From the recording A Sentimental Education

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"(Walkin' Thru The) Sleepy City" was one of numerous songs on Metamorphosis penned by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the mid-'60s, but given away to an artist other than the Rolling Stones to record. The Mighty Avengers put "(Walkin' Thru The) Sleepy City" on a 1965 single. It too flopped, however. So it ended up that the demo of the song on Metamorphosis, which probably doesn't feature any Rolling Stones other than Jagger on vocals and Richards on guitar, is the version most likely to be familiar to listeners. Like several of their early compositions, it's not a typical Rolling Stones song. It's also got an ersatz Phil Spector feel to the production, starting with the opening stomp-beats, and continuing with the pealing bells and trilling piano.