Paint It, Black

by The Rolling Stones

Duration:
3:22
Released:
May 13, 1966
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Lyrics for Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones:

Verse 1
I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colours 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

Verse 2
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 every day

Verse 3
I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door, I must have it 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

Verse 4
No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the setting sun
My love will laugh with me before the morning comes

Verse 1
I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colours 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

Bridge

Outro
I wanna see it painted, 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
Yeah

Bridge

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Song Facts

From their 4th album, Aftermath. Per pophistorydig, the song is about the funeral of a girl from her lover’s viewpoint, and he wants the color of everything to match his mood.

What’s with the comma in the title? Maybe they are saying “paint it, black!” like “hey, Mr. Black, please paint my door!” It was the record company’s idea to add the comma. Most compilations and internet radio stations remove the comma.
A cover of the music was used in the “Westworld” series aired on HBO directed by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

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