100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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37. "Before They Make Me Run" (1978)

"That song . . . was a cry from the heart," Richards said of this taut rocker from Some Girls. "I was in the studio, without leaving, for five days." The tempo on "Before They Make Me Run" has a wired energy, the hammer-on open-G riff is a Richards staple, and the lyrics are a strikingly open plea to the Canadian authorities to go easy in his drug-possession case. "Booze and pills and powders . . . done my time in hell," he sings, giving one of his heroically raw vocal performances a sense of unguarded personal urgency.

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