Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones

Australian Charts:
Paint it Black entered the Kent charts on 4 June 1966 and was a #1 hit. It was the #12 song on the Top 100 of 1966.

Brian Jones explored Eastern instruments, specifically the sitar, with a view to bolstering the band’s musical texture and complexity. A multi-instrumentalist, Jones was able to develop a tune from the sitar in a short amount of time; he had a background with the instrument as far back as 1961, largely due to his studies under Harihar Rao, a disciple of Ravi Shankar. Following a discussion with George Harrison of the Beatles, who had recently recorded sitar on “Norwegian Wood”, Jones arranged basic melodies with the instrument that, over time, morphed into the one featured in ‘Paint It Black’.
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This is written from the viewpoint of a person who is depressed; he wants everything to turn black to match his mood. There was no specific inspiration for the lyrics. When asked at the time why he wrote a song about death, Mick Jagger replied: “I don’t know. It’s been done before. It’s not an original thought by any means. It all depends on how you do it.”
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