The Places of The Rolling Stones

 

WYEP did a deep dive into the lyrics of songs recorded by the Rolling Stones. The band have officially released some 460 songs over the course of their 55 year history, and we combed through them to find all of the real and specific locations mentioned in those lyrics. You can browse around and find these locations on the map embedded below.

However, there are several real locations referred to in Rolling Stones songs that couldn't be mapped. Three, in fact, that we identified.

Two songs referenced geographic areas that no longer exist. 1971's "Brown Sugar" mentions the Gold Coast, a name for a region in Africa which is mostly now Ghana. And "Indian Girl" (from 1980's Emotional Rescue) refers to "Nueva Granada," a Spanish Empire name from the 18th century for an area which is today Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela.

Lastly, this map is Earth-bound, so we couldn't place on it the star Aldebaran, which is used in "2000 Light Years From Home" on Their Satanic Majesties Request, from 1967. ("Seen you on Aldebaran, safe on the green desert sand....")

So pack your bags and head off on a worldwide trip deep into the lyrics of The Rolling Stones.

While browsing the map, click on each icon to see what song and which line mentions that geographic location.

Click here to see a large version of the map (or click on the fullscreen icon at the top right of the map).