When The Whip Comes Down

Album: Some Girls (1978)
  • Yeah, mama and papa told me
    I was crazy to stay
    I was gay in New York
    Just a fag in L.A.
    So I saved my money
    And I took a plane
    Wherever I go they treat me the same

    When the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down, yeah

    Yeah I'm going down fifty-third street
    And they spit in my face
    I'm learning the ropes
    Yeah I'm learning a trade
    The East River truckers
    Are churning with trash
    I've got so much money
    That I spend so fast

    When the whip comes down, yeah
    When the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down

    When the shit hits the fan
    I'll be sitting on the can
    When the whip comes down

    Yeah, some called me garbage
    When I was sleeping on the street
    I never roll
    Oh I never cheat
    And I'm filling a need, yeah
    I'm plugging a hole
    My mama's so glad
    I ain't on the dole

    When the whip comes down, yeah
    When the whip comes down, yeah
    When the shit hits the fan
    I'll be sitting on the can
    When the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down

    When the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down

    (Yeah, go ahead check it out)

    Yeah, baby, when the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down, yeah
    (I'll be running this town, I'll tell you)
    When the shit hits the fan
    I'll be sittin on the can
    When the whip comes down, yeah

    Yeah when the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down
    When the whip comes down, yeah Writer/s: Keith Richards, Mick Jagger
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 9

  • Lou from Middletown, NyFloating around the net are two long versions of this - one the basic backing track, with some early vocals, and a full blown finished track from that with full backing vocals and overdubs - both which run over 10 freaking hard bashing minutes. The latter has two extra verses - one about the guys problems with dad and how mom accepts hm, and another about 'Wall St Brokers going home to their wives/while I live out my life! It is definitely worth seeking out, as The Stones have NEVER played harder for such a long time on a studio track.
  • Bo from San Francisco, CaWhat does the title mean? Also, the Stones denied this was about male prostitution, though they said it was about a hypothetical gay man. The lyrics certainly make it sound about prostitution.
  • Elaine from Oakwood, GaAlways great - always the Stones - have survived with the best of the best - better then the punk of today! I still can listen to them all day long!
  • Kevin from Reading , PaOne of those songs that has aged well. Good, rough rock and roll from the late 70s Stones. A no-frills, no BS kind of rock song.
  • Susan from Toronto, CanadaMick Jagger was heavily influenced by the Ramones' "53rd and 3rd" when writing this song, which is no surprise since the songs are so much alike lyrically, structurally and sound-wise.
  • Craig from Melbourne, AustraliaStones out-punk the punks.
  • Rob from Santa Monica, CaA remarkably effective rock song, considering it it just two chords alternated throughout.
  • Ace from Kansas City, MoMick joins Keith and Woody on electric guitar on this track.
  • Brett from New York, NyThis is an excellent nasty song that perfectly characterizes the tenor of this album. Few albums take shots at the younger generation of bands with as much authority as "Some Girls" does.
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