100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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46. "Lady Jane" (1966)

"Lady Jane" is a flower-bearing foray into Elizabethan balladry that exerted a huge influence on the refined, genteel side of British psychedelic pop. "There are a few places in England where people still speak that way, Chaucer English," Richards said, referring to Jagger's slightly comic vocal delivery. Augmented by Jones' innovative use of dulcimer and Jack Nitzsche's harpsichord, the decorously pretty song showed that rock could look to England's cultural heritage for influence, in the same way the sitar on "Paint It, Black" alluded to its colonial past.

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