Jagger tackles Brexit, Trump on new tracks

Mick Jagger.
Mick Jagger.

LONDON • The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger does not like what is happening in the world now.

He has released a new track called England Lost that reflects the soul-searching in Britain since the Brexit vote in what he said was "a difficult moment in our history".

The song, a collaboration with grime artist Skepta, starts out as a reflection on seeing England's beleaguered football team lose.

"But when I wrote the title, I knew it would be about more than just that. It's about a feeling that we are in a difficult moment in our history," the singer, who turned 74 last Wednesday, said in an interview with Apple Music.

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"It's about the unknowability about where you are and the feeling of insecurity. That's how I was feeling when I was writing," he said.

"I went to find England, it wasn't there/I think I lost it in the back of my chair," goes the blues-inspired song, with a music video showing a smartly dressed man being held back as he tries to run into the sea.

"I think I'm losing my imagination/I'm tired of talking about immigration/You can't get in and you can't get out/I guess that's what we're all about."

The Brexit referendum last year divided the country after a bitter campaign in which hardline rhetoric against immigration featured prominently.

Jagger told Sky News in an interview in April last year ahead of the vote: "I don't think to me, personally, it's going to make a huge difference.

"I think to the country, in the short-term, it will be detrimental.

"In the longer term, in say a 20-year term, it might turn out to be beneficial."

Jagger has also released a second solo track titled Gotta Get A Grip, a dance tune, that he said was more inspired by the United States and is being seen as a comment on US President Donald Trump.

"The world is upside down/Everybody lunatics and clowns/No one speaks the truth/And madhouse runs the town," Jagger sings.

"Immigrants are pouring in/ Refugees under your skin/Keep 'em under, keep 'em out/Intellectual, shut your mouth/Beat 'em with a stick," he sings.

"The message, I suppose, is despite all those things that are happening, you've got to get on with your own life, be yourself and attempt to create your own destiny," Jagger said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2017, with the headline 'Jagger tackles Brexit, Trump on new tracks'. Print Edition | Subscribe