No. 39: ‘Torn and Frayed’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs
The Rolling Stones have never been much for self-confessional lyrics. However, the times when they have chosen to open up, such as 'Torn and Frayed' from 'Exile on Main Street,' are among their most moving songs.
A mixture of country, rock and gospel, 'Torn and Frayed' follows a guitarist through the 'smelly bordellos and dressing rooms filled with parasites.' His body and his band, like his coat, are in bad shape, but the music keeps him coming back. The song was recorded in Los Angeles after the ramshackle sessions at Nellcote, when Keith Richards' heroin addiction was in its beginning stages, so Mick Jagger's lyrics are believed to be about his bandmate.
Hear the Rolling Stones Perform 'Torn and Frayed'