Mick Jagger turns 68 today, and to celebrate here's my favourite Rolling Stones song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want", which is from their 1969 album Let It Bleed. It was an attempt to create their own "Hey Jude", which was also over seven minutes long, replacing the Beatles' sing-a-long coda with a choral intro that continues throughout. Like with "Hey Jude" there's some debate as to who the song is about, but it's generally assumed to be about a Minnesotan tramp Mick met in a drugstore the night after a gig in 1964. Personally, I like the idea that it's about the end of the sixties and its disappointments, but looking to the future with hope. The message is my favourite part of the song.
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