Speaking about the track to Rolling Stone magazine in 1995 about the song ‘Brown Sugar,’ Jagger said he would “never write that song now.”
Here are the lyrics that open that song:
Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields,
Sold in a market down in new orleans.
Scarred old slaver know he’s doin alright.
Hear him whip the women just around midnight
.Ah brown sugar how come you taste so good
(a-ha) brown sugar, just like a young girl should
The band’s 1971 classic, “Brown Sugar,” is one of their most-played live songs to date, but has now been removed from their setlist amid criticism over the lyrics which are said to explore the horrors of slavery, as well as sexual assault.
“You picked up on that, huh?” guitarist Keith Richards said when asked during an interview with the Los Angeles Times why the Stones had not performed the song during their No Filter Tour.
“I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is,” he continued. “Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it. At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this sh*t.”
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