2000 Light Years From Home (Stereo Version) (4:45)

Cover of Rolled Gold +

From Rolled Gold + and 2 other releases

Borne of trippy days, under the governments gaze - in times when they were the undisputed kings of the world. The Stones pulled this one out of the bag…god only knows what they were on, but they captured a moment of the world’s media and laid it down.
On it’s simplest level, it tells the travel of a man and his greatest fulfillment; bound to deep space - and the agonies of loneliness that beset him (them?), as he (they?) moves further and further away from home, closer and closer to a fugue-state…with only the scintillating diamond-dust of stars for company.

On another level, perhaps it tells of the band’s increasing isolation, as they were elevated to the existence of demi-gods. Perhaps they were then where they always wanted to be, but were feeling the first sickening moments of vertigo, as they watched the ground start to leave their feet…? Fame is a lonely place, no matter how hard it’s sometimes chased down…hunting fame is like following the spoor of a fawn - but once captured, it can turn on you like a cornered bear.
Was this track simply a metaphor for how the band was dealing with fame? I don’t know. But I do know that this is one of the tracks that’ll be played for centuries to come.

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  • gungadinschin

    MEET YOU ON ALPHA FOR AIR -- FELLOW PSYCHONAUTS

    27 May 2010 Reply
  • rolands1961

    Luuuuuuuve It : )) Probably, if not my actual favourite Stones track ! !

    8 Dec 2009 Reply
  • rockfarmer

    Gotta love it! Hope they put out a few more like this.

    27 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Aud_

    Fantastic!!! One of their best. Ever.

    30 May 2009 Reply
  • adeybob2

    Love this song....heard it on a crackly, scratched LP for years - somehow, that old mono version was better.

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • starmacher

    Gimme Shelter and this song are the very best and high emotional of The Rolling Stones. Wonderful!

    8 Nov 2008 Reply
  • 8eileen

    I HEARD BILL WYMAN SAY THIS WAS ONE OF HIS ALL TIME FAVORITE STONES TRACKS. MINE TOO!

    27 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Queenmary07

    As I heard it for the first time I thougt - What to all Hells is this? But more and more I loved this song

    2 Apr 2008 Reply

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