100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs
One of the Stones' heaviest, most devastating songs, "Sway" looks down the barrel of personal apocalypse with grim abandon. Watts' tumbling drum fills mirror Jagger's lyrics about a day that "broke up your mind/Destroyed your notion of circular time," and Taylor (who co-wrote it) tops the song off with a searing, soaring solo. Despite having a deeply Keith-like vibe of lordly wastedness, Richards doesn't play on it – though he did punch in some backing vocals later on, as part of a chorus that included Pete Townshend and the Faces' Ronnie Lane.
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