The Rolling Stones — Paint It Black
Album: Aftermath
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Total ratings: 1297









Released: 1966
Length: 3:16
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love, both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a newborn baby it just happens ev'ryday

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door and it has been painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facing up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not forsee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the setting sun
My love will laugh with me before the morning comes

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

Hmm, hmm, hmm...

I wanna see it painted black, painted black
Black as night, black as coal
I wanna see the sun, blotted out from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black
Yeah

Hmm, hmm, hmm...
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Even more than the Beatles, these guys invented rock and roll as we know it.  This song is not my favorite, a little too silly, but it would be exhibit A in how this band helped open up rock music to pretty much everything.
 Proclivities wrote:
paint it black

 
YES~!! {#Lol}
This is absolutely my favorite Stones song, hands down. I find the rest of their songs OK I guess, but this one is something special!
paint it black
 neuticle wrote:
Charlie Watts, the drum fill master...love it coming out of the break...one of the best

 
Among my favorite rock drummers.  So many Stones songs he just totally anchors.  Uncanny ability to tastefully drive every song.
Reserved, Precise, subtle, bad ass.


 westslope wrote:
I learned to play this on the recorder and then the clarinet.

 
I remember going to elementary school in upstate NY in the sixties and they gave us all recorders and big 'music classes'! Don't remember being taught anything as fun as 'Paint It Black' though. Little Brown Jug rings a bell.
I learned to play this on the recorder and then the clarinet.
                         

The instrumental version from Westworld is pretty awesome.


 
 h8rhater wrote:

cli·ché
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noun
noun: cliché; plural noun: clichés; noun: cliche; plural noun: cliches
1.
a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.


 
opps, sorry
 Skydog wrote:
for me there are only 2 periods
pre 'Beggars Banquet'
and 'Beggars' thru 'Exile' 
if some how thats all they ever did then thats enough
those were great eras 


cli·ché
klēˈSHā/
noun
noun: cliché; plural noun: clichés; noun: cliche; plural noun: cliches
1.
a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.

for me there are only 2 periods
pre 'Beggars Banquet'
and 'Beggars' thru 'Exile' 
if some how thats all they ever did then thats enough
those were great eras 
I was a little kid when this came out. I was a huge Beatles fan and not much of a Stone's guy but I really loved this one. Relentless! Seems like it was played every 15 minutes on AM radio at the time.

This follow-up to 'Satisfaction' on the 'Out Of Our Heads' LP cements them as having turned from a (really good) covers band into actual self-realized artists. Then we got a bunch of great rock n' roll. Never gets old for me.


These rock and roll glitterati...... very demanding arnt they, go to B&Q or Homebase and get yer own f3cking paint you lazy gits!    they have to make a song and dance about everything dont they?!
 saffronphil wrote:
Hits spots other songs can't reach!
 
Exactly!
Can I vote for another 10 (10+10=20)
godlike.
Man, look at that ratings distribution. 
When we moved into my present house, the shutters and front door were deep red.  A couple years later, my wife decided to repaint the shutters black.  I was told to paint the door to match.  She saw a red door and she had it painted black.
God-like? Yaaaassssssss...  On WINS 101 New York, when I was a kid, listeners voted top songs every New Year (by postcard!) and for 4 or 5 years  "Satisfaction" was #1. With that powerful knowledge under my belt and the Yankees as my team, I thought I understood firmly how the Wold worked and it was pretty damn good!