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Offline Capler

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So let's listen together.

But first the lyrics, and then the controversy.

[Verse 1]
Gold Coast Slave Ship Bound For Cotton Fields
Sold In The Market Down In New Orleans
Scarred Old Slaver Knows He's Doing Alright
Hear Him Whip The Women Just Around Midnight

[Chorus]
Brown Sugar, How Come You Taste So Good? Uh Huh
Brown Sugar, Just Like A Young Girl Should, Uh, Oh! (Woah!)

[Verse 2]
Drums Beating, Cold English Blood Runs Hot
Lady Of The House Wonderin' When It's Gonna Stop
House Boy Knows That He's Doing Alright
You Shoulda Heard Them Just Around Midnight

[Chorus]
Brown Sugar, How Come You Taste So Good Now?
Brown Sugar, Just Like A Young Girl Should Now (Yeah!)

[Chorus]
Ah, Get On, Brown Sugar, How Come You Taste So Good?
Ah, Got Me Craving The, The Brown Sugar
Just Like A Black Girl Should, Yeah!

[Verse 3]
Ah, And I Bet Your Mama Was A Tent Show Queen
And All Her Boyfriends Were Sweet Sixteen
I'm No Schoolboy, But I Know What I Like
You Shoulda Heard Me Just Around Midnight

[Chorus]
Brown Sugar, How Come You Taste So Good, Baby?
Ah, Come Down, Brown Sugar
Just Like A Young Girl Should, Yeah!

[Outro]
I Said, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Woah!
How Come You, How Come You Taste So Good?
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Woah!
Just Like A, Just Like A Black Girl Should
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Woah!



Rolling Stones phase out popular hit 'Brown Sugar'

The Rolling Stones have retired their classic song "Brown Sugar," which begins with a slave narrative and sexualizes young Black women.

Mick Jagger told the Los Angeles Times that the band had phased the song out of their concert lineups.
"We've played 'Brown Sugar' every night since 1970, so sometimes you think, 'We'll take that one out for now and see how it goes,'" he said. "We might put it back in."
Keith Richards told the Times he hopes to be able to play some version of the song in the future.
"I'm trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn't they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they're trying to bury it. At the moment I don't want to get into conflicts with all of this sh**," he said. "But I'm hoping that we'll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track."
Released in 1971, the opening lines of "Brown Sugar" reference a woman being sold into slavery and whipped around midnight. The chorus in the song includes "brown sugar," referring to Black women, asking "How come you taste so good?"
Critics have railed against the song for years, condemning its violent and stereotypical portrayal of Black women.
"I never would write that song now," Jagger told Rolling Stone in 1995. "I would probably censor myself."
The Rolling Stones are currently on their "No Filter Tour," with stops in North American cities scheduled through November. It is the first tour for the group since the death of the band's late drummer Charlie Watts.



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Re: I never listened to the lyrics, Rolling Stones Brown Sugar...
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2021, 06:39:46 AM »
You really need to get out more.   I've known those lyrics for over 50 years.

Big WAYS had the song on heavy rotation.
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Re: I never listened to the lyrics, Rolling Stones Brown Sugar...
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2021, 12:41:26 PM »
You really need to get out more.   I've known those lyrics for over 50 years.

Big WAYS had the song on heavy rotation.

I was young, and did not know or care what they were saying. Jay Thomas on WAYS brings back memories. He went on to become a big star. I wonder what he is doing now? Just googled, he died of throat cancer in 2017.

 

 

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