Lyrically peaking: Aftermath

Aftermath (British release) was the first Rolling Stones album of entirely Mick Jagger/Keith Richards songs.

Mother’s Littler Helper is a 1966 protest song about them oldies banging on about youngsters taking drugs > taking a pot shot at mums on prescription drugs such as valium to help them through their miserable day.

Stupid Girl

The way she powders her nose

Her vanity shows and it shows

She’s the worst thing in this world

Well, look at that stupid girl

 

The way she talks about someone else

That she don’t even know herself

She’s the sickest thing in this world

Well, look at that stupid girl

Under my Thumb

Under my thumb

The squirmin’ dog who’s just had her day

Under my thumb

A girl who has just changed her ways

It’s down to me, yes it is
The way she does just what she’s told

Down to me, the change has come

She’s under my thumb

 

[ From a Stupid Girl to having one Under My Thumb > Ah, relationships were so much simpler those days. ]

Mother's Little Helper

Kids are different today, I hear ev’ry mother say

Mother needs something today to calm her down

And though she’s not really ill

There’s a little yellow pill

She goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper

And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day

 

The pursuit of happiness just seems a bore

And if you take more of those, you will get an overdose

No more running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper

All lyrics by Mick Jagger/Keith Richards, except where otherwise specified.