Was the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” Based On Something Marianne Faithful Said to Mick Jagger After Nearly Dying?

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MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: The Rolling Stones’ song “Wild Horses” is based on something Marianne Faithfull said after almost overdosing.

The song “Wild Horses” appears on the 1971 Rolling Stones album, Sticky Fingers.

It’s likely one of the most beautiful songs that the band ever released, and it has been covered numerous times, with the most notable cover likely being by The Sundays (The Sundays’ version is the one that’s typically used in commercials).

For years (heck, including right now), “Wild Horses” was said to have been written about Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger’s girlfriend of a number of years in the late 1960s.


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