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The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black Lyrics

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TitlePaint It Black
ArtistThe Rolling Stones
AlbumAftermath [1966], Track 1
Big Hits Vol. 2 (Through The Past, Darkly) [1969], Track 1
As It Happened [1969], Track 11
Hot Rocks (1964-1971) [1971], Track 9
Flashpoint [1991], Track 11
Forty Licks [2002], Track 17
Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock [2007]
album from the game Guitar Hero, Track 43
Live Licks [2009], Track 3
Grrr! [2012], Track 12
Rocksmith 2014 [2013]
album from the game Rocksmith, Track 27
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Song lyrics
I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love, both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a newborn baby it just happens ev'ryday

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door and it has been painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facing up when your whole world is black

No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not forsee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the setting sun
My love will laugh with me before the morning comes

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

Hmm, hmm, hmm...

I wanna see it painted black, painted black
Black as night, black as coal
I wanna see the sun, blotted out from the sky
I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black
corrected on November 27th, 2011
written by Jagger, Mick / Richards, Keith
copyright with Lyrics © Abkco Music Inc.

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0 likes - like | 11-08-2011 17:47 anggathereds 
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0 likes - like | 04-05-2011 11:35 anthonydemayo 
20 posts
Another great Stones song.....doesn't matter what the song is about, it's about what you interpret it to be about as your listening to it.
0 likes - like | 01-01-2011 22:53 bkeskin 
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0 likes - like | 24-07-2010 16:07 x0xperlax0x 
206 posts
Love this song... sometimes you just want the world to reflect your mood... in this case (black)!
0 likes - like | 24-08-2008 01:01 darksongbird 
240 posts
Vanessa Carlton's version puts more heart into it. But this version started it all, so....bravo!
0 likes - like | 18-08-2008 09:13 shivasgirl 
1 posts
This is the perfect song to listen to when you are mad at the world or even just your girl or boy friend or boss.
Some people have speculated about the song's meaning. It's pretty much about a guy who is disillusioned with life and the accompanying depression has him wanting his misery reflected in his environment. His current state of mind makes him unable and unwilling to see the 'brighter' side of life represented here by his desire to paint everything black. It's possible that his depression has him contemplating suicide. However, I think his rage is turned out rather than inward and on himself.
0 likes - like | 11-06-2008 09:18 Black_bear 
7 posts
So Dark... But I Love it
0 likes - like | 22-03-2007 23:57 hendril 
2 posts
the recording of this that is popular is not the original recording. their is a different one that is slower cuz this was supposed to be a slow song. but sometime during the recording someone started playing an organ and mic and the gang changed the song. i would love to hear the first version. it was never released to my knowledge, but i would love to hear it.
0 likes - like | 16-02-2007 01:37 LibraSue 
233 posts
All You Need To Know About The Rolling Stones:

...........................So true

Oh, and the meaning is that he is going to the dark side
0 likes - like | 01-10-2006 03:21 FlipTheSwitch 
8 posts
This is one hell of a song! Go Rolling Stones! Paint It Black is considered to be one of my all time favorite Stones Song!!
0 likes - like | 27-05-2006 04:59 crazy_cass 
54 posts
i love how dark this song is...the stones kick some serious ass.
0 likes - like | 29-04-2006 19:02 DolphinStarr 
2,356 posts
lol i got to listen to this in class...awesome song >
0 likes - like | 29-04-2006 19:00 BoSound 
117 posts
Darn, this song is just classic and rocks on another level. Gotta love it when you're driving and it comes on the radio. Makes you want to bob your head
0 likes - like | 25-02-2006 18:48 vanhalengroupie 
1,018 posts
i love this song
its got a darker sound than their other music so it really stands out
this is a freakin awesome song
0 likes - like | 27-11-2005 00:49 Bianca_Joan 
631 posts

[/offtopic] Lol Angela!! [offtopic]

0 likes - like | 18-11-2005 09:56 alex_the_kid 
52 posts
this song is awesum
my frend sed it woz about the vietnam war
(if u wantd 2 no)
0 likes - like | 16-11-2005 19:51 winters 
153 posts
It's a stones classic. What more to say......
0 likes - like | 13-11-2005 18:23 Blazinex 
97 posts
CalebCastine sshut up don't say anything bad about the stones anithing about the songs is the way mick dances
0 likes - like | 13-11-2005 18:22 Blazinex 
97 posts
great song
0 likes - like | 30-09-2005 08:28 cairowinters 
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Choice song. (Gosh, choice is such a silly word, but I wanted to use something other than wicked and awesome for a change). I'd interpret it as someone who's in a bad mood, who's sulking about something or feeling sorry for themselves.
0 likes - like | 13-07-2005 05:31 CalebCastine 
16 posts
I don't see why you're all messing your pants over this song. It really isn't that good.
0 likes - like | 12-03-2005 20:54 Paperface 
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0 likes - like | 02-03-2005 01:21 blicey 
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I always thought it was about him getting, you know, black-hearted. Trying to overcome his evil impulses.

...Or something.

Anyway, I really like this song. I'm not a huge Stones fan but Paint it Black is great.
0 likes - like | 09-02-2005 06:24 dark_knight86 
4,992 posts
I haven't a clue either what the song means but it still kicks major ass, great song
0 likes - like | 17-01-2005 00:33 mickyteddy 
27 posts
i drink to this song