Paint it black

In the time of the pandemic, I recall the iconic song. ‘Paint it black’ by Rolling stone.  It’s an opening track of their 4th album released in Aftermath (1966). It was hit number one in Billboard’s top 100. Mick Jagger the lead singer of the band said it just a song, it is up to you how you take it. Critics tagged it with drug songs and songs related to death.

If you ask me, I will say it is sheer poetry played with music. It becomes punchier with the falsetto style. I see it as poetry as it offers multidimensional meanings it. Hollywood fraternity used this song in the movie Full Metal Jacket and it became a song for Vietnam War.

The decade of 1960s brought many changes to the lives of society. The world changed from then onwards. As we always see the reflection of society into art. This song reflects it like a mirror. The ongoing war, technological change, and rising industry. Rolling Stone is one of the bands that carry hippie rendition with their newly developed style full mix of rock, acid, pop, and grunge. The so-called Bad boys’ group together rocked the floor for more than 50 years now. It was the first time when Brian Jones played Sitar in this song.

I see a line of cars
And they’re all painted black
With flowers and my love
Both never to come back

I’ve seen people turn their heads
And quickly look away
Like a newborn baby
It just happens everyday

I look inside myself
And see my heart is black
I see my red door
I must have it painted black

Maybe then, I’ll fade away
And not have to face the facts
It’s not easy facing up
When your whole world is black

It is time and it is changing, the way LP was replaced with Cassette and then came the CD, DVD replaced with free online music. I am sure the time will change but it will change for the better. There will be a better time but the mojo of this song will reign.


Published by Rahul Mate

Passionate about cinema, fine art, literature and photography, while teaching in media school Rahul Mate makes a little change into the life of people by connecting them with world of creative freedom.

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