"You Can't Always Get What You Want" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she would meet her connection
At her feet was her footloose man

No, you can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need

I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she was gonna meet her connection
At her feet was her footloose man

You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you might find
You get what you need

But I went down to the demonstration
To get your fair share of abuse
Singing, "We're gonna vent our frustration
If we don't we're gonna blow a fifty-amp fuse"

You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need

I went down to the Chelsea drugstore
To get your prescription filled
I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy
And man, did he look pretty ill
We decided that we would have a soda
My favorite flavor, cherry red
I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy
Yeah, and he said one word to me, and that was "dead"
I said to him

You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need

You get what you need, yeah, oh baby

I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception
Well I could tell by her blood-stained hands

You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need

You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need 0h yeah


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"You Can't Always Get What You Want" as written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

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  • +3
    General CommentI too think it is about the our wants and needs, and how our wants probably will cause harm to us. Possibly the want being a relationship with someone who is not right for you, or is just going to cause you trouble and hurt you.

    This song hit home to me the other day. I went to lunch and it came on my ipod in my car when I left. It was right after realizing things wouldn't work with this girl. I've dated her in the past, and always wanted ever since. I realized she would always take me for granted, and treat me badly and only think of herself, and her own agenda. I realized at that point, I didn't need her, and life would go on despite losing her. I tried with her time and time again. This was the point when I quit trying, and realized everything for what it really was.

    She hurt me, and I was the "bleeding man in the glass"

    I realized I didn't need her, she was always just a want, and will always be a want. I got what I needed from her. I'll get nothing more. As much as I wanted her, I'll have to move on. That's what it means to me.
    crxbarton August 18, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOK...well, everyones got these crazy whacked out stories, but what this song has always meant to me:

    Basically, this song is about how not achieving your goal isn't necessarily a loss – for maybe you saved yourself from something bad and/or learned a lesson. That’s the message he’s giving over and over again in the song.

    Case in point: The woman. Mick paints a picture of a woman, and himself as a footloose man…someone kind of anxious and or nervous to meet her. Towards the end of the song, we revisit the woman and we see her as deceitful and villainous – how she kind of has this blood and this other man in her hands. Mick didn’t get the girl, but he got what he needed – a lesson that appearances can be deceiving.

    The protest verse illustrates that even though the protestors may not achieve their goals…they sing, vent their frustrations. They may not get what they want, but they got what they needed – a platform to express their opinions.

    The drugstore verse illustrates how this Jimmy guy is waiting to for pills to keep him alive (could also be a narcotic reference as well lol). Mick meets up with him and the boys share a sweet drink to pass the time. Mick “sang his song” about enjoying the moment, to Jimmy…to where Jimmy basically responds that he needs to get these pills to stay alive…to where Mick replies:

    You can't always get what you want
    You can't always get what you want
    You can't always get what you want
    But if you try sometimes you just might find
    You get what you need

    Whew ;)
    Abeeron November 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of my all time favorite songs, this song speaks volumes about life
    s_curry52on March 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song.. stones at their best.. music and vocals with background vocals blend well together.. lyrics as usual have deep insight.. its true.. you cant always get what u want.. but u do get what u need... JUST ENUF!!!
    alnav89on February 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like telling people to stop nagging me, and I just reference them to this song.
    Rob_98443on April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is NOT about not getting what you want. the song is about death. "She", the woman, is death. She's taking the lives of the people aruond him. she takes his friend mr jimmy and in the last verse he syas in her glass was a bleeding man, she was practiced in the art of deception, i could tell from bloodstained hands.
    jaydw11on May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjaydw11, if that was ture, then what would be the connection to the title of the song. Would that mean death is what is needed?

    I personally don't think it's all about death. I think it's probably deeper than that. Maybe it's more like a release from death, or the fear of death. I don't know, i just might be talking out me arse, but that's my .02
    Grimsonon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a great song, it is very under-rated as a whole.

    I think the idea about it being about death is pretty cool, but sort of hard to beleive.
    Muzzyon May 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrom what i understand this song was supposed to be about the political climate at the time. don't ask me why but that's just what iheard.

    and this song means to me when i'm bummin and it makes me wanna dance a jig of some sort. ya can't really listen to this entire song and still be sad after hearing it.
    HRslammRon June 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEver since seeing "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank" on Mystery Science Theater 3000, I can't help but laugh out loud every time I hear this song. Great song, BTW.
    ApollyonCrashon June 22, 2003   Link

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