Paint It Black

The first month of this brand-new year is almost behind us. I type these words on the keyboard on January 31. On the one side, I'm very happy that I was able to back to my blog but on the other hand, I'm still shaken by what happened on Capitol Hill. Today I will return to music and literature, two things, without which I can't survive mentally. So I made it before the end of the month.

“Paint It Black” (originally released as “Paint It, Black”) is a song recorded by the Rolling Stones. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it is an uptempo song with Indian, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European influences featuring a sitar part played by multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones.

Sad beginning of winter

The lyrics are about grief, death, and loss. The song was released as a single on 7 May 1966 in the United States and 13 May in the United Kingdom by London Records and Decca Records, respectively. It was included as the opening track on the American version of the band’s 1966 studio album Aftermath.

Through the use of colour-based metaphors, the song’s lyrics describe the grief suffered by one stunned by the sudden and unexpected loss of a partner.

Years after the premiere, when many questions were asked, it became obvious that the words “I have to turn my head until my darkness goes”, referring to the novel’s theme of a world view of desperation and desolation, that Jagger took inspiration from novelist James Joyce’s 1922 book Ulysses.

– Puchatku?
– Tak Prosiaczku?
– Nic – powiedział Prosiaczek biorąc Puchatka za łapkę
– Chciałem się tylko upewnić, że jesteś.

Alan Alexander Milne, Kubuś Puchatek


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