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The Rolling Stones — Sweet Black Angel
Album: Exile On Main Street
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Released: 1972
Length: 2:44
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Got a sweet black angel,
Got a pin up girl,
Got a sweet black angel,
Up upon my wall.
Well, she ain't no singer
And she ain't no star,
But she sure talk good,
And she move so fast.
But the gal in danger,
Yeah, de gal in chains,
But she keep on pushin',
Would ya take her place?
She countin' up de minutes,
She countin' up de days,
She's a sweet black angel, woh,
Not a sweet black slave.
Ten little niggers
Sittin' on de wall,
Her brothers been a fallin',
Fallin' one by one.
For a judges murder
In a judges court,
Now de judge he gonna judge her
For all dat he's worth.
Well de gal in danger,
De gal in chains,
But she keep on pushin'
Would you do the same?
She countin' up de minutes,
She countin' up de days,
She's a sweet black angel,
Not a gun toting teacher,
Not a Red lovin' school mom,
Ain't someone gonna free her,
Free de sweet black slave,
Free de sweet black slave.
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Maybe not the time to be playing songs with the word "nigger" in them? Maybe?
I know this song but today I thought it was a cover of Springsteen's Reason to Believe.
 pawelcitak83 wrote:
 rabaak wrote:
I never understood the popularity of this band. I've been listening for 40+ years. They have maybe 5 songs really I like.  I know I'm in the minority.  I have one friend who specializes in trying to convert me to being a Stones fan.  But he has not made any progress in years on that front. 
 Same story buddy, I never could handle this phenomenon of a great band and understand the music I simply do not like, I do have few songs that are acceptable for me but still I don't get it, I'd better  listen to some Clash :) greets man!



I feel that way about the Beatles. Can't stand them.

Don't sweat it. I feel the same way about Rush.


 
Wow... this thread has turned into a real pity party for the h8rs.
I never knew this song contained the N word until i read the lyrics printed on RP. I recently played the Lennon/Ono song, "Woman is the Nigger of the World" for two 30 something friends. Devastating in its indictment of the patriarchy.  My friends were discussing gender politics and had never heard of the song.  Both were stunned that a song would / could contain such a word in the title! One quipped, "I'm betting it didn't get much radio play." No, it didn't. I doubt that it's ever heard on radio. Still, Sweet Black Angel sneaks in.

Further Details:

The song was released in the US on 24 April 1972[6] and peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 

Due to its use of an offensive racial epithet and what was perceived as an inappropriate comparison of women's rights to the oppression of African-Americans, most radio stations in the US declined to play the record.[5] 

the song - and its use of the “N” word as a device to express how shabbily women were treated in society - was a cause actively championed by a plethora of African-American civil rights activists in 1972 - including humorist Dick Gregory and Ron Dellums - Chairman and Co-Founder of The Congressional Black Caucus.

The National Organization for Women awarded Lennon and Ono a "Positive Image of Women" citation for the song's "strong pro-feminist statement" in August 1972.[9]

 rabaak wrote:
I never understood the popularity of this band. I've been listening for 40+ years. They have maybe 5 songs really I like.  I know I'm in the minority.  I have one friend who specializes in trying to convert me to being a Stones fan.  But he has not made any progress in years on that front. 
 
I feel that way about the Beatles. Can't stand them. 
Boppin'!
{#Devil_pimp}zesty! one of the best double rock n roll albums ever !
 rabaak wrote:
I never understood the popularity of this band. I've been listening for 40+ years. They have maybe 5 songs really I like.  I know I'm in the minority.  I have one friend who specializes in trying to convert me to being a Stones fan.  But he has not made any progress in years on that front. 
 Same story buddy, I never could handle this phenomenon of a great band and understand the music I simply do not like, I do have few songs that are acceptable for me but still I don't get it, I'd better  listen to some Clash :) greets man!

I never understood the popularity of this band. I've been listening for 40+ years. They have maybe 5 songs really I like.  I know I'm in the minority.  I have one friend who specializes in trying to convert me to being a Stones fan.  But he has not made any progress in years on that front. 
Some great Stones that isn't played anywhere other than here and from my cloud library.
The Glimmer Twins at their best.
Wow - surprised by this one. Makes me sort of like the Stones. 
Their obscure music is the best.
 RON WOOD BLOCK.  Exile is the best. All 10 s.


 boontonite wrote:
Nice wood block on this one.

 






                                             Mick Jagger's daughter Karis Jagger and her mother Marsha Hunt. 
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Rolling Stones - how unusual. My last contribution to RP can be used again this appeal and the next while Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin and the Rolling Stones are repeated so much.
These guys could cut a good track.
what ever style they wanted to play

 
Nice wood block on this one.
Ahh a Franti cleanse. I feel better now.
One of my favorite cuts from a better Stones album.
Outstanding piece o' bopping fun : )
Awesome cut from an incredible album that seems to have fallen through the cracks of time.
Nice recovery from that Michael Franti "reggae rap"!
oh christ, not Jagger again. He was only on an hour or so ago. As bad as that dodgy Led Zep that was played earlier.
 

 

{#Bananapiano}  ....... nice one
Big Fat Thumbs Up Radio Paradise!!  {#Daisy}
total 10 imo, Love your choices Master DJ  (gentle bow bow bow)
 joelbb wrote:

The should, Romeo.  and they should be dancing to it.  How come you're a "former member"?  We still love you.
 

Thank you!  Hope you are having a marvelous time right this minute...

I got burned at the stake here in paradise by an angry mob of unsophisticated tone-deaf peasants...  but I was saved because of my faith in sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...


we live in a church now...  everybody in my church loves this song...
 
super excellant boppin from the Stones! Joy to guide my day
 (former member) wrote:


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 
The should, Romeo.  and they should be dancing to it.  How come you're a "former member"?  We still love you.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
MMmmhmm.

Two words,  The Best


The Stones you don't hear everyday on "Classic Schlock" is great Stones!
i am always torn between this and beggars banquet as my favorite stones album. or maybe let it bleed. hell, i don't know.
The best Stones, such a happy album
"Cause like a picture she was laying there.
Moonlight dancing off her hair,
etc...  in my Chevy van..."

Nary a bad track on this amazing album and yet so few "hits". Maybe that's why it's aged so well; it hasn't been played to death on "Commercial Radio". The Stones at their best.
 vandal wrote:

Awesome!  I really miss the Stones from this era. . .
 


This album is the definition of classic rock.

I always listen straight through.

Great song inspired by the radical Angela Davis

Awesome!  I really miss the Stones from this era. . .



I have not heard this in a million years— this is awesome!  Love it!

 

Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
Way to go! Now it needs to get played!
Yeah! :yell: Bill? Bill??
sharkartist wrote:
Cool, another Sharkey upload makes the cut!
Way to go! Now it needs to get played!
Cool, another Sharkey upload makes the cut!