Doom & Gloom By The Rolling Stones


2012 | Rock

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“Lost all that treasure in an overseas war. -- It just goes to show you, don't get what you paid for. -- Battle to the rich and you worry about the poor. -- Put my feet up on the couch and lock all the doors."


  • The song hit #30 on The Billboard Rock Songs chart as well as #24 on Dance Club Songs, #8 on Heritage Rock and #10 on the Triple A chart. Rolling Stone also named the song the eighteenth best of 2012.
  • GRRR! is a 50th anniversary compilation album by The Rolling Stones.
  • Doom & Gloom's recording marked the first time that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood had been in the studio together for seven years, since completing 2005s A Bigger Bang.


Luke Tatum

Something deeply cynical here. "Bowing to the rich and you worry 'bout the poor; Put my feet up on the couch and lock all the doors." I don't believe in bowing to any man, and certainly not based on material wealth. Wealth is no marker for morality, just as poverty isn't. Political power or lack thereof, same story. The argument goes, I suppose, that poor people are wanting for basic needs so they are more likely to commit a crime to get money or food. The politically connected (all of whom are rich, mind you) are also likely to commit crimes to get things from you. You're just less likely to work out the scheme or catch them in the act.

Sherry Voluntary

The Rolling Stones still have it. I love this song, and I suggested it. Since my friend, Nicky P is so confused, let me shine a little light on the subject. As I’m sure most of you know, it’s so easy to become cynical and tired of it all when you only hear all the terrible stuff going on in the world all the time. The overseas wars that the US government uses as excuses for all sorts of aggressions against individuals, environmental concerns, the screws get tightened on all fronts, while the wealth and vitality of the people is drained off in larger and larger portions until people are “eating dirt on the side of the road,” calling to mind Dorothea Lange’s famous photograph, Migrant Mother, from the Great Depression, a market correction made so much worse by State intervention. With a high tax rate, inflation, and unimaginable national debt, it’s just a matter of time until the market correction cannot be delayed. With all this, it is more important than ever to find love. Romantic, familial, and platonic love. Focusing on your relationships, and those you can rely on no matter what happens. That is the solution for the cynicism and the doom and gloom, invest in your loved ones.

Nicky P

Other than some vague references to war and militarism in it, I'm not sure how this song got suggested. I'm beginning to think libertarians see the principles in pretty much everything. As they should. When left to their own devices these principles seem to be a default of sorts. I guess what I see is a bunch of the worlds ills that all seem so terrible to the author being overshadowed by the love in his life. When the world seems doom and gloom all he can see to get through it is this one person. Honestly as I type this I think there honestly might be something there. The government has perpetrated and prolonged some very terrible things and voting truly doesn't seem to help. The one place we have to always look to is those around us. If we all spent more time concerned with our loved ones and our immediate communities there wouldn't be any more wars to waste our economic prosperity on. There might not be any more subsidization of industries with dubious environmental records. Think local, as local as you can.

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Nicky P