Paint it black guitar chords

The song’s lyrics are, for the most part, meant to describe blackness and depression through the use of colour-based metaphors. Initially, “Paint It Black” was written as a standard pop arrangement, humorously compared by Mick Jagger to “Songs for Jewish weddings”. The song describes the extreme grief suffered by one stunned by the sudden and unexpected loss of a wife, lover or partner. It is often claimed that Jagger took inspiration from novelist James Joyce’s 1922 book Ulysses, taking the excerpt “I have to turn my head until my darkness goes”, referring to the novel’s theme of a worldwide view of desperation and desolation. The song itself came to fruition when the band’s leader Brian Jones took an interest in Moroccan music. It was their first song to feature a sitar instrumental.