The hand of fate is on me now
It pick me up and knock me down
I'm on the run, I'm prison bound
The hand of fate is heavy now
I killed a man, I'm highway bound
The wheel of fortune keeps turning round
Turning round, turning round
I should have known it was a one horse town

My sweet girl was once his wife
He had papers the judge had signed
The wind blew hard, it was stormy night
He shot me once, but I shot him twice
The hand of fate is on me now
It pick me up and it kicked me right down
Kicked me right down
Kicked me right down

I had to save her life
Yeah, I gunned him twice
Yeah, and I watched him die, watch out boy
Yeah, I watched him die

He was a barroom man, the violent kind
He had no love for that gal of mine
Then one day in a drinking bout
He swore he'd throw me right of town
The hand of fate is on me now
I shot that man I put him underground
I put him underground
Yes I did

I'm on the run, I hear the hounds
My luck is up, my chips are down
So goodbye baby, so long now
Wish me luck, I'm going to need it child
The hand of fate is on me now
Yeah it's too late
Too late baby, too late now
The hand of fate is on me now
The hand of fate is heavy now

It pick you up and knock you down

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"Hand of Fate" as written by Keith Richards Mick Jagger

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  • +1
    General CommentPossibly the most underrated of all Stones songs. This is a great song with Keith's unmistakable (re-used) driving rhythm riffs. I reckon he's singing about killing a man who raped his woman but that doesnt really matter.
    JumpyJackon November 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree, this song just gets me going. Great riff and vocal delivery. And yeah, the theme is easy to grasp.
    songofishon January 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentif you know the Dead, this is sort of like Jack Straw, in their way. outlaw out of control.
    orphan_yachtson May 12, 2007   Link

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