"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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    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
  • +2
    General Commentone of my all time favorite songs, this song speaks volumes about life
    s_curry52on March 06, 2003   Link
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    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
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about settling for whatever reason....still settling. Still second best. Still the consolation prize. Still sameness. Still easy. Still unsatisfying in the long run. Still not 1st choice. Still not able to use the words 'heart' and 'soul' in any sentence. And forget "love' and "friendship." Nope, a song about settling. Com' On Baby, get that fire lit by The Stones. Remarkable band. Great song.
    IllToast2Thaton December 27, 2012   Link
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    Song Fact This song's lyrics invite the audience to try and focus on the practical necessities of life (such as industrial hemp) as opposed to mere "wants" (such as "marijuana"). In referring to a wine drinking woman with a "footloose" man at her feet, the lyrics are describing how some women are cynical and have victimized men subjegated to them. She is going to "meet her connection", meaning that she is going to meet with another man at her subjegated man's expense and/ or that she is going to obtain some drugs (or other "wants") at the expense of her subjegated man. The section on going to a demonstration refers to how there are movements to bring justice to the world, and how ultimately those who would be so backward as to do things such as put up moralled man and women as sacrifices to hide behind while pushing drugs and banning industrial hemp will be punished. The section on the drugstore is an obvious anti drug section, referring to how ill the brain drug pill user "Jimmy" looks. As englishmen, the writers of this song certainly understood and disliked the fact that the roots of the brain drug pill racket are in the corrupt and anti human ideology known as nazism. Towards the end of the song the wine drinking woman is mentioned again. Because the misallocation of resources in producing wine results in wanton scarcities of life's necessities being experienced by many, wine use does indeed cause war. Thus her wine is referred to as "a bleeding man". The wine drinking woman in the song apparently knows what evil things she is a part of, but one must look for evidence of her hands being figuratively blood stained to reveal such a fact because she is "practiced at the art of deception". When I sing this song, I work the words "hempseed" in with "what you need". Considering that industrial hempseed is not a drug at all, that it is a nutritious food for people and livestock, and that it is a great source of oil for fuel and building materials, hempseed is what we need. The "marijuana" pushers who seek to acculturate people to using their drug and then proceed to ban people from even making it themselves so that they can price gouge the people have been banning industrial hemp because they think that it threatens their rigged system of social parasitism. Such "marijuana" pushers need to be told that they can't always get what they want. They may want to grow an easy to grow drug and go around holding humanity back with it while basically panhandling with their corrupt pricing racket, but they cannot always get what they want. The people will vent their frustration. If only they would try sometime to focus on what is actually practical and needed then they may find that industrial hemp's bountiful potential can be a part of affording us all the basic freedoms (like growing what foodcrops we want to grow) that we all need. Industrial hemp represents "needs", while "marijuana" represents "wants". One need only to look back at some tobacco advertisements of decades ago to see how people were being duped into thinking that tobacco use promoted health. The parallels to what is happening today with the deceptive marketing of "marijuana" as a health promoting substance, which it most certainly is not, are undeniable. As absurd and virtually unbelievable as it is today that people used to think tobacco was good for them, years in the future people will find it equally absurd that anyone actually thought "marijuana" was good for them. People will also look back and see how evil the deceptive the marketing of "marijuana" as a medicine was, just like we look back at the obvious evils of tobacco marketing today. It should not have to come to a figurative "50 amp fuse" being figuratively blown, but if the backwards industrial hemp banning "marijuana" cartels are unwilling to try and really focus on what is actually needed then such will happen. The song "you can't always get what you want" by the Rolling Stones beautifully illustrates this point. Advocate of real justice and actual freedom (as opposed to enslavement by price gouging drug pushers who basically are distributing "soma") can rally around and be inspired by this song, and we can know that any addictions that the members of the Rolling Stones may or may not have struggled with do not define them as individuals.

    As is the case with many walks of life, musicians are often targeted and parasitized by drug pushers. As a result, many song lyrics have intense anti - drug messages in them. From "you can't always get what you want" to "get up, stand up", in which Bob Marley proclaims that while some people think that a diety will come from the sky and take away everything and make everybody be high those who know what life is worth will look to theirs on earth, many great musicians have promoted a sober lifestyle openly and sincerely. As is known, addicts are victims and do not really like those who keep them addicted and price gouge them. The music of the Rolling Stones generated huge sums of money in record sales as well as concert tickets and merchandise. The social parasites who are drug dealers leached off of these revenues. Every dollar spent on drugs by the band and fans meant resources which were less likely to go to records, concerts, and merchandise. Despite the parasitism which drug dealers inflicted on the band, the Rolling Stones will always be remembered as part of an inspirational and upbeat culture.
    Industrialhempisnotadrugon March 04, 2016   Link
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    General Comment When a mere want being realized stands in the way of sincere needs being realized, then having both is impossible. Such is the case with "marijuana" (a want) and industrial hemp (a need). Untill there are no bans on industrial hemp and people have the freedom to grow it for food in a small scale vegetable garden and a large scale field, people backing "marijuana" will be classified as criminally insane. If you are currently someone who thinks that both can be supported without conflict, then I suggest that you think the issue through fully to avoid appearing as bipolar on the issue of supporting industrial hemp. An industrial hemp supporter who also supports "marijuana" will appear bipolar on the issue, because it is "marijuana" cartels who are banning hemp and slowing down the repeal of industrial hemp bans. If you are onthe fence, consider that coming to the side of industrial hemp will result in you being labelled as someone with morals and siding with "marijuana" will result in you being labelled as criminally insane. The drug pusher sourced decpetive claims which promote "marijuana" as being a healing agent are as fictional as the same exact types of claims which were made by tobacco pushers years ago.
    Industrialhempisnotadrugon March 04, 2016   Link
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    Song MeaningSomeone hacked my account and wrote some anti herbal cannabis things - we do not have to chose between either herbal cannabis or industrial uses of cannabis such as seedoils for transportation fuel and food. Only the short seller types who hold back modernization and development would have people believe such nonsense. The fact is that with unhindered family friendly growth there is plentu of demand for fossil fuels and biofuels alike! Fossil fuels can be useful in preparing us all for the future in the form of building desalinization plants and water pipelines, windmills, solar panels, hydroelectric/ flood control dams, roadways, houses, dentist offices, biofuel plants and so on - biofuels just mean that we can support the dollar's value by importing less and exporting more. It makes perfect sense to overplant grain crops to the tune of way more than will be consumed in case of bad crop years - planting more than enough ends up being enough instead of not enough in bad crop years. Any surplus can be turned into biofuels, and with the incessant demand for energy in absense of anti human al gore stype sellout short selling schemes it can all be used regardless of crop year productivity fluctuations.

    The winery racket has long had to do with pretending to drink the blood of fallen soldiers and other good patriots whom were victimized in conflicts that happened as a result of winery politics which deliberately cause such conflicts while trying to justify the conflicts by pointing to the supposed scarcity of resources which if such scarcities existed the wineries themselves would be to blame for for wasting potential housing food and fuel lands and resources producing wine instead of family friendly pro growth land and resource uses. So yes, the song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones is about valueing utilitarian things and not expecting to always get mere wants - wine is a classic example of this concept and indeed as I describes above there is an aloof and hateful figuratively cannabalistic history surrounding much if not all of wine culture. Herbal cannabis is utilitarian, considering that people stub their toes and get hurt in the winery induced conflicts and experience all kinds of other maladies which herbal cannabis can help with more effectively than many of the other options people are given such as toxic synthetic brain drugs and highly addictive pain distracters. There is nothing immoral about feeling good for purely recreational reasons either (only hateful biggoted puritans whom only possess pseudomorals would say recreation is immoral), and considering the ease of growing herbal cannabis it need not consume resources thus distracting them from family growth necessary things such as growing food and fuel and building homes and roads. Simply a pot of dirt by a window can be an effective way to grow herbal cannabis - it is the prohibition of cannabis which has resulted in people sometimes consuming considerable amounts of resources to produce and transport herbal cannabis. Even in such cases it has consumed less resources and land per unit of medication/ recreational enebriation than wine. So the wineries which clearly and obviously have some genocidal agenda which involves stealing land and then wasting water and fuel on producing wine on it instead of fuel and food while people starve and die in energy industry related wars and then getting people physically addicted/ habituated to their wine so as to try and peddle shame to the masses and in doing so fleetingly attempt to justify their mass genocidal agendas which seem to be making all of humanity less diverse and less intelligent in what appears to be some fleeting attempt to erase the human evidence in the historical inacuracies in myths which are obviously meant to be taken symbolically but some apparently are so emotionally attatched to the idea of adam and eve and noah and all of humanity's parentage coming from some certainly known place such as east africa or the middle east than when the literalist extremists find evidence of the deep into the past history of various highly advanced and diverse worldly civilizations all over the glove they initiate their short selling anti development winery war agenda which currently has spawned the bloated prison system which imprisons U.S. citizens at a higher rate than any other nationality in the world and sicks onto the U.S. populace at higher rates than anywhere in the world toxic synthetic brain drugs such as anti depressants which sterilize many women and when making their way into waterways via urin damge fisheries and public water supplies. It seems that there are some idiotic patch of literalist extremists who take what many seem to turn into something which at least attempts to be loving and pro human into some ironic anti human armageddon obsessed blaming of all of humanity for the damages to the biosphere which indeed their corruption schemes are 100% to blame for despite the rest of our goodness who would claim to be led by some force which created humans in its image that wants them to stop at nothing to destroy humanity even if it means turning areas into deserts by pumping water from dry areas' aquifers just to grow wine while imprisoning people over growing their own weed and sharing it freely rather than building dams and piping water in from the ocean just so that they can fraudulently get themselves on the titles to owning everything so as to force some anti human shame obsessed armageddon chasing hatecreed of east african/ middle eastern worship which often perplexingly claims to be biggoted against east africans and middle easterners. Many people who are jewish or gentile or both or pagan or whatever are good and the terms which are often associated with just one demographic are not meant to be necessarily associated with just one demographic - probably some ironic slander their cousin and then play the victim for the slander campaign they themselves started is at work... I can be quoted as saying "jew in jew crime? Not on my dime" and I really think that it what seems to be happening. At all of us taxpayers' expense some hateful societal parasites are trying to have their innocent close family members blamed for the intense levels of evil and hate which they are in fact at fault for. So in trumping up biggotry against themselves and their close relatives the evil ones plan to duck out at the right moment from some ghastly genocidal advance which they as the instigators know the timing of only to proceed to try and play the victim for the very same ghastly set of events which I reiterate they caused to happen in the first place. It is a plan so childishly devious that many would never suspect it - "under our heads" is one way of putting it.

    The idiotic anti moral puritan agenda (puritans really lack any morality or common sense whatsoever and are just the front lines of the evil type of zionists I described above - they define morality as not having promiscuous sex which is just a ploy to distract from real immoralities such as genocide and fraud and they claim to be self interested racists while being so anti sex that they tend to die out) has basically enticed many herbal cannabis sellers to sell out all of cannabis culture by accepted rigged price gouging markets in exchange for helping to erect prohibitory/ regulatory infrastructures which suppress cannabis use. Thus many have criminal records and have been imprisoned and been slandered and victims of libel and many of the herbal cannabis sellers own some of the blame for that situation. Cannabis for seedoil fuel and seedfood, textiles, building materials and so much more has been supressed to the point of virtual nonexistance - the anti human anti development armageddon chasers are that much more able to try and point at supposed scarcities by the exclusion of such an efficeint provider of humankind's necessities as industrial hemp having been a part of our society. Also the exclusion of cannabis for seedfood, seedoil, and fiber uses has also basically suppressed the overall U.S. ecomony and held land values down from as rapid of increases in value and growth as would have otherwise occured - thus many imperialists (particularly from OPEC nations such as Saudi Arabia) have been enabled to buy up our continent's real and stock related assets much more easily than they would have been able to if cannabis prohibition had never been imposed upon our nation by the extremist literalist anlbrahamic gangs which came from without and still come from without and still attempt to erase the clearly evident history in the form of our monmuments and in the form of us as a people that their myth books are not fact (though perhaps with proper optimistic humanistic non bigotted interpretation may possess useful fables at times).

    It is evil to try and force people to get a prescription for herbal cannabis. It is evil and idiotically ironic to built up a regulatory wall which separates people from homegrown herbal cannabis then proceed to pose as a compassionate hero while passing unnaturally grown versions of it through the regulatory wall in limited amounts at such high prices that many potential users will be pushed by economic forces to use toxic artificial brain drugs and pain distractors instead. While perhaps not as bad as the winery racket itself, such a setup seems to be still assiting the winery racket, and as usual us taxpayers are asked to pay for enforcement schemes which the anti human haters known as the wineries love to see happen.

    al gore and his wine pushing cohorts would happily have all the kids themselves while commiting genocide against the rest of us. They would happily trick people into thinking that hydroelectric dams are bad for nature and that sending our loved ones away to fire radioactive weapons at eachother is somehow good for the earth. They would compain about desalization plants' supposed negative potential environmental impacts while pumping water out of the aquifers of parched inland valleys and then piping the water up and over mountains to oceanside cities - that is precisly what is happening in the catholic mission town of Los Angeles California. On the shores of the largest ocean in the planet, winery owners complain from a golf course about us the masses washing our asses and growing some of our own food with suppisedly all so scarce and precious H2O. al gore would label H2O a pollutant if he could, and proceed to force everyone to die of thirst while wine flowrd out of taps (wine is a diuretic, which means it has anet dehyrdating effect on the body). As they pipe water the exact wrong way, and pipe oil thousands of miles, they would claim that the idea of pumping desalinized water inland to dry areas is not plausible. They claim to be acting out of patriotism and defense of the free market as they waste our tax dollars on rigged markets for coffee and cocaine which have over the decades transferred vast amounts of wealth directly out of our nation and directly into the hands of overtly anti United States groups. They would for seemingly entertaining reasons have every U.S. resident unknowingly participating in inhumane tests and wargames - whatevere happened to "United We Stand"?

    So indeed, as the song says, "we are going to vent our frustrations, and if we don't we're gunna blow a 50 amp fuse". What must be considered by all is that from our oppressors standpoint energy is anything but scarce and that any protest which seems aggressive is at risk of being labeled, albeit fraudulently, justification for upping the oppression scale even more and thus wasting even more resources on bloated security firm beaurocracies whom I personally sympathize with in knowing that the oppressors label them as thei slaves behind their backs.

    The problem is not having a government - quite the contrary in fact. A real form of government does not bloat. It is limited and precise and obsessed with efficient use of tax dollars. Only the uninvited butler class which seems to market so many things which humans do not need to us would make a so called government which uses taxes anything other than transportation, energy, agriculture, defense, some education, and say dentistry?... So when thieves and racketeers pose as government is such a way as to slander the very concept of togetherness and order, we must not believe their lies for even a moment. When awal anti free market smugglers whome ship U.S. dollars elsewhere seek to slander the military with their actions, we must not ever fall for their trap either.

    I do not like how the song seems to blame only the woman who is practiced in the art of deception - I smell some of the evil sort of zionism on that aspect of the lyric writing. All in all great song though - the Rolling Stones members may be rock stars, but I bet that when it comes right to it they are goodly people with simple human needs just like the rest of us. Pushers try to push wine and cocaine on them and pills and so on, but I bet that with bellyfulls of good heavy cream from hempseed fed cows perhaps with some high grade keif boiled in the cream and some meat lazanya with some tasty corn samosas and some friendly loving ladies as company they would be a lot happier than the wine pushers pill pushers and coffee/ cocaine pushers make them SEEM to feel...

    As for the issue of wants versus needs which the hacker who posted under my account name brought up, I never have and never will consider something immoral just because it is a "want". If what someone "wants" is a prohibitionist price gouging rigged market taxpayer funded yet tax evading monopoly on selling herbal cannabis at price gouging prices however, then they are just begging loudly in a way which if appeased would risk the downfall of our civilization and the empowerment of some bhuddist extremists or some other distopia situation so I would rather just give then what they need in the form of direct welfare instead... The mafia would be better off in the long run just on direct welfare anyhow, as opposed to what amounts to an unjustified inefficient form of welfare in the form of rigged markets and thievery.

    With the current situation if so many people on harmful experimental synthetic drugs, herbal cannabis is not just needed but desperately needed. I personally do not need it every day and do not use any of the things it could replace. I do not use any drugs. Herbal cannabis is not a drug and those who say it is are trying to destroy the definition of the word drug so as to push more coffee/ cocaine without hindrance. I would like to have some around just in case I feel like using it while socializing or listening to music and or if I stub my toes hard or have mouth pain after having some dental work done. I would support the dairy industry in buying heavy cream to boil it in personally, but I like smelling the smoke of it too. I know that those who would try and label me immoral for these things or for having promiscuous sex are either ironic shame obsesses victimes of the shame peddling wineries or synthetic drug pushers or some members of the bloated beaurocracies of imprisonment/ psychology or some armageddon chasing extremists. Thus my enemies are very few and my allies the vast bulk of humanity and the biosphere.

    Anyhow, great song - tune and words. There have been some who have been clearly trying to cast us all in some poorly scripted adam and eve acting and they may continue - so don't be the footloose man at the feet of some vampiress and don't be the vampiress either. Just live and let live and love and be natural men and women. Don't buy the shame they sell, for they use it to try and destroy the red white and blue. Be pleased to have what you need but assert the fact that theivery is a serious crime with very real long term consequences. Wine = want. Cannabis for industrial and herbal uses = needs.
    Industrialhempisnotadrugon April 22, 2017   Link
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    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
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    General CommentI feel like telling people to stop nagging me, and I just reference them to this song.
    Rob_98443on April 24, 2002   Link
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    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

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