This is about the conflict in Northern Ireland. The title refers to the people fighting for something without regard for its consequences.
The Stones recorded this in Dublin.
This is a rare political song by The Stones. They usually sing about lighter topics, like girls.
Jagger sang this in the same style as their 1967 hit "She's A Rainbow."
Lenny Castro played percussion, Benmont Tench played organ. Tench is best known as a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Mick Jagger wrote this while he was working on his third solo album Wandering Spirit. Said Jagger: "I was sort of halfway through with it, and I thought, 'Well, this would be better suited to The Rolling Stones' next album.' It was all kind of in my head, rather than written down. But you know, it's pretty strong. I think it's good to have one like that on the record, it shakes you up a bit. Otherwise all the songs are about girls and cars and immaturity."
Rockgod from Dunellen, NjWhat other genius than Mick Jagger would make a literary allusion to poet John Milton: "Put down paradise as lost..."? Mick is quite the erudite rock star now, idn't 'e?
Susan from Toronto, CanadaMick said (in GUITAR WORLD or GUITAR PLAYER, I forget which) that he was going for a Staple Singers sound with this song, and most likely he meant regarding Pops Staples' unique guitar sound.
John from Johannesburg, South AfricaThis really gets to the depths of your mind and lets the feelings flow
Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis is a rare political song by The Stones. They usually sing about lighter topics, like girls.
Rory from Victoria, CanadaJust realized something, this is part of the soundtrack for "The Replacements" that stupid keanu reeves movie...What a shame.
Rory from Victoria, CanadaThis song is pure genius...It deserves a great deal more attention then it gets. The song is deep and cuts deep, simply said its an excellant song and I listen to it on a regular basis.
Jake from Toronto, CanadaNot many people realize how good this song really is, because most people who listen to the Stones don't like their slower, softer songs... and anyone who doesn't listen to the Stones would be used to their sex-related lyrics and not even dare listen to their other songs. A great song anyways.
Thomas from Groningen, NetherlandsIsn't the guitar solo of Ronnie Wood f*cking awsome?!