ROLLING STONES : GIMME SHELTER [LET IT BLEED, 1969]

CHARLIE WATTS R.I.P.

Ooh, a storm is threatening
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Ooh yeah I’m gonna fade awayWar, children
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
War, children
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot awayOoh, see the fire is sweepin’
Our streets today
Burns like a red coal carpet
Mad bull lost its wayWar, children
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
War, children
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot awayRape, murder, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
Rape, murder, yeah, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
Rape, murder, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot awayMmm, a flood is threatening
My very life today
Gimme, gimme shelter
Or I’m gonna fade awayWar, children
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot awayI tell you love, sister
It’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
Kiss away, kiss away

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11 Comments

  1. Timothy Price August 25, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    I saw that he had passed on. RIP.

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  2. Liz Gauffreau August 25, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    The end of an era, with his passing.

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    1. Oannes August 25, 2021 at 9:48 pm

      Indeed. I liked this guy very much – more than the others in the band.

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      1. Liz Gauffreau August 26, 2021 at 2:53 am

        He did seem to be steadier than Mick and Keith, in particular. I became disgusted with the Rolling Stones when they hyped their farewell tour to high heaven, with ticket prices to their show at the Hampton Coloseum to match. The year of said farewell performance? 1978.

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        1. Oannes August 26, 2021 at 8:08 am

          To tell you the truth, I never really liked [especially] Mick Jagger as a character – the RS music legacy is a totally different story.

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          1. Liz Gauffreau August 26, 2021 at 7:33 pm

            I have to agree about Mick Jagger, “character” being the operative word. Is there a real person in there anywhere?

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            1. Oannes August 26, 2021 at 9:48 pm

              Judging from the cover, nobody I ‘d like to know…

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  3. Resa August 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you for this. I adore this song.
    Norm and the guys did a 20 minute version of it a couple of weeks ago.
    It was brilliant!
    RIP, Charlie!

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    1. Oannes August 26, 2021 at 11:20 pm

      The only time I saw them live was in 1998 in Athens. I would call the performance of “this particular song” the high point of my career as a concert goer. And it’s been a rich one, I can assure you of that.

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      1. Resa August 27, 2021 at 3:42 am

        Very cool!

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