top of page

The Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"



"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" is a track by English rock band the Rolling Stones from their 1971 album Sticky Fingers. The track is over seven minutes long, and begins with a Keith Richards open-G tuned guitar intro.


The main song lasts for two minutes and 43 seconds, after which it transforms into an extended improvisational jam. The entire track was captured in one take, with the jam being a happy accident; the band had assumed the tape machine had been stopped, and were surprised to find the entire session had been captured.


Originally they were going to end the song before the jam started, but were so pleased with the jam that they decided to keep it in.


Besides the regular Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger (vocals), Keith Richards (guitar), Mick Taylor (guitar), Charlie Watts (drum), and Bill Wyman (bass), the track also features conga player Rocky Dijon, saxophonist Bobby Keys, organist Billy Preston, and additional percussion by producer Jimmy Miller.




Lyrics



Yeah, you got satin shoes

Yeah, you got plastic boots

Y'all got cocaine eyes

Yeah, you got speed-freak jive now


Can't you hear me knockin' on your window?

Can't you hear me knockin' on your door?

Can't you hear me knockin' down your dirty street, yeah?


Help me baby, ain't no stranger

Help me baby, ain't no stranger

Help me baby, ain't no stranger


Can't you hear me knockin', ah, are you safe asleep?

Can't you hear me knockin', yeah, down the gas light street, now

Can't you hear me knockin', yeah, throw me down the keys

Alright now


Hear me ringing big bell tolls

Hear me singing soft and low

I've been begging on my knees

I've been kickin', help me please


Hear me prowlin'

I'm gonna take you down

Hear me growlin'

Yeah, I've got flatted feet now, now, now, now


Hear me howlin'

And all, all around your street now

Hear me knockin'

And all, all around your town


Comments


Also Recommended 
bottom of page