Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger has released two new songs, “England Lost” and “Get a Grip,” which, according to Rolling Stone, he penned the about his frustration and anxiety over current volatile political situations. "We obviously have a lot of problems," he stated. "So am I politically optimistic? … No."
In the post-Brexit United Kingdom, Jagger addresses the discomfort felt by citizens about the political climate, greed, immigration, confusion and the human condition. A pair of accompanying videos convey an atmosphere of danger and sinister motives from strange forces.
In a statement about “England Lost,” Jagger stated, "Ostensibly, it’s about seeing an England football team lose, but when I wrote the title I knew it would be about more than just that. It’s about a feeling that we are in a difficult moment in our history. It's about the unknowability about where you are and the feeling of insecurity. That's how I was feeling when I was writing. It's obviously got a fair amount of humor because I don't like anything too on the nose but it's also got a sense of vulnerability of where we are as a country."
The black and white video shows a worried-looking businessman in a suit trying to evade shadowy people who are following him. He runs into obstacles and eventually runs out into the ocean, where the water gives a sense of relief, before he is dragged back to the land. He is then surrounded by townspeople and a little girl who asks, “Where did you think you could go?” and then, “Pull yourself together.” Finally, the man is left alone on the beach.
“Gotta Get a Grip” is set in a nightclub with a where people living a life of excess do not appear to be having fun. The atmosphere becomes uncomfortable and sinister as the lyrics describe the different ways people try to get a grip: “Everybody’s stuffing their pockets, everybody’s on tape/The news is all fake/Let ‘em eat chicken and let ‘em eat steak/Let ‘em eat shit, let ‘em eat cake."
Jagger explained, "The message I suppose is–despite all those things that are happening, you gotta get on with your own life, be yourself and attempt to create your own destiny," according to Rolling Stone.
The two new songs are Jagger’s first solo works since 2001’s Goddess In the Doorway.