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The Rolling Stones—You Can’t Always Get What You Want

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Submitted by Russ A.

By Helen Kruger, Music Planet Radio
If there was a Song Lyrics Hall of Fame, this one would probably be engraved on the front door. Released in 1969 the turbulent themes of the decade — war, politics and drugs brought about a new reality. The world can really suck sometimes. There’s a difference between want and need and just getting what you need is pretty much the most you can hope for.
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes, you just mind find you get what you need

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

Well, I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she would go meet her connection
At her feet was her footloose man

No, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
No, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
No, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
But if you try sometime, you just might find
You get what you need

And I went down to the demonstration
To get my fair share of abuse
Singing, “We’re gonna vent our frustration
And if we don’t, we are going to blow a 50-amp fuse”, yeah

And no, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
No, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
Well, no, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need, baby

And I went down to the Chelsea drugstore
To get your prescriptions filled
I was standin’ in line with Mr. Jimmy
And man, did he look pretty ill

We decided to have a soda
“Whatcha favorite flavor?”, “Cherry red”
And I sung my song to my friend Jimmy
And he said one word back to me, that was “Dead”
I said

Oh, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
Oh, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
Oh, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
But if you try sometimes, you just might find
You get what you need

Oh, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
You can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
You can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
You can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw

And I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
And she was practised that the art of deception
I could tell by her blood-stained hands

Oh, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
Oh, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw

Oh, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
Oh, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
Oh, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
Oh, you can’t always get what you want
aaaahhwaw
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need