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Sunday Samples 333

June 30, 2013

Last Monday I got a chance to see 20 Feet from Stardom, a documentary about backup singers. It was okay, but I probably won’t write much more about it. One segment, though, was pretty great: the story about the Rolling Stones recording “Gimme Shelter”, with the original female vocal by Merry Clayton. The vocalist in the video is the Lisa Fischer, now the Stones’ regular backup and another featured singer from the movie.

A storm is threatening
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Lord, I’m gonna fade away

War, children
It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
War, children
It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away

And the fire is sweeping
My very streets today
Blue like a burning carpet
Mad bull, lost its way

War, children
It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
War, children
It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away

(Rape, murder)
(It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away)
(Rape, murder)
(It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away)
(Rape, murder)
(It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away)

Yeah, the foam is threatening
My very life today
If I don’t get to shelter
Lord, I’m gonna fade away

War, children
It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
War, children
It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away, shot away, shot away
It’s just a shot away, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away, shot away, shot away

I tell you love, sister
It’s just a kiss away, it’s just a kiss away
I tell you love, sister
It’s just a kiss away, it’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away, it’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away, kiss away, kiss away
It’s just a kiss away, it’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away, kiss away, kiss away, kiss away, kiss away

Gimme shelter
Gimme shelter
Gimme shelter
Gimme shelter
Gimme shelter
Gimme shelter
Gimme shelter
Gimme shelter

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Guess Who permalink
    June 30, 2013 16:30

    A couple of weeks ago, a great piece on CBS Sunday Morning with and on Merry Clayton, Gimme Shelter, and many other great songs she backed up with other performers.

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