Couple days ago, I was walking around with “Sympathy for the Devil” stuck in my head for no particular reason, and paused as I mumbled out these lyrics mid-laundry-fold:
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
And that struck me as interesting: They’ve stuck the Russian Revolution—not even the later atrociites of, say, Stalin, which would be consistent with a Trotskyite “revolution betrayed” view of communism—in the song’s list of historical events at which the diabolical narrator is present, grouped together with the crucifixion, the Kennedy assassination, and World War II. Could that be Mick’s time at the London School of Economics poking through?
ADDENDUM Geez, apparently Matt’s preblogged me on this one as well. Damn you, Yglesiaaaaaaaas!