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Wild Horses
Song

Wild Horses

The Rolling Stones
Album:
Sticky Fingers

Song Meaning and Background of Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones


Keith Richards wrote this acoustic ballad about leaving his wife and newborn son behind as the Stones prepared for an American tour.


“It was one of those magical moments when things come together,” Richards wrote of the song.

“Once you’ve got the vision in your mind of wild horses, I mean, what’s the next phrase you’re going to use? It’s got to be ‘couldn’t drag me away.’”


It was first released in 1970 by The Flying Burrito Brothers as the Stones didn't think the demo was worth recording fully, it was later recorded by the Stones for their 1971 album Sticky Fingers when they reconsidered.


Richards stated, "If there is a classic way of Mick and me working together this is it. I had the riff and chorus line, Mick got stuck into the verses. Just like "Satisfaction", "Wild Horses" was about the usual thing of not wanting to be on the road, being a million miles from where you want to be."

The song reached number 28 on the USA Billboard 100.


Lyrics of Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones


Childhood living is easy to do

The things you wanted I bought them for you

Graceless lady you know who I am

You know I can't let you slide through my hands

 

Wild horses couldn't drag me away

Wild, wild horses, couldn't drag me away

 

I watched you suffer a dull aching pain

Now you decided to show me the same

No sweeping exits or offstage lines

Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind

 

Wild horses couldn't drag me away

Wild, wild horses, couldn't drag me away

 

I know I dreamed you a sin and a lie

I have my freedom but I don't have much time

Faith has been broken, tears must be cried

Let's do some living after we die

 

Wild horses couldn't drag me away

Wild, wild horses, we'll ride them some day

 

Wild horses couldn't drag me away

Wild, wild horses, we'll ride them some day


Release Date

1971

Songwriter/s

Jagger/Richards

Producer/s

Jimmy Miller

Label/s

Rolling Stones

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