On July 26, 1974 The Rolling Stones released the single "It's Only Rock 'n'Roll (But I Like It)" which featured the immortal lyrics :
If I could stick my pen in my heart,
And spill it all over the stage;
Would it satisfy ya,
would it slide on by ya,
Would you think the boy is strange?
Ain't he strange?
What does the song --and all of its suicidal imagery--mean? Jagger says:
"The idea of the song has to do with our public persona at the time. I was getting a bit tired of people having a go, all that, 'oh, it's not as good as their last one' business. The single sleeve had a picture of me with a pen digging into me as if it were a sword. It was a lighthearted, anti-journalistic sort of thing."
The song peaked at #10 in the UK and #16 in the US and raised expectations that the next Stones album, due in October, would be better than Goats Head Soup. Spoiler alert: It's not.