“Wild Horses” is the third track from English rock band The Rolling Stones and their 1971 album “Sticky Fingers”. Written by band members Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, with production by Jimmy Miller, “Wild Horses” is one of the Stones’ more emotional tracks.
Originally, Keith Richards had written the track as a lullaby for his son, due to not being able to see him due to touring. In the album notes to the Rolling Stones’ 1993 compilation album “Jump Rock”, Jagger recalls his thoughts on the track: “I remember we sat around originally doing this with Gram Parsons, and I think his version came out slightly before ours. Everyone always says this was written about Marianne but I don’t think it was; that was all well over by then. But I was definitely very inside this piece emotionally.” Richards also spoke about the song writing process for “Wild Horses”: “”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.”
There is no official music video for “Wild Horses”, however on the Rolling Stones YouTube channel there is a video of the band performing the song live. Since its upload in December 2009, the video has been viewed 6.3 million times.
Release Date: 12th June 1971
Songwriter/s: Keith Richards & Mick Jagger
Producer: Jimmy Miller
Label: Rolling Stones
Music Video Upload Date: 2nd December 2009
Chart Rankings & Accolades: In a year of its release, “Wild Horses” reached #11 in Canada and #28 in the US.
The lyrics to “Wild Horses” can be accessed here: LINK