"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
Yeah, you got satin shoes
Yeah, you got plastic boots
Y'all got cocaine eyes
Yeah, you got speed-freak jive

Can't you hear me knockin' on your window
Can't you hear me knockin' on your door
Can't you hear me knockin' down your dirty street, yeah

Help me baby, ain't no stranger
Can you help me baby, ain't no stranger
Help me baby, ain't no stranger

Can't you hear me knockin', ah, are you safe asleep?
Can't you hear me knockin', yeah, down the gas light street, now
Can't you hear me knockin', yeah, throw me down the keys
Alright now

Hear me ringing big bell tolls
Hear me singing soft and low
I've been begging on my knees
I've been kickin', help me please
Hear me prowlin'
I'm gonna take you down
Hear me growlin'
Yeah, I've got flatted feet now, now, now, now
Hear me howlin'
And all, all around your street now
Hear me knockin'
And all, all around your town

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"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" as written by Mick Jagger Keith Richards

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  • +4
    General CommentThe narrator is infatuated with a rich girl and is tirelessly attempting to get her attention. Maybe the girl lives with her parents, who don't approve of the relationship, and the guy has to sneak in (perhaps he knocks on the window so the girl can open it and toss down the keys so he can get in the house). The verses give the impression that the girl generally has it better than he does ("satin shoes", "fancy boots", "when you're safe asleep"). "Hear me ringing, big bells toll" could allude to wedding bells, but that's just speculation.

    To me, the drug references just symbolize the narrator's "addiction" to the object of his affections more than an underlying drug-related theme in the song.

    One last thing--the lyrics of this song make me think of the poem "The Highwayman." The Stones probably weren't inspired by it, but it has the same theme--the highwayman rides down to the house where his girlfriend lives, and (if I recall) they have to meet stealthily and in secret because the girl's father doesn't approve. (One of the few "classic poems" that I wasn't force-fed in Language Arts class...XD)
    Sandwich-Mastaon May 24, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthe lyrics sound like someone who's trying to stop doing heroin talking to an old lover.

    this song has the best jam ever. they were recording the song and mick taylor kept playing after all the others stopped. they picked their instruments back up and he led them into a great five minute jam.
    kingmikekingon May 01, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General Commentsticky fingers kicks ass
    dasquien!on May 07, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt sounds like he is a junkie and going in to withdrawls (I've been kickin', Help me please) and is trying to get a hold of his dealer or a hustlers (Yeah, you got satin shoes
    Yeah, you got fancy boots
    Y'all got cocaine eyes
    Yeah, you got speed freak jive)
    (Hey, help me baby, I ain't no stranger)
    He is trying to get a hold of them but its not working
    Commie_Bastard87on September 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis isn't really about drugs. It's just another installment of "Mick Jagger the prowler"--a continuation if you will of Midnight Rambler. Having said that---it is the single greatest rock song of all-time. Keith Richards is the finest rhythm guitarist ever and an underrated lead guitarist as well.
    JumpyJackon November 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy dad has the intro on his cell, really cool.
    JosephWolfon January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI first heard this song on the movie blow and I have loved it ever since. And since it was on blow, which is about cocaine I really feel the drug vibe on it.
    MattHeadon June 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood fellas has "Gimmie Shelter" not this song.
    Big Wormon December 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's in Blow and Casino (not Goodfellas), and I don't really care what it's about, I just love the start of this song, it kicks ar$e.
    big coopson December 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrom a stoners point of view...its the best song to listen to when your high. this song just makes me want to sit back and rock out. great song + it was in blow with johnny depp so i deff love it
    rlogrl14on January 19, 2006   Link

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