Biggest Mistake

Album: A Bigger Bang (2005)
Charted: 51

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about an older man who falls in love with a younger woman, but then leaves her. It could certainly parallel some of Mick Jagger's relationships, including his affair with model Jerry Hall. In promotional materials for the album, Jagger said: "Of course, you are as vulnerable as anyone else. It's crazy to think someone can't be hurt just because he's famous or he struts across a stage. If you go back through Stones albums, I'm sure you'll find vulnerability along with the swagger. It may not have been as easy to see, though, because it's not my temperament to share that feeling. I've often hid my feelings with humor. This time the songs were written very quickly, and I was in a certain frame of mind. I thought about some of the words afterward to see whether they were too personal, but I decided to just let them stay. Keith was very encouraging... Translating that vulnerability into a song is very cathartic for you. You have to write it down and examine it and decide what you wanted to share. There's something in the process that helped me get past the hurt it."
    Keith Richards added: "I thought it was about time (Mick) owned up and stepped out of that closed shell. I know he went through bad periods, even if he didn't want to write about it. I used to wrestle with that too. As a writer, you don't want to bore people with your own story. But you eventually realize that you're not the only one who is lonely or having problems." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

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