“We’ve been playing‘ Brown Sugar ’every night since 1970, so sometimes you think,‘ Let’s take it out for now and see how it goes, ’” he said. “We can put it back.”
Keith Richards told the Times he hopes to be able to run some versions of the song in the future.
“I’m trying to find out where the beef is with the sisters. Don’t they understand that this is a song about the cruelty of slavery? But they are trying to bury it. I don’t want to get into conflict with all of this at this time **,” he said. “But I believe that somewhere along the way the child can be revived in his glory.”
Published in 1971, the opening lines of “Brown Sugar” refer to a woman being sold into slavery and whipped at midnight. The chorus in the song includes “brown sugar”, which refers to black women, “How well do you taste?”