Mick Jagger has gone political in two of his new songs released on Thursday.
The tracks, "England Lost" and "Gotta Get a Grip" were written in response to a shifting political environment.
USA Today quoted Jagger, who noted the songs reflected "confusion and frustration with the times we live in, adding that they were about the "anxiety" and "unknowability of the changing political situation."
Jagger said he felt an urgency to release the songs, which he wrote in April, and opted to keep them as stand-alone tracks.
Posting on Facebook, he expressed his excitement in sharing the new music.
"I started writing these two songs a few weeks back and wanted to get them out to you straight away," he said.
"I feel a slight throwback to a time when you could be a bit more free and easy by recording and putting it out there immediately. Enjoy them. MJ."
Rolling Stone noted how "England Lost" represented an analogy for what Jagger considered a difficult historical moment.
"It's about the unknowability about where you are and the feeling of insecurity," he said.
"That's how I was feeling when I was writing. 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."
Meanwhile, Rolling Stone reported how "Gotta Get a Grip" addressed the topic of destiny.
"The message I suppose is – despite all those things that are happening, you gotta get on with your own life, be yourself and attempt to create your own destiny," Jagger added.
Both songs were released with accompanying music videos as well as a remixed version of "England Lost," which features British rapper, Skepta.
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