If You Can't Rock Me

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording locations: Musicland Studios, Munich, West Germany; Rolling Stones Mobile Unit, Mick Jagger's home, Newbury, England; & Island Recording Studios, London
November 1973 & April-May 1974
Performed onstage: 1975-76, 2002-03

 

 

Line-up:

Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Electric guitars: Keith Richards & Mick Taylor (incl. solos)
Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Keith Richards
Backing vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Piano: Billy Preston
Clavinet: Billy Preston
Tambourine & Congas: Ray Cooper

 

The band's onstage and it's one of those nights, oh yeah
The drummer thinks that he is dynamite, oh yeah

You lovely ladies in your leather and lace
A thousand lips I would love to taste
I've got one heart and it hurts like hell

But if you can't rock me, somebody will
If you can't rock me, I'll find someone who will

Now who's that black girl in the bright blue hair? Oh yeah
Now don't you know that it's rude to stare? Oh yeah

I'm not so green but I'm feeling so fresh
I simply love to put her to the test
She's so alive and she's dressed to kill

Yeah

Now I ain't looking for no pretty face, oh no
Or for some hooker working roughish trade

And there ain't nothing like a perfect mate
And I ain't looking for no wedding cake
But I been talking about it much too long
I think I better sing just one more song
I've got one heart and it hurts like hell
I'm simply dying for some thrills and spills

Ooh yeah

If you can't rock me
Somebody will

Well, well, well, well
 

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