MICK-Shine A Light

By September 14, 2020September 17th, 20202020, Blog
K Randall Wilcox Fine Art
To begin with, Mick Jagger penned “Shine a Light” about Brian Jones (1942-1969), one of the legendary founders of The Rolling Stones who passed away prematurely at the age of 27.  Jagger began penning the tune about a year before Jones actually died. One of the contributing factors to his death was likely the fact that he had an addiction to drugs and alcohol.  And it is that selfsame issue that is at the center of “Shine a Light”.

Thus in the chorus Mick asks “the good Lord” to “shine a light on” this individual. This term can be interpreted in one of two ways. Upon its original conception, the singer likely meant it as an expression of his longing for a higher power to intervene favorably in the life of his friend. However, considering that the song wasn’t actually released until long after Jones passed away, it can also refer to Mick hoping that Brian is enjoying the afterlife in heaven.

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“Shine a Light”

“Saw you stretched out in Room ten oh nine
With a smile on your face and a tear right in your eye
Whoa, come see to get a line on you, my sweet honey love
Berber jewelry jangling down the street
Making bloodshot eyes at every woman that you meet
Could not seem to get high on you, my sweet honey love
May the good Lord shine a light on you
Make every song (you sing) your favorite tune
May the good Lord shine a light on you
Warm like the evening sun
When you’re drunk in the elevator, with your clothes all torn
When your late night friends leave you in the cold gray dawn
Just seen too many flies on you, I just can’t brush them off
Angels beating all their wings in time
With smiles on their faces and a gleam right in their eyes
Whoa, thought I heard one sigh for you
Come on up, come on up, now, come on up now
May the good Lord shine a light on you, yeah
Make every song you sing your favorite tune
May the good Lord shine a light on you, yeah
Warm like the evening sun
Come on up now, come on up now, come on up now, come on up, come on
May the good Lord shine a light on you
Make every song you sing your favorite tune
May the good Lord shine a light on you
Warm like the evening sun, yeah, yeah”

With all the loss and sadness with COVID and this pandemic, these lyrics seem to fit well.

Here’s some detail images to check out. Click on images to see full framed pix.

I love how well this turned out.

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