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Wild horses couldn’t drag me away – The Rolling Stones vs The Flying Burrito Bros.

Posted in Same Song Different Artist, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Rolling Stones with tags , , , , , , , on June 2, 2012 by fliker1970

Same Song, Different Artist

Wild Horses – The Flying Burrito Brothers
Album: Burrito Deluxe – Released: 1970

Wild Horses” was originally a Rolling Stones song, written by Stones frontmen Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Stones were including it in Sticky Fingers; however, Gram Parsons approached them and asked permission to record it with his band The Flying Burrito Brothers.

Longtime friends, they were more than happy to oblige. Even though “Wild Horses” was already in the can for Sticky Fingers, the Burrito Brothers’ version came out first, raising the interesting question of “Does it still count as a cover if you beat the original to the store shelf?”

Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones
Album: Sticky Fingers – Released: 1971

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 thru 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’ve decided to show me the same
No sweeping exits or off stage lights
Could make me feel bitter or treat you unkind

Wild horses couldn’t drag me away
Wild wild horses couldn’t drag me away

Solo

I know I’ve dreamed you a sin and a lie
I had 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

This started as a song for Keith Richard’s newborn son Marlon. It was 1969 and Keith regretted that he had to leave his son to go on tour. Mick Jagger rewrote Keith’s lyrics, keeping only the line “Wild horses couldn’t drag me away.” His rewrite was based on his relationship with Marianne Faithfull, which was disintegrating.

Marianne Faithfull claims “Wild horses couldn’t drag me away” was the first thing she said to Mick after she pulled out of a drug-induced coma in 1969.

Wild horses – bossa n stones

For all music lovers out there, This one is tough:

Which is the best version?

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