Let It Rock

Composer: Chuck Berry      Original performer: Chuck Berry (1960)
Recording location: University of Leeds, Leeds, England (live) March 1971
First release: Brown Sugar UK single B-side, April 1971
Performed onstage: 1970-71, 1973, 1976, 1989-90, 1994-95

Line-up:

Vocal: Mick Jagger
Rhythm electric guitar: Mick Taylor
Lead electric guitar: Keith Richards
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman

Piano: Nicky Hopkins
Saxophone: Bobby Keys
Trumpet: Jim Price
 

In the heat of the day down in Mobile, Alabama
Working on a railroad with a steel driving hammer
I've got to get some money, buy some brand new shoes
Trying to find somebody take away these blues
She don't love me, try to singing in the sun
Pay day's coming and my work is all done

Yeah, in the evening, when the sun is sinking low
All day I've been waiting for that whistle to blow
I'm sitting by the teepee built right on the track
Rolling them bones 'til the foreman come back
"Pick up your belongings, try to scatter about
We've got an off-schedule train coming two miles out"

Yes

Yeah, everybody talking, trying to scramble around
Picking up their money, tearing the teepee down
Foreman want to panic, about to go insane
Trying to get the workers out of the way of the train
Engineer blow the whistle loud and long
Can't stop the train, he had to let it roll on

 

(see Stones Covers)
 

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