Sweet Black Angel

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording: Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, USA December 1971-March 1972

7“ single B-side 14.April 1972
Performed onstage: 1972

 

Acoustic guitars: Keith Richards
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Harmony vocal: Keith Richards
Harmonica: Mick Jagger
Marimbas: Richard Didymus Washington
Percussion: Jimmy Miller
 

Got a sweet black angel, got a pin up girl
Got a sweet black angel up upon my wall
Well she ain't no singer and she ain't no star
But she sure talk good and she move so fast

But the gal in danger, yeah the gal in chains
But she keep on pushing, would you take her place?
She counting up the minutes, she counting up the days
She's a sweet black angel, not a sweet black slave

Ten little niggers sitting on the wall
Her brothers been falling, falling one by one
For a judge's murder in a judge's court
Now the judge he going to judge her for all that he's worth

Well the gal in danger, oh the gal in chains
But she keep on pushing, would you do the same?
She counting up the minutes, she counting up the days
She's a sweet black angel, not a gun toting teacher
Not a Red loving school mom - ain't someone going to free her?
Free the sweet black slave

 

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