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Brown Sugar

I just don't buy the widely accepted "it's about drugs" cop out that most songs get. Especially "Brown Sugar". The "slavery" and "whipping" references are SUPPOSEDLY about being "mastered" by heroin. Or it's about Mic Jagger's affair with an Ike Turner back up singer. Or it's just about sweet black ladies. Or whatever else you want to believe.

They changed "Just like a black girl should" to "just like I knew you would" for all of the many uses of it in commercials. The Rolling Stones have been great at selling their music for maximum money. I'm not a fan. They just kind of leave me cold. Even the oldest albums (the last several don't bear mentioning, they're so bad) just don't do it for me. And while I appreciate a well crafted pop song when I hear it - don't go thinking I dislike the Rolling Stones because I'm a Beatles fan.

Though I will say that there is a measure of meaning in the age old "Elvis or the Beatles" question. People who are Beatles fans will say that if you liked Elvis more it's because you're a hick. And people who are Elvis fans will say that if you liked the Beatles more you're just into catchy trendy stuff.

Anyway. Take a look at the lyrics and see if you see the hidden drug references or if you just see a song about a white slave owner raping his black slaves.



Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields,
Sold in a market down in new orleans.
Scarred old slaver knows hes 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
A-huh.

Drums beating, cold english blood runs hot,
Lady of the house wonderin where its gonna stop.
House boy knows that hes doin alright.
You should a heard him just around midnight.
Ah brown sugar how come you taste so good
(a-ha) brown sugar, just like a black girl should
A-huh.

I bet your mama was a tent show queen, and all her boy
Friends were sweet sixteen.
Im no schoolboy but I know what I like,
You should have heard me just around midnight.

Ah brown sugar how come you taste so good
(a-ha) brown sugar, just like a young girl should.

I said yeah, I said yeah, I said yeah, I said
Oh just like a, just like a black girl should.

I said yeah, I said yeah, I said yeah, I said
Oh just like, just like a black girl should.

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sinisteragent
Jun. 1st, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Almost all good rock music is utterly meaningless. Some pop, too.

I still prefer the Kinks to them both. The Beatles had fifty crap songs for every great one, and the Stones are alright, but not particularly appealing.
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