Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul and faith

And I was 'round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game

I stuck around St. Petersberg
When I saw it was a time for a change
I killed the Czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain

I rode a tank
Held a general's rank
When the Blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
What's puzzling you is the nature of my game, oh yeah

I watched with glee as your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the Gods they made

I shouted out
"Who killed the Kennedy?"
When after all
It was you and me

So let me please introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
And I laid traps for troubadours
Who get killed before they reached Bombay

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's puzzling you is the nature of my game, oh yeah

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's puzzling you is just the nature of my game

Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails just call me Lucifer
'Cause I'm in need of some restraint

So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse?
Or I'll lay your soul to waste, um yeah

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's puzzling you is the nature of my game, oh baby

Oh yeah
Tell me baby, what's my name
Oh tell me honey, can you guess my name?
Oh oh oh oh
Tell me honey, what's my name
Oh, just the sweetest, tell me what's my name?
Tell me, sweetie, what's my name
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

(Oh oh oh)

Can papa get a holler now?

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Sympathy For The Devil Lyrics as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones cover) song meanings
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  • +1
    General Comment
    C'mon, ledhed- true, Jagger's a legend (don't get me wrong, I love the stones), but so is Axl. I don't think Jagger's vocals sound at all appropriate for being the devil. The original's a good song, but I don't think the Stones even did justice to their own song. The "solo" was, at the risk of being hated, kind of lame and the song as a whole wasn't hard or dark enough, but the GN'R version fixed that. I think GN'R did the song the way it was supposed to be done.
    classic_rocker8on August 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
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    funny how you don't get any of this original-vs-cover nonsense at the Jane's Addiction version. what a bunch of insecure bitches.
    ikhabaat_craneon July 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    This actually fits Interview With The Vampire perfectly, watch the movie then think about the song from Lestat's perspective.
    Frankenstrat_5150on November 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    I like The Rolling Stones and Guns N' Roses versions equally...
    sMufFLeson April 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    After reviewing these comments (I wanted to originally just look up the lyrics) I decided to listen to both versions of the song. I must say that they're both okay, and I must agree that both bands rock, but GnR brings just a little bit of life into it with their music. The Stones are a little too boring for me. It's like this: GnR needed the Stones' vocalist, or the Stones needed GnR's music in this song. They're both missing something, you know?
    TheKnightOfTheMetalon September 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    10.000 x times better than the original
    rugalon December 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    I never knew GNR did a cover of this. To Kazaa!!!!
    AeroLed286on April 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    'twas for the Interview With The Vampire soundtrack <3 great song and great movie
    radiosuicideon April 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    This song's great. I would have posted on about the Rolling Stones version, but I've never heard it, so it just seemed better to post here. I think this song is about a man who caused all the wars and the wrong in the world. The death of jesus, the assassination of kennedy... the man is saying he's caused all the wrong in the world. Btw, I know the Rolling Stones originally wrote this.
    TruthSpeakeron May 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    Its being sung by the devil.
    UnBlinkedon May 27, 2004   Link

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