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Album: Reelin' & Rockin'Released: 1959Charted:
This song is sung from the perspective of a railroad worker in Alabama trying make a few bucks and get through the workday. At the end of the day, the workers are on the tracks playing dice when the foreman warns them that a train is coming. The words "Let It Rock" do not appear in the lyrics, but they indicate that the train coming through represents Rock And Roll.
Many of Berry's songs relate to teenagers, who were a great market for him since they bought so many records, but this song has more adult themes and a Blues feel. Some of the artists who were influenced by Berry recorded this song, including Eric Clapton, The Animals and The Rolling Stones.
The Rolling Stones cover first appeared on the UK single B-side of "Brown Sugar
" in 1971. It was recorded live in March 1971 at University of Leeds in England. This and other B-sides that didn't make it to albums were released on The Stones album Rarities 1971-2003