"As Tears Go By" is a fine song and believe it or not, it's the first song Mick Jagger ever wrote.
Mick wrote the words while fellow "Stoner" Keith Richards worked on the melody.
As it turns out, Mick Jagger wrote "As Tears Go By" for his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull.
At the time, the Rolling Stones were more into rock 'n' roll and blues than they were for ballads.
A couple of years later (1965), Mick Jagger's superb solo ended up on the Stones' "December's Children" album.
Here's the "hit" version sung by Marianne Faithfull:
Gerry, I too miss everything about being a kid and a teenager. Great times back then. The Fifties and the Sixties. I love this song too!
I still listen to my old Kingston Trio records. I'm also a big "Beatlemaniac" and Rolling Stones fan. Since Mick Jagger and the Stones were mentioned further down below, I wanted to share something with you. Yesterday, I watched my grandson (7) play field hockey with a bunch of other kids. You know the drill. Parents watching and screaming "Go Go Go" or "Shoot" and so forth. Some of those kids were aggressive. My grandson (Bobby) was laid back and couldn't care less about fighting for the puck. I'm ok with that. So was my daughter and son-in-law. But I'm watching and I thought about when I was a kid, and during recess when boys were choosing teams for football or hockey, I kept getting the big "R" --- Rejected. Yeah, the guys fought over me. "You take him" --- "No, you take him" and so forth. Didn't exactly boost my confidence.
With all that, I miss being a kid. And if you listen to Mick Jagger's "As Tears Go By" --- so did he. Hard to imagine Rolling Stone Mick writing a folk song, but it's a beauty!