The Rolling Stones retired considered one 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 traditional has been faraway from their setlist.
“You picked up on that, huh?,” Keith Richards, 77, responded to the LA Occasions when requested if the Stones had reduce the second-most-performed tune of their catalog amid a local weather of heightened cultural sensitivity.
“I don’t know. I’m attempting to determine with the sisters fairly the place the meat is. Didn’t they perceive this was a music in regards to the horrors of slavery? However they’re attempting to bury it.”
The primary verse of the hit music depicts slaves being offered and crushed in Louisiana, with references to a “slaver” who whips “girls simply round 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.
Within the subsequent verse, the music describes the abuse suffered by slaves on a plantation. Lead singer Mick Jagger ends the tune by singing, “How come you style so good … identical to a black woman ought to.”
“We’ve performed ‘Brown Sugar’ each evening since 1970,” Richards instructed the newspaper.
“So generally you suppose, ‘We’ll take that one out for now and see the way it goes.’ We would put it again in.”
The Stones have performed the music dwell 1,136 occasions, second to solely “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” based on setlist.fm.
“For the time being I don’t need to get into conflicts with all of this s–t,” Richard mentioned of criticism of the music. “However I’m hoping that we’ll be capable to resurrect the babe in her glory someplace alongside the monitor.”
The Stones have been 5 exhibits into their “No Filter” tour Wednesday. The concert events 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 music within the first individual, however the danceable tune has been slammed in recent times, with some critics dubbing it “stunningly crude and offensive.”
Different commentators have conceded it’s “gross, sexist, and stunningly offensive,” however nonetheless rocking.
“I by no means would write that music now,” Jagger instructed Rolling Stone in 1995. “I’d in all probability censor myself. I’d suppose, ‘Oh God, I can’t. I’ve obtained to cease. I can’t simply write uncooked like that.’”
Brown Sugar by Jagger/Richards
Gold coast slave ship sure for cotton fields
Offered out there down in New Orleans
Scarred outdated 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, identical to a younger woman ought to, uh huh, oh
Drums beating, chilly English blood runs sizzling
Woman of the home wonderin’ when it’s gonna cease
Home 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, identical 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
Identical to a black woman ought to, yeah
Ah, and I guess your mama was a tent present queen
And all her boyfriends have 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
Identical to 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
Identical to a, identical to a black woman ought to
Yeah, yeah, yeah, woo