Mick, on ‘Sympathy for the Devil (1968):
“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…”
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