Paint It Black

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA, March 1966


Performed onstage: 1966-67, 1989-90, 1998-99, 2003, 2005-07

Highest Charts Positions US 1 - UK 1



Vocal: Mick Jagger
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards

Electric guitar: Keith Richards
Drums: Charlie Watts

Bass: Bill Wyman 

Background vocal: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Sitar: Brian Jones

Organ: Bill Wyman

Piano: Jack Nitzsche

Percussion: Mick Jagger


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

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

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

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

I want to see it painted, painted black, black as night, black as coal
I want to see the sun blotted out from the sky
I want to see it painted, painted, painted, painted black, yeah