Facing 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.