Lyrics to Sympathy for the Devil

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Album: Beggars Banquet
Released: 1968
Songwriter(s): Jagger/Richards
Recorded: 4–5, 8–10 June 1968

Sympathy for the Devil
The Rolling Stones

Please allow me to introduce myself
I’m a man of wealth and taste
I’ve been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man’s soul to waste
And I was ’round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game
I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain
I rode a tank
Held a general’s rank
When the blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
Ah, what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah
(Woo woo, woo woo)
I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

19 thoughts on “SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL”

  1. I know the music, never paid all that much attention to the lyrics.., until now!. This has been happening a lot lately. These guys should join the ranks of “True Prophets.”


    1. I think I listened to it this morning when I picked this one. I picked this because it’s “the original.” In another life, i might have gone with anything that was easier to understand. The Stones were never famous for clear pronunciation. I had trouble understanding them even with the words in front of me.

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  2. I didn’t have a lot of Stones music.There’s was lots of people to choose between in those days. But I did have Beggars Banquet. The album also contained ‘Street Fighting Man’. Richard’s sparse chords on ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ are brilliant. 1968 was the year.


    1. The late 1960s were THE great years for pop music. So much creativity! Everything was new and exciting. i think this was the ONLY Stones album I owned. I was more Beatles than Stones, but this was a great album. A lot of Doors, too. And country, folk, blues and classical. What great music we had!


  3. And Trump continues to use The Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up” at his rallies. Many have questioned the band’s acceptance, but in a capitalist world, if you pay the dues, you can use the song.


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