The Rolling Stones retired one in every of their hottest rock songs resulting from lyrics that depict the horrors of slavery.
The Stones haven’t performed the 1971 hit “Brown Sugar” on their present tour and mentioned the blues classic has been faraway from their setlist.
“You picked up on that, huh?,” Keith Richards, 77, responded to the LA Times when requested if the Stones had minimize the second-most-performed tune of their catalog amid a local weather of heightened cultural sensitivity.
“I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it.”
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The first verse of the hit song depicts slaves being bought and crushed in Louisiana, with references to a “slaver” who whips “women just around midnight.”
The well-known refrain portrays a non-consensual intercourse encounter between the violent grasp and a younger feminine slave, whereas presumably additionally alluding to heroin use.
In the following verse, the song describes the abuse suffered by slaves on a plantation. Lead singer Mick Jagger ends the tune by singing, “How come you taste so good … just like a black girl should.”
“We’ve played ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970,” Richards informed the newspaper.
“So sometimes you think, ‘We’ll take that one out for now and see how it goes.’ We might put it back in.”
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The Stones have performed the song reside 1,136 instances, second to solely “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” based on setlist.fm.
“At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this s–t,” Richard mentioned of criticism of the song. “But I’m hoping that we’ll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track.”
The Stones had been 5 reveals into their “No Filter” tour Wednesday. The live shows marked the septuagenarians’ first gigs since 2019, and the primary performances with out drummer Charlie Watts, who died in August on the age of 80.
Jagger is clearly not singing the song within the first particular person, however the danceable tune has been slammed lately, with some critics dubbing it “stunningly crude and offensive.”
Other commentators have conceded it’s “gross, sexist, and stunningly offensive,” however nonetheless rocking.
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“I never would write that song now,” Jagger informed Rolling Stone in 1995. “I would probably censor myself. I’d think, ‘Oh God, I can’t. I’ve got to stop. I can’t just write raw like that.’”
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Brown Sugar by Jagger/Richards
Gold coast slave ship sure for cotton fields
Sold out there down in New Orleans
Scarred previous slaver is aware of he’s doing alright
Hear him whip the ladies simply round midnight
Brown sugar, how come you style so good? Uh huh
Brown sugar, similar to a younger woman ought to, uh huh, oh
Drums beating, chilly English blood runs sizzling
Lady of the home wonderin’ when it’s gonna cease
House boy is aware of that he’s doing alright
You shoulda heard ’em simply round midnight
Brown sugar, how come you style so good now?
Brown sugar, similar to a younger woman ought to now (Yeah)
Ah, get on, brown sugar, how come you style so good?
Ah, obtained me craving the, the brown sugar
Just like a black woman ought to, yeah
Ah, and I guess your mama was a tent present queen
And all her boyfriends had been candy sixteen
I’m no schoolboy, however I do know what I like
You shoulda heard me simply round midnight
Brown sugar, how come you style so good, child?
Ah, come down, brown sugar
Just like a younger woman ought to, yeah
I mentioned, yeah, yeah, yeah, woo
How come you, how come you style so good?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, woo
Just like a, similar to a black woman ought to
Yeah, yeah, yeah, woo