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Rolling Stones songs: 100 Years Ago
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Now if you see me drinkin’ bad red wine/ Don’t worry ’bout this man that you love…

Written by: Jagger/Richards
Recorded: Dynamic Sounds Studios, Kingston, Jamaica, Nov.-25.Dec. 21, 1972; Island Recording Studios, London, June 1973
Guest musicians: Nicky Hopkins (piano), Billy Preston (clavinet), Jimmy Miller (percussion)

Written in the late ’60s-early ’70s by Mick Jagger, it has a wistful, reflective aura of times go by. ‘100 Years Ago’ was eventually recorded and released for the GOATS HEAD SOUP album. Billy Preston played the clavinet, probably overdubbed in London. The Stones were lucky to have a wealth of keyboards men to call upon. Keith Richards did not feature in the song. As the lyrics near conclusion, Mick Taylor unpretentiously delivers his first solo, before the song’s conclusion when Billy takes over in the ‘call me lazy bones’ bridge before building the song up again as Charlie Watts increases the pace. Mick Jagger ad-libs ‘come-ons’ and ‘good-byes’ in his indomitable fashion, while Mick Taylor takes a a winding and lengthy guitar solo using talents nurtured from his crusading days with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. An outtake with a slight extension at the end is available.
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
“100 Years Ago” was written by Mick Jagger some time before the sessions for Goats Head Soup (two years, according to Mick Taylor) and had been worked on during the recording of Exile on Main St. In this song, the Stones singer casts his mind back a century or so. The narrator is walking through a forest, where he observes the world as a carpet laid before him. He remembers sitting on a gate with his friend Mary gazin’ at some dragon in the sky. Is this a return to the heroic fantasy world of Their Satanic Majesties Request? In any event, we are a long way from the spaced-out, psychedelic atmosphere of the second half of the sixties.
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