please allow me to introduce myself

if you meet me, have some courtesy
have some sympathy and some taste
use all yr well-learned politesse

or i’ll lay yr soul to waste

in my favorite hunter s. thompson novel fear and loathing in las vegas, the characters raoul duke and dr. gonzo are driving in their convertible, listening to sympathy for the devil over and over, tripping on lsd and trying to overcome everything that bewilders inside their imagination. sympathy for the devil is one of those perfect songs for losing yr mind and then regaining conscience.

the original rolling stones version, gave a special kind of intensity combining overtones of voodoo spells and prayer. not surprisingly, when it was first released in 1968 on beggars banquet, many christians thought the stones were satan worshippers. mick jagger casually spoke of the ways sympathy for the devil came to be due to the sophisticated inspiration gathered from mikhail bulgakov’s literature of good and evil, the master and margarita.

today, many have given their own distinctive sound to the stylings we all once knew and loved. although these covers could never top the magic of the original, its nice to see the different ways these artists created their very own samba sound.

rolling stones :: sympathy for the devil


guns & roses
talking heads
jane’s addiction
neptunes remix
natalie merchant
blood, sweat & tears
london symphony orchestra
belle & sebastian
widespread panic
sisters of mercy
bossa n’ stones
ozzy osbourne
bryan ferry

3 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Here’s my answer to Sympathy for the Devil:

    No Sympathy
    words and music by Dr. BLT & The Rolling Scones

    and here are a few others from my CD, Stone Ground Dreams: A Bittersweet Tribute to the Rolling Stones:

    Our Most Precious Stone
    words and music by Dr. BLT (c)2006

    The Opening Act for the Rolling Stones
    words and music by Dr. BLT (c)2006

    Stone Ground Dreams
    words and music by Dr. BLT (c)2006

    Time Was Never on Your Side
    words and music by Dr. BLT (c)2006

    Humbly Yours,

    Dr. Bruce L. Thiessen
    aka Dr. BLT
    The World’s First Blog ‘n’ Roll Artist

  2. Anonymous

    Nice….surprisingly the best version is from Natalie Merchant, she has a lovely voice like molten chocolate