100 Years Ago (2009 Re-Mastered Digital Version) (3:58)

Cover of Goats Head Soup

From Goats Head Soup

“100 Years Ago” is a song by the Rolling Stones featured on their 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

Credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, guitarist Mick Taylor said at the time of its release, “Some of the songs we used (for the album) were pretty old. ‘100 Years Ago’ was one that Mick had written two years ago and which we hadn’t really got around to using before.”The song is described by Tom Maginnis in his review as having a, “wistful air with a country lilt… before making several tempo shifts into a funky, sped-up groove… The song’s lyrics see Jagger reflect on aging;

“ Now all my friends is wearing worried smiles, Living out a dream of what they was; Don’t you think it’s sometimes wise not to grow up? ”
“ Went out walkin’ through the wood the other day; Can’t you see the furrows in my forehead? What tender days, we had no secrets hid away; Now it seems about a hundred years ago ”

The song then veers into a distinctive breakdown, slowing considerably before Jagger begins singing a verse in a noticeable drawl, before speeding back-up and turning into a funk jam of sorts.

Recording took place at Kingston’s Dynamic Sound Studios in November and December, 1972, with a final mix conducted in June 1973. Jagger performs lead vocals and is accompanied by Taylor on backing. Taylor performs the song’s guitars while Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts perform bass and drums, respectively. Nicky Hopkins provides piano while Billy Preston performs clavinet.


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Went out walkin' through the wood the other day
And the world was a carpet laid before me
The buds were bursting and the air smelled sweet and strange
Seemed about a hundred years ago

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