Piers Morgan fumes as Rolling Stones retire Brown Sugar amid backlash over slavery lyrics
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Piers Morgan, 56, has taken to Twitter to show his frustration over Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ decision to stop playing The Rolling Stones’ song Brown Sugar. The legendary rockstars cited controversial slavery references in the song’s lyrics as the reason behind their decision.
Piers retweeted the news, commenting: “For the love of god…
His comments sparked differing views amongst Twitter users, who debated the potential inspiration behind the song in the tweet’s replies.
WKD01 wrote: “How so…. I’m really intrigued how you came to that conclusion.
“I’ve read the lyrics and I disagree with you. I am genuinely interested how it’s anti-slavery.”
CarlHowarth5 added: “It’s not banned though – they could put it back in any time.
“The Stones decided not to play it.
“It doesn’t ‘sound’ like a protest song and even Jagger admits the tone is all over the shop.”
jimbryno penned: “I was always under the impression it was written about interracial sex and how that was a positive thing.
“During the 60’s it was still a bit of a faux pas and this was more of a protest song to that affect.
“Nothing to do with heroin which a lot of people are saying.” [sic]
KennethBosel14 enquired: “Its about the mother of Jaggers first child isn’t it??”
TheFullDogSwing responded: “No. It’s about heroin.”
While the origins of the song are not entirely clear, Sir Mick Jagger explained the band had been playing it “every night” since 1970.
He told The Los Angeles Times: “We’ve played ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970, so sometimes you think, ‘We’ll take that one out for now and see how it goes’.
“We might put it back in.”
However, Keith Richards said he is “trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is” with the lyrics.
He continued: “Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery?
“But they’re trying to bury it. At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this s***.”
Mick and Keith wrote the song during a 1969 recording session at the Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama.
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