Gimme Shelter

Mick Jaggar Tells the Story points out that no song captured the apocalyptic dread of 1969 like Gimme Shelter. 

GFacing dark days is gut wrenching. Gimme Shelter, with its haunting lyrics and vocals by Jaggar and Merry Clayton, boldly admits threats of storm, fire, flood. “Rape, murder, it’s just a shot away” gives credence to conflict escalation. At the same time, the song elicits hope by crying out for shelter and acknowledging the power of love.

Driving through Hot Springs, I saw a woman mouthing apology to drivers for her angry companion as they crossed a busy street. In days of rising rage, Gimme Shelter calls us to respond (if and when possible) with kisses not shots.

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