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Hey let him follow you down,
Way underground wind and he's bound.
Bound to follow you down,
Just a dead beat right off the street.
Bound to follow you down.
Well the ballrooms and smelly bordellos
And dressing rooms filled with parasites.
On stage the band has got problems,
They're a bag of nerves on first nights.
He ain't tied down to no home town,
Yeah, and he thought he was wreckless.
You think he's bad, he thinks you're mad,
Yeah, and the guitar player gets restless.

And his coat is torn and frayed,
It's seen much better days.
Just as long as the guitar plays
Let it steal your heart away,
Let it steal your heart away.

Joe's got a cough, sounds kind a rough,
Yeah, and the codeine to fix it.
Doctor prescribes, drug store supplies,
Who's gonna help him to kick it

Well his coat is torn and frayed,
It's seen much better days.
Just as long as the guitar plays
Let it steal your heart away,
Let it steal your heart away.



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    UnregisteredDec 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    This song has to be mick's ode to keith begging him to hold on and not let the heroin kill him in the early 70's. Keith was known for wearing clothes until the literally fell off his body as well, then sewing them back together from scraps. The joe lyric is probably meaning keith, as keith's dad was named joe as well. Could be a coincidence, but with the way mick wrote, I doubt it. All in all this is my favorite stones song on the greates album of all time.

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