Fuck it, I roasted you, I ain't mad at you any Girls by Eminem

He was just a little pissed off and drunk, so he decided to let loose. Once he finished the song and sobered up he wasn’t really angry.

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Please to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's confusing you
Is just the nature of my game
Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

By now most everyone suspects the narrator is Satan, but they haven’t been told his name yet.

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Kaleb Roda
March 7th, 2014

In the movie The Stand by Steven King, the bad guy (Randal Flagge) quotes from this song.

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Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game
Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

This is continuously repeated throughout the song as the narrator reveals more and more about his nature.

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Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game
Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

By now you have been specifically told what his name is, and should know enough about his nature to make a decision about him. The only question is are you rational enough to make a real decision on him without jumping to conclusions.

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Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I'll lay your soul to waste
Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

“Politesse” is an older word meaning manners, that you would expect someone with class and taste to say. Then he sarcastically references everyone’s fear that all he does is make people suffer for eternity. It is clear that he is a lot more sophisticated and educated than that, but most people jump to conclusions when they hear songs about the devil.

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So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

Be rational and treat him like a real person if you ever meet him. Don’t immediately banish him because he is the devil, as after all it is usually mankind’s fault, not his own.

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Just call me Lucifer
Cause I'm in need of some restraint
Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

In case you haven’t “guessed his name”, he comes out and says it. He is Lucifer. Couldn’t make it any clearer.

By using his pre-fall, angelic name Lucifer in the lyric (as opposed to Satan, or the titular Devil) he is indicating that perhaps it will reign in some of his more outrageous proclivities.

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FMc
April 3rd, 2014

In second paragraph, it should be “rein in” not “reign in.” Homophonic misspelling—your brain types it how it hears it and there doesn’t seem to be such a thing as an effective syntax checker.

January 29th, 2014

Continuing the idea of there being two sides to every story. According to John Milton’s Paradise Lost, the angel Lucifer was once on good terms with God, but his vanity led him to attempt a coup, resulting in his banishment to hell. So, even though he now is God’s nemesis, they were once companions.

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As heads is tails Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

This goes along with the two sides to every story idea, since the coin literally has two side to it.

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Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

There is good and evil in everyone, don’t try to make it such a black and white statement. This line could also be seen as reference to the brutality shown by those that are supposed to be protecting us all.

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And I laid traps for troubadours
Who get killed before they reach Bombay
Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

This line possibly refers to the notorious Thuggee cult, who worshiped Kali, the Hindu goddess of death. They would waylay travelers on the roads of India, then kill the entire group in order to make off with their valuables. This seems to be the closest well known historical incident to fit the lyrics. Also, the Thuggee would have been well known in England, since the British Army put a stop to the cult during the colonial period.

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