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The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter Meaning


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Gimme Shelter Lyrics

Oh, a storm is threat'ning
My very life today
If I don't get some shelter
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away

War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away

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    Dec 18th, 2015 12:17pm report

    The issues the song brings up are the political and social problems faced in the 1960s, but more specifically, the Vietnam War. Rather than taking a stance on the issue of communism the war was fought about, the Rolling Stones wrote a song about how the war shouldn’t be fought because of its effects on society. Mick Jagger sings about how when these wars are waged the people need to “get some shelter” or they will “fade away,” meaning they will die.


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    Feb 7th, 2012 2:58pm report

    The idea for the song was a rewrite of the Staples Singers' song "I Had A Dream" a song about an apocolyptic vision, put to a Latin rock rhythm.
    They also got the vibrato guitar idea and the Merry Clayton (sounds like Mavis) vocal part from this song.
    "The Last time" was another song idea they got from the Staples, who were a great source of material for the Stones and Bob Dylan as well.


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    Aug 24th, 2011 8:07pm report

    Gimme Shelter is about finding a nice place in a mean world.

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