"Its Only Rock And Roll" as written by and Mick/richards Jagger....
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 the 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 down 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 you’re the only woman in town
Oh, 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
Oh, I know it’s only rock ‘n roll but I like it, oh 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, ah, I like it, I like it, I like it, I like it
(Only rock ‘n roll but) I like it


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"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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    General CommentI think it's about people who think songs have to mean something all the time. I mean, there is nothing wrong with that, as you long as you have rock 'n' roll and don't take life so seriously all the time. That's what it's about to me.
    bmrhyeon March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust what the song is about, I like it
    Mr_Mojo_risingon September 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the single best post-Exile on Main St Stones song. Hand of Fate is a close second. I read that Keith Richards didn't play on this song but it sure sounds exactly like him.
    JumpyJackon November 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf I could dig down deep in my heart
    Feelings would flood on the page

    brilliant
    coo2kachooon April 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBrilliant, indeed. I like BM's interpretation. It's not far off but I did read that this was Mick's response to that bitch Bianca telling him he should be something a little less sleazy than a rock star. She fancied herself more sophisticated and intelligent than him. Oh, if she only knew how her naivete showed with those thoughts.
    JumpyJackon May 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that song is about having fun, and enjoying your life. Don't take it all to seriously.

    "Would it satisfy ya, would it slide on by ya"

    Y'know, its only rock 'n' roll.. :D BRILLIANT lyrics btw
    Carolynon October 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with what bmrhye said before as well.
    "It's only rock n' roll, but I like it"
    sapphirexxon December 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually there IS a story behind this one--Mick was married to Bianca at the time, and she was slagging him--"you take this too seriously..its only rock and roll, blah blah blah..."..so Mick wrote this classic in response
    hangwire13on February 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA goddamn great rock and roll song
    heyjude55on May 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentODD but true.

    Ronnie Wood who wasn't in the band at the time--It's only Rock and Roll was Taylor's last RS album--- did the majority of guitar work on this #.

    Good song, but clearly a notch below the great numbers of the past decade......But I Like IT!
    pton January 23, 2007   Link

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