggars Banquet and 13 other releases

“Salt of the Earth” is a song from the 1968 Rolling Stones album Beggars Banquet.

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song is most notable for its opening lead vocal by Richards. While not his first as many believe (that title goes to “Something Happened to Me Yesterday” off Between the Buttons), it was his most prominent to date.
“Salt of the Earth” heavily features the acoustic work of Richards, typical of most songs from Beggars Banquet. Richards also performs the slide guitar throughout the song as Brian Jones, notable for his slide on other songs from Beggars Banquet, was absent from these sessions. While some songs from Beggars Banquet were famously recorded by Jagger and Richards with only a tape recorder in between them, “Salt of the Earth” was recorded at London’s Olympic Sound Studios from May until July in 1968.

Featuring on the song are the Los Angeles Watts Street Gospel Choir and a raucous piano performance by Nicky Hopkins. These additions, and their prominence near the end of the song, are thought to have had an influence on their next album Let It Bleed’s closing song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.


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  • robveiga

    Rolling stones e The Beatles in my opionion are the two greatest bands of all time

    26 Apr 10:12pm Reply
  • Roy1968Wood

    As good as Aftermath was when it came out ( I missed that when I was "vactioning" in vietnam), this album - for me - ushered in the most creative time in the rolling Stones' career. I'm still a major devotee of their 2nd album "Now!" with some great covers but Beggars Banquet was a whole new ballgame. The Stones stayed on a roll through 1971 with Exile On Main Street. This is my favorite Stones album.

    26 Apr 2014 Reply
  • rjsmythe_1999

    When I was up to my knees in Minor Threat, I moved in with my dad and found this album... loved it and always will.

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • donuthoes

    lol at keith's singing

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • frostyle77

    A classic song for the common man.

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Crabroast22

    A millionaire rock star patronising the working class... [2] I like this song but there is an element of truth in that.

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • tuffentiny


    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • tparks9243

    Love Da Stones! Rock On! :)

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Another fine hit by the Boys...First shout of 2012!...drink your glass to the hard workin` people!

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    @big_dip...have to disagree,his first`s also Keith`s favorite,he said recently

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • standfreeafc

    A millionaire rock star patronising the working class...

    7 Dec 2011 Reply
  • mitchn

    Hey, Salt of the Earth. The Republicans and their minions are out to bury you ass. Just sayin'.

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • nur_giggi

    Keith sings first and then Mick sings. Then both sing together

    30 Jun 2010 Reply
  • nur_giggi


    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • AlohaAmandla


    2 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Big_Dip

    This was one of Keith Richards' first lead vocal performances for The Stones (his first was on "Something Happened To Me Yesterday" from Between The Buttons). He and Mick Jagger both sing on this with the Watts Street Gospel choir singing background.

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • uhartung

    gutes ding

    11 May 2010 Reply
  • camaki

    Great rock,n,roll voice

    6 Mar 2010 Reply
  • BuddyDawg1

    Love me some Beggars Banquet. This has always been one of my favorite Stones tunes.

    27 Feb 2010 Reply
  • tomhawk13

    Stones at their strongest, most poetic phase.

    25 Feb 2010 Reply
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