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Mick Jagger, on ‘Sympathy for the Devil’: ‘I wrote Sympathy for the Devil as sort of like…”

Mick, on ‘Sympathy for the Devil’:
‘I wrote Sympathy for the Devil as sort of like a Bob Dylan song. I wrote that song by myself. I mean, Keith suggested that we do it in another rhythm, so that’s how bands help you… I knew it was something good, ’cause I would just keep banging away at it until the fucking band recorded it… But I knew it was a good song. You just have this feeling. It had its poetic beginning, and then it had historic references and then philosophical jottings and so on. It’s all very well to write that in verse, but to make it into a pop song is something different. Especially in England – you’re skewered on the altar of pop culture if you become pretentious… It has a very hypnotic groove, a samba, which has a tremendous hypnotic power, rather like good dance music. It doesn’t speed up or down. It keeps this constant groove. Plus, the actual samba rhythm is a great one to sing on, but it’s also got some other suggestions in it, an undercurrent of being primitive – because it is a primitive African, South American, Afro-whatever-you-call-that rhythm. So to white people, it has a very sinister thing about it. But forgetting the cultural colors, it is a very good vehicle for producing a powerful piece. It becomes less pretentious because it’s a very unpretentious groove. If it had been done as a ballad, it wouldn’t have been as good.”

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