TUESDAY TUNES: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, The Rolling Stones

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You may already know today’s Tuesday Tune: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones. It’s one of the most famous songs in rock & roll, and it’s the final song on one of the greatest albums ever created, Let It Bleed. All of the lyrics are great, but it’s the chorus that really sells it:

You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes, well you just might find
You get what you need

Perhaps it’s fate, perhaps it’s the virtue of patience, perhaps it’s just timing — but I’ve found that some things just work out the way they’re supposed to if you believe that it’s what you need, not what you want. We all want the best for us and for others, but sometimes what we want and need are two different things. It’s not always easy to know the difference, and sometimes we don’t like the result — but it may just be the best thing for us.

 

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (Lyrics courtesy AZ Lyrics)

I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she would meet her connection
At her feet was a footloose man
No, you can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need
I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
I knew she was gonna meet her connection
At her feet was a footloose man
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you might find
You get what you need
And I went down to the demonstration
To get my fair share of abuse
Singing, “We’re gonna vent our frustration
If we don’t we’re gonna blow a 50-amp fuse”
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need
I went down to the Chelsea drugstore
To get your prescription filled
I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy
And man, did he look pretty ill
We decided that we would have a soda
My favorite flavor, cherry red
I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy
Yeah, and he said one word to me, and that was “dead”
I said to him
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need
You get what you need–yeah, oh baby
I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception
Well I could tell by her blood-stained hands
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You just might find
You get what you need
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