Song of the Day #2,138: ‘Brown Sugar (Live)’ – The Rolling Stones

sticky_fingersClosing out my week of favorite upbeat songs is ‘Brown Sugar’ by The Rolling Stones. I wouldn’t call this song “happy,” exactly, but it’s a far cry from the somber notes hit by most of my desert island choices.

‘Brown Sugar’ is raunchy and lusty like many of the best Rolling Stones songs. Mick Jagger’s twisted ode to interracial relations controversially centers on slavers and house boys but he manages to get away with it.

You can hear the song in its original version on my Song of the Day #1,546 post. But this live take, with Jagger in full prancing maniac mode, is a gem as well.

Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields
Sold in a market down in New Orleans
Scarred old slaver knows he’s doing alright
Hear him with the women just around midnight
Brown sugar how come you taste so good?
Brown sugar just like a young girl should

Drums beating, cold English blood runs hot
Lady of the house wonderin’ when it’s gonna stop
House boy knows that he’s doing alright
You shoulda heard him just around midnight

Brown sugar how come you taste so good, now?
Brown sugar just like a young girl should, now

Ah, get along, brown sugar how come you taste so good, baby?
Ah, got me feelin’ now, brown sugar just like a black girl should

I bet your mama was a tent show queen
And all her boyfriends were sweet sixteen
I’m no schoolboy but I know what I like
You shoulda heard me just around midnight

Brown sugar how come you taste so good, baby?
Ah, brown sugar just like a young girl should, yeah

I said yeah, yeah, yeah, woo
How come you…how come you taste so good?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, woo
Just like a…just like a black girl should
Yeah, yeah, yeah, woo

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,138: ‘Brown Sugar (Live)’ – The Rolling Stones

  1. Dana says:

    I’m not sure they really get away from this song being somewhat offensive both to Blacks and to women. While I agree that, musically, this is a fun song in that typical Rolling Stones way, it’s always made me a bit uncomfortable. If I were going to pick an upbeat fun Stones song, I probably would have chosen “Satisfaction” or “Honky Tonk Woman.”

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    Maybe it’s because 1972 was the year I graduated high school and started college but I vividly remember the piss and vinegar of these times and recall with relish this kind of lusty performance. Thoroughly enjoyable!

Leave a Reply to Dana Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.