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Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Gimme Shelter" was created from the combined efforts of both the singer and the guitarist. Richards had been working on the song's signature opening in London while Jagger was working on the film Performance. The song takes the form of a churning mid-tempo rocker. It begins with a rhythm guitar intro by Richards, followed by Jagger's lead vocal. On the recording of the album, Jagger said in a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone… read more

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Yeah, a storm is threatening
My very life today
If I don't get some shelter
Lord, I'm gonna fade away

The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter Lyrics

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  • The best song about Vietnam written by people who had no stake in the game
  • Still relevant, sadly.
  • you shut your face tibijack. this song has been happening for the past 50 years
  • fake fans? ever think they are commenting on the actual studio version of the song?
  • RAPE, MURDER!
  • Música inesquecível ^^
  • Master piece!!
  • What a bunch of fake fans. Merry Clayton? That's not her. That's Lisa Fisher, a great singer in her own right. Mary Clayton was the original singer, but this is Lisa! I agree with Namedieh...best Stones' song ever. Best band in the history of the world...to infinity!!!
  • Merry Clayton just hits this song so very well. I have no idea if it is true but I've heard that she was pregnant when this was made, but that her singing...and forcing her voice to crack several times... caused her to have a miscarriage shortly after the session. I have also heard that The Stones called her to the recording session early in the morning...two or three AM. Merry Clayton later married Leon Russell.
  • Best Stones song ever!

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