Sunday, February 19, 2012

Rolling Stones -- "19th Nervous Breakdown" (1966)

On our first trip 
I tried so hard to rearrange your mind 
But after awhile I realized 
You were disarranging mine

I think "disarranging" works very well here.  That Mick Jagger had a way with words. 

Are there any normal, well-adjusted chicks in Rolling Stones songs?  I can't think of any.  But the woman who is the subject of "19th Nervous Breakdown" may take the cake.  Looking for trouble?  Then look no further -- you've found it.

Jagger, Richards et al. were no doubt meeting a lot of difficult women at this point in their career -- socialites, models, actresses, and the like.  No matter how hot a chick is, it sort of spoils it if she's the kind of person who was "spoiled with a thousand toys" but still cries all night, and now talks "much too loud" at dull parties and "turn[s] her back" when it comes to treating people kind.

She might as well be wearing a name tag that says "HI! MY NAME IS HIGH-MAINTENANCE -- WHAT'S YOURS?"

"19th Nervous Breakdown" was a #2 hit in the United States, and made it all the way to #1 in the UK.  You've heard it a thousand times, and what you hear is what you get -- so I'm keeping this post short.  Suffice it to say that it's the best song ever written with the number "19" in the title.  (Yes, I'm familiar with "Hey Nineteen" by Steely Dan.)

Here's "19th Nervous Breakdown":

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