Tag Archives: The Song

Paint It Black History

The song began with Wyman playing organ at a recording session, in parody of the group’s former co-manager Eric Easton, who had been an organist. Charlie Watts accompanied the organ by playing a vaguely Middle Eastern drum part; Watts’ drum pattern became the basis for the final song. Brian Jones contributed the song’s signature sitar riff (having taught himself to play after a visit with George Harrison), and Jagger contributed to the lyrics, seemingly about a man mourning his dead girlfriend. More literally, it is about using the visual trick of painting everything black in the mind’s eye. Both electric and acoustic guitars and the background vocals are provided by Richards. The piano is played by Jack Nitzsche

via Paint It, Black – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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The Originals


The Lyrics

The song seems to be about a lover who died:

“I see a line of cars and they’re all painted black” – The hearse and limos.

“With flowers and my love both never to come back” – The flowers from the funeral and her in the hearse. He talks about his heart being black because of his loss.

“I could not foresee this thing happening to you” – It was an unexpected and sudden death.

“If I look hard enough into the setting sun, my love will laugh with me before the morning comes” – This refers to her in Heaven.

via Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones Songfacts.


Mephisto Walz – Painted Black


I See a Red Door

Red Door · Chicago Pictures Photos and Photographs by Chicago Uncommon.