"As Tears Go By" was one of the first original compositions by Jagger and Richards, as until that point The Rolling Stones had chiefly been performing blues standards.

A story surrounding the song's genesis has it that Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham locked Jagger and Richards in a kitchen in order to force them to write a song together, even suggesting what type of song he wanted: “I want a song with brick walls all around it, high windows and no sex.”
The result was initially named “As Time Goes By”, the title of the song Dooley Wilson sings in the film Casablanca.
It was Oldham who changed “Time” for “Tears".

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