“We’ve played ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970, so sometimes you think, ‘We’ll just take this out for now and see how it goes,'” he said. “We can put it back in.”
Keith Richards told the Times that he hoped to be able to play some version of the song in the future.
“I’m with the sisters trying to find out where the beef is. Didn’t they know it was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it. Right now I don’t want this Get into conflict with all the sh**,” he said. “But I hope we’ll be able to resurrect Babe in all of her glory somewhere along the track.”
Released in 1971, the opening lines of “Brown Sugar” refer to a woman being sold into slavery and whipped around midnight. The song includes “brown sugar” in the chorus, referring to black women asking, “How do you taste so good?”