''I wrote ‘Satisfaction’ in my sleep. I had no idea I’d written it, it’s only thank God for the little Philips cassette player. The miracle being that I looked at the cassette player that morning and I knew I’d put a brand-new tape in the previous night, and I saw it was at the end. Then I pushed rewind and there was ‘Satisfaction.'' - Keith Richards
''It has a great guitar sound, which was original at that time. And it captures a spirit of the times, which is very important in those kind of songs. It perfectly encapsulated the youthful exuberance and defiance of the swinging ’60s, celebrating the energy and vitality of a new generation of young people for whom cultural upheaval was an absolute necessity.'' - Mick Jagger
''A peculiarity of ‘Satisfaction’ is that it’s a hell of a song to play on stage. For years and years we never played it, or very rarely, until maybe the past ten or fifteen years. Couldn’t get the sound right, it didn’t feel right, it just sounded weedy. It took the band a long time to figure out how to play ‘Satisfaction’ on stage. What made us like it was when Otis Redding covered it. With that and Aretha Franklin’s version, which Jerry Wexler produced, we heard what we’d tried to write in the first place. We liked it and started playing it because the very best of soul music was singing our song.'' - Keith Richards
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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