Salt of the Earth

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording: Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles July 1968

Performed onstage: 1968, 1989, 2001, 2003

 

Lead vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Slide electric guitar: Keith Richards
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Background vocals: Watts Street Gospel Choir
Piano: Nicky Hopkins
 

Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's drink to the lowly of birth
Raise your glass to the good and the evil
Let's drink to the salt of the earth

Say a prayer for the common foot soldier
Spare a thought for his back breaking work
Say a prayer for his wife and his children
Who burn the fires and who still till the earth

When I search a faceless crowd
A swirling mass of gray and black and white
They don't look real to me
In fact they look so strange

Raise your glass to the hard working people
Let's drink to the uncounted heads
Let's think of the wavering millions
Who need leading but get gamblers instead

Spare a thought for the stay-at-home voter
His empty eyes gaze at strange beauty shows
And parades of gray-suited grafters
A choice of cancer or polio

When I look into that faceless crowd
A swirling mass of grays and blacks and whites
They don't look real to me
Oh don't they look so strange?

Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's think of the lowly of birth
Spare a thought for the ragtaggy people
Let's drink to the salt of the earth

Let's drink to the hard working people
Let's drink to the salt of the earth
Let's drink to the 2000 millions
Let's think of the humble of birth

Let's take a drink to the salt of the earth