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The Rolling Stones — Sympathy For The Devil (live)
Album: Get Yer YaYas Out
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Released: 1970
Length: 6:33
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Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul and faith
And I was 'round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game
I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain
I rode a tank
Held a general's rank
When the blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
Ah, what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah
I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the gods they made
I shouted out,
"Who killed the Kennedys?"
When after all
It was you and me
Let me please introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
And I laid traps for troubadours
Who get killed before they reached Bombay
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah, get down, baby
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's confusing you
Is just the nature of my game
Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
Cause I'm in need of some restraint
So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I'll lay your soul to waste, um yeah
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, um yeah
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, um mean it, get down
Woo, who
Oh yeah, get on down
Oh yeah
Oh yeah!
Tell me baby, what's my name
Tell me honey, can ya guess my name
Tell me baby, what's my name
I tell you one time, you're to blame
Ooo, who
Ooo, who
Ooo, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Oh, yeah
What's me name
Tell me, baby, what's my name
Tell me, sweetie, what's my name
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Oh, yeah
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I really like  this live version,  very tight band  at work, have to give it a 
"8" 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEITH !
Saw them here in Seattle this week. 7th time since 1978, each time a different Tour and city. The sound, the crowd, the visuals, and the performance were phenomenal. The best Stones Show I've seen. My first time at CLINK - Century Link Field, where the Seahawks play. Beautiful Stadium.
What a great segue; Charlie Watts to Jamie Oldaker. And the supporting players aren't bad, either. :)
 Baketown wrote:
Sorry,  they just don't do it for me live! 
 

Sorry, indeed.
I can never hear this without thinking of the Simpsons episode where Bart goes to hell and Satan steps up to say "Please allow me to introduce myself." Rarely have I laughed that hard.
 Grayson wrote:
This song never fails to make me... meaner. 
 
something puzzling you?
  On_The_Beach wrote:

And anyone who saw the movie will never forget this guy . . .

https://dvdmedia.ign.com/media/reviews/image/gimme_tripping.jpg

 
Anybody know what became of that guy?  I've often wondered.


i believe he went on to star in Geico commercials
 Hannio wrote:

Anybody know what became of that guy?  I've often wondered.

 
He's either dead or a CEO Emeritus of a Silicon Valley tech company.
This song never fails to make me... meaner. 
GOD DAMN! This has got to be one of the best live Rock And Roll albums of all time
 Baketown wrote:
Sorry,  they just don't do it for me live! 

 
Sorry indeed!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

And anyone who saw the movie will never forget this guy . . .

https://dvdmedia.ign.com/media/reviews/image/gimme_tripping.jpg

 
Anybody know what became of that guy?  I've often wondered.
Wow! What an amazing live version of this song. Have to get a copy of it...
 kcar wrote:
. . . A lot of rock music critics saw Altamont as the antithesis of Woodstock (4 months earlier) and the end of 60s optimism in youth movements . . .
 
 h8rhater wrote:
. . . It was probably the greatest miscalculation of their career to believe that American bikers could provide the same type of service in Northern California. The movie Gimme Shelter does an amazing job of depicting the descent into mayhem as the Hell's Angels took control at Altamont . . .
 
And anyone who saw the movie will never forget this guy . . .

https://dvdmedia.ign.com/media/reviews/image/gimme_tripping.jpg

             BACKSTAGE Madison Square Garden 1969


 kcar wrote:

You must be referring to Altamont Free Concert and the death of Meredith Hunter: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamont_Free_Concert#Death_of_Meredith_Hunter

Meredith pulled a .22 revolver near the stage while the Stones were playing and one of the Hells Angels performing crowd security stabbed him to death. A lot of rock music critics saw Altamont as the antithesis of Woodstock (4 months earlier) and the end of 60s optimism in youth movements. 
 
The Stones used Rockers (English bikers) as security in Hyde Park, at the start of the tour, with no problems whatsoever.  It was probably the greatest miscalculation of their career to believe that American bikers could provide the same type of service in Northern California. The movie Gimme Shelter, does an amazing job of depicting the descent into mayhem as the Hell's Angels took control at Altamont.

1969 was a rough year for the Stones.  They lost Brian Jones (celebrated at the aforementioned Hyde Park show) and were mostly responsible for Altamont.  On the bright side they found time to slip into Muscle Shoals and record Brown Sugar, You Got To Move, and Wild Horses for the Sticky Fingers album just before flying to Altamont the morning after recording Wild Horses.

https://ultimateclassicrock.com/rolling-stones-muscle-shoals/
Sorry,  they just don't do it for me live! 
 jjak wrote:
A 8 for the song, a 10 for Mick's solo

 


                             And a 10 for Keith's.




 
 hempmandan wrote:
There is another live recording of this song that is historically significant...
Who's fighting and what for?
 
 
You must be referring to Altamont Free Concert and the death of Meredith Hunter: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altamont_Free_Concert#Death_of_Meredith_Hunter

Meredith pulled a .22 revolver near the stage while the Stones were playing and one of the Hells Angels performing crowd security stabbed him to death. A lot of rock music critics saw Altamont as the antithesis of Woodstock (4 months earlier) and the end of 60s optimism in youth movements. 

 unclehud wrote:
Poor donkey.

 
Hee Haw!!!  them critters haul massive loads without a whimper dude, most likely got lots of sweets, carrots and whatever else when Charlie and Co.were done with it, and that photo is PHENOMENAL  : )
Even all these years later, still think "Get Your YaYas Out" one of the best live performance albums of all time....
They sound like a rock n' roll band to me.
love the Stones!
A 8 for the song, a 10 for Mick's solo
fantastic, frenetic fun
Live music is better, bumper stickers should be issued.

{#Clap} 

                             She got her ya yas out,, and introduced herself,
                 She makes me happy, what's that what's next thing in my head.
Awesome live set, Bill.
 aaronm wrote:
It's a great song, and I'm sure it was a blast to hear it live. However, when I hear it on the radio, all I can think of is how the recorded version is better.

 
Exactly so! Famous guitar break is especially disappointing here.
oh fuckin' com on and dig the music man, the recording is blah but the fuckin' music is JAMMIN'!!! 
11.
It's a great song, and I'm sure it was a blast to hear it live. However, when I hear it on the radio, all I can think of is how the recorded version is better.
 schobibuddi wrote:
what will Happen to the World if they quit?
I Really dont want to think of....
.{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Cheers}
 

Next lucrative venture for the Stones is wrinkle cream.

Whenever I saw them live, I thought: It's a pub band. Would be fun in a small room, beer in hand, rubbing shoulders. But I've seen the shows with the hopelessly overblown sets in the 80's. Commemorative leather jacket on sale at the merch stand for DM750, which even for the capitalist's dream decade was outrages.. I'm not dis-respecting anyones sentimental recollection of their youth here, or that they have written some rousing tunes in their time (but how far back? Or do I need to point out 'Glastonbury Girl' at this festival?) but this recording is proof that a, they are not great musicians, b, especially Mr Watts (or how far behind is a drummer allowed to be), and c, their musical style has not evolved since after the first 3 albums (I know that's exactly what some people admire - but compare if you may with the sadly departed BB King whose style, while staying true to his music, evolved constantly and his playing became more expressive even when the fingers became older). And whoever sees in them the bonus of working class rebellion hasn't watched 'Being Mick', complete with South of France yacht and Armani (or is it Jon Donson) jacket. Today's concert outings are covered with the 'Best of RS' double CD. From christmas 1983. I know, I'm sorry. I wish I could form a different opinion. But on the evidence, impossible. 
{#Bananajumprope}
There is another live recording of this song that is historically significant...
Who's fighting and what for?
 
what will Happen to the World if they quit?
I Really dont want to think of....
.{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Cheers}
Soundtrack of my life
One damn fine line up!
Hey Bill, thanks for that time warp and hope you got that Beth Orton album, was signed at the Mod Club in Toronto
{#Jump} {#Dancingbanana_2} {#Yes}  {#Cheers}
I like my rock-n-roll like I like my women ... loose and sloppy ...
super gute  scheibe  {#Jump}
wow. I've seen that album around for decades and, apparently, never listed to it (or at least never listened to this song) 'cause this is cool... totally different feel than the studio version. I like
The definitive live guitar duel between Keith and Mick Taylor...Yeah!!!!!
Great live version!  Turn this one up....way up!
 lewie221 wrote:
Holy crap, the studio cut is so flat and pedestrian compared to this. Amazing.

 
👍
 dickmahoon wrote:
The boys at the top of their game...
 
👍
 iagdboy wrote:
perfect

 
👍
One of the greatest songs made plain, clipped, passé 
perfect
Just heard a lifeless live version of U2's wonderful One Tree Hill.

Now hear is this classic tune in one of its early live performances - starts a little sluggish, but when Mick T. and Keith start exchanging solos it takes me into amazing places.  9. 
The boys at the top of their game...
Blistering guitar by Mick Taylor.  Stones in their peak period. {#Devil_pimp}
 schain wrote:
Great to hear a cut from one the great bootleg's of the era - only on RP (or my own collection)... thanks

 
What's your definition of 'bootleg'? According to Wkipedia it was the the first live album ever to reach number 1 in the UK. Released on Decca in Europe and London Records in the US. I remember it has always been in stores in Germany.
Holy crap, the studio cut is so flat and pedestrian compared to this. Amazing.
No one has ever equaled Mick Taylor.
Paint it Black, you DEVIL!
Great to hear a cut from one the great bootleg's of the era - only on RP (or my own collection)... thanks
 djmlk1200 wrote:
Average rating of 5...seriously?  I had to register at radio paradise just to give this song a high rating and bring the average up.  This is an all time classic version of SFTD from the 1969 tour.  Any true Stones fan knows that this is an incredible version with amazing solos from M. Tayor and Keith.

 
I think 5 is the automatic rating that comes up for an as-of-yet unrated song.
Average rating of 5...seriously?  I had to register at radio paradise just to give this song a high rating and bring the average up.  This is an all time classic version of SFTD from the 1969 tour.  Any true Stones fan knows that this is an incredible version with amazing solos from M. Tayor and Keith.
Awfully bad ! OOOshhh my ears ! Stop it pleeaase{#Fever}
Poor donkey.