''That was taken from an old idea of Baudelaire's, I think, but I could be wrong. Sometimes when I look at my Baudelaire books, I can't see it in there. But it was an idea I got from French writing. And I just took a couple of lines and expanded on it. I wrote it as sort of like a Bob Dylan song." - Mick Jagger
''Sympathy for the Devil'' is quite an uplifting song. It's just a matter of looking the Devil in the face. He's there all the time. I've had very close contact with Lucifer - I've met him several times. When that song was written, it was a time of turmoil. It was the first sort of international chaos since World War II. And confusion is not the ally of peace and love. You might as well accept the fact that evil is there and deal with it any way you can. ''Sympathy for the Devil'' is a song that says, ''Don't forget him. If you confront him, then he's out of a job". - Keith Richards
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''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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