The Classic Rolling Stones Hit Mick Jagger Called ‘Very Dumb and Naive’

by Jeremy Spirogis
The Rolling Stones standing in a row

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote a basic rock hit for a special artist. The Rolling Stones later lined it. Jagger felt the tune was each silly and comparatively mature on the similar time. 

The Rolling Stones standing in a row
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One of Mick Jagger’s most well-known interviews

Our story begins with businessman Jann S. Wenner. Outside of founding the journal Rolling Stone and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Wenner is likely to be most well-known for his 1971 guide Lennon Remembers. The guide is an prolonged interview with John Lennon the place John is brutally sincere about his personal work. In 1995, Wenner gave the world the similarly-titled article “Mick Jagger Remembers,” an prolonged interview with the eponymous rocker. Jagger is simply as brutally sincere in “Mick Jagger Remembers” as John was in Lennon Remembers.

The Rolling Stones hit that wasn’t initially launched by the Rolling Stones

Over the course of the article, Jagger reveals he isn’t the most important fan of some basic Rolling Stones albums like Exile on Main St. and Their Satanic Majesties Request. He additionally opens up a couple of tune he co-wrote with Keith Richards known as “As Tears Go By” which was initially launched by Marianne Faithfull. Faithfull’s model of “As Tears Go By” is a baroque rock monitor that’s a showcase for her delicate vocals in addition to a fantastic string part.

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“As Tears Go By” by Marianne Faithfull

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“I wrote the lyrics, and Keith wrote the melody,” Jagger mentioned. “But in some rock, you know, there’s no melody until the singer starts to sing it. Sometimes there’s a definite melody, but quite often it’s your job as the singer to invent the melody.” Billboard reviews Faithful’s “As Tears Go By” reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her most profitable single within the United States. After the success of Faithful’s model, the Rolling Stones recorded their very own rendition — however that doesn’t imply Jagger likes “As Tears Go By.”

How Mick Jagger and the general public reacted to ‘As Tears Go By’

“It’s a very melancholy song for a 21-year-old to write: ‘The evening of the day, watching children play,’” Jagger opined. “It’s very dumb and naive, but it’s got a very sad sort of thing about it, almost like an older person might write. You know, it’s like a metaphor for being old: You’re watching children playing and realizing you’re not a child.”

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“As Tears Go By” by Marianne Faithfull

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Jagger added “It’s a relatively mature song considering the rest of the output at the time. And we didn’t think of doing it [initially], because the Rolling Stones were a butch blues group. But Marianne Faithfull’s version was already a big, proven hit song.”

Although Jagger doesn’t like “As Tears Go By,” the American public did. Billboard reviews the tune reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 — the next peak than Faithful’s rendition. With its twangy country-influenced instrumentation, the Rolling Stones’ “As Tears Go By” is a transparent predecessor to a few of their different basic ballads like “Angie” and “Wild Horses” — even when Jagger known as it “naive.”

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