Sweet Black Angel | Angela Davis

Saturday, February 22, 2014

One of my favorite songs, it's only been played live in concert twice by the Rolling Stones in the 42 years since the 1972 recording for Exile on Main Street.  One of the very few political songs by the Stones, you can tell from the lyrics why they may not perform this song often.

Got a sweet black angel,
Got a pin up girl,
Got a sweet black angel,
Up upon my wall.
Well, she ain't no singer
And she ain't no star,
But she sure talk good,
And she move so fast.
But the gal in danger,
Yeah, de gal in chains,
But she keep on pushin',
Would ya take her place?
She countin' up de minutes,
She countin' up de days,
She's a sweet black angel, woh,
Not a sweet black slave.
Ten little niggers
Sittin' on de wall,
Her brothers been a fallin',
Fallin' one by one.
For a judge's murder
In a judge's court,
Now de judge he gonna judge her
For all dat he's worth.
Well de gal in danger,
De gal in chains,
But she keep on pushin'
Would you do the same?
She countin' up de minutes,
She countin' up de days,
She's a sweet black angel,
Not a gun toting teacher,
Not a Red lovin' school marm,
Ain't someone gonna free her,
Free de sweet black slave,
Free de sweet black slave.

Sweet Black Angel by The Rolling Stones | Song was about wrongly jailed Angela Davis who was freed from prison after public outrage.  She turned 70 years old January 26, 2014.

Song was written in 1970 by Jagger/Richards, recorded in 1972. I idolized her as a young girl.  And I still do. One bold, bitchin' revolutionary who was very bright and compassionate.  I will never forget her struggle.





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