Mick Jagger Releases Two New Singles – Proves He Still Matters

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by A. Michael Uhlmann

 

mick jaggerYesterday, he celebrated his 74th birthday, today (7/27) Mike Jagger released two brand new singles repressing the changing political landscape. He again demonstrated that as an “old” man, he can still tell the youngsters how to react and put to music, an engaging form of criticism and be viable not only to contemporary politics but also music. In the year since Brexit and the half-year since the Orange Agent sits in the White House, we should have experienced a bigger criticism from artists abroad and statewide.

In “England Lost!” he takes a football loss of the English national team, which during the whole song evolves from England lost to England’s lost. In a great black and white video, featuring Welsh actor Luke Evans, who fears to be followed and starts on a bizarre, running escape through London, the countryside and at the end reaching the ocean to be pulled back by bystanders and told by a little girl to “Pull Yourself Together.”

 

 

Jagger also mentioned that he wanted to use UK Rapper Skepta for a version of his “England Lost!” single – he did so, in the lyric video, where he added the moniker “Reimagined” to it

Right from the off when I started writing England Lost, I imagined having a British rapper on the track .. Skepta stepped in at a moments notice and I just loved what he did. 

 

 

In the email, he mentioned that he started these songs recently and had an urge to publish them, while they still matter

“I started writing these two songs a few weeks back and wanted to get them out to you straight away.”

While not as poignant in “England Lost!” in “Gotta Get A Grip” he re-emerges as a protest singer, actually pulling himself together. He’s lamenting the clowns in government, the constant lies we are fed, the ignorance of the electorate, the shunning of intellectuals, greed, and xenophobia. Sir Mick paints a dark, but a too real picture of the current state of affairs and proves at 74 that he still matters!
But read for yourself:

Gotta get a grip
Beat it with a stick
Gotta get a grip
She goin’ for the hit
THe world is upside down
Everybody lunatics and clowns
No one speaks the truth
And madhouse runs the town
Well you gotta get a grip
Beat it with a stick
You gotta get a grip

Everybody’s stuffing their pockets
Everybody’s on the take
The news is all fake
Let ’em eat chicken and let ’em eat steak
Let ’em eat shit, let ’em eat cake
You gotta get a grip
You gotta get a grip
You gotta keep it zipped
And shoot ’em from the hip
Yeah, yeah, you gotta get a grip
Beat it with a stick

I tried diversion and I tried coercion
Mediation and medication
LA culture and aquapuncture
Overeating and sex in meetings
Induced insanity, Christianity
Long walks and fast drives
And wild clubs and low dives
I pushed and I strived
But I can’t get you, can’t get you
Can’t get you out of my mind
Gotta get a grip

Oh you, oh you
Oh you, beat it with a stick
Immigrants are pouring in
Refugees under your skin
Keep ’em under, keep ’em out
Intellectual, shut your mouth
Beat ’em with a stick
Oh you
Gotta get a grip
Gotta get a grip
Chaos crisis instability, ISIS
Lies and scandals, wars and vandals
Metadata scams and policy shams
Put ’em in a slammer
Gotta get a grip
Gotta get a grip
Come on

The song features a heavy, great guitar riff that helps transcends the dark message into an almost positive fighting song. We “Gotta Get A Grip” and fight the demons that are here.

 

MICK JAGGER

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