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Johnny Adams - Salt of The Earth
Johnny Adams - Salt of The Earth
Published: 2009/10/07
Channel: biggs3742
The Rolling Stones - Salt of the Earth
The Rolling Stones - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2010/06/29
Channel: passiveMenis
Minister Michael Mahendere - Salt of the Earth (Lyric Video)
Minister Michael Mahendere - Salt of the Earth (Lyric Video)
Published: 2017/06/09
Channel: Min Michael Mahendere
Lovedrug - Salt of the Earth
Lovedrug - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2013/06/11
Channel: Carlos Miranda
Salt of the Earth (Matthew 5:3-10) - Song Demonstration
Salt of the Earth (Matthew 5:3-10) - Song Demonstration
Published: 2007/08/08
Channel: Faith Inkubators
The Salt of the Earth / Le Sel de la Terre - Papu
The Salt of the Earth / Le Sel de la Terre - Papu's Song (Official Music Video)
Published: 2014/10/15
Channel: Ciné Music Club
JOAN BAEZ  ~ Salt Of The Earth ~
JOAN BAEZ ~ Salt Of The Earth ~
Published: 2009/10/03
Channel: Scout4Me1
Christian Rap; Salt of the Earth: Throw
Christian Rap; Salt of the Earth: Throw'em Up
Published: 2012/10/21
Channel: catdog5545
Salt of the Earth "Hallelujah" (1984)
Salt of the Earth "Hallelujah" (1984)
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: Gospel Explosion
"Salt" (Song) By Anthony Brown & Praise & Worship Team w/ Lyrics
"Salt" (Song) By Anthony Brown & Praise & Worship Team w/ Lyrics
Published: 2016/06/11
Channel: Inside FBCG
Salt Of The Earth
Salt Of The Earth
Published: 2015/09/24
Channel: John P. Kee - Topic
Salt Of The Earth
Salt Of The Earth
Published: 2014/07/26
Channel: Judy Collins - Topic
Salt of the Earth - Ricky Skaggs and the Whites
Salt of the Earth - Ricky Skaggs and the Whites
Published: 2013/09/01
Channel: 93joeboss
John P. Kee-Salt of the Earth
John P. Kee-Salt of the Earth
Published: 2011/10/17
Channel: M Brown
Hanne Hukkelberg - Salt Of The Earth
Hanne Hukkelberg - Salt Of The Earth
Published: 2009/04/21
Channel: nettwerkbackstage
Elizabeth & The Catapult - Salt Of The Earth (NEW song)
Elizabeth & The Catapult - Salt Of The Earth (NEW song)
Published: 2013/03/17
Channel: MscTch
Salt And Light   Lauren Daigle   Worship Video with lyrics
Salt And Light Lauren Daigle Worship Video with lyrics
Published: 2015/05/28
Channel: brotherearl1944
the rolling stones - salt of the earth - rock and roll circus - stereo edit
the rolling stones - salt of the earth - rock and roll circus - stereo edit
Published: 2015/09/07
Channel: ruudtes
Salt of the Earth Bible Song GN05
Salt of the Earth Bible Song GN05
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Rich Melheim
Salt Of The Earth - Rolling Stones ft Axl Rose And Izzy Stradlin -Atlantic City 1989 HD
Salt Of The Earth - Rolling Stones ft Axl Rose And Izzy Stradlin -Atlantic City 1989 HD
Published: 2013/03/11
Channel: Nacho Rose
Richie Stephens - Salt of the Earth
Richie Stephens - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2010/03/06
Channel: HypeTVJamaica
Fleshkiller - “Salt of the Earth”
Fleshkiller - “Salt of the Earth”
Published: 2017/09/01
Channel: FacedownRecords
Axl Rose & Rolling Stones - Salt Of The Earth
Axl Rose & Rolling Stones - Salt Of The Earth
Published: 2008/08/17
Channel: hellgarose
Order My Steps (Salt Of The Earth).wmv
Order My Steps (Salt Of The Earth).wmv
Published: 2010/03/05
Channel: minjalewissr
Salt of the Earth - Alex Herron
Salt of the Earth - Alex Herron
Published: 2013/12/29
Channel: Mae Bennett
Salt Of The Earth "I Feel A Praise Comin
Salt Of The Earth "I Feel A Praise Comin' On" (1997)
Published: 2013/12/17
Channel: Gospel Explosion
Light of the world, Salt of the earth - Arnold LImantono (Original Song)
Light of the world, Salt of the earth - Arnold LImantono (Original Song)
Published: 2009/06/04
Channel: Arnold Limantono
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We're The Salt Of The Earth - The Rance Allen Group
Published: 2014/04/14
Channel: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music
Lovedrug - Salt of the Earth
Lovedrug - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2009/01/20
Channel: doinwork22
Salt of the Earth ~ Wes King ~ lyric video
Salt of the Earth ~ Wes King ~ lyric video
Published: 2015/05/23
Channel: Easy Worship Resources
Salt and Light (Lyrics)
Salt and Light (Lyrics)
Published: 2012/04/28
Channel: Chris Schonauer
Salt Of The Earth
Salt Of The Earth
Published: 2014/11/06
Channel: Lovedrug - Topic
Salt Of The Earth
Salt Of The Earth
Published: 2014/11/08
Channel: Wes King - Topic
Incubus - Nimble Bastard (Lyric Video)
Incubus - Nimble Bastard (Lyric Video)
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: IncubusVEVO
We Are the Salt of the Earth - Stockholm East Gospel Choir, Levent Bilgic & Therese Schibler, 1999
We Are the Salt of the Earth - Stockholm East Gospel Choir, Levent Bilgic & Therese Schibler, 1999
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: Jippieyowheya
Salt of the Earth
Salt of the Earth
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: Various Artists - Topic
Bettye LaVette - Salt of the Earth - 6/23/2010
Bettye LaVette - Salt of the Earth - 6/23/2010
Published: 2011/03/22
Channel: datalad1
Salt of The Earth- Orginal Song
Salt of The Earth- Orginal Song
Published: 2015/06/27
Channel: Kaity ORiley
Laurent Petitgand - Papu
Laurent Petitgand - Papu's Song (from "The salt of the earth" OST)
Published: 2016/02/10
Channel: Movie Music Club
Rolling Stones - Salt Of The Earth
Rolling Stones - Salt Of The Earth
Published: 2015/02/22
Channel: MyMoppet52
Salt of the Earth- Lovedrug Lyrics
Salt of the Earth- Lovedrug Lyrics
Published: 2013/07/15
Channel: link1997legends
"Salt Of The Earth" (Song Only)
"Salt Of The Earth" (Song Only)
Published: 2014/02/16
Channel: Incarnation Mission
The Last Of Us (E3 Launch Trailer) Song -
The Last Of Us (E3 Launch Trailer) Song - ''Salt of the Earth'' With Download Link
Published: 2013/06/11
Channel: MrGamerSoundtrack
Lovedrug - Salt of the Earth
Lovedrug - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2013/06/12
Channel: SkyLinkMindray
#1014- Salt And Light - (Matthew 5:13-16)
#1014- Salt And Light - (Matthew 5:13-16)
Published: 2013/07/12
Channel: Col Johnston
The Last Of Us - Song from Launch Trailer (Instrumental)
The Last Of Us - Song from Launch Trailer (Instrumental)
Published: 2013/06/28
Channel: The Seb
Richie Stephens - Salt of the Earth
Richie Stephens - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2012/03/06
Channel: richard stephenson
Salt of the Earth
Salt of the Earth
Published: 2013/01/08
Channel: Ani Williams
SALT OF THE EARTH (song) in Lichtgeschwindigkeit 3029
SALT OF THE EARTH (song) in Lichtgeschwindigkeit 3029
Published: 2013/03/10
Channel: dietmarmoews
Cormorant - Salt of the Earth
Cormorant - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2012/02/08
Channel: TheMetalPhreak
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"Salt of the Earth"
Song by the Rolling Stones
from the album Beggars Banquet
Released 6 December 1968 (1968-12-06)
Recorded May 1968
Genre Soul blues
Length 4:47
Label Decca/ABKCO
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller

"Salt of the Earth" is the final song from the 1968 Rolling Stones album Beggars Banquet. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song includes an opening lead vocal by Richards. It is the second official track by the group to feature him on lead vocal (the first being "Something Happened to Me Yesterday" from Between the Buttons).

Composition and lyrics[edit]

The lyrics were written primarily by Jagger and salute the working class:

Say a prayer for the common foot soldier
Spare a thought for his back breaking work
Say a prayer for his wife and his children
Who burn the fires and who still till the earth

Noteworthy within the lyrics is the salute to the salt of the earth but no action to change or improve the circumstances of working people is implied or suggested. In a twice-repeated stanza, the singer professes a distance from his subject that seemingly belies the sentiment of the verses:[1]

And when I search a faceless crowd
A swirling mass of grey and black and white
They don't look real to me
In fact, they look so strange

The song uses a quote that refers to a passage in the Bible where Jesus is trying to encourage people to give the best of themselves

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned ? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men – Matthew 5:13

"Salt of the Earth" features the acoustic work of Richards, typical of most songs from Beggars Banquet. Richards also performs the slide guitar throughout the song (Brian Jones, who often played slide on previous songs, was absent from these sessions). While some songs from Beggars Banquet were recorded by Jagger and Richards using a personal tape recorder, "Salt of the Earth" was recorded at London's Olympic Sound Studios in May 1968.

Featuring on the song are the Los Angeles Watts Street Gospel Choir and a piano performance by Nicky Hopkins. These additions, and their prominence near the end of the song, are further developed on their next album Let It Bleed's closing song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want".

Other appearances[edit]

"Salt of the Earth" has a unique live history. It has only been played once to an instrumental playback and live five times.

  • The first filmed rendition was for the taping of the 1968 television special The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (not released until 1996). However, this version features Keith Richards and Mick Jagger singing live while sitting with the audience as the backing track that appeared on Beggars Banquet is played.
  • Jagger and Richards performed it as a duet for the 2001 "The Concert for New York City", commemorating the fallen of September 11, 2001, although they changed the lyrics to make its message more positive (most notably "Let's drink to the good and the evil" was changed to "Let's drink to the good not the evil").
  • Its only other performance was in London, Twickenham Rugby Ground, on 20 September 2003 during the Licks Tour.
  • Blues singer Bettye LaVette covered the song on her 2010 album Interpretations: The British Songbook.
  • "Salt of the Earth" is also the title to a documentary on the Rolling Stones 2005-06 'A Bigger Bang' World Tour. [2]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Salt of the Eath". allmusic. 2007 (accessed 10 June 2007).

External links[edit]

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