Album: Sticky Fingers
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On the shortlist of Prettiest Songs Ever Recorded, British Invasion Division, “Wild Horses” had its genesis in a tragic situation: a Marianne Faithfull suicide attempt. They had flown to Australia for Mick to shoot Ned Kelly, and after seeing the recently deceased Brian Jones’ face in the mirror looking back at her, swallowed 150 barbiturates, somehow surviving. When she came to, after being in a coma for six days, she said to Mick, “wild horses couldn’t drag me away.”
Or at least, that’s one story: another story is that Keith wrote the music and the chorus about how much he hated leaving his and Anita’s son, Marlon, when the Stones went out on the road.