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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicRock and Pop · 1 decade ago

How do you interpret these lyrics?

What does this song mean to you?

Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones

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. Petersberg

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

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 troubadors

Who get killed before they reached Bombay

(Bombay is the word I found listed on all of the lyrics pages I found, but the actual lyric on the soundtrack sounds as if it has more syllables than that, to me - DA)

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 baby, get down

Woo, who

Oh yeah, get on down

Oh yeah

Oh yeah!

Tell me baby, what's my name

Tell me honey, baby 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 my 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

(studio chatter)

"Milk Boy! Save Us Milk Boy!"

"Don't forget to drink your milk."

Update:

Riki doesnt due TDs

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  • 1 decade ago
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    One thing I can tell you is the first day in the studio was June 4 1968 and Robert Kennedy was killed June 6th 1968 and the song was written before July 4th. So what did they mean when they sing

    I shouted out

    "Who killed the Kennedys?"

    When after all

    It was you and me

    since Robert was still alive when they wrote the song, this has always been a mystery to me.

    I think they say it all in one line...Just call me Lucifer.

    take care

    dave

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes, it's about the evil of man. besides, i highly doubt that the devil had anything to do with the death of jesus, the 100 years war, the russian revolution, the blitzkrieg in world war 2, either kennedy assassinations, or the people killed on the hippie trail. so it must all have been man's doing.

    it's a cool history lesson though.

    Source(s): yes, it is bombay.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I've always looked at "Sympathy for the Devil" in a Satanist point of view; humans are flawed, they will sin, they're all evil at heart, and there's nothing we can ever do to change that. It's the end-all fact that everyone can agree with.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think it's about how humans always point fingers and say "Oh, it's the devil's doing" but in reality, it's *us* doing things. Nobody controls us, and all the bad things that happened in the history of the world is all humans' fault.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "Just call me Lucifer 'Cause I'm in need of some restraint"

    The fecker thinks he is the devil.

    He is showing where the devil was standing side by side with all the evil of the worlds history.

  • Monica
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    what the hell,worst song ever written.. Watch Me Crank Dat Soulja Boy Then Super Man Dat Hoe since when was superman a hoe?!

  • pogue
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    This person obviously suffers from borderline personality disorder, accompanied by delusions of grandeur and stream of consciousness boasting. Probably a bed-wetter, too.

  • 1 decade ago

    Evil is always right there with us, sitting comfortably at our sides, *helping* us make those hard decisions.

    Fortunately, "Good" is on the other side, helping keep balance.

  • Basically in a nutshell, it's saying how bad we are as humans that the 'devil' fits right in with us....

    I mean that is one small nutshell as well, does it make you hungry Riki?

  • 1 decade ago

    It's a conversation with the dark side of one' identity.

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