Gimme Pfizer! Mick Jagger rocks the Lockdown Blues in new song
Gimme Pfizer! Mick Jagger rocks the Lockdown Blues as he releases new song and video lamenting the Covid pandemic
In the middle of a pandemic, you can’t always get what you want – even, it seems, if you’re a rock icon.
Mick Jagger released a song and video yesterday lamenting lockdown and summing up the experiences of many.
In Eazy Sleazy, the Rolling Stones singer, 77, reflects on being trapped behind ‘prison walls’ and all the hobbies he and many others have been forced to take up to pass the time.
Not one to shy away from controversy, just three lines into the song he complains about being ‘bossed around by pricks’ in an apparent reference to the Government. Sir Mick told Rolling Stone magazine: ‘The beginning [of the Covid pandemic] was horrible and you couldn’t believe people were dying. It was shocking.
Mick Jagger released a song and video yesterday lamenting lockdown and summing up the experiences of many
In lyrics that will resonate with many, Sir Mick also sings about ‘pacing in the yard’, TV football matches with fake crowd noise and putting down travel brochures
‘The people in government were all talking rubbish and would change their minds every five minutes.’ The song rails against the boredom of lockdowns with ‘way too much TV, its lobotomising me’, adding ‘think I’ve put on weight’.
In lyrics that will resonate with many, Sir Mick also sings about ‘pacing in the yard’, TV football matches with fake crowd noise and putting down travel brochures.
He refers to catching up with people on Zoom with the jibe ‘see my poncey books’ – an apparent dig at the shelves of important books many insist on showing off during virtual meetings.
Taking aim at anti-vaxxers, the father of eight – who has been vaccinated – jokes ‘Bill Gates is in my bloodstream’.
A more upbeat final verse sees Sir Mick promise ‘we’re all headed back to paradise’ before closing with a line from the chorus: ‘It’ll be a memory you’re trying to remember to forget’.
He wrote the hard-rocking song, on which he sings and plays guitar while his collaborator, Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, provides vocals, drums, guitar and bass.
Sir Mick told Rolling Stone: ‘I wrote the lyrics really quickly. Just the pandemic and hopefully coming out of the pandemic, the-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel chorus.
‘It sounded really good and I thought, ‘You gotta put it out now because it’s not gonna be any good in three or six months’.
‘The whole year, we’ve been doing this and going through different emotions through it and having false starts and stops.
‘End of last summer, everything seemed to be going well and people were out and about and great, and then – especially in Europe – everything’s shut down again and you haven’t had any kind of social interaction. It’s a long time for people to have to endure that.’
And if you want to sing along… the lyrics
We took it on the chin
The numbers were so grim
Bossed around by pricks
Stiffen upper lips
Pacing in the yard
You’re trying to take the mick
You must think I’m really thick
Looking at the graphs with a magnifying glass
Cancel all the tours, football’s fake applause
No more travel brochures
I’ve got nothing left to wear
Looking out from these prison walls
You got to rob Peter if you’re paying Paul
But it’s easy, easy everything’s gonna get really freaky
All right on the night
Soon it’ll be a memory you’re trying to remember to forget
See my poncey books
Teach myself to cook
Way too much TV it’s lobotomising me/Think I’ve put on weight
I’ll have another drink
Then I’ll clean the kitchen sink
Shooting the vaccine
Bill Gates is in my bloodstream
It’s mind control
The earth is flat and cold it’s never warming up
The Arctic’s turned to slush
The second coming’s late
There’s aliens in the deep state
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