It's Only Rock 'N' Roll

Album: It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (1974)
Charted: 10 16
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  • If I could stick my pen in my heart
    And spill it all over the stage
    Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya
    Would you think the boy is strange?
    Ain't he strange?

    If I could win ya, if I could sing ya
    A love song so divine
    Would it be enough for your cheating heart
    If I broke down and cried?
    If I cried?

    I said I know it's only rock 'n' roll but I like it
    I know it's only rock 'n' roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do
    Oh, well, I like it, I like it, I like it
    I said can't you see that this old boy has been a lonely?

    If I could stick a knife in my heart
    Suicide right on stage
    Would it be enough for your teenage lust
    Would it help to ease the pain?
    Ease your brain?

    If I could dig down deep in my heart
    Feelings would flood on the page
    Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya
    Would ya think the boy's insane?
    He's insane

    I said I know it's only rock 'n' roll but I like it
    I said I know it's only rock'n roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do
    Oh, well, I like it, yeah, I like it, I like it
    I said can't you see that this old boy has been a lonely?

    And do ya think that you're the only girl around?
    I bet you think that you're the only woman in town, ah, ooh yeah

    I said I know it's only rock 'n' roll but I like it
    I said I know it's only rock 'n' roll but I like it
    I know it's only rock 'n' roll but I like it, yeah
    I know it's only rock 'n' roll but I like it, like it, yes, I do
    Oh, well, I like it, I like it, I like it, I like it
    I like it, I like it, I like it (only rock 'n roll') but I like it
    (It's only rock 'n' roll) but I like it (only rock 'n' roll) but I like it
    (Only rock 'n' roll) but I like it (only rock 'n' roll) but I like it
    (Only rock 'n' roll) but I like it (only rock 'n' roll) but I like it
    (Only rock 'n' roll) but I like it (only rock 'n' roll) but I like it
    (Only rock 'n' roll) but I like it (only rock 'n' roll) but I like it
    (Only rock 'n' roll) but I like it, yeah, but I like it
    Oh and I like it, ooh yeah I like itWriter/s: KEITH RICHARDS, MICK JAGGER
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Comments: 22

  • David from FranceOn the album of 1974, you can read "Inspiration by Ron Wood", it wasn't a secret. Critics tells the story of the inspiration by Ron Wood, but strangely they never find that It's only rock'n'roll is an adaptation of Blues power. Clapton talks about the power of blues, the Rolling stones change for rock'n'roll. The guitars of Blues power have inspired the title of the stones, it's clear. And why inspiration by Ron Wood ? For a simple reason, Ron Wood played Blues power with Clapton at Rainbow theater in january 1973. Ron Wood liked to play Blues power and the Stones were impressed.
  • Drew from B\'ham, AlI'm not an expert guitarist, Kevin, but I know you're not going crazy. The same riff indeed. I know, Ferris, that it's only rock-&-roll, but I like this song. In fact, I prefer the new Stones. Nothing against the blues beat; I won't say I despise even blues itself, but my eardrums' rock specialty is anything but tragedy. I prefer advice & story lines in which the musician isn't the one w/ a shattered spirit.
  • AnonymousYes bowie on bck up vocals,also watch film clip carefullyon HD,is that a trouser snake hanging frm mick?
  • Kevin from Reading , PaI always thought this song was kind of a rip-off of T-Rex's "Bang A Gong." The guitar riff is pretty much the same. Being a guitarist I tend to notice these things more than non-musicians . . . or maybe its my imagination. Not sure.
  • Patrick from Greenville, ScLive version of this song is played in "B" now because Jagger can't hit the same notes he did on this version anymore. I saw someone referred to Ronnie as their "lead guitarist." I got quite a chuckle out that.
  • Ian from Lethbridge, CanadaI love this song. One of my favourites from the Stones.
  • Caitlin from Upper Township, NjMy favorite RS hit
  • Robert from Queens, NyI think this is one of the Stones most overrated songs, it really doesn't do anything for me.
  • Iceman from South Glastonbury, Ctthis was jaggers response to bianca comment to why he was wasting his time on rock n roll and should focus on acting , from jagger unauthorized by chris anderson
  • Sam from Shanghai, ChinaActually in the promo video, the bubbles filled the entire band and everone had to pile out or risk drowning. There's a great part in a recent Simpsons where Homer is at the Stone's R&R fantasy camp. He's very dejected when it's time to go. Mick says to him "It's only Rock 'n' Roll camp", and Homer replies "But I like it."
  • Jay from Atlanta, GaThey're making fun of glam rock (ie: Alice Cooper). What a motto "It's Only Rock and Roll, but I Like It".
  • Homero from Monterrey , MexicoTo Johnny from L.A: Yes, its true, this is one of their best songs...But did you notice that the caps lock is in the top right of your computer ??? Sorry, but it really pisses me off...
  • Homero from Monterrey , MexicoTo Ferris from Ohio: You say yo love RS and you can t stand this song ??? I think you don t like the Stones really...Let s start to hear music man...
  • Brian from Alluhrst, Njwhen they play this song live they switchThe stage
    Would it
    Satisfy ya?
    Would it
    Slide on by ya?
    Would you think that boy is strange?
    "Ain't he strange..."
    with For your cheatin' heart
    If I broke down and cried?
    If I cried...
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaONE OF THE BEST STONES SONGS EVER!!! HURRAH!!!
  • Jon from Adelaide, AustraliaAs for the above it,s still a great song and Mick does a great job with the female vocalist at the last concert I saw in Adelaide Autralia in April 1995, was It Lisa Fisher, Her tongue is nearly as big as Mick,s
  • Ferris from Ohio, OhI love the Rolling Stones, but I can't stand this song.
  • Scott from Vancouver, Canadathe promotional video that you referenced was shown on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThe Rooling Stones started out as a blues band, and still considered themselves a "blues band that sang and played rock and roll" through the 60's. But by the early 1970's they knew they had lost any "blues" cerdibility and decided to admit that what they did "was only rock and roll", but they liked it.

  • Matt from Russell Springs, KyDitto, Justin, it's only Rock n' Roll here. The Rolling Stones were in no position or mood, I guess, to try their old social commentary banter. Loads of fun.
  • Justin from Singapore, SingaporeWorks as a real pick-me-up for me as do most Stones songs. No need to analyze it, just enjoy it.
  • Stanley from Auckland, New ZealandIt is also reputed that David Bowie sang in the backup vocals also highlighting his thing about a rock star dying on stage.
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