"Blinded By Rainbows" as written by and Keith Richards Mick Jagger....
Did you ever feel the pain
That he felt upon the cross
Did you ever feel the knife
Tearing flesh that's oh so soft

Did you ever touch the night
Did you ever count the cost
Do you hide away the fear
Put down paradise as lost

Yeah you're blinded by rainbows
Watching the wind blow
Blinded by rainbows
Do you dream at night
Do you sleep at night
I doubt it

Did you ever feel the blast
As the semtex bomb goes off
Do you ever hear the screams
As the limbs are all torn off
Did you ever kiss the child
Who just saw his father shot
Do you ever shed a tear
As the war drags on and on

Do you ever touch the night
Or is it just another job
Do you feel the final hours
Put down paradise as lost

Yeah you're blinded by rainbows
And faces in windows
Blinded by rainbows
Do you dream at night
Do you sleep at night
I doubt it

Do you ever fear the night
Could it be the war is lost
Do you fear the final hour
Do you kneel before the cross

You're blinded by rainbows
And watching the wind blow
Blinded by rainbows
Do you dream at night
Do you scream at night
Do you smell of fear
Is your conscience clear
Are you caked in sweat

Are your clothes all wet
Do you see the light
Is the end in sight
See the face of Christ
Enter paradise
I doubt it


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"Blinded by Rainbows" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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    General Commentyes this song is about the 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland, I think specifically the ignorance of the IRA and their brutal violence that killed innocent civilians, even Irish Catholics, who were a big part of the reason for the foundations of the IRA in the first place..Irish catholic repression by the RUC. I think blinded by rainbows actually refers to the tricolour flag of the republic of Ireland..the IRA used this flag to support a United Ireland ..North with the South..and they are blinded by their ambition to make this happen that the violence and killings to even civilians who are caught in this battle is just another casualty that is worth it to support their cause...I'm writing a paper on this and feel like procrastinating lol just thought I mention some insight..
    shanfran144on March 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is beautiful. it makes me want to cry
    barefootacousticon May 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this part:
    Did you ever kiss the child
    Who just saw his father shot
    Do you ever shed a tear
    As the war drags on and on

    Is about the Gulf War, it makes we want to cry because I was in Kuwait after the war and saw all the damage. Beautiful song.
    justlikemagicon August 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts simple really.

    He is saying that all these bad things are going wrong in the world. People are dying in wars, people have given up hope of happyness, and you sit there surrounding yourself with things that make you happy so that those things dont bring you down. People know things are going wrong, but they choose to ignore it and surrond themselves with things that dont remind them of those things and chose to live in ignorance.

    Hence, you are being "blinded by rainbows". You surround yourself with rainbows so that you are blinded from the things going wrong in the world. Rather depressing.
    Laxon July 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey wrote this about the violence in Ireland, but it applies to every war being fought..its a really tragic song
    Nolimits2022on January 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentJustLikeMagic, wrong again. I am sure you were in Kuwait..... the song is about the conflict in Ireland. It was recorded in Dublin. No wonder the Stones don't sing political songs. Too many people want to use those songs for their own agenda. Although you do have one thing right. One of the best most poignant song ever written. You can truly feel the intensity of this song and its true meaning.
    JustJimon May 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentJust throwing this one out here. On a wider level, perhaps this gem of a tune is just as much about the futility of religion in general?

    However deeply the song is supposed to resonate with us, I feel it remains one of the most underrated Stones tracks we've ever been blessed with.
    Anthony80on September 11, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice song, but like most of Voodoo Lounge is a victim of over-production. Would love to hear a stripped down acoustic version of this
    kexpseattleon October 27, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General Commentnever ceases to amaze me how much a song can give u even more appreciation for human life
    kharmapaymentmanon March 16, 2003   Link
  • -2
    General Commentthis song is soo awsome it's unreal.. how somthing soo beautiful is in this world.. but anyway.. i think this song is saying... did you give up on your dreams.. on hope.. on fate.. do you think the hope of paradise is lost?... did you remember to feel for the ones who have lost there families.. and remember to shed a tear for the ones who cant shed a tear no longer.. .. do your own hopes and dreams make you forget to see life as it is now.. in front of you.. you fight with your dreams .... blinded by the rainbows in them.. ( rainbows represent hope of a better day)..... but any way.. this song it beautiful.. and also ... on a religious note... in Revelations.. it speaks of rainbows surrounding the throne of Christ himself.. so maybe thats where the song adds the part of "see the face of Christ.. enter paradice"
    sassy_nurseon May 10, 2003   Link

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