Let's hope that this song sets off a domino effect on the rest of the (cowardly) music industry. Other than Green Day and a few others, there hasn't been any real protest songs of late. Sometimes it takes the right song at the right moment to set things off. Thanks Mick & Keith.
Rolling Stones tune takes aim at Bush policies
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Rolling Stones' upcoming album contains a song seemingly critical of President Bush, but Mick Jagger denies it's directed at him, according to the syndicated TV show "Extra."
"It is not really aimed at anyone," Jagger said on the entertainment-news show's Wednesday edition. "It's not aimed, personally aimed, at President Bush. It wouldn't be called 'Sweet Neo Con' if it was."
The song is from the new album, "A Bigger Bang," set for release September 6.
There is no mention of Bush or Iraq. But it does refer to military contractor Halliburton, which was formerly run by Vice President Cheney and has been awarded key Iraq contracts, and the rising price of gasoline.
"How come you're so wrong? My sweet neo-con, where's the money gone, in the Pentagon," goes one refrain.
The song also includes the line: "It's liberty for all, democracy's our style, unless you are against us, then it's prison without trial."
"It is certainly very critical of certain policies of the administration, but so what! Lots of people are critical," Jagger told "Extra."
A representative for the Stones said the group had no further comment about the song.
The Rolling Stones intend to kick off a U.S. tour in Boston August 21.