How does it feel….
Needless to say, this song was not originally recorded by The Rolling Stones. Despite what the title has led some people to assume, the song actually has nothing to do with the Rolling Stones. Instead, the song was written by Bob Dylan. It’s long been debated just who exactly Dylan was addressing in the lyrics. Some people think that Dylan was writing about Edie Sedgwick. Grace Zabriskie, who is probably best known for playing Sarah Palmer on Twin Peaks, has long claimed that she was the one who inspired the song. It would appear that only Bob Dylan knows for sure and it’s reasonable to assume that he’ll never tell.
Regardless, I really like this song. A part of it is because I relate to the lyrics. I almost feel like they could have been written about me at a certain time in my life. The other reason I love the song is because the taunting tone of the lyrics makes them perfect whenever you’re looking for something to say to someone who you dislike. For example, someone once unfollowed me on twitter and I responded by tweeting the lyrics of this song at her until she finally deleted her account. That was fun.
Anyway, it seemed somewhat inevitable that this song would be covered by The Rolling Stones. This video, which was directed by the prolific Michel Gondry, follows a young woman as she discovers how it feels to be a complete unknown. The woman in the video is played by future Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette.