Written by Miller, this song has the clever wordplay and catchy-as-hell guitar riffs that made him a star in the '70s. With a melodic rock sound that played well across a variety of radio formats, Miller tells a story about a guy who is down on his luck, trying to convince his girl that it will all work out in the end. He's a slick talker who apparently gets around (Phoenix, Arizona all the way to Tacoma), but now he swears that all his travels are so he can be with his baby, who he keeps reminding is also his friend ("Babe, you know you are a friend of mine"). Will she fall for it? Hard to tell, but he spits a good game.
Any similarity between the introduction of this song and the intro of Free's "All Right Now" (played by Paul Kossoff) was intentional - Miller copped to lifting the guitar riff.
Miller had road trip radio in mind when he wrote this song. A big fan of upbeat rockers that go great with driving, he knew "Rock 'N Me" would play well on FM radio, which was supplanting AM as the format of choice, especially in cars. In accordance with many famous traveling songs, this one mentions a bunch of places: Phoenix, Tacoma, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Northern California.
"Rock 'N' Me" was the second of three #1 singles by the Steve Miller Band, after "The Joker" and before "Abracadabra."
Richard from UsaSomeone must have bought the drummer a new china for his birthday!
Alan from Forest Acres, ScCamille, most radio stations in big cities take listener surveys to determine what their loyal listeners want to listen to and what they don't want to listen to. The station I work for takes a new music survey about once every year. If a majority of the people mark the Steve Miller Band as something they WANT to listen to, the station will try to make that happen. If a majority of the people say they are burned out on the Steve Miller Band, the station will do its best NOT to play the Steve Miller Band very often, but they will still play them because they are a major part of the evolution of rock'n'roll. At least that's how it works where I work. I'm burned out on just about everything I play, but I've been playing pretty much the same songs over and over for 43 years now!
Camille from Toronto, OhFor some reason, songs by the Steve Miller Band are some of the most overplayed oldies on the radio. The songs are okay, but I get tired of their constant airplay. And when you hear them, you know there are a gazillion other oldies out there that are not getting their time on the airwaves. Try taking an hour or two trip somewhere and see if you don't hear this tune or one of SMB's other hits: Big Old Jet Airliner, Fly Like An Eagle, Take the Money and Run. Then take another trip the next week and see if you don't hear another one of them. Not sure why the DJs feel like this is what we always want to be listening to.
Sydney from Dallas, TxSexual references? Pfft. the c'RAP' of today is much worse.
Berto from Northport, Flganddalf is right. this song is beast, and c"RAP" is far worse than rock. tupac was the only rapper who actually wrote/sung about life. everyone else talks about screwin, shootin, stealin, and other nonsensical b.s.
Gandalf from Glassboro, NjAmusing. Sexual referneces. Look at c"RAP" today. Worse than rock ever was.
Mary from Phoenix, AzI loved this song when I was a kid...made me feel special cause I lived in Phoenix.
Dave from Cardiff, WalesIn 1977, this became Steve Miller's first hit in the UK after several near misses earlier in the decade, however by this point in his career he had already had numerous hit singles in the US - he would score several UK hits more in the 1980s
Ray from Stockton, NjI love this song. I asked to do this song for my school talent show. The school had no problem with me doing this song so i'm gonna guess this song has no sexual references,
Joe from Los Angeles, CaThis song was never pulled off radio stations for any sexual references. What have you gullible people been smoking? It was specifically written to open the Knebworth Festival for Pink Floyd - Steve knew they'd come on when it got dark and he wanted to stir the crowd up with his last number before the Floyd came on. Check out my interviews with Steve on OFF The RECORD for more.
Annie from New York, Ny"get ones rocks off" is having an orgasm, and to rock someone, is to have sexual intercourse with someone..it makes sense in the context of the song. "keep on a rock'n me baby"
Joey from Gallipolis, Okname some sexual references!?!?!?!?
Pete from Nowra, Australiasexual references????????? get outta here
Aj from Cleveland, GaThis song was taken off the air of many radio stations because of its "sexual references"
Melanie from Reader, WvWrangler uses this song in one of their commercials where the people are camping and they're sitting around the campfire singing this song.