Good memories but perhaps bad parenting?

Posted By on November 14, 2011

K_young_image-17A popular Rolling Stones song came on the radio this weekend and triggered memories as music often does. I remembered my daughter in her car seat when we were out driving and thought … “we may not have been the best parents.” We would sing the chorus to the Rolling Stones song (below) when she would see the Golden Arches. She of course always wanted to stop at McDonalds (could have been other places … but I remember McDonalds), and both Brenda and I would say no to her begging … and then proceed into “you can’t always get what you want” which would be followed by a tearful Katelyn saying “stop singing that song!”

Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want

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  • Thanks for sending the email Dan … I’ll include the lyrics (although I never realized the song was over 7 minutes long!

    Recorded on November 16 & 17, 1968.

    First
    released on Let It Bleed in 1969. Brian Jones ran
    into Al Kooper outside the studio during a break in the recording and invited him in to
    play on the track. Kooper became a main contributor to the song, whereas Jones didn’t play
    on the cut.

    Lead Vocals: Mick Jagger
    Acoustic &
    Electric Guitars: Keith Richards Maracas &
    Congas: Rocky Dijon
    Bass: Bill Wyman French Horn: Al Kooper
    Piano & Organ: Al Kooper
    Drums:
    Jimmy Miller Choir:
    London Bach Choir Background Vocals: Madeline Bell, Nanette Newman, Doris Troy & the London Bach Choir.

    YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT

    (M. Jagger/K. Richards)

    Choir:

    I saw her today at a reception

    A glass of wine in her hand

    I knew she would meet her connection

    At her feet was her 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

    And 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, 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

    Oh yea-ay (hey-hey-hey, oooh)

    And I went down to the demonstration
    To get my fair share of abuse
    Singin’, ‘We’re gonna vent our frustration
    If we don’t, we’re gonna blow a 50-amp fuse’
    Sing it to me, now

    (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
    Ooh baby, yeah, ooh

    I went down to the Chelsea drugstore
    To get your prescription filled
    I was standin’ in line with Mr. Jimmy
    A-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) well no!
    (You can’t always get what you want) tell ya baby
    (You can’t always get what you want) no
    But if you try sometimes, you just might find, mmm!
    Mmm! you get what you need
    Ooh yes! Woo!

    (Instrumental & choir) Ooow-ooh!

    You get what you need
    Yeah!
    Ooow, babe!
    Ooh, yeah

    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
    Say it!

    (You can’t always get what you want) yeah!
    (You can’t always get a-what you want) ooo-yeah, baby!
    (You can’t always get a-what you want)
    But if you try sometime, you just might find
    You just might find
    You get what you need

    Ooh, yeah!
    Ooh, baby!
    Woo!

    Ah, you can’t always get a-what you want
    No, no baby

    You can’t always get a-what you want
    Tellin’ you right now

    You can’t always get what you want, mmm!
    But if you try sometimes you just might find
    You just might find, that ya
    Get what you need
    Oooh, yeah!

    I’m tellin’ the truth, babe

    Ooow-ooh!
    Ooow-ooh!
    Ooow-ooh!……..
    (Instrumental & choir to end fade)

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.