Prodigal Son Lyrics - The Rolling Stones

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(Rev. Wilkins)

Well a poor boy took his father's bread and started down the road
Started down the road
Took all he had and started down the road
Going out in this world, where God only knows
And that'll be the way to get along

Well poor boy spent all he had, famine come in the land
Famine come in the land
Spent all he had and famine come in the land
Said, "I believe I'll go and hire me to some man"
And that'll be the way I'll get along

Well, man said, "I'll give you a job for to feed my swine
For to feed my swine
I'll give you a job for to feed my swine"
Boy stood there and hung his head and cried
`Cause that is no way to get along

Said, "I believe I'll ride, believe I'll go back home
Believe I'll go back home
Believe I'll ride, believe I'll go back home
Or down the road as far as I can go"
And that'll be the way to get along

Well, father said, "See my son coming after me
Coming home to me"
Father ran and fell down on his knees
Said, "Sing and praise, Lord have mercy on me"

Oh poor boy stood there, hung his head and cried
Hung his head and cried
Poor boy stood and hung his head and cried
Said, "Father will you look on me as a child?"

Well father said, "Eldest son, kill the fatted calf,
Call the family round
Kill that calf and call the family round
My son was lost but now he is found
'Cause that's the way for us to get along"

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Rev. Tim Wilkens...not Rev Gary Davis.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/22/12

Just a correction, the original song is by rev. Tim Wilkens, not Rev Gary Davis...I agree they did a good cover...though it bugs me that, as with so many folk and blues songs
the original artists get overshadowed.

Beggars Banquet | Reviewer: Lee Cutty | 8/13/12

Amazing song and album. This probably just sneaks it for my fave on the album. All this talk of the best Stones album baffles me, Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exlie On Main St, Some Girls and Tattoo you are all amazing albums, I like them all the same. Greatest Rock N Roll Band Ever.

Sorry, previous person... | Reviewer: Marc C. | 5/20/12

The Stones cover of this Rev Davis tune is just fine by me. Keith Richards’s propulsive rhythm and beautifully simple coda needs no alterations...why not write your own song if you want something else?

best Southern acoustic blues. | Reviewer: reuben | 6/23/10

What a simple song. That's what makes it just so good. i am the greatest Stones fan, first saw them in 1965 when I was 10 years old. Mick's southern drawl is great, the guitar picking from keith is top notch & a wonderful edition to what I believe is their best album of all time - Beggars Banquet. Close your eyes, sit back , up the volume & away you go!!!

good one , but...... | Reviewer: johnny mack. | 5/5/07

yeah , is a good transcript. there are a couple of places throughout the song that can utilise more open strings with the basic banjo chords that are used. anyone interested let me know i will be glad to share my little bit of input. these aint in the stones version , but if you are playing by yourself they can be used and it fills out the sound a lot more. thanks to anyone who reads this. Oh yeah , keep music live.

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