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Rolling Stones - 'Stray Cat Blues' (would this be banned today?)

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By Michael Cosgrove
Posted Jan 9, 2011 in
"Betcha mother don't know you can bite like that. I bet she never saw ya scratch my back."
It is incredible how times change. This song's lyrics may have got them put in jail today for incitation to pedophilia, but not only is it one of the most brilliant pieces of music they ever recorded, it was on one of the Stones' best-ever selling albums - 'Beggar's Banquet', issued in 1968 - and all their fans, including me, loved it and didn't even imagine that there could be anything wrong with it. (Richards freaks will love his nastily drilling guitars here.)
As the song's Wikipedia entry says, "The song is told from the perspective of a man lusting after and having sex with a 15 year old groupie, reasoning that "it's no hanging matter, it's no capital crime."
The video only has one image on it but I put the lyrics below so you can read them. (Incidentally, the image is of the second cover design, which replaced the first one of the toilet which was banned in the USA. Amazing!!) :) The accepted and better-known version can be seen here.
What do you think? Are they unacceptable? Telling it how it is realism so OK? Should they and/or would they be allowed today?
Stray Cat Blues
I hear the click-clack of your feet on the stairs
I know you're no scare-eyed honey.
There'll be a feast if you just come upstairs
But it's no hanging matter
It's no capital crime
I can see that you're fifteen years old
No I don't want your I.D.
I can see that you're so far from home
But it's no hanging matter
It's no capital crime
Oh yeah, you're a strange stray cat
Oh yeah, dontcha scratch like that
Oh yeah, you're a strange stray cat
Bet your mama don't know you scream like that
I bet your mother don't know you can spit like that.
You look so weird and you're so far from home
But you don't really miss your mother
Don't look so scared I'm no mad-brained bear
But it's no hanging matter
It's no capital crime
Oh, yeah
Woo!
I bet, bet your mama don't know that you scratch like that
I bet she don't know you can bite like that.
You say you got a friend, that she's wilder than you
Why don't you bring her upstairs
If she's so wild then she can join in too
It's no hanging matter
It's no capital crime
Oh yeah, you're a strange stray cat
Oh yeah, don'tcha scratch like that
Oh yeah, you're a strange stray cat
I bet you mama don't know you can bite like that
I'll bet she never saw you scratch my back

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