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Mick Jagger gets political on two new songs

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 7/27/2017 Patrick Ryan
The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger rush-released two new songs Thursday, 'Gotta Get a Grip' and 'England Lost.' © Chris Pizzello, Invision/AP The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger rush-released two new songs Thursday, 'Gotta Get a Grip' and 'England Lost.'

Mick Jagger has surprised with two sharply political new tracks. 

Gotta Get a Grip and England Lost, released Thursday, are urgent responses to the "confusion and frustration with the times we live in," he says in a statement. The songs are about  the "anxiety" and "unknowability of the changing political situation."

On England Lost, which features British rapper Skepta, the Rolling Stones frontman uses a football team's losing game as an analogy for a country at a political crossroads. 

"It’s about a feeling that we are in a difficult moment in our history," Jagger writes. "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."

Gotta Get a Grip, meanwhile, is about how "despite all those things that are happening, you gotta get on with your own life, be yourself and attempt to create your own destiny," he says. 

Jagger started writing the songs in April and said they're not attached to any specific album. "I didn’t want to wait until next year when these two tracks might lose any impact and mean nothing," he writes. 

The rock icon was particularly inspired by hip-hop titan Kendrick Lamar, who is "also talking about discontent and he really nailed it," he says. 

As for the current political climate, ‘’we obviously have a lot of problems," Jagger writes. "So am I politically optimistic? … No.”

Jagger released videos for both Gotta Get a Grip and England Lost, which star Girls actress Jemima Kirke and Beauty and the Beast's Luke Evans, respectively. 

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