The original version of “Sympathy for the Devil”

History of Sorts

Who doesn’t know the Rolling Stones master piece “Sympathy for the Devil”?

For anyone of you who don’t know the song, go to YouTube, Spotify or any other music streaming platform and listen to it. I don’t mean that awful Guns N Roses version but the original by the Rolling Stones.

The song is basically a brief summary of 2000 years of history compressed in to a few minutes.

The lyrics focus on atrocities in mankind’s history from Satan’s point of view including the trial and death of Jesus Christ :”Made damn sure that Pilate washed his hands to seal his fate”

European religious wars: “I watched with glee while your kings and queens fought for ten decades for the gods they made”.

The violence of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the 1918 execution of the Romanov family during World War I :”I stuck around St. Petersburg when I…

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  1. historiebuff says:

    In my youth I was at a number of Rolling Stone’s concerts. At those, their sets always opened with this. Also take a listen to Billy Joel’s, “We Didn’t Start The Fire.”

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