"Wild Horses" was originally a Rolling Stones song
, written by Stones frontmen Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Stones were working on it for their Sticky Fingers
album, but Gram Parsons approached them and asked permission to record it with his band The Flying Burrito Brothers. Longtime friends, they were more than happy to oblige. Even though "Wild Horses" was already in the can for Sticky Fingers
, the Burrito Brothers' version came out first, raising the interesting question of "Does it still count as a cover if you beat the original to the store shelf?"
That's just the beginning of the hands this song has passed through. Future artists to cover the song would include The Sundays, Elvis Costello, Neil Young, Guns N' Roses, Jewel, Dave Matthews, Indigo Girls, Sheryl Crow, Susan Boyle, and BlackHawk, to name a few. To anyone reading this, please check and see if you have made a cover version of this song as well.