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"Rip This Joint" is the second song on The Rolling Stones' classic 1972 album Exile on Main St.. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Rip This Joint" is one of the fastest songs in the Stones' canon, with a pronounced rockabilly feel. Jagger's breakneck delivery of the song's lines spells out a rambling tale set across America from the perspective of a foreigner.


Richards notes the tempo of the song: "It's one of the fastest ones of the lot and it really keeps you on your toes".

Mama says yes, Papa says no, make up you mind 'cause I got to go. I'm gonna raise hell at the Union Hall, drive myself right over the wall. Mister President, Mister Immigration Man, let me in, sweetie, to your fair land. I'm Tampa bound and Memphis too. Short, fat Fanny is on the loose.


Bill Plummer - double bass

Jim Price - trombone

Nicky Hopkins - piano

Charlie Watts - drums

Mick Taylor - slide guitar

Keith Richards - rhythm guitar, backing vocals

Mick Jagger - vocals

Jeremy Gee, Joe Zagarino, Glyn Johns & Andy Johns - sound engineering

recorded at: Villa Nellcôte