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- Posted on Sep 17th 2008 2:00PM by Georgia Kral
From 1972's 'Exile on Main St.'
This acoustic, country and blues-tinged track off the widely hailed 'Exile on Main St.,' is one of the best Rolling Stones songs of all time. At first listen, the tune seems a bit racist and derogatory to women, but the song was actually written in defense of political activist Angela Davis, who was accused of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in 1970.
"She's a sweet black angel/Not a gun toting teacher/Not a Red lovin' school mom/Ain't someone gonna free her/ Free the sweet black slave/Free the sweet black slave," Mick Jagger sings.
Next to the song's subject, the high level of musicality cannot be ignored. The tune starts with a single guitar line, the scratch-scratch of ridged sticks against each other and the hollow sound of claves striking each other. Jagger's oddly pretty voice trickles in before closing with a wailing harmonica. It was a call to arms.
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