The Rolling Stones ostensibly omitted “Brown Sugar” from their No Filter tour playlist – and there’s a reason for that.
When the Los Angeles Times asked the group why they were ignoring one of their most popular concert songs, guitarist Keith Richards mentioned “conflicts” over the song’s lyrics about slavery.
The Stones played the early ’70s hit – which begins “Slave Ship from the Gold Coast to the Cotton Fields” – 1,136 times in concert, just behind “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” according to one. participatory mailing list website.
“Got that, huh?” Richards responded in the article published Thursday. “I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out with the sisters where the beef is. Didn’t they understand that it was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it. Right now, I don’t want to clash with all this shit. But I hope we can resurrect the baby in his glory somewhere along the track.
The group is said to have last performed the song, also believed to be about the heroine, in 2019.
The lyrics of the song begin with:
Gold Coast slave ship bound for cotton fields
Sold in a market in New Orleans
Marked old slave owner knows he’s okay
Hear him whip the women around midnight.
Brown sugar, how come you taste so good?
Brown sugar like a young girl should.
Lead singer Mick Jagger kept a tighter lip with The Times over the controversy. “We’ve played ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970, so sometimes you think, we’re going to pull this one out for now and see how it goes,” he said. “We could put it back. ”
But the legendary leader acknowledged his discomfort with the words a long time ago, calling them a “hodgepodge” of “all nasty matters at one time.”
“I would never write this song now,” he told Rolling Stone in a 1995 interview.
Jagger and the band were also criticized for the line “Black Girls Just Wanna Get Fucked All Night / I Don’t Have Much Jam” from the 1978 song “Some Girls.”