Wild Horses Lyrics - The Rolling Stones

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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've decided to show me the same.
But 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've 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.

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Marianne Faithfull | Reviewer: Jake | 1/6/14

Apparently very few people here have heard about Marianne Faithfull. She was the hottest young woman in Swinging London except for Julie Christie. Swinging London was the name given to London in the '60s when the Beatles and the Stones were recording there and it was basically the coolest place on Planet Earth outside of San Francisco. Mick Jagger and Faithfull dated. She got into heavy drugs at some point and nearly died. There's a photo of her lying in a hospital bed in a coma. Jagger wrote the lyrics of this song about her. Undoubtedly Keef contributed some of guitar riffs. Faithfull pulled her life together and became an important singer.

Awesome Song | Reviewer: Wesley Gaddy | 10/25/13

Does it matter what the lyrics are? No. It is a beautiful song from start to finish. I just wonder if it's really Mick Jagger singing the latest version, almost country like? If not, then who????????

Father Daughter Dance | Reviewer: Maria D. | 6/12/13

I got married last year...and me and my dad knew we wanted an awesome song to dance to, because we're both rock n' roll awesome. lol...when i really read the lyrics, it was perfect. Such a great song...great things really stand the test of time. Thanks gentlemen of the Rolling Stones, love you!

Changed Meanings A Lot Over Years | Reviewer: BlueMoon | 6/5/13

Almost any song can be interpreted by the listener to relate to them, or a situation in their life. For me, Wild Horses, when it first came was a love story about young love. NOW, all these decades later, it perfectly fits in with the life of my father and I. I was spoiled. He gave me everything. I let him down and still, he wouldn't give up on me. Wild horses wouldn't let him be separated by me. By the time I grew up, at the ripe of age of 30, I still had to learn to live as a person that age. I think I made him proud, but he, we, didn't have much time at all to make things as they should be. He was the best. I wish I could've been a different daughter. He deserved that and so much more. Anyhow, kick ass song.

Come On Now | Reviewer: Adrienne M. | 4/30/13

I'm sorta irritated by all the comments about Susan Boyles version and how wonderful and touching it was. This song is a beautiful and touching rock performance. The Rolling Stones perfected this song and created a hauntingly beautiful memoir of tough love and outstanding persistence. Wild Horses, while melancholy and nostalgic is a song about love and pain. Isn't that what love is all about? Going through pain with someone, getting angry and fighting and passion, but knowing you would never want to do that with someone else. That those "wild horses couldn't drag [you] away". Lets leave the praise where it belongs, this song is a Rolling Stones masterpiece.

wild horses | Reviewer: byrd | 2/28/13

A immature young lady who’s been spoiled by her boyfriend who buys her whatever she wants .She makes rude graceless comments because she knows her boy friend doesn’t want to let her slide away from him. She knows this but he does too and he thinks to himself , I love her unconditionally and wild horses couldn’t drag me away. He has watched her suffer opiate withdrawal and he helped her through her dull aching pain .she pays him back by breaking his heart and he sees a similarity between heart break and being dope sick. She’s a drama queen sometimes with her sweeping exits and he feels undermined by her off stage lines but he loves her and isn’t bitter and would never treat her unkind. He knows this but she does too and he realizes that after it all ,wild horses couldn’t drag him away. But his love isn’t enough for her and she moves on. And he dreams during the day and night about her sins against him and the lies she’s told him . he reflects back to the relationship to times when he guiltily thought of freedom and says to himself , I still don’t have much time. Because he thinks his lack of time is why she left. He knows faith has been broken and that tears must be cried but will keep hope and will wait even till after death if that’s what it takes to be back with her . he really believes that they will do great things with their love . he dreams of riding wild horses together

Advice | Reviewer: Giao Zhi | 4/23/12

A beautiful song, as just all of you told us. Its true, there are a lot of ways to interpret it. By my side I recomend of couse the original, maybe the best Rolling Stone·s song, and in second place an interesting cover version of Mazzy Star, sung by Hope Sandoval, maybe an unrecognized singer, owner of a incredible voice and feeling. Good luck....

...my view. | Reviewer: Missingyou S&M | 1/9/12

To me this song relates perfectly to a friendof my moms that We lost. He was like a father to me. it was played at his funeral and to me this song describes him watching over me like I know he is. The line "graceless lady you know how I am. I can't let you slide through my hands" reminds me of something he would say because he always told me that I was like a daughter to him and he would never let me feel unloved.

The line "I've 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" reminds me of how I feel about loosening him. I watched him suffer through a lot knowing him and I knew he went to a better place where he wouldn't suffer or hurt anymore. And I couldnt blame him for that.

This whole song just reminds me so much of him because he used to play it for me on the guitar and sing along I it. So every time I listen to it it has a new way of reminding me of him. It makes me miss him more but I think of it as a way of him telling me not to make the same mistakes he did and to enjoy life and he will be right there beside me because " wild horses couldn't drag him away"

couldn't drag me away--but did | Reviewer: anonymous | 10/9/11

This is a song about first love for a guy who buys the heart of a young girl. He sees how she has put up with him and after so long realizes he has been putting up with her and decides to call it quits and hopes that it will not have any long term affects on either of them.

Great Song | Reviewer: Blue | 6/3/11

I've always intrpreted this song as a relationship and an infidelity by the singer. The singer cheated with the "graceless ladies" so his lover suffers the "dull aching pain". Then the tables are turned on the singer, she has an affair and she "showed me the same". The singer will not be bitter or unkind even if they have created scenes or spectacles of themselves following the affairs (no sweeping exits or offstage lines.) "faith has been broken tears must be cried" points to the obvious...the affairs. And "lets do some living after love dies... life goes on and maybe they can still be together somehow. If the true lyrics are "After we die" then maybe they can be together in the afterlife. Wild horses couldnt drag him away...he will always love her even through the infidelities and hard times.

And now the real story | Reviewer: Tex | 3/8/11

OK, now that you have all speculated on this, the truth is, Keith Richards wrote this song for Gram Parsons to record. It was first recorded by the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram's band at the time. Kieth gave it to Gram as a thank you for Gram's helping the Stones create their honky tonk sound. The Stones recorded it after the Flying Burrito Brothers recorded it.

A further aside, it was Keith Richards that introduced Gram to the drugs that would eventually kill him.

Forbidden love? | Reviewer: Curmudgeon44 | 1/6/11

I agree this song is beautiful and haunting, and there are multiple ways to interpret it that fit the words. To me there has always been a suggestion of forbidden love, which could be a Lolita type of infatuation, or even incestuous desire. "Faith has been broken, tears must be cried" suggest some kind of romantic tragedy, but that could be the dissolution of a prior marriage rather than the person Mick sings to.

"Let's do some living after we die" suggests choosing to give in to some mortal sin, which is too tempting to resist on Earth, but in religious terms would send one to Hell. That would not be out of character for the Stones to say.

Yes, it could be about drugs too but the Stones were ususally too hip and sophisticated to just say Horse=Heroin. More like them to call it "dead flowers"... but that's another song.

written vs. sung | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/19/10

While the written lyrics are correct, what Mick sings on the record version is different, and he does sing "Let's do some livin' AFTER WE DIE" not "after love dies." Or, at least that's what it sounds like to me as far as I can understand what Mick sings. Although it's often difficult to make out certain lines, Mick is very clear when he wants to be (nothing obscure about the line "Black girls just wanna get fucked all night and I just don't have that much jam" -- he sings that as clear as day).

meaning | Reviewer: duncanad | 11/8/10

Mick Jagger says this song is about a girlfriend he once had and dumped, and she tried to kill herself and went into a coma. When she woke up, the first thing she said was "wild horses couldnt drag me away".

H | Reviewer: dave the barber | 8/31/10

The meaning of this song is so obvious to me that I can't believe there is any ambiguity at all. A man and his woman are heroin addicts and the singer knows that they are in a downward spiral probably leading to ,at least, his death.The 'wild horses' is Horse, skag, H, heroin. A love song? what do junkies love?

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