We'd go in there without much of an idea and sit and discuss. They evolved in the studio itself. Directions would appear, and it often fell to me to write the poem that connected the dots.
(She) is classically trained, but amazing enough, she's got a rock 'n' roll heart. She was playing bass in a rock band. ... It's still different. Ray had that raw, don't-give-a-damn rock 'n' roll energy, and that lovely voice. Of course, you can't work with someone for 40 years and not miss him.
We used to think that we were aiming at the head and the heart, rather than the groin. The Stones did (raunchy). You need balance. 'The Other Side of Life' was a try to get a really raunchy, dirty song, and it just didn't come out that way. We can't seem to make the crossover.