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Rolling Stones songs: 2000 Man
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Don’t you know I’m a 2000 man/ And my kids, they just don’t understand me at all…
Also known as: I Want All the People to Know
Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England, July 7-22, Aug. 5 and Oct. 16, 21 and 23 1967
Guest musicians: Nicky Hopkins (keyboards)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
Sort of a futuristic folk song, “2000 Man” is one of the most under-recognized and underappreciated songs in the Rolling Stones catalog. Opening with a gorgeous, delicate acoustic fingerpicking pattern (a precursor to Keith Richards’ fine work on Beggars Banquet), the lyrics speak of a future society where man’s individual identity is all but lost. There is a science fiction slant to the words, which indeed are some of Mick Jagger’s finest. The song moves into a middle section where the band had a chance to flex their rock muscle, one of the hardest rocking passages written and played on the Their Satanic Majesties Request album. The overall feel of a society turned upside down is reflected in the music, and is not dissimilar to other classic Stones songs such as “19th Nervous Breakdown” and “Mother’s Little Helper.”
From the Rolling Stones – All the Songs, The Story Behind Every Track book:
What if history were to constantly repeat itself? This is the essence of what Mick Jagger seems to be saying in “2,000 Man.” The man of the year 2000 will be no better understood by his children than the man of yesterday or today. For the Stones’ singer, the future does not seem to be synonymous with progress, and technical advances do not necessarily lead to personal
fulfillment: Well, my name is a number, a piece of plastic film/And I’m growin’ funny flowers in my little window sill. Neither does the way in which morals have evolved provide grounds for any great enthusiasm: Well my wife still respects me, I really misused her/I am having an affair with a random computer.
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