Yeah, heard the diesel drumming all down the line
Oh, heard the wires a humming all down the line
Yeah, hear the women sighing all down the line
Oh, hear the children crying all down the line

(All down the line)
We'll be watching out for trouble, yeah
(All down the line)
And we keep the motor running, yeah
(All down the line)
Well, you can't say yes and you can't say no
Just be right there when the whistle blows
She's a sanctified girl with a sanctified mind to help me now

Yeah, all the people singing all down the line
Mmmm, watch the men all working, working, yeah
(All down the line)

(All down the line)
And we'll open up the throttle yeah
(All down the line)
Bust another bottle, yeah
(All down the line)

Need a shot of salvation, baby, once in a while
Hear the whistle blowing, hear it for a thousand miles

(All down the line)
We're gonna open up the throttle, yeah
(All down the line)
We're gonna bust bust bust another bottle, yeah
Well you can't say yes, and you can't say no
Just be right there when the whistle blows
I need a sanctified mind to help me out right now

Be my little baby for a while
Won't you be my little baby for a while?
Won't you be my little baby for a while?
Won't you be my little baby for a while?
Won't you be my angel oh my darling girl

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"All Down the Line" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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  • +1
    General CommentI always thought this song was about cocaine. Nonetheless, I love the opening riff.
    benjyedwardson July 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnother great song off the best album of all time.

    I don't think you can really say Dylan or the Beatles wrote better lyrics than the Stones, or vice versa. The Stones lyrics are perfect for Jagger's voice and for their music. Dylan's lyrics are perfect for his music. You can't compare the two. Can you imagine Mick Jagger singing Blowing in the wind with just an accoustic guitar? When you listen to the stones you wan't songs about rock'nroll, drugs, booze and women (although they could, and did, write some deeper and very good lyrics).
    willia05on September 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo my ears "All Down The Line" is using the metaphor of a train to speak about their hectic lives. At the time they were recording Exile the Stones were trying to find a way to avoid the high tax rates in Britain, Keith was being hounded by the French police over drugs, Mick was preparing to wed Bianca, most of Keith's and Mick Taylor's guitars were stolen (while Keith was lying asleep next to them), members of the band were dropping in/out of the recording session at all times of the day (and night), drinks and drugs were hopelessly prevelent among the band and crew, and the recordings themselves were being performed in a stuffy Chateau basement with the mobile tape truck parked outside.

    It seems to me that they're simply talking about life as a Rolling Stone. The end part ("Wont 'cha be my little baby for a little while?") might be aimed at Bianca. Who can really say except Mick or Keith?

    Incidentally, there are video documentaries recounting the days of Exile on Main Street. For Stones fans they're worth a look.
    Whaleon March 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think this song means much of anything but it is one of their most underrated songs. Maybe the best song on Exile.
    JumpyJackon November 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first thing this song reminds me of is cocaine.
    TheUniversalon April 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics of this song aren't anything special and that's the point, I think. Good ol' rock n roll--nothing fancy. You're right that Dylan and the Beatles, for the most part wrote better lyrics, but I a lot of the Stones lyrics are great. They've written great lyrics in well over a hundred songs. Maybe you just don't understand them.
    JumpyJackon August 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJumpyJack i understand them, thank you very much.

    Don't let your love for the band blind your judgement.

    Willia 05, interesting point, but i'll hold my ground.

    Now boys (or ladies as the case may be) it's not that i don't think the world of Mick and the boys.....Sympathy, You Can't Always Get what you want, Gimmie Shelter are a few of the best written songs by anyone, but how many Lyrical cast offs do the Stones have?
    More than the Beatles , Dylan and Zeppelin combined i'd venture to say.

    See you on the boards mates.
    pton July 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove it!
    Carolynon September 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, ventilator blues, stop breaking down, all remind me of the summers I worked on railroad tracks and scrap metal yards for my dad when I was in high school.
    They have a blue collar feel. I was doing a lot of coke at that time and listening to Exile on Main St. Listen to me, if youre going to dabble in the white lady, this is the album to do it with. also have a pot brownie to chill you out.
    Shep420on September 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm a little surprised anyone who has done any significant amount of coke would say anything that might encourage it's use.

    It's sunk many a great mind.

    I digress.

    upon reflection i think this song is about the band and being on the road.
    pton December 22, 2006   Link

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