EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Paint It, Black’ – The Rolling Stones

What was the number one song in the UK on 26th May 1966?

The Rolling Stones are back and with Paint It, Black, which hit the top spot for 1 week.

I’m not the biggest Stones fan, but this song of theirs is bit of a gem. From the speed of the sitar and drum beat kicking in and Jagger’s lyrics alluding to depression and using colour as an analogy, Paint It Black gives a rhythmic melody and a Middle-Eastern feel with dark overtones. In conclusion, it is rather excellent.

Lyrics

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 new born 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 settin’ sun
My love will laugh with me before the mornin’ comes
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
Hmm, hmm, hmm
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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
Hmm, hmm, hmm
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