"Jumpin Jack Flash" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
I was born in a cross-fire hurricane
And I howled at my ma in the driving rain
But it's all right now, in fact it's a gas
But it's all right, I'm Jumpin' Jack Flash
It's a gas, gas, gas

I was raised by a toothless, bearded hag
I was schooled with a strap right across my back
But it's all right now, in fact it's a gas
But it's all right, I'm Jumpin' Jack Flash
It's a gas, gas, gas

I was drowned, I was washed up and left for dead
I fell down to my feet and saw they bled
I frowned at the crumbs and a crust of bread
I was crowned with a spike right through my head
But it's all right now, in fact it's a gas
But it's all right, I'm Jumpin' Jack Flash
It's a gas, gas, gas
Jumpin' Jack Flash, it's a gas


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    General Commentits by the stones you idiot, 2 seconds of research would've saved you looking this stupid
    bongoon May 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm an artist and I've pulled a few fat ones off in my time quite by accident. So I can accept that the most mundane crap can be stuck together to make an accidental hit at times, but "Gardener"?

    The hurricane and howling at a mom all day doesn't say, "lawnmower man" to me. Sorry. Unless Lucifer did their lawn? Maybe that was it! Was the B-Side to this single, "Satan Is My Grounds Keeper"? In fact, I could stomach the lot of them shooting up heroin with Legion before I could take "Gardener". "Getting High With Satan" was probably the track's original name, based on what I hear about Keith Richards and his outworldly drug repertoire at that time. I've been told Keith did more drugs than there WERE in the 60s.
    1730DTLAon September 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti can say in relative confidence, that the song jumpin jack flash was when keith and mick where in keiths redlands mansion and keiths gardner, Jack Dyer walked past the window at 6am, schwelching loudly with his soaking boots on the path, mick was startled and keith explained it was "Jumpin Jack" and that night they laid down the base for the classic song. As regards a heroin perspective, this perhaps may be a side meaning, at a later stage... but that is how the song was created originally.
    jumpin_jack_flashon August 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah, it is about the gardener, i read it in a stones book...this may be why, every time they perform this song, petals and water are thrown out to the audience.

    people need to stop overanalyzing these simple songs...heroine, yeah...just like "abc" by the jackson five is about devil-worshipping...
    isabellahelsingon November 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwhat a fukin cool gardener
    DOGbreathon July 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't really see the 'Gardner Thing'.

    Quite right hipshot, "I was born in a crossfire hurricane" refers to Micks birthplace, Dartford Kent during the height of the blitz. "Dartford was very much in the front line during the Second World War. The town and surrounding countryside was a target for air raids by German bombers. German planes which could not reach central London often deposited their bomb loads on Dartford before returning home. Local armaments factories were also a target for bombers.

    Unmanned flying bombs aimed at London sometimes fell short of their intended target and landed in and around the borough. Over 13,000 houses in the Dartford area were damaged as a result of the bombing. The number of bombs recorded by local ARP officials included 6,000 high explosive bombs, twenty-three land mines, 200 oil bombs, seventy-three phosphorous bombs and an estimated 200,000 incendiary bombs. 150 local people were killed in the air raids and another 700 injured." read more at dartfordarchive.org.uk/20th_century/…

    The whole song is a prett strait forward autobiograhy in my opinion, I'm not sure if "I was raised by a toothless, bearded hag" refers to his mother or a school teacher but corporal punishment at home and school was very common until the 80's explaining "I was schooled with a strap right across my back".

    The 60s for Micks generation created an escape from the misery of the post war years and a liberation from the rules and views of their parents generation, thats why mick sings with such conviction even to this day, "But it's all right now, in fact it's a gas
    But it's all right, I'm Jumpin' Jack Flash
    It's a gas, gas, gas"

    I think the best version of this has to be seen as well as heard on the Voodoo Lounge Video. You can really see how much it means to Ron Wood to also be a Rolling Stone.

    p.s. if anybody wants more great Rolling Stone info visit keno.org/
    Mojo Workingon August 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheard it was about jesus

    amiliaon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmore likely about the devil, but no matter, it is a classic whoever it is about
    mhhinchon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJack Flash is a slang term for heroin. The song is about a guy turning to heroin to forget about the pain he's suffering in life. He doesn't really care anymore because the drugs have numbed him.
    Cakeon July 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentalso, it was storming out when they were writing this song, no?
    rockinkirbieon October 11, 2004   Link

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