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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
Johnny Adams - Salt of The Earth
Johnny Adams - Salt of The Earth
Published: 2009/10/07
Channel: biggs3742
Lovedrug - Salt of the Earth
Lovedrug - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2013/06/11
Channel: Carlos Miranda
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
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
The Rolling Stones - Salt of the Earth
The Rolling Stones - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2010/06/29
Channel: passiveMenis
This Is Hell - Salt The Earth
This Is Hell - Salt The Earth
Published: 2011/10/10
Channel: riserecords
The Salt of the Earth - Official Trailer
The Salt of the Earth - Official Trailer
Published: 2014/11/13
Channel: Madman Films
Salt of The Earth- Orginal Song
Salt of The Earth- Orginal Song
Published: 2015/06/27
Channel: Kaity ORiley
Axl Rose & Rolling Stones - Salt Of The Earth
Axl Rose & Rolling Stones - Salt Of The Earth
Published: 2008/08/17
Channel: hellgarose
Elizabeth & The Catapult - Salt Of The Earth (NEW song)
Elizabeth & The Catapult - Salt Of The Earth (NEW song)
Published: 2013/03/17
Channel: MscTch
John P. Kee-Salt of the Earth
John P. Kee-Salt of the Earth
Published: 2011/10/17
Channel: M Brown
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
JOAN BAEZ  ~ Salt Of The Earth ~
JOAN BAEZ ~ Salt Of The Earth ~
Published: 2009/10/03
Channel: Scout4Me1
Salt of the Earth
Salt of the Earth
Published: 2013/01/08
Channel: Ani Williams
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 Finale - Andy Scott
Salt of the Earth Finale - Andy Scott
Published: 2011/03/17
Channel: Rory Rolfe
"Salt Of The Earth" (Song Only)
"Salt Of The Earth" (Song Only)
Published: 2014/02/16
Channel: Incarnation Mission
Salt And Light   Lauren Daigle   Worship Video with lyrics
Salt And Light Lauren Daigle Worship Video with lyrics
Published: 2015/05/28
Channel: brotherearl1944
Good Tiger "Salt of the Earth" (Blacklight Media)
Good Tiger "Salt of the Earth" (Blacklight Media)
Published: 2018/01/18
Channel: Metal Blade Records
Incubus - Nimble Bastard (Lyric Video)
Incubus - Nimble Bastard (Lyric Video)
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: IncubusVEVO
SALT OF THE EARTH - Song about Grandparents
SALT OF THE EARTH - Song about Grandparents
Published: 2012/11/25
Channel: Pat Riley aka Island Mountain Pat
Salt of the Earth - Ricky Skaggs and the Whites
Salt of the Earth - Ricky Skaggs and the Whites
Published: 2013/09/01
Channel: 93joeboss
Salt of the Earth- Lovedrug Lyrics
Salt of the Earth- Lovedrug Lyrics
Published: 2013/07/15
Channel: hungryhungryterrors
Salt of the Earth - Alex Herron
Salt of the Earth - Alex Herron
Published: 2013/12/29
Channel: Mae Bennett
Lovedrug - Salt of the Earth
Lovedrug - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2009/01/20
Channel: KyleK08
Hanne Hukkelberg - Salt Of The Earth
Hanne Hukkelberg - Salt Of The Earth
Published: 2009/04/21
Channel: nettwerkbackstage
"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 ~ Wes King ~ lyric video
Salt of the Earth ~ Wes King ~ lyric video
Published: 2015/05/23
Channel: Easy Worship Resources
Bettye LaVette - Salt of the Earth - 6/23/2010
Bettye LaVette - Salt of the Earth - 6/23/2010
Published: 2011/03/22
Channel: datalad1
Phil Davis song 23 Salt of the Earth (Paul Colman)
Phil Davis song 23 Salt of the Earth (Paul Colman)
Published: 2014/04/02
Channel: ThirdBayProductions
Richie Stephens - Salt of the Earth
Richie Stephens - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2010/03/06
Channel: HypeTVJamaica
Salt of the Earth Bible Song GN05
Salt of the Earth Bible Song GN05
Published: 2017/03/25
Channel: Rich Melheim
Lovedrug: Salt Of The Earth ♫
Lovedrug: Salt Of The Earth ♫
Published: 2014/06/01
Channel: Antonio Travis
Curtis Collects Vinyl Records: Judy Collins - Salt of the Earth
Curtis Collects Vinyl Records: Judy Collins - Salt of the Earth
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: Curtis Linder
Laurent Petitgand - Papu
Laurent Petitgand - Papu's Song (from "The salt of the earth" OST)
Published: 2016/02/10
Channel: Movie Music Club
Alex Rudinger - Good Tiger - "Salt Of The Earth"
Alex Rudinger - Good Tiger - "Salt Of The Earth"
Published: 2018/02/10
Channel: Alex Rüdinger
Order My Steps (Salt Of The Earth).wmv
Order My Steps (Salt Of The Earth).wmv
Published: 2010/03/05
Channel: minjalewissr
We
We're The Salt Of The Earth - The Rance Allen Group
Published: 2014/04/14
Channel: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music
Good Tiger - Salt of the Earth (Where the Mind Wants to Go Tour 2017, ATL)
Good Tiger - Salt of the Earth (Where the Mind Wants to Go Tour 2017, ATL)
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: mrshamoozoo
Salt of the Earth "Hallelujah" (1984)
Salt of the Earth "Hallelujah" (1984)
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: Gospel Explosion
Joan Baez "Salt of the Earth" 1971
Joan Baez "Salt of the Earth" 1971
Published: 2011/12/08
Channel: Eric Balajadia
The Rolling Stones - Salt of the Earth - Documentary Chapter 1/5 (Super Bowl)
The Rolling Stones - Salt of the Earth - Documentary Chapter 1/5 (Super Bowl)
Published: 2012/10/08
Channel: The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones & Guns N
Rolling Stones & Guns N' Roses "Salt of the Earth" subtitles lyrics 1989
Published: 2012/10/19
Channel: IDA MadridNFRoses
Letter 7- Salt of the Earth
Letter 7- Salt of the Earth
Published: 2010/09/27
Channel: rockandjesus
SALT OF THE EARTH (1954) FULL MOVIE
SALT OF THE EARTH (1954) FULL MOVIE
Published: 2013/03/13
Channel: LikeManyThingThings
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
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
Concrete sox - Salt of the earth (Your turn next)
Concrete sox - Salt of the earth (Your turn next)
Published: 2009/12/05
Channel: AnarchoBlackCrust
Lauren Daigle - Salt & Light (Audio)
Lauren Daigle - Salt & Light (Audio)
Published: 2015/04/14
Channel: LaurenDaigleVEVO
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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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