"Shine A Light" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
Saw you stretched out in Room Ten O Nine
With a smile on your face and a tear right in your eye.
Oh, couldn't see to get a line on you, my sweet honey love.
Berber jewelry jangling down the street,
Making bloodshot eyes at every woman that you meet.
Could not seem to get a high on you, my sweet honey love.

May the good Lord shine a light on you,
Make every song (you sing) your favorite tune.
May the good Lord shine a light on you,
Warm like the evening sun.

When you're drunk in the alley, baby, with your clothes all torn
And your late night friends leave you in the cold gray dawn.
Just seemed too many flies on you, I just can't brush them off.
Angels beating all their wings in time,
With smiles on their faces and a gleam right in their eyes.
Whoa, thought I heard one sigh for you,
Come on up, come on up, now, come on up now.

May the good Lord shine a light on you,
Make every song you sing your favorite tune.
May the good Lord shine a light on you,
Warm like the evening sun.

May the good Lord shine a light on you,
Make every song you sing your favorite tune.
May the good Lord shine a light on you,
Warm like the evening sun.


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"Shine a Light" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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  • +4
    General CommentIs it about Brian? Is it about Keath? Is it about a groupie? What kind of of questions are these? This may be the most powerful hymn ever written. The lyrics was probably written with someone specific in mind, but the way they come out! It's not a person I think about when this song explodes out of my speakers. I think about hope, I think about faith and I think that "make every song you sing be your favourite tune" may very well be the most beautiful line ever written.
    erik.yefengon February 26, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWow I had always assumed it was Mick singing about Keef. But considering it as being about Brian takes it to a whole other level. Angels beating on their wings in time...come on up now. Starts to make sense. Berber jewelry does sound like Brian Jones. A great gospel rock number by the Stones, even if they did borrow the idea from "Let it Be" even borrowing Billy Preston and his church-tastic tones.
    tenementrockon March 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about Brian Jones. It was written in that time period around his death, but wasn't released until "Exile" came out. Specifically, the parts about the flies, jewelry, and the eyes (it's hard to tell in the studio version, but when Mick sings it live it's "bloodshot eyes") all sound like Brian.
    lilavation October 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKick ass song. Really though the orgn is what builds this song up to complete amazment, whatever, It's damn cool. I like this gospel
    come on up now
    heyjude55on May 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI had no idea this was about Brian Jones. It is a beautiful good soulful song. I love Exile. One of my favorite all time records...and as this site goes, goes radio play for it. It is the most underappreciated by anyone out of the inner core of Stones fans.

    I always felt it was a song wishing a good friend well.
    coo2kachooon April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, but i read in a stones biog that it was Mick's song about Keith Richards.
    hipshoton January 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful Song. Underated.
    JosephWolfon February 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti first heard this song live, off the Stripped album when i was about 4 or 5. Went and saw them in Sydney on Tuesday cuz Melbourne sold out too quickly. Greatest show ever!
    hawk_er_8on April 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought it was about drug addiction, and now that it has been mentioned that it might be about either Keef or Brian, that makes sense.
    benwolfsclawon October 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this might be my favorite Stones song -- I can't believe it's considered to be underappreciated. Phish just covered it as an encore at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. The whole song is just great, and the line "Make every song you sing your favorite tune" is one of my favorite lines in any song.
    cdw38on December 06, 2009   Link

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