Much like All Along the Watchtower, Gimme Shelter is a song that evokes imagery of the Vietnam War era. The message of the song is essentially, “make love, not war.”
While I do like the message of the song, what really makes this song one of my favorites, is the driving rock beat, with a touch of psychedelic overtones, the raw emotion of the lyric and vocal and Jagger’s pure rock swagger.
It’s a song that both makes me want to dance and start a revolution. Unfortunately, the message is just as relevant today as it was back in the late 60’s.