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Musical Mondays | The Rolling Stones

From my summer driving playlist, Sympathy For The Devil is a song best heard loud, windows down, with the reverberation of surround sound echoing in the night.

This Rolling Stones rock-samba number from the 1968 Beggars Banquet album is one of many of their mega tracks. As you may recall, its been used endlessly in pop culture scenes over the years, including the film adaptation of Interview With A Vampire (performed by Guns ‘n’ Roses), the movie Apocalypse Now, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, both the book and the film. It never seems to lose its luster, no matter how much I hear it.

The Stones received negative attention over Sympathy For The Devil’s release, as critics accused them of dabbling in Satanism and being ‘evil’. Mick Jagger found this a curious thing, as it was only just the one song touching on the topic. Regardless of the fears of the devout, the song lives on, while the entire album, for me, is a masterpiece of blues, rock, politics, and 100 % heart. 


Jean-Luc Godard’s celebrated documentary Sympathy For The Devil, digitally remastered for its 50th Anniversary a few years ago, is a treat for Stones fans and should not be missed. Clips of the new version are available to be enjoyed on the various video-sharing sites, but I think it is worth watching in its entirety. The 4K quality is stunning, and I continue to be dazzled by the excellence in picture resolution. Where does it end?


Sympathy For The Devil | The Rolling Stones

Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long years
Stole million man's soul an faith
And I was 'round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game
Stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed Tsar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain
I rode a tank
Held a general's rank
When the blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
Ah, what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah
I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the gods they made
I shouted out
Who killed the Kennedys?
When after all
It was you and me
Let me please introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
And I laid traps for troubadours
Who get killed before they reached Bombay
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah, get down, baby
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's confusing you
Is just the nature of my game
Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
'Cause I'm in need of some restraint
So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politeness
Or I'll lay your soul to waste, mm yeah
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, mm yeah
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, mm mean it, get down
Woo, who
Oh yeah, get on down
Oh yeah
Aah yeah
Tell me baby, what's my name?
Tell me honey, can ya guess my name?
Tell me baby, what's my name?
I tell you one time, you're to blame
What's my name
Tell me, baby, what's my name?
Tell me, sweetie, what's my name?

Take a minute to watch this clip from the remastered doc, as the whoo-whoo’s are being rehearsed behind the scenes.


I like to think everybody has a favourite Rolling Stones song, what’s yours?

7 thoughts on “Musical Mondays | The Rolling Stones”

  1. I have to admit, I was never a fan of the Stones. The Beatles? All over that one, but with the exception of Ruby Tuesday, the Stones just didn’t work for me—and yes, I know I’m in the minority, LOL!

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    1. I’ve been hearing more people with that opinion as I’ve gotten older. Before then I assumed everybody who knew them loved them, haha. Having discovered these bands when my friends were all into pop and modern rock I never got to discuss them with peers much. The Stones were on the lower end of my list, but songs like Sympathy for the Devil and Ruby Tuesday solidify their spot. I have a Beatles song coming up soon! 🧡

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      1. If it’s Beatles, I will. There’s a song on that album that falls into the less popular category that I really love. Can’t wait to see which one you choose!

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