"Lady Jane" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
My sweet Lady Jane
When I see you again
Your servant am I
And will humbly remain
Just heed this plea, my love
On bended knees my love
I pledge myself to Lady Jane

My dear Lady Anne
I've done what I can
I must take my leave
For promised I am
This play is run, my love
Your time has come, my love
I pledge my troth to Lady Jane

Oh, my sweet Marie
I wait at your ease
The sands have run out
For your lady and me
Wedlock is nigh my love
Her station's right my love
Life is secure with Lady Jane

Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by MrMikeS, DuncanIdaho

"Lady Jane" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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    General Comment"Jane" is Jane Seymour, Henry's favorite wife (as she gave him a son). "Anne" is Anne Boleyn, who preceded Jane as queen consort and who's "time came" on the block in 1536. "Marie" is a reference to Henry's daughter, Mary. If you listen closely, he sings not about Marie but about how the "the sands have run out/for your lady and me" - Marie's lady was her mother, Catherine of Aragon. Also, "life is secure with Lady Jane" may refer to the historical fact that Jane was a good stepmother to Mary and Elizabeth or to the fact that Henry now had a son to succeed him, sickly though the son was.
    UKHISTon April 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLadies Jane, Anne, and Marie seem to all be references to each murdered aristocrat-- Lady Jane was beheaded by her sister Queen Mary when she (Jane) was crowned Queen for maybe a couple of days, Queen Anne was beheaded by her husband, and Marie is Queen Marie Antoinette, also beheaded.

    What's funny is that the only one he stays with in the song is Lady Jane... I sort of wonder why that was...
    Acey_Deareston January 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow I like that theory a lot Acey. I just though it was about a huy who can't make his mind up between these three ladies that he is banging.
    kfe2on February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAcey Dearest is right
    alfiebabyon May 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great. Mick Jagger sang it in Italian for in Milan, Italy. First show after Keith got his brain surgery. It sounded alot better in Italian to be honest, but none the less, a deep and great song. That was one hell of a show by the way ;)
    RiversideGuitariston July 24, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpoor keith man..he has had so many problems, mental and physical. great great song tho.
    All Cats are Greyon October 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOk, sorry Acey Dearest has his history a little messed up. If the song is in fact referring to those figures of Tudor Times, it does not refer to Jane Grey Nine Days Queen and COUSIN of Mary, not sister but in fact to Jane Seymour, whom Henry called his "True Wife" because she gave him a son. In order to take the actions he wanted with Jane he had to divorce and then subsequently behead Anne Boleyn. The only confusing reference is "Marie" as Marie Antoinette did not have anything to do with the Tudor court, but i suppose it is a reference to her beheading.
    marsgirl323on November 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentUKHIST might well be right about Marie being The Lady Mary, but is certainly wrong about Jane being a good stepmother to Elizabeth and Mary. Perhaps she was kind to Mary, but she was uterlly rude to Elizabeth, and called her "Mark Smeaton's bastard", and would not call her back to court. "Lady Anne" is Anne of Cleves, as there is no hint of former romance or hatred in his words as there would have been for Anne Boleyn.
    alex825on May 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm a simple soul & I think that this is really a simple story about a man who has to choose between two aristocratic lovers. He chooses Lady Jane over Lady Anne. But his heart belongs to Lady Jane's maidservant ("your lady"). He's marrying for money, not love. One thing - in 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', "Lady Jane" is the gamekeeper's name for Lady C's quim. Which would make this a very naughty song indeed, especially forty years ago.
    morbid moragon May 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the first part is about Jane Seymour and Anne Boleyn. He's leaving Anne for Jane, "the play is run my love, your time has come my love, i pledge my soul to lady jane" he can't get his son from Anne so he's given up on her and wants to marry his true love Jane.

    I too always thought the Marie part could possibly be about Princess Mary but then it could have be Marie Antoinette too. I never got that part to be honest.
    thegreenfairyon June 13, 2009   Link

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