The Rolling Stones — Gimme Shelter
Album: Let It Bleed
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Released: 1969
Length: 4:28
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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Ooh, a storm is threatnin'
My very life today
If I don't get some shelter
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away

War, children
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
War, children
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away (''Yeah'')

Ooh, see the fire is sweepin'
Our very streets today
Burns like a red coal carpet
Mad bull, lost its way

War, children, yes
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
War, children
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away (''Yeah'')

(''Rape, murder'')
(''It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away'')
(''Rape, murder, yeah'')
(''It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away'')
(''Rape, murder'')
(''It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away, yeah yeah'')

Mmm, the floods is threatnin'
My very life today
Gimme, gimme shelter
Or I'm gonna fade away

War, children
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

I tell you love, sister
It's just a kiss away, it's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away, it's just a kiss away
It's just a kiss away, kiss away, kiss away, yeah
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I like to picture the Stones sitting around the studio listening to this song as they recorded it with big shit eating grins on their faces saying "Yeah we freaking nailed it".
... this is for my uncle who died much too early and who made me aware of music like this. I miss you and think of you every day.
If you haven't seen Twenty Feet From Stardom, it features the background singer on this song (Merry Clayton) and is very worthwhile to watch. http://twentyfeetfromstardom.com
I think this is the best Stones song, and really one of the most iconic and evocative of its time.
My absolute favorite Rock.

 
 GTT wrote:
Strange, but I had never read (or understood most of the) lyrics to this song until just now.  It was always one of my favorites, but now I really think it is my favorite rock n roll song of all time.

 
Which causes me to make a confession: I always heard this as "it's just a shout away," and somehow that seemed to work also.
Now that I know it's "shot" well that's more literal. War - it's just a shot away. And because I went these many years thinking the other way, it will probably always be informed by both, for me.
The indestructible KEEF turns 74 today!!

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Thanks Bill and Rebecca for remembering to play the classics.

I don't mean necessarily the general term "classic rock" ... I'm talking about the classics.... like Gimme Shelter.

Need to hear a bit more of the music that framed our generation

cheers.



                            
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Recorded  on February 23, 1969. 
Merry Clayton's vocals were added on November 2 1969. 
Released on Let It Bleed, on December 5, 1969 and at first titled "Gimmie Shelter".

Lead Vocals & Harmonica:
 Mick Jagger 
Electric Guitars:
 Keith Richards 
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman  
Vocal Solo Merry Clayton 
Backing Vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Merry Clayton 
Piano: Nicky Hopkins 
Percussion (Guiro): Jimmy Miller 
 

Gimme Shelter 
(M. Jagger/K. Richards)

Oh, a storm is threat'ning 
My very life today 
If I don't get some shelter 
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away 
It's just a shot away 

Ooh, see the fire is sweepin' our very street today 
Burns like a red coal carpet, mad bull lost its way

War, children, it's just a shot away 
It's just a shot away 

Rape, murder! 

It's just a shot away 

The floods is threat'ning my very life today 
Gimme, gimme shelter, or I'm gonna fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away 
It's just a shot away 

I tell you love, sister, it's just a kiss away 
It's just a kiss away 
It's just a kiss away 
It's just a kiss away 
It's just a kiss away 
Kiss away, kiss away ~



 


More Awesome than AWESOME!
 MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN!
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Well, except for this one, of course!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsfOSbJY0

 
HA!!!  That's too funny!
MerryClaytonHWOFDec2012.jpg

Merry Clayton you are Fantastic!

This song is phenominally awesome   : )      Rock On  
 arcs_n_sparks wrote:
Thank you again for playing the best song every written!
 
Well, except for this one, of course!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsfOSbJY0
Thank you again for playing the best song every written!
goose bumps = 10

Thank you  The Rolling Stones   for
Gimme Shelter

a STRONG 8 for me

 

 

 


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 arcs_n_sparks wrote:
Still the best song ever...

 
I sure can't argue with that statement.
Play it again, Bill. 

Oh, wait, I can do that myself. Get me iTunes cranked to public nuisance level.  
how would anyone rate this under 10?