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The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil - Live 1998


(This is the full-length show performed by the Rolling Stones on the fifth and final leg of the Bridges To Babylon Tour, at Weserstadion on September 2, 1998)




Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It is the opening track on their 1968 album Beggars Banquet.


By the time Beggars Banquet was released, the Rolling Stones had already raised some hackles for sexually forward lyrics such as "Let's Spend the Night Together", or after their reprise of the Willie Dixon's blues "I Just Want to Make Love to You" etc. and for allegedly dabbling in Satanism[4] (their previous album, while containing no direct Satanic references in its music or lyrics, was titled Their Satanic Majesties Request), and "Sympathy" brought these concerns to the fore, provoking media rumours and fears among some religious groups that the Stones were devil-worshippers and a corrupting influence on youth.


Jagger claims this is about the dark side of man, not a celebration of Satanism.


The Stones performed this on Rock and Roll Circus, a British TV special The Stones taped in 1968 but never aired. It was released on video in 1995. During the performance, Jagger removes his shirt to reveal devil tattoos on his chest and arms.





Lyrics


Please allow me to introduce myself

I'm a man of wealth and taste

I've been around for a long, long year

Stole many a man's soul to waste


And I was 'round when Jesus Christ

Had his moment of doubt and pain

Made damn sure that Pilate

Washed his hands and sealed his fate


Pleased to meet you

Hope you guess my name

But what's puzzling you

Is the nature of my game


I stuck around St. Petersburg

When I saw it was a time for a change

Killed the czar and his ministers

Anastasia screamed in vain


I rode a tank

Held a general's rank

When the blitzkrieg raged

And the bodies stank


Pleased to meet you

Hope you guess my name, oh yeah

Ah, what's puzzling you

Is the nature of my game, oh yeah


I watched with glee

While your kings and queens

Fought for ten decades

For the gods they made


I shouted out

Who killed the Kennedys?

When after all

It was you and me


Let me please introduce myself

I'm a man of wealth and taste

And I laid traps for troubadours

Who get killed before they reached Bombay


Pleased to meet you

Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah

But what's puzzling you

Is the nature of my game, oh yeah, get down, baby


Pleased to meet you

Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah

But what's confusing you

Is just the nature of my game, mm yeah


Just as every cop is a criminal

And all the sinners saints

As heads is tails

Just call me Lucifer

'Cause I'm in need of some restraint


So if you meet me

Have some courtesy

Have some sympathy, and some taste

Use all your well-learned politesse

Or I'll lay your soul to waste, mm yeah


Pleased to meet you

Hope you guessed my name, mm yeah


But what's puzzling you

Is the nature of my game, mm mean it, get down


Oh yeah, get on down

Oh yeah


Oh yeah


Tell me baby, what's my name

Tell me honey, can ya guess my name

Tell me baby, what's my name

I tell you one time, you're to blame


Oh, right

What's my name

Tell me, baby, what's my name

T

ell me, sweetie, what's my name




Songwriters: Keith Richards / Mick Jagger

Sympathy for the Devil lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC