My Favourite Songs – Gimme Shelter

Listen. Loud… and I mean really LOUD.

Listen through the whole song, don’t skip ahead. and wait for it. At 2:45 Merry Clayton starts probably the most spine chilling vocal break outside of opera. She sings the lines, “Rape, Murder, it’s just a shot away” with such relentless intensity that, well just listen to that voice break at 2:59 and thereafter. If you have a heart it will break.

It’s a song for terrible times.