STORY OF SONG
“Sympathy for the Devil” is one of The Rolling Stones’ most controversial but popular songs. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (known as Jagger/Richards in song writing credits). From their 1968 album “Beggars Banquet”, “Sympathy for the Devil” is the opening track out of 10 track album.
The reason for the song’s controversy comes from the lyrics and title of the track. The song is sung in first person, with Mick Jagger pretending to be Satan. He references famous events in history that could be perceived as “works of the devil”, such as John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Jagger has previously stated that his inspiration for the song was from French poet Charles Pierre Baudelaire and Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel “The Master and Margarita”. The track, among other previous albums and previous songs, brought concerns to the media and the public of band being “devil-worshippers” and influencing younger audiences. In an interview with “Creem” which was a rock n’ roll magazine in the late 1960’s to the late 1980’s, Jagger said: “When people started taking us as devil worshippers, I thought it was a really odd thing, because it was only one song, after all. It wasn’t like it was a whole album, with lots of occult signs on the back. People seemed to embrace the image so readily [and] it has carried all the way over into heavy metal bands today.” In 1971, Keith Richards stated his point of view in an interview in 1971 with Rolling Stone magazine. “There are black magicians who think we are acting as unknown agents of Lucifer and others who think we are Lucifer. Everybody’s Lucifer.”
There is no official music video for the song, but their label uploaded an official lyric video for the track on the 15th November 2018. It has 1.5 million views.
Release Date: 6th December 1968
Producer/s: Jimmy Miller
Certifications: Certified Gold in Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.