50 years of the Rolling Stones celebrating the gay lyrics of Mick Jagger

Published 2012/07/12 by Dr. Dannii Cohen

To celebrate 50 years of The Rolling Stones lets look back on the homoerotic lyrics Mick Jagger wrote many years ago.

Of course his most famous same sex loving song is the legendary Cocksucker Blues, which depicts the gay longings of a schoolboy. It was recorded several times, once with only Mick and Keith Richards, once with the entire band, once with
Eric Clapton and once with just Mick on grand piano.
With extraordinarily explicit lyrics, hot even today, it was obvious that Decca would never release it. Still it leaked to the public surprisingly easy (thanks Mick).

The lyrics for the song “Memo from Turner” are also very open about gay and bisexual love and even talks about being in the closet. The song was penned by Mick for his controversial bisexual movie Performance.

The meaning of “Have you seen your mother baby standing in the shadows” was clear for every gay men trying to find love in the 1960’s when gay love was still illegal as it was sang in clear Polari, he repeated it in the soft “I am waiting” and a few years later followed it up with the less obvious “Hide your love” on Goats Head Soup.
On his solo album “She’s the Boss” the song “Half a Loaf” spoke of the pain such secret relations cause, as it means it only live half a life in the song he begs his lover to end the secret as “What does it matter what other people think?

In the song “If you really want to be my friend” on the album “Only Rock and Roll” Mick tells his lover: “If you really want to be my man get your nails out of my back” while he tells him: “I really want to be your man”.

Mick wrote about the tragedy of a young gay men who moves to New York and ends up becoming a garbage collector on “When the Whip Comes Down”. He also wrote a ditty called “Let Me Go” where he begs his wife to left him go so he can “hang around in gay bars”.

Mick often wrote about preferring the company of men to women, famously on “Waiting on a friend” and less famously on “Much rather be with the boys”, “Sitting on a Fence” and “Where the boys go”.

Through the years Jagger even changed straight lyrics to gay/bisexual live onstage. A famous one is a version of “Honky Tonk Women” where he suddenly starts expressing his desire for charming sailors in Paris.

Mick Jagger was the first popular musician to flirt with homo and bisexuality so openly paving the way for David Bowie. Together they created an environment in music where 50 years later Lady Gaga and Frank Ocean to sing about loving who you love.

One comment on “50 years of the Rolling Stones celebrating the gay lyrics of Mick Jagger

  • How bout all the times Mick sang Brown Sugar live, changing the lyric “just like a young girl should” to “just like a young man should.” ??

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