The Rolling Stones — Paint It Black
Album: Aftermath
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8.8

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Total ratings: 1133
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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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 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
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.


 
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!
First verse, second line.
Should be 'colours' not 'colors' 
dancing at my desk....work is so much better with RP and the Stones...  {#Bananasplit}even if it's dark and sad.
So desperation. 

Much dark.

Love it.  
Hits spots other songs can't reach!
 lemmoth wrote:
"Paint it black you devil" shouts the chick in the audience, caught on record on Get Yer Ya Yas Out.

"Won't you tell your dad "Get off my back
Tell him what we said 'bout 'Paint It Black' "

Thirteen - Big Star

 
Loved that album's "Midnight Rambler"--it really sounds like a riot was about to start during that song. 
{#Heartkiss}  So very good
So. Good.  
 SweTex wrote:

I was there and for me it's a 2.

 
I guess it had a different meaning while growing up looking forward to turning 18 and getting a draft card as a birthday present.

"Paint it black you devil" shouts the chick in the audience, caught on record on Get Yer Ya Yas Out.

"Won't you tell your dad "Get off my back
Tell him what we said 'bout 'Paint It Black' "

Thirteen - Big Star
 minimole wrote:
Dear RP, could we please have a "PSA" (Play Song Again) button?
 
brilliant
One of my absolute favorites.  I can't believe this is the first time I've heard it on RP.   Turn it up to 11.
Cualquier cosa que se diga sobre esta canción, jamás será suficiente para intentar adjetivarla.
This fine trippy gem was one of the ones my mom kinda didn't want me listening to on the radio above the headboard when I was just a little kid, (head floating in the breeze, man); I remember jumping up and whirling like a dervish and asking her, "What's that he's saying?" and can't forget how she said, "How the heck should I know?  Turn it off, time for bed, buddy-boy!"  Years later, I dived right in...and I'm still there.
 rdo wrote:

Yep, I remember that well.  Imagine that, an intelligent prime time drama about the Vietnam war with good music in the intro.  Oh how times have changed.  Now, we got teenagers eating spiders.  But that spider eating was several years ago and I don't watch prime time TV anymore. What are they up to now?
 

I just watched Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket the other night for like the 100th time, the closing credits roll to this as well.  This might lead some to think I have an unhealthy obsession with war, the Vietnam war in particular, to which I would readily concede.  Check out the book Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes, for the full Vietnam experience.  Stanley Karnow's history of the war is also something everyone should read.
 
 Shimmer wrote:

The Stones were trying to capitalize on the the artistic spirit of the 60's, as exemplified by, say, Bob Dylan or the Beatles. I realize this is not the popular opinion, but to me it comes through so clearly in songs like this (which could be called "I am such a tortured artist") or albums like Satanic Majesties Request (which is an utter ripoff of Sgt. Pepper's and the like).

 
To judge the Rolling Stones by the album Their Satanic Majesties Request is to show your ignorance.  The good natured rivalry between the Stones and Beatles in the 60's certainly lead to innumerable comparisons and some similar album concepts (TSMR being one of them).  The Stones were never out to capitalize on the "spirit of the 60's" (whatever that is).  If anything they were capitalizing on the spirit of the American blues which came before the 60's.  As were the Beatles.  In the process, both bands expanded the reach of popular music and defined rock and roll for generations to come.  Poseurs could never have such an affect.

Back to the rock you crawled from under.
 kurtster wrote:
You sure didn't have to be there for this one, but if you were, its a 10.
 
I was there and for me it's a 2.
The stones made some phenomenal and unique music in the 70s - pick any album. Why do we have to hear the same overplayed stuff on RP???????? Can't you here me knockin'??????
Good choice Bill.......
Charlie Watts, the drum fill master...love it coming out of the break...one of the best
Dear RP, could we please have a "PSA" (Play Song Again) button?
 dvalfre wrote:

Yap, this song in my mind is forever tied to the "Tour of Duty" TV show and from there to every reference of the Vietnam War...
(too bad the producers of the show didn't pay due royalties so the DVDs don't include the original soundtrack)
 
Yep, I remember that well.  Imagine that, an intelligent prime time drama about the Vietnam war with good music in the intro.  Oh how times have changed.  Now, we got teenagers eating spiders.  But that spider eating was several years ago and I don't watch prime time TV anymore. What are they up to now?
 Baby_M wrote:
For some reason, I'm picturing helicopters.
 
Yap, this song in my mind is forever tied to the "Tour of Duty" TV show and from there to every reference of the Vietnam War...
(too bad the producers of the show didn't pay due royalties so the DVDs don't include the original soundtrack)
 Pharlap wrote:
"Paint it Black, You Devils"...anonymous woman at Altamount concert....minutes before the mayhem
  

 
Giselle62 wrote:

As that other fella said: good story but I never heard anything like this about Altamont and I've read all the books and seen the movie several times. (I'm fascinated with the dark side of the 60's probably because of my parents.)
 
You can hear a woman saying that at the beginning of one track of "Get Yer Yas Yas Out"—pretty sure it was "Sympathy for the Devil." That album didn't have any songs from the Altamont concert—all but one track was recorded at Madison Square Garden in Nov. 69. The other song was recorded in Baltimore a day before the MSG concert. 

This Wikipedia entry has a bit more and mentions the woman calling for "Paint it Black" on GYYYO. The band was playing "Under My Thumb" when the audience member got killed at Altamont: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sympathy_for_the_Devil#Aftermath 
 Shimmer wrote:

The Stones were poseurs. The Beatles and Dylan were not.

 

So what...?

The point you trying to make is plain stupid!
The Feelies did a great version of this.
 Proclivities wrote:

I am not attempting to refute your point; this is not a court of law.  It is your opinion.  All performers are poseurs to some large extent - always have been - always will be - otherwise they would have become actuaries or lighthouse keepers.  You apparently do not like the Stones' music - that is fine - but to me, they produced outstanding music for a very long time.  For example: Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street are as great as any rock/pop records ever recorded.  Was Mick Jagger more of a showman and/or front-man than Dylan or any of The Beatles?  Probably.  If you believe that one of the greatest bands in the history of rock-n-roll were nothing more than "poseurs", then that's what you believe; I cannot change your mind (well, unless I had that "zombie-headpiece" device from the 1940's Batman serial).  I was just pointing out that they were/are all in the same racket.  Anyhow, you and I probably like a lot of the same music. {#Cheers}
 
An awesome, civilized refute. 
You sure didn't have to be there for this one, but if you were, its a 10.
Sort of a Goth- first- dance- {#Skull}at- the- wedding- song. 
 Tana wrote:
I still have a picture in my head of Mick Jones sitting cross-legged playing the sitar on the Ed Sullivan show. Did that really happen?
 
Brian Jones??

 Pharlap wrote:
"Paint it Black, You Devils"...anonymous woman at Altamount concert....minutes before the mayhem
 
As that other fella said: good story but I never heard anything like this about Altamont and I've read all the books and seen the movie several times. (I'm fascinated with the dark side of the 60's probably because of my parents.)

 Shimmer wrote:

I know you're trying to be sarcastic, but it doesn't do much to refute my point. The Stones were poseurs. The Beatles and Dylan were not.

 
Um, are you maybe confusing the Stones with the Monkees?

i've liked this since i was a kid and my mom played this album all of the time.
 Pharlap wrote:
"Paint it Black, You Devils"...anonymous woman at Altamount concert....minutes before the mayhem
 
Isn't that what you hear just before they launch "Sympathy for the Devil" on Get Yer Ya-Yas Out? At least that's how I remember it; the satanic coincidence stuck in my head. According to Wikipedia's page on that album, that song was recorded at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1969. Altamont was December 6th of the same year. Anyway, your version makes a better story!