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The three verses (along with the varied theme in the 4th verse) address the
Major topics of the 1960s: love, politics, and drugs.
Each verse captures the essence of the initial optimism and eventual disillusion,
followed by the resigned pragmatism in the chorus.

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Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want

Author And Composer: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Rock
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I saw  her today at the reception  
   
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A glass of wine   in her hand
   
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I knew she was gonna meet her connection
       
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At her feet was   footloose man

    
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You can't always get   what you want
    
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You can't always get   what you want
    
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You can't always get   what you want
            
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And if you try sometimes   you will find
                 
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You get what you need

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I saw  her today at the reception      
    
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A glass of wine   in her hand   
 

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I knew she was gonna meet   her connection
      

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At her feet was   footloose man

    

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You can't always get   what you want
    

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You can't always get   what you want
    

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You can't always get   what you want
            
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But if you try sometimes   well you might find
                 

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You get what you need 

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I went  down    to the demonstration
   

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To get  my fair share of abuse
         

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Singing, "We're gonna vent our frustration
      

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If we don't we're gonna blow a 50-amp fuse"

    

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You can't always get   what you want
    

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You can't always get   what you want
    

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You can't always get   what you want
            
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But if you try sometimes
         
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well you just might find
                 

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You get what you need         
 
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ohhhh  baby  yeah  ohhh          

 

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I went down to the Chelsea drugstore
 

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To get your prescription filled
     

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I was standing in line   with Mr. Jimmy
  

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And man, did he look pretty ill
  

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We decided that we would have a soda
  

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My favorite flavor, cherry red
  

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I sung my song   to Mr. Jimmy
            

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Yeah, and he said one word to me,  
              
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and that was "dead"
  
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I said to him

    

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You can't always get   what you want
    

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You can't always get   what you want
    

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You can't always get   what you want
            
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But if you try sometimes
         
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well you just might find
                 

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You get what you need         ohhhh  yeah  ohhh

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You get what you need           
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yeah, oh baby             


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I saw  her today at the reception
      

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In her glass was    a bleeding man
       

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She was practiced at the art of deception
             

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Well I could tell  by her blood-stained hands

    

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You can't always get   what you want  yeah
    

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You can't always get   what you want
    

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You can't always get   what you want
            
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But if you try sometimes
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well you just might find
    
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You just might find
                 

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You get what you need           ohh yeah

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You can't always get   what you want  no no baby
    

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You can't always get   what you want
    

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You can't always get   what you want
            
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well you just might find
    
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You just might find
                 

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You get what you need           ohh yeah
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