The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” Played by Musicians Around the World

There’s some­thing dark and apoc­a­lyp­tic about the Rolling Stones’ 1969 song, “Gimme Shel­ter”–from the lyrics (“Oh, a storm is threat’n­ing. My very life today. If I don’t get some shel­ter. Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away”), to the grim cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the record­ing of the track, released on the album Let It Bleed. A sense of dread runs through­out the Stones’ orig­i­nal song. Less so the ver­sion above, cre­at­ed by the mul­ti­me­dia project Play­ing for Change, which strives to cre­ate world peace through music. Record­ed back in 2011, this cov­er brings togeth­er artists from around the world: India, Italy, Jamaica, Brazil, Mali, Sier­ra Leone, Sene­gal, and the US. And it’s just one of 21 songs that appears on the DVD/CD com­bo, Songs Around the World.  Oth­er videos by Play­ing for Change can be found in the Relat­eds below.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Mick Jag­ger Tells the Sto­ry Behind ‘Gimme Shel­ter’ and Mer­ry Clayton’s Haunt­ing Back­ground Vocals

The Grate­ful Dead’s “Rip­ple” Played by Musi­cians Around the World

When “Stand By Me” Trav­els Around the World

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