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Sympathy For The Devil lyrics

Facebook "Sympathy for the Devil" by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appears on the Rolling Stones album, Beggar's Banquet - 1968. The inspiration for the song came from Soviet writer Mikhail Bulgakov's novel, "The Master and Margarita", which depicts Satan having his way in 1930s Moscow. Keith Richards said he struggled to find the right music for Jagger's lyrics. He finally based the melody on a Samba beat, giving it a hypnotic feel.

There are many interpretations of this song, with the most contentious being that it's not a song sung by Lucifer, but God himself. That interpretation suggests that God is the real Satan. However, many believe the lyrics are genuine in representing Lucifer's point of view and that the obfuscations in the lyric represent the nature of Satan: misdirection, self-indulgence and evil.
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Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste

I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul and faith

And I was 'round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain

Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate


Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game


I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain

I rode a tank
Held a general's rank
When the blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank


Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
Ah, what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah

I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the gods they made

I shouted out,
"Who killed the Kennedys?"
When after all
It was you and me


Let me please introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
And I laid traps for troubadours
Who get killed before they reached Bombay


Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah, get down, baby
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's confusing you
Is just the nature of my game

Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
Cause I'm in need of some restraint

So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I'll lay your soul to waste, um yeah


Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, um yeah
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, um mean it, get down

Woo, who
Oh yeah, get on down
Oh yeah
Oh yeah!
Tell me baby, what's my name
Tell me honey, can ya guess my name
Tell me baby, what's my name
I tell you one time, you're to blame
Ooo, who
Ooo, who
Ooo, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Oh, yeah
What's me name
Tell me, baby, what's my name
Tell me, sweetie, what's my name
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Ooo, who, who
Oh, yeah


Songwriters: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

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