Mick Jagger takes apparent digs at Trump with song, warns ‘overeating, too much tweeting will push you off wall’
The lyrics, in the short clip he shared, go: 'I see the preening/ It’s overweening/ Overeating/ Too much tweeting/ And when my back is turned/ somebody will push you off the wall/ And just remember that pride/ It comes before a fall'
Sir Michael Philip Jagger, better known to the world as The Rolling Stones founding member Mick Jagger has had some opinions on President Donald Trump. Just ahead of the U.S. presidential election, the 77-year-old music legend shared a 45-second clip to a new song titled 'Pride Before a Fall' on Twitter Wednesday, October 28, in which he sings about “overeating, too much tweeting”. This is an obvious dig on the U.S. President who is known to tweet frequently.
The lyrics, in the short clip, go like this: “I see the preening/It’s overweening/Overeating/Too much tweeting/And when my back is turned/somebody will push you off the wall/And just remember that pride/It comes before a fall.”
The “Wall” may be a sly reference to Trump’s wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that has received much criticism right from when it was proposed to its highly questionable execution so far. This jab at Trump comes after The Rolling Stones warned him earlier this year to stop using their music at his rallies and events or face a lawsuit. This happened after Trump began playing the band's songs, like 'You Can't Always Get What You Want', at his campaign rallies in 2016 to fire up attendees. In fact, Trump had used the band’s songs as recently as his July rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was an indoor event criticized for its potential to spread coronavirus.
So, in September this year, the band said in a statement that their legal team was working with music rights organization BMI to stop the use of their material in Trump's reelection campaign. “The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement,” a statement from the band said. “If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.”
This is not the first time Jagger has criticized Trump. According to the rock n' roll icon, Trump is a polarizing and rude figure who is allegedly "tearing apart" America's environmental safeguards. In April this year, The Rolling Stones frontman said that under Trump's leadership, all kinds of environmental controls were being decimated, especially as per him, at a time when America should be the one setting environmental standards for the world to follow.
Jagger had also backed young climate change activists who held a demonstration on the red carpet at the Venice film festival where 'The Burnt Orange Heresy' -- a new psychological thriller he starred in -- made its debut.
Jagger is one of many rock icons who have taken a firm stand against not just Trump but other leaders across the globe. Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie, Linkin Park, Neil Young, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, Rihanna, and several other artists have objected to the use of their music at Trump rallies.
Trump, who has a tendency to react to all forms of criticism against him on Twitter, has not yet reacted to Jagger’s song.