IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY– AUGUST 31, 1968 -THE ROLLING STONES SINGLE -STREET FIGHTING MAN IS RELEASED

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It was fifty years ago today- August 31, 1968 The Rolling Stones released their single “Street Fighting Man.” Street Fighting Man would also appear on The Rolling Stones great album “Beggars Banquet.” It’s original title was “Did Everyone Pay Their Dues? which had the same music but with different lyrics. This was one of The Rolling Stones most political songs and it was released in a very political year- not only in the United States but around the world. What timing- it was released just days after all the violence in the streets of Chicago at the Democratic National Convention. Mick Jagger wrote the song after attending an anti-war rally in London at the US Embassy where police had to deal with 25,000 protesters. He was also inspired by the student rioters in Paris in the spring of 1968.

Amazingly this song didn’t even make the  Top 40 peaking at #48 mainly due to a lot of radio stations refusing to play it due to what they judged to be provocative lyrics.  If I were to rank my favorite songs by The Rolling Stones this would be somewhere near the top I believe.

Bruce Springsteen once remarked that Street Fighting Man had one of the best rock and roll lines ever in “What can a poor boy do but sing in a rock and roll band.” I can’t argue with that.

video to song below.

 

Ev’rywhere I hear the sound
Of marching charging feet, boy
‘Cause summer’s here and the time is right
For fighting in the street, boy
Well now, what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n’ roll band?
‘Cause in sleepy London town
There’s just no place for a street fighting man, no
Hey think the time is right
For a palace revolution
But where I live the game
To play is compromise solution
Well now, what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n’ roll band?
‘Cause in sleepy London town
There’s just no place for a street fighting man, no. Get down.
Hey so my name is called Disturbance
I’ll shout and scream
I’ll kill the king, I’ll rail at all his servants
Well, what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n’ roll band?
‘Cause in sleepy London town
There’s just no place for a street fighting man, no
Get down
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