Stones censored at Super Bowl

Songs cut from performance

The Rolling Stones half time Super Bowl performance has been censored.

The songs ‘Start Me Up’ and ‘Rough Justice’ were deemed to contain lyrics that were too sexually explicit to be broadcast.

The cut lyrics to ‘Start Me Up’ were “You’d make a dead man cum” while the cut lyrics from ‘Rough Justice’ were: ” Once upon a time I was your little red rooster/now I’m just one of your cocks”.

The only song that made the show uncut was ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’.

Network ABC broadcast the show with a five second delay. According to the BBC website, the cuts had been made by the US National Football League (NFL) and its producers.

The censorship has been seen as fallout from 2004’s Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction”, when her right breast was exposed during a performance with Justin Timberlake.