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Rolling Stones Release Haunting Single That 'Resonates' These Days

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts
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Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones perform at FedEx Field on July 3, 2019 in Landover, MD. 

The Rolling Stones have unveiled a new song the band thinks is perfect for these coronavirus times. The legendary band released the four-minute slow-burning bluesy and harmonica-driven “ Living in a Ghost Town ” on Thursday (April 23). “I’m a ghost/Living in a ghost town/You can look for me/But I can’t be found,” sings frontman Mick Jagger, who wrote it with guitarist Keith Richards.

Jagger explained that the song was one they were working on long before the global lockdown and the band decided to revisit it in isolation, thinking it “would resonate through the times that we’re living in right now.” Richards added: “Mick and I decided this one really needed to go to work right now.”

The lyrics do certainly sound timely: “I’m going nowhere/Shut up all alone/So much time to lose/Just staring at my phone.” The Stones’ recently joined forces remotely to perform “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” for the One World: Together At Home, concert. Other musicians who have recorded coronavirus-related songs include Twenty One Pilots, who released a new standalone single, “Level of Concern.”

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