MARIANNE FAITHFULL and MICK JAGGER
MICK JAGGER ET MARIANNE FAITHFULL
Oh, you know I just love Marianne. Read her autobiography and you’ll see why. She is an incredible woman. Not just some Stones floosy. She’s fought battles bigger than that.
Also, I met her and I need to dig out the autograph she signed for me on a concert ticket. Everyone else had CD’s and records… I wasn’t expecting to wrangle my way backstage that night.
The woman has class.
SOMETHING BETTER - Marianne Faithfull ( From The Rolling Stones’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus - 1968)
WILD HORSES - The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones - “Wild Horses”
Mick knew I was slipping away, and he made one last courtly and romantic gesture. Mick, being a Leo, is a master of ritual and symbolism. Everytime we would start to break up he would write me another song.
This time he said: “I have someting I want you to hear.” He went over to the stereo and put on a tape. Then he knelt down in front of me, took both my hands in his and looked into my eyes. And on came “Wild Horses.”
Graceless lady, you know who I am
You know I can’t let you slide through my hands
I hugged him, and I cried. For what might have been. But it was going to take more than a song to put Humpty-Dumpty together again. Mick didn’t understand. He didn’t know what to do. I was a bother. I’d rather just go off and be a bother by myself.
In the turbulent crosscurrents of the Stones, someone has always had to be “it.” Now it was my turn. The stability of the group from the very beginning has always depended on Mick’s demonization of someone in the inner circle.
If I didn’t know him, if I was just observing these things, I would have to say, “This man is acting in this way because he has been bitterly disappointed in love.” And I think he must have been, but when and by whom I don’t know. Who was the great love of his life? Was it Chrissie or Bianca or Jerry or me? (Actually, I think it was Keith.)