Oct 29
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“We sat there in the kitchen and I started to pick away at these chords…. ‘It is the evening of the day.’ I might have written that. ‘I sit and watch the children play,’ I certainly wouldn’t have come up with that. We had two lines and an interesting chord sequence, and then something else took over somewhere in this process. I don’t want to say mystical, but you can’t put your finger on it. Once you’ve got that idea, the rest of it will come. It’s like you’ve planted a seed, then you water it a bit and suddenly it sticks up out of the ground and goes, hey, look at me.”

—Keith Richards on writing the first song with Mick Jagger, in his memoir Life (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2010), written with James Fox, 142–43.


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