Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

Formed in 1962, the Rolling Stones are a rock band from London. Countering the pop rock of the early sixties they pioneered the gritty and heaver-driven sound that came to define hard rock. The first line-up consisted of Mick Jagger (vocals0, Brian Jones (multi-instrumentalist, Keith Richards (guitar), Charlie Watts (drummer) and Bill Wyman (bass). Brian Jones led the band, putting it together, naming it and diving the sound and look of the band. In 1963 Andrew Oldman became their manager and encouraged them to write their own songs. Jagger and Richards the primary creative force behind the Rolling Stones. Alienated Jones developed a drug addiction and left the band in 1969 shortly before his death. He was replaced by Mick Taylor who left in 1974 and Ronnie Wood joined the band. Following the departure of Bill Wyman in 1993 the band has continued with a four-piece core with Daryll Jones playing bass on tours and on most studio recordings.

Gimme Shelter
Album: Let It Bleed
Date: 1969
Genre: Pop, Rock

Lyrics by Michael Phillip Jagger and Keith Richards

Ooh, a storm is threatening
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Ooh 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

Ooh, see the fire is sweepin’
Our streets 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
War, children
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
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

Mmm, a flood is threatening
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

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