"Sweet Virginia" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
Wadin' through the waste stormy winter,
And there's not a friend to help you through.
Tryin' to stop the waves behind your eyeballs,
Drop your reds, drop your greens and blues.

Thank you for your wine, California,
Thank you for your sweet and bitter fruits.
Yes I got the desert in my toenail
And I hid the speed inside my shoe.

But come on, come on down Sweet Virginia,
Come on, honey child, I beg of you.
Come on, come on down, you got it in ya.
Got to scrape the shit right off your shoes.

Yeah, I want you to come on, come on down Sweet Virginia,
I want you come on, honey child, I beg of you.
I want you come on, honey child you got it in you.
Got to scrape that shit right off you shoes.

But come on, come on down Sweet Virginia,
Come on, come on down, I beg of you.
Come on, come on down, you got it in you.
Got to scrape that shit right off you shoes.


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"Sweet Virginia" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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    General CommentI wouldn't say its that much about drugs, actually.. I'd say its about going through a rough time in your life and using drugs as a way to hid from that pain... youve got "not a friend to help you through," so, as the beatles would put it, you get by with a little help from your friends. but now someone or a group of people missed the you who has been gone so long, and they're saying to come on back down and be with us, and toss all the stuff youve let drag you down off your back "got to scrape the shit righ' off your shoes." I think this is a song about coming to terms with yourself and moving on after a very long period of darkness. This is my favorite stones song.
    myfriendbrennon August 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat Stones song that is very under-rated. I love it when he say "got to scrape that shit right off my shoes." Classic stones not this Rough Justice shit.
    kfe2on February 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love the song i also love drugs lol
    ronaldo6on March 13, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"...sweet and bitter fruits." The drugs are good, but this song is about the drugs you found so good turning into "shit" on "your shoes" once you've taken too many. The desert in the toenail, the speed in the shoe - both not only about drugs, but a lifestyle of secrets, lies and hiding that comes along with them. It's not worth it so he's coming down. But I think that's pretty easy to figure out. And, shite, this is just an incredible song. One of my favourites from Exile on Main St. It makes me think of wine glasses sloshing about in slow-motion.
    just_so_storieson April 16, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Trying to stop the waves behind your eyeballs"

    Is one of the all time great line.....without coming right out and saying it, Mick has taken to much of whatever he is taking, and he is just trying to come down a bit.

    The deseert in the toe nail line is referance to more dope in the front portion of his shoes.

    Ugly/beautiful era for the boys.........you decide.
    pton July 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just finished reading a book by Keith Richards. He talked about how they used to get heroin and it came in the shape of the sole of a shoe. Apparently it was easier to smuggle it across the border like that. Reds, yellows and blues....definate drug terms. This whole song is an ode to drugs...Sing it to me Mick!!
    kathyo17on January 08, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti dont care if this song is about drugs or not but to me this song helped me get over a bad break up i had and i think of it like "Got to scrape that shit right off you shoes" the "shit" is anything that is bothering you and in my case was my ex and i had to scrape that shit off my shoe and get over it.. thanks mick and keith
    Clay1972on January 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSongs about poppin pills like P-Cubed...and then steppin in pooh.

    Drop your reds, drop your greens and blues.
    Mitch Cumsteinon January 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyea i love this song......i think its about drugs too...."speed inside my shoe".....but i dont know what "desert in my toenail" is supposed to mean
    dasquien!on May 06, 2005   Link
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    General Comment.
    floydian18on June 02, 2006   Link

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