I love The Rolling Stones and while i will openly sing their songs at the top of my lungs every time the’re on the radio, i intentionally forget the lyrics to the song, ,”Brown, Sugar.” for a very particular reason. Of course its impossible to ignore now after The Tragedy in Charlottesville, and that’s why it must be banned.
One only has to listen to the lyrics, “Gold Coast slave ship bound for cotton fields
Sold in the market down in New Orleans Scarred old slaver knows he’s doin’ all right Hear him whip the women just around midnight to know two things. This song oozes raunchy sex and it is set in the time of slavery.
The song continues on to talk about how the girl in the story, tastes so good, just like a young girl should, and then refers to her as , “Brown Sugar,” While Keith Richard and Mick Jagger wrote the first part of the song to read, just like a young girl should,” it is changed to, just like a black girl should,” later in the song.
According to an article on ultimateclassicrock.com about the controversial song “Jagger admitted in 1995 that his lyrics may have gone a bit far. “God knows what I’m on about on that song. Jagger told reporters,” It’s such a mishmash. All the nasty subjects in one go. […] I never would write that song now. I would probably censor myself. I’d think, ‘Oh God, I can’t. I’ve got to stop. I can’t just write raw like that.’”
The article, which was written by Franklin Mastropolo in August of 2016, states in the first paragraph that,he Rolling Stones‘ “Brown Sugar” is a stew of controversial topics: Slavery, rape and interracial sex are just a partial list.”. In Jagger’s defense though, the article also claims that the song was written in under an hour.
Unfortunately for fans of Classic Rock and the one of the most popular bands during the British Invasion’s history, the song is now too controversial of a thing to be playing on the radio and belongs in the same garbage bin with the Rebel flag, all the Civil war statues and sports mascots named Traveler.